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Alberta Conservation Information Management System (ACIMS)
2nd Floor, Oxbridge Place
9820 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J6

The Centre provides biodiversity information necessary for making informed decisions concerning conservation, natural resource management and development planning. The ANHIC collects, continually updates, analyzes and disseminates information about the location, condition, status and trends of species and plant communities.

Alberta Native Plant Council
Box 52099, Garneau Postal Outlet
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2T5

The Alberta Native Plant Council promotes knowledge and conservation of the native plants and vegetation of Alberta. The ANPC strives to promote knowledge of Alberta's native plants, conserve Alberta's native plant species and their habitats, and preserve plant species and habitat for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

Devonian Botanic Garden - Prairie and Northern Plant Diversity Centre
Devonian Botanic Garden
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1

The Prairie and Northern Plant Diversity Centre promotes and facilitates the sustainable management of plant diversity through research, education, information services, and conservation activities.

Edmonton Native Plant Group
10036 80 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 1T5

The Edmonton Native Plant Group is a volunteer group located in the Central Alberta Parkland Region. Its goal is to preserve the local native plant population in all its genetic diversity.

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British Columbia

E-Flora British Columbia -- Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia
E-Flora British Columbia is a partnership project of the Native Plant Society of British Columbia, the UBC Herbarium and the UBC Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, aimed at providing a comprehensive, publicly available atlas of the flora of British Columbia.

Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team
Victoria, British Columbia
The Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT) was formed in 1999 to coordinate efforts to protect and restore endangered Garry oak and associated ecosystems in Canada and the species at risk that inhabit them. Their work is guided by a recovery strategy that uses a unique, ecosystem-based approach to protecting individual species at risk.

Native Plant Society of British Columbia
195-1917 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1M7
Tel: 604.255.5719

The Native Plant Society of British Columbia is an organization that brings people together from throughout the province who enjoy, study and work with native plants and habitats. The Society was founded in 1997 and has almost 300 members with a collective interest in education and communication about native plants and a commitment to their ethical use and conservation.

Naturescape British Columbia
107-19 Dallas Road
Victoria BC V8V 5A6

The Naturescape British Columbia program is about restoring, preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat in urban and rural landscapes throughout British Columbia. It is a program for people who want to connect more closely with nature in their daily lives.

Tofino Botanical Gardens
1084 Pacific Rim Highway
Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0

The gardens are dedicated to the cultivation and display of plants native to the world's coastal temperate rainforests, and to research and education programmes to improve knowledge and understanding of the ecosystems of the UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve.

UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research
6804 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver British Columbia V6T 1Z4

Located at the University of British Columbia, the garden and research centre are dedicated to excellence in plant research, education and conservation.

VanDusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak Street
Vancouver British Columbia V6M 4H1

Located in the heart of Vancouver, the Garden promotes knowledge and understanding of the world of plants and their fundamental importance to life. Lectures, workshops and special events related to native plants are offered year-round.

Victoria Horticultural Society
P.O. Box 5081, Stn. B
Victoria, British Columbia V8R 6N3

The Victoria Horticultural Society is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to collect and diffuse information on all topics relating to horticulture, to stimulate the knowledge and love of horticulture, and to co-operate and/or affiliate with other horticultural organizations. It includes the Native Plant Study Group.

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Living Prairie Museum
2795 Ness Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 3S4

The Living Prairie Museum is a 12-hectare tallgrass prairie preserve located inside the City of Winnipeg. It is home to more than 160 species of prairie plants and a great array of prairie wildlife. It offers workshops, educational programmes and special events related to the conservation of native plants.

Native Orchid Conservation Inc.
45 Skowron Crescent
Winnipeg MB R3W 1N6

Native Orchid Conservation Inc. is a non-profit organization, founded in April of 1998, whose purpose is to protect unique mini-ecosystems and their plant communities. This primarily involves native orchids but can also extend to other rare and/or endangered plants.

Nature Manitoba
401 - 63 Albert Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1G4

Nature Manitoba is a not-for-profit volunteer association that emphasizes the study and enjoyment of nature, and the protection of the natural environment. The Society carries out a variety of activities from research to the delivery of indoor and outdoor initiatives that enhance the appreciation and betterment of our natural environment.

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New Brunswick

Falls Brook Centre
476 W Glassville Rd
Glassville, New Brunswick, E7L 1W4

The Falls Brook Centre's emphasis on forest stewardship means becoming stewards of their own land. They promote local community forestry that focuses on sustainable management of native forest ecosystems and value-added products.

