Plant Conservation Program

More Information About Plant Conservation


The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC)

The BLM and the CPC have worked together on numerous trainings, workshops, education, and conservation programs.

Chicago Botanic Garden Conservation and Land Management (CLM) Internship Program

This program supports paid internships to assist professional staff at the BLM, National Park Service, or U.S. Forest Service in botany or wildlife-related fields.  Read the Interns' Blog here:

Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE)

The BLM supports IAP’s Native Seed Network, critical to BLMs native plant materials development and restoration programs. In May 2010, the BLM and IAP cosponsored the First National Seed Conference in Snowbird Utah.

Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA)

PCA is a consortium of 10 federal agencies and more than 280 non-federal cooperators. Members work together to solve problems of native plant extinction and native habitat restoration.

Project Budburst

A field campaign for native plants that involves citizen scientists, including students. 

Seeds of Success (SOS)

Seeds of Success (SOS) was established in 2001 through a partnership between the BLM and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Millennium Seed Bank to collect, conserve, and develop native plant materials for restoration, conservation and research. Today, SOS includes many additional partners such as botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, and municipalities.

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)

Restoration is an important aspect of BLM land management activities.  SER works nationally and internationally to promote ecological restoration.


The BLM works with federal agency partners, including the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service Plant Materials Program (to assess potential and develop techniques for growing and producing new varieties of native plants to meet restoration and rehabilitation needs), the USDA Forest Service (on joint conservation initiatives, such as the Great Basin Selection and Increase Project), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (to manage rare plants and their habitat and across jurisdictional boundaries), and the National Park Service, on joint conservation initiatives for plants. 



Botanic Gardens Conservation International Report on Plants and Climate Change: Which Future?

This report details the connection between plants and climate change. It includes case studies that examine the effects of climate change on plants and how these effects may impact humans and animals that depend on these plants, discussions of species most at risk, and recommendations.

Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations

A technical reference for monitoring single plant species such as an indicator species, key species, or weeds. Developed for special status plants, the manual's examples  focus on these species, but the methods are also applicable to any single-species, and some community, monitoring. Useful for range conservationists, botanists, and ecologists.

Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants

This handbook by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, (and supported by BLM) recommends hundreds of native plants for every region of the country, specifically chosen as alternatives to invasive species and as excellent food sources for butterflies, birds, and other wildlife.

Native Plant Materials Development Program Progress Report for FY 2001-2007

Summary of program purpose, accomplishments, and activities, including program funding, allocation to state and regional partnerships, and annual performance measures.

Nursery Manual for Native Plants: A Guide for Tribal Nurseries

This nursery handbook by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, written in cooperation with Native American Tribal representatives, is loosely based on Agriculture Handbook 674, the Container Tree Nursery Manual, but with special attention to the uniqueness of Native American cultures. 

Wildflowers, BLM Oregon, photo by John Craig







Roetter's Hedgehog Cactus, BLM Photo








Trailling Windmills, BLM Oregon Photo by John Craig








Woman gathering sagebrush








Stream orchid (rare plant). USDA photo.














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