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The following organizations headquartered in the United States are involved in plant conservation and education:

  • American Botanical Council
  • Conservation International
  • National Arboretum
  • National Plant Germplasm System
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • State Native Plant Societies
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • TRAFFIC of North America
  • United Plant Savers
  • U.S. Botanical Garden


  • Can Utilization and Conservation Coexist (Sheldon, Balick, Laird)
  • Biodiversity and Human Health (Grifo and Rosenthal)
  • IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants (Walter and Gillett)
  • Medicinal Plant Conservation Bibliography, Volume 1 & 2 (Schippman)
  • Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs (Steven Foster, James Duke)

Related Links

  • The American Botanical Council - The American Botanical Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to research and educating the public on botanical medicine in an accurate, scientific, and safe manner. This site provides on-line educational materials for purchase and an extensive list of links for further study.
  • Gardens of the Blue Ridge - This site provides information on plants native to the Blue Ridge.
  • Florida Native Plant Society - The Florida Native Plant Society was organized in 1980 to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.
  • HerbMed - An interactive, electronic herbal database.
  • Herb Research Foundation - A comprehensive site for herb information, featuring the latest science, political, business and international news from the world of herbs. You can browse recommended links, view herbs in the photo gallery, speak out on herbal topics and ask herb questions online. Herb "Greenpapers" highlight specific herbs and their medicinal uses.
  • Horizon Herbs - Organically grown and nursery propagated seed and root cuttings of native American medicinal herbs. Information pamphlets on the conservation, cultivation and usage of medicinal plants.
  • National Plant Germplasm System - The National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) is a cooperative effort by public (State and Federal) and private organizations to preserve the genetic diversity of plants.
  • North Carolina State University, Department of Horticultural Science - Information on cultivation of medicinal herbs from the NC Specialty Crops Program.
  • Plant Conservation Alliance - Site providing information from PCA members and cooperators on how to work collectively to help solve problems of native plant extinction and native habitat restoration, ensuring ecosystem preservation.
  • United Plant Savers - A resource for information on the conservation of medical plants.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, International Affairs - Information on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), an international treaty that regulates trade in ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), and other native medicinal plants.
  • USDA: Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases - This site contains Dr James Duke's searchable databases. You can search by plant, chemical, activity or ethnobotany.
  • Virginia Native Plant Society - Information on edible plants, events, and related subjects.

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Last Updated: 28-Nov-2005