Nature NB
Suite 7 – 924 Prospect Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 2T9

Nature NB is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to celebrate, conserve and protect New Brunswick's natural heritage, through education, networking and collaboration. Founded in 1972 as the New Brunswick Federation of Naturalists, the organization is presently comprised of a dozen naturalist clubs and hundreds of members across the province. In addition to encouraging a better understanding of the natural environment and awakening concern for our province's natural heritage, Nature NB recognizes the importance of actions to preserve and maintain that natural heritage.

New Brunswick Botany Club
The goal of the New Brunswick Botany Club is to encourage a broad appreciation of our province's rich botanical diversity by sharing and advancing our knowledge of its flora and by promoting the conservation and protection of our native plants.

Save a (native) Plant
16 Fletcher Court, Fredericton, New Brunswick E3A 4T4
Tel.: 506.474.0801

Save a (native) Plant was established in 1997. Its current activities include the propagation of native plants to complement residential landscaping schemes, as well as for eco-restoration purposes and native display gardens.

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL, Canada A1C 5S7

The Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden is a resource centre for basic and applied botanical research and education with a particular interest in the flora of Newfoundland and Labrador. It seeks to foster an appreciation of natural history in the development and future of the university and the province.

Nature Newfoundland and Labrador
Nature Newfoundland and Labrador is a province-wide organization with a primary interest in promoting the enjoyment and protection of all wildlife and natural history resources in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Society has an indoor programme of guest speakers as well as an outdoor and workshop programme.

The Wildflower Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Wildflower Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is a province-wide organization primarily interested in the enjoyment of the wildflowers and other plants in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Nova Scotia

Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens - Acadia University
Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 2R6

Since 2002, the gardens have provided a stimulating and interesting environment for the study and viewing of native flora of the Acadian Forest Region. It provides programmes and community education resources related to native plants

Nature Nova Scotia (Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists)
c/o Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
1747 Summer Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3A6
The primary activities of Nature Nova Scotia (Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists) include the conservation of species and spaces, education and the sustainable use of resources.

Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society
c/o Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
1747 Summer Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3A6

The Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society is dedicated to the appreciation and conservation of wild flora and habitat, especially in Nova Scotia. It is a non-profit organization and an affiliate of the North American Native Plant Society.

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The Arboretum at the University of Guelph
Ontario Agricultural College
University of Guelph
Guelph Ontario N1G 2W1

The Arboretum develops specialized gardens, botanical collections and gene conservation programs. It also offers naturalist / horticulturist-led tours and workshops throughout the year.

The Bruce Trail Association
P.O. Box 857
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3N9

The Bruce Trail Association is a charitable, membership-based volunteer organization that is working to preserve public access to the Niagara Escarpment while restoring its natural habitat.

Conservation Ontario
P.O. Box 11, 120 Bayview Parkway
Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 4W3

Conservation Ontario is the umbrella organization that represents Ontario's 36 Conservation Authorities. Some Conservation Authorities manage prairie and meadows, and assist landowners with land-management projects.

Field Botanists of Ontario
Acton, Ontario L7J 2L7

The Field Botanists of Ontario is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1983 for those interested in botany and conservation in the province of Ontario. Its main objectives are:

  • to provide opportunities for people to meet and pursue their interests in field botany
  • to provide education in field botany
  • to encourage the exchange of botanical information
  • to increase knowledge and documentation of the flora of Ontario
  • to provide botanical expertise to the naturalist community.

Fletcher Wildlife Garden
Box 35069 Westgate PO
Ottawa Ontario K1Z 1A2

A long-term project of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club, the goal of the Fletcher Wildlife Garden is to encourage as many people as possible to create or restore natural landscapes on their urban or rural property. The Interpretive Centre disseminates information on conservation issues and regional natural history and the Backyard Garden is designed to show how anyone can transform their own garden into one that is wildlife-friendly.

LEAF -- Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests
Suite 305 - 73 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2P6

LEAF is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of Toronto's urban forest. Present activities focus on a residential tree planting program within the City of Toronto.

MAPLE - Mutual Association for the Protection of Lake Environment in Ontario
MAPLE is a non-profit environmental organization promoting the preservation of natural lake environments. Through the maintenance of existing natural shorelands and wetlands, it promotes the restoration and enhancement of waterfronts by encouraging natural regeneration and initiating re-vegetation of shoreland.

The Natural Heritage Information Centre
The Natural Heritage Information Centre compiles, maintains and provides information on rare, threatened and endangered species and spaces in Ontario. This information is stored in a central repository containing a computerized database, map files and an information library, which are accessible for conservation applications, land use planning, park management, etc.

