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 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 IAE’s partnership with the Sustainability in Prisons Project Network to grow sagebrush for sage-grouse habitat restoration, as well as other projects such as the Native Seed Network. In April 2015, the BLM and IAE will cosponsor the Third National National Seed Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

NatureServe's mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. Projects supported by the BLM include Climate Change Vulnerability Index analysis of cacti & iconic species in the U.S. and analysis of current climate change using the rate, magnitude, spatial and temporal nature of recent climate trends across ecosystems relative to a 20th century baseline.

Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA)
PCA is a consortium of 12 federal agencies and more than 300 non-federal cooperators. Members work together to conserve native plants by ensuring that native plant populations and their communities are maintained, enhanced, and restored.

Project Budburst
A field campaign for native plants that involves citizen scientists, including students. This national network of people monitoring plants as the seasons change contributes important data to a better understanding of changing climates.

Seeds of Success (SOS)
SOS is the national native seed collection program, led by the Bureau of Land Management, to collect wildland native seed for research, development, germplasm conservation, and ecosystem restoration. Established in 2001, SOS works in partnership with a variety of federal agencies and non-federal organizations and has made more than 15,000 collections.

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. 

BLM State Program Highlights
Each BLM state has its own Plant Conservation Program to coordinate field or district offices to work more effectively on a local level to get on the ground plant conservation work done.


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.