Working Groups
Alien Plant Working Group
Medicinal Plant Working Group
Restoration Working Group
Plant Conservation Alliance


These are some commonly used acronyms and their meanings in the plant conservation arena.

Acronym Meaning
ABC American Botanical Council
ACEC Area of Critical Environmental Concern
AD Assistant Director
AHPA American Herbal Products Association
APGA American Public Gardens Association (formerly American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta)
APHIS Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
APWG Alien Plant Working Group
ARS Agricultural Research Service
ASLA American Society of Landscape Architects
ASTA American Seed Trade Association
AZA American Zoo and Aquarium Association (formerly AAZPA)
AZH Association of Zoological Horticulture
BGCI Botanical Gardens Conservation International
BLM Bureau of Land Management
BOR Bureau of Reclamation
BSA Botanical Society of America
CA Conservation Agreement
CA Conservation Assessment
CA Cooperative Agreement
CBD Convention on Biological Diversity
CBG Chicago Botanic Garden
CEQ Council on Environmental Quality
CI Conservation International
CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna
CNPS California Native Plant Society
CONABIO Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad
CPC Center for Plant Conservation
CRP Conservation Reserve Program
CS Conservation Strategy
CWA Clean Water Act
DELTA DEscription Language for TAxonomy
DOD Department of Defense
DOE Department of Energy
DOI Department of the Interior
DOT Department of Transportation
DSA Division of Scientific Authority
EA Environmental Assessment
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
EO Element Occurrence
EO Executive Order
EOR Element Occurrence Report
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPPC Exotic Pest Plant Council
ESA Ecological Society of America
ESA Endangered Species Act
FACA Federal Advisory Committee Act
FAO Food and Agriculture Organisation
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FEIS Fire Effects Information System
FFI Fauna and Flora International
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
FICMNEW Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds
FL-EPPC Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
FLPMA Federal Land Policy and Management Act
FNA Flora of North America
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FR Federal Register
FY Fiscal Year
GAO General Accounting Office
GCA Garden Club of America
GIS Geographic Information System
GISP Global Invasive Species Program
GM Group Manager
GPO Government Printing Office
GPPC Global Partnership for Plant Conservation
GRIN Germplasm Resources Information Network
GSA General Services Administration
GSPC Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
HCP Habitat Conservation Plan
HEAR Hawaii Ecosystems At Risk
I&M Inventory and Monitoring
IAE Institute for Applied Ecology
IAFWA International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
IB Information Bulletin
IM Instruction Memorandum
IPANE Invasive Plant Atlas of New England
IPAW Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin
IPCNYS Invasive Plant Council of New York State
IPGRI International Plant Genetic Resources Institute
ITIS Integrated Taxonomic Information System
IUCN The World Conservation Union (formerly International Union for the Conservation of Natureand Natural Resources)
IWLA Isaak Walton League of America
JFSP Joint Fire Science Program
LTER Long-Term Ecological Research Sites
MA-EPPC Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MPWG Medicinal Plant Working Group
MR Management Recommendations
NAA Natural Areas Association
NAC USDA National Agroforestry Center
NACD National Association of Conservation Districts
NAPPC North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
NAPSG North American Plant Specialist Group
NAS National Academy of Sciences / National Audubon Society
NBII National Biological Information Infrastructure
NCGRP National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (formerly National Seed Storage Laboratory)
NCTC National Conservation Training Center
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NEWFS New England Wild Flower Society
NFMA National Forest Management Act
NFWF National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
NGO Non-Governmental Organization
NIFC National Interagency Fire Center
NISC National Invasive Species Council
NIWAW National Invasive Weed Awareness Week
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NPCI Native Plant Conservation Initiative
NPMD Native Plant Materials Development
NPS National Park Service
NPSO Native Plant Society of Oregon
NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service
NSF National Science Foundation
NSN Native Seed Network
NSTC National Science & Technology Center
NTFP Non-Timber Forest Product
NWF National Wildlife Federation
OIG Office of Inspector General
OMB Office of Management and Budget
ORV Off-Road Vehicles
OSA Office of Scientific Authority
OSMRE Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
PCA Plant Conservation Alliance
PDA Personal Digital Assistant
PDR Personal Data Recorder
PFP Partners for Plants
PLANTS NRCS National PLANTS Database
PMC Plant Materials Centers
RBG Royal Botanic Gardens
RWG Restoration Working Group
SCA Student Conservation Association
SCB Society for Conservation Biology
SE-EPPC Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council
SER Society for Ecological Restoration International
SMG Species Management Guide
SOS Seeds of Success
SSC Species Survival Commission
SWCS Soil and Water Conservation Society
T&E See TAE.
TAE Threatened and Endangered
TESRA Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act
TNC The Nature Conservancy
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UPS United Plant Savers
USACE United States Army Corps of Engineers
USAID US Agency for International Development
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
USFS United States Forest Service
USFWS United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
USGS United States Geological Survey
VegSpec Vegetative Practice Design Aplication
WCI Wildlife Conservation International
WCMC World Conservation Monitoring Centre
WWF World Wildlife Fund / World Wide Fund for Nature
ZSSD Zoological Society of San Diego
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