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
4601 Guthrie Drive
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 8L5

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, established the Invading Species Awareness Program to raise public awareness of invasive species and encourage their participation in preventing their spread. The programme includes the Invading Species Hotline and the Invading Species Watch.

Ontario Nature
(formerly The Federation of Ontario Naturalists)
355 Lesmill Road
Toronto, Ontario M3B 2W8

Ontario Nature protects and restores natural habitats through research, education and conservation, connecting thousands of individuals and communities with nature. It is involved with:

  • preserving Ontario's irreplaceable northern wilderness
  • supporting local community action to protect Ontario's remnant southern forests and their biodiversity
  • advocating an ecosystem approach to restore and maintain healthy populations of threatened species
  • providing essential habitat for numerous species of plants and animals on Nature Reserves, ecologically significant property throughout Ontario.

Ontario Niagara Escarpment Commission
232 Guelph Street,
Georgetown, Ontario L7G 4B1

99 King Street East,
Thornbury, Ontario N0H 2P0

The Ontario Niagara Escarpment Commission's mission is to conserve the UNESCO-designated Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve as a continuous natural environment and scenic, working countryside.

Ontario Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)
SER Ontario is part of an international organization committed to the ecologically sensitive repair and management of ecosystems. Its mission is to promote the practice of ecological restoration and provide educational opportunities and materials for members and for the community at large.

Peterborough Green-Up
360 George St. N., lower level
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 7E7

Peterborough Green-Up provides education, services, resources and support to enable citizens to take up environmentally healthy lifestyle habits including water conservation and landscape enhancement.

Royal Botanical Gardens
680 Plains Road West
Burlington, Ontario L7T 4H4

The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is a living museum that serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature. The RBG carries out education and conservation activities.

Tallgrass Ontario
120 Main Street East
Ridgetown, Ontario N0P 2C0

Tallgrass Ontario is an action-oriented network of organizations and individuals who come together to work toward the shared goal of prairie and savannah conservation in Ontario.

Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Ave. East
Toronto, Ontario M3C 1P2

The Web site of the Toronto Botanical Garden -- a volunteer-based, charitable organization whose purpose is to inspire passion for, respect for and understanding of gardening, horticulture, the natural landscape and a healthy environment.

Waterloo-Wellington Wildflower Society
c/o Department of Botany
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1

The Waterloo-Wellington Wildflower Society is a local, non-profit group dedicated to the use and protection of native plants in parks, gardens and other open spaces. Membership includes individuals from a wide range of backgrounds -- from hobby gardeners, to graduate students in botany and ecology, to professional landscape architects -- who share a common desire to develop and promote a better understanding of and appreciation for Canada's native flora.

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Prince Edward Island

Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association
Box 8310
Emerald, Prince Edward Island C0B 1M0

The Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association (BBEMA) is a not-for-profit charitable organization that focuses on sustainable, community-based ecosystem management that integrates economic growth and environmental conservation. BBEMA was established in 1992 under the auspices of Environment Canada's Atlantic Coastal Action Plan.

Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project
C/O Gary Schneider
PO Box 11
Belfast, PE C0A 1A0

A joint effort of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island and the Sir Andrew Macphail Foundation, the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project combines protection of the natural area along the streams with wildlife enhancement, forest stewardship, watershed protection, environmental education and ecological research.

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The Fleurbec group is a non-profit organisation and author of a series of field guides. These pocket-sized books are full of colour photos and can easily be taken along on field trips. Easy to use and written for a wide audience (students, keen amateur botanists or professionals), these books enable plant identification through images.

4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal (Qc) H1X 2B2

FloraQuebeca is a non-profit association dedicated to the understanding, promotion and, above all, the protection of the flora of the plantscapes of Quebec.

Friends of the Montréal Botanical Garden
Suite A-206 - 4101 Sherbrooke East
Montréal, Quebec H1X 2B2

Founded in 1975, the Friends of the Montréal Botanical Garden is a scientific leisure society dedicated to popular education in order to increase and disseminate knowledge in botany, horticulture, natural sciences and environmental sciences.

Montréal Botanical Garden
4101 Sherbrooke East
Montréal, Quebec H1X 2B2

With its collection of 22 000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, some thirty thematic gardens, and teams of researchers and activities staff, the Montr�al Botanical Garden ranks as one of the world's largest and most spectacular botanical gardens. It offers a variety of programmes and events as well as resources for gardeners and naturalists.

