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Links and Resources

Native Plant Links presented in alphabetical order

Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CPCESU)


The CPCESU creates opportunities for research, education, and technical assistance to support stewardship of natural and cultural resources by Federal agencies on the Colorado Plateau.

Colorado State University Extension, Western Colorado Entomology
Native Plant Seed Production


The goal of this web site is to present information on pests affecting seed production of native plants.

Forage and Range Research Laboratory (USDA ARS)

Research is focused on broadening the biodiversity of forage germplasm, developing improved management practices, and providing an array of improved plant materials for enhancing both semi-arid and irrigated private and public lands in the western United States. Specific germplasm improvement projects seek to provide novel plants for conservation, reclamation, recreation, forage production, and sustainable management practices.

Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center


The USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center provides research and technical assistance in support of sound management and conservation of biological systems in the western United States.

Great Basin Native Plant Project


This project is a collaborative approach to increase the variety and supply of native plants through integrating applied science.

Institute for Applied Ecology Southwest Program

The Southwest Program is a branch of IAE located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our goal is to support the conservation, restoration, and recovery of New Mexico’s diverse biological resources in collaboration with conservation leaders in the state. Improving the supply of ecologically appropriate native plant materials for restoration and recovery of rare plants and butterflies, including Monarch butterflies, is a central focus

Native Plant Network – Propagation Protocol Database

The Native Plant Network is devoted to the sharing of information on how to propagate native plants of North America (Canada, Mexico, and US). Feel free to search the database for species you have interest in, and please take the time to upload protocols of species you successfully grow. You will receive full credit for your entry and have the opportunity to add your company logo to the protocol. If you would like to share some propagation techniques, entry is easy using the Protocol Interface.

Native Seed Network


The Native Seed Network is a resource for both the restoration community and the native seed industry, providing powerful search tools and information on all aspects of native seed.

Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS)

Approved NRCS National Technology Support Centers



NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems.

Northern Arizona University



The Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona is nationally recognized for mobilizing the unique assets of a university to help solve the problem of unnaturally severe wildfire and degraded forest health in the region. The ERI works to help land management agencies and communities by providing comprehensive focused studies, monitoring and evaluation research, and technical support.

Plant Materials Centers

The NRCS Plant Materials Program selects conservation plants and develops innovative planting technology to solve the nation's most important resource concerns.


Los Lunas Plant Material Center in Los Lunas, New Mexico


Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center in Meeker, Colorado


Aberdeen Plant Materials Center in Aberdeen, Idaho


PLANTS Database

Plant taxonomy used by the Colorado Plateau Native Plant Initiative is that developed by the USDA NRCS PLANTS Database. The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

Southwestern Experimental Garden Array

SEGA is an array of highly instrumented field sites spanning a large elevation gradient as an effective proxy for climate change research. The SEGA platform helps researchers to explore and quantify ecological/evolutionary responses to changing climate at scales from genes to ecosystems.

SER International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration


The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) International (http://www.ser.org) is a non-profit organization … actively engaged in ecologically-sensitive repair and management of ecosystems through an unusually broad array of experience, knowledge sets and cultural perspectives.

Uncompahgre Partnership

The UP Project assists in coordinating and funding restoration and rehabilitation activities across jurisdictional boundaries in western Colorado. 

U.S. Geologic Survey Southwest Biological Science Center

“Scientists from the Southwest Biological Science Center (SBSC) are passionate about understanding the complex biology, ecology, and processes of the arid and semi-arid Southwest, and committed to conducting high-quality, useful science. The moisture-limited ecosystems (collectively called drylands) of the Southwest are known for their complex topography, variety of soil types, and having a high diversity of plants, insects, and animals.”

Native plant societies


·         Utah Native Plant Society

·         Colorado Native Plant Society

·         Arizona Native Plant Society

·         Native Plant Society of New Mexico


Utah Crop Improvement Association

“Seed certification in Utah is conducted according to the Seed Certification Requirements and Standards of the Utah Crop Improvement Association, revised in 1985 and 1991 and updated as necessary. These standards meet or exceed the minimum genetic standards of the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA), which are part of the U.S. Federal Seed Act.”

BLM State Offices in the Colorado Plateau

·         Arizona BLM State Office  

·         Colorado BLM State Office  

·         New Mexico BLM State Office  

·         Utah BLM State Office  

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