Morgan Arboretum
Macdonald Campus
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec H9X 3V9

The principle aims for the Morgan Arboretum are to preserve the urban ecological forest resource and its unique variety of species, and to maintain the Arboretum as a site for teaching and research activities related to the management of woodland resources.

Nature Québec / Union québécoise pour la conservation de la nature UQCN
Suite 207 - 870, De Salaberry
Quebec, Quebec G1R 2T9

The aims of this organisation are the maintenance of essential ecological processes and life-sustaining systems, the conservation of genetic diversity, the sustainable use of species and ecosystems and, encouraging citizens and institutions in Quebec to adopt these principles.

Roger-Van den Hende Botanical Garden
Pavillon de l'Envirotron, local 1227
2480, Hochelaga
Quebec, Quebec G1K 7P4

The Roger-Van den Hende Botanical Garden is the Université Laval's educational garden. Its mission is to serve as a practical laboratory for students and researchers studying and working at Université Laval, particularly at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. The garden also has a public education vocation and is a popular open space.

La Société Provancher d'histoire naturelle du Canada
Suite 130 - 4740, Wilfrid-Hamel Boul
Quebec, Quebec G1P 2J9

The Société Provancher d'histoire naturelle du Canada has for its mission to acquire, rent or manage reserves and sanctuaries in order to ensure the survival of their fauna and flora. Its activities include natural sciences studies and educational outreach to scientific and outdoor associations, schools groups and the general public.

Urgence Conservation
Urgence-Conservation, a collaboration between various research, conservation, education and funding organisations in Quebec, is a project dealing with the conservation of rare plants in the South of Quebec.

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Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan
P.O. Box 21099
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7H 5N9

The vision of the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan is an expanded knowledge and appreciation of Saskatchewan's native plants. Its mission is to promote understanding and conservation of native plants and their ecosystems by facilitating communication, research and education.

Nature Saskatchewan
Room 206, 1860 Lorne St.
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 2L7

Nature Saskatchewan promotes the appreciation and understanding of our natural environment through education, conservation and research. Nature Saskatchewan provides the cultural link by which people are inspired, gain knowledge of and ultimately enjoy and protect the natural world around them.

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The Canadian Biodiversity Web Site
A project of the Redpath Museum at McGill University. The Web site is dedicated to fostering understanding of biodiversity, and related issues and concerns.

Canadian Botanical Association
The Canadian Botanical Association serves as the national organization for botanists in Canada, including professional botanists in universities, colleges, schools, government and industry, as well as interested students, technicians and amateurs. The Association represents Canadian botany and botanists in matters of local, national and international importance. The preservation of botanically significant natural areas is of special interest.

Canadian Organic Growers Inc.
323 Chapel Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7Z2

Canadian Organic Growers Inc. is a national membership-based education and networking organization representing farmers, gardeners and consumers in all provinces.

Canadian Wildlife Federation
350 Michael Cowpland Drive
Kanata, Ontario K2M 2W1

The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a non-profit, non-governmental conservation organization dedicated to fostering awareness and enjoyment of our natural world. The Web site also provides educational information related to nature and conservation.

Carolinian Canada
Grosvenor House
1017 Western Road
London, Ontario N6G 1G5

Carolinian Canada is a non-profit coalition of more than 40 government and non-government conservation groups and many individuals working to conserve the ecological diversity of Canada's most threatened natural region. Members include Conservation Authorities, the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, Ontario Stewardship, federal and provincial departments and ministries, the Canadian Botanical Association, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and other groups.

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC)
COSEWIC Secretariat
c/o Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H3

COSEWIC determines the national status of wild Canadian species, subspecies or varieties that are suspected of being at risk of extinction or extirpation. The Committee uses a process based on science and Aboriginal or community knowledge to assess species at risk. Its current mandate includes, among other groups, vascular plants, mosses and lichens.

EcoAction - Environment Canada
Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Funding Program provides financial support to community groups for projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment. EcoAction encourages project submissions that will protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment, and build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities into the future.

5th floor - 355 Adelaide Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1S2

Evergreen is national, non-profit, environmental organization with a mandate to bring nature to our cities through naturalization projects. Evergreen motivates people to create and sustain healthy, natural outdoor spaces and it gives them the practical tools to be successful through its three core programs:

  • Learning Grounds - transforming school grounds
  • Common Grounds - conserving publicly accessible land
  • Home Grounds - for the home landscape.

Land Stewardship Centre
17503 – 45 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6M 2N3

The Land Stewardship Centre facilitates partnerships, provides services and develops resources that help engage, inform and enable people and organizations to become better stewards. They work directly with individuals and organizations who own, have a vested interest in, or who use and are responsible for managing land and its associated natural resources.

Nature Conservancy Canada
For more than 40 years, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has been working to protect Canada's most threatened natural habitats and the endangered species that call them home. NCC is Canada's only national charity dedicated to preserving ecologically significant areas through outright purchase, donations and conservation easements.

NatureServe Canada
NatureServe Canada provides scientific information about Canada's species and ecosystems to help guide effective conservation action and natural resource management. A part of the international NatureServe network, it is a leading source for reliable information and analysis on the distribution and conservation status of Canada's plants, animals, and ecological communities.

Tree Canada
470 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5J8

Tree Canada develops programmes in partnership with the private and public sectors, as well as communities and individual Canadians, to maintain a healthy environment through sustaining urban and rural forests.

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North America / International

Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska
P.O. Box 3443, Station D
Ottawa, ON K1P 6P4

The Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska project aims to produce a new flora for all vascular plants in the Arctic ecozone in Canada and northern Alaska. The Arctic Flora will eventually serve as the reference for anybody who requires accurate and up-to-date information on Arctic plant species, needs or wants to identify Arctic plants in the field or herbarium, or wants to know a little bit more about the amazing plant biodiversity in one of North America's most climate-threatened ecosystems.

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)
Descanso House, 199 Kew Road
Richmond, Surrey, UK TW9 3BW

BGCI brings together the world's botanic gardens, forming a community working in partnership to achieve conservation and education goals. It includes more than 500 member institutions in 112 countries working together to implement the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation.

  • Investing in Nature: A Partnership for Plants in Canada was a four-year programme to develop educational resources, enhance plant conservation and biodiversity education efforts, and link Canadian botanical gardens to international conservation and environmental education networks. (Read more details in The 2010 Challenge for Canadian Botanic Gardens which can be found on the web site noted below.)

Center for Plant Conservation
The mission of the Center for Plant Conservation is to conserve and restore the rare native plants of the United States. It is dedicated solely to preventing the extinction of America's imperilled, native flora. The Center is a network of America's leading botanical institutions.

Convention on Biological Diversity
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
8th floor, Office 800 - 413 St-Jacques Street
Montréal, Quebec, Canada H2Y 1N9

Signed by 150 government leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Convention on Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development.

Flora of North America
The Flora of North America is a reference source, providing information on the names, taxonomic relationships, continent-wide distributions and morphological characteristics of all plants, native and naturalized, found in North America north of Mexico. The Flora will appear in 30 volumes and will be available in print and on the Web.

Medicinal Plant Specialist Group, IUCN Species Survival Commission
98 Russell Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 7X1

The Medicinal Plant Specialist Group (MPSG) is a global network of experts contributing within their own institutions and in their own regions to the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants. The MPSG was founded in 1994, under the auspices of the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN - The International Union for Conservation of Nature, to increase global awareness of conservation threats to medicinal plants, and to promote conservation action.

National Gardening Association
1100 Dorset Street
South Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A. 05403

The National Gardening Association is a non-profit organization focused on plant-based education. Its stated mission is to promote home, school and community gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connections between people, plants, and the environment.

NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide 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.

  • The NatureServe Explorer is searchable database for information on more than 60 000 plants, animals and ecosystems of the United States and Canada. It includes particularly in-depth coverage for rare and endangered species.

North American Native Plant Society
P.O. Box 84, Station D
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada M9A 4X1

The North American Native Plant Society is dedicated to the study, conservation, cultivation and restoration of native plants.

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
5th floor - 423 Washington Street
San Francisco, California, U.S.A. 94111-2339

The mission of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign is to encourage the health of resident and migratory pollinating animals in North America.

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes
P.O. Box 1274
Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.A. 54912

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization.

The Xerces Society
4828 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. 97215

The Xerces Society is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. The society uses advocacy, education, and applied research to defend invertebrates. Their Pollinator Conservation Program works to support the sustainability and profitability of farms while protecting pollinator insects.

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Water is the driver of Nature.

- Leonardo da Vinci

Russet cotton grass, Eriophorum chamissonis S84-5027.
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Russet cotton grass (Eriophorum chamissonis) is actually a sedge. Unlike other species in this genus, the stems grow singly (not in tussocks). It grows in wet areas, preferring the acidic, nutrient-poor conditions of peatlands. In Canada, it is found from northern Newfoundland to Yukon Territory. Eriophorum means 'wool-bearing', referring to the appearance of the fluffy, fruiting head.


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