Photo above: Randal Pair
A Growing Awareness: Conservation of Native Plants is Essential to our Future Wellbeing
New Mexico Thistle (Cirsium neomexicanum), relative of the artichoke.
This Conservation section endeavors to supply members and others with information on issues pertaining to the conservation of native plants and habitats on public and private lands in New Mexico and beyond. Entries in green below are clickable links.
You can help protect New Mexico's flora by contributing to The Jack and Martha Carter Conservation Fund. We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Conservation issues in your area? Contact NPSNM Conservation Committee Chair, Rachel Jankowitz by sending an email to: npsnmconservation "at" gmail "dot" com
- See what's up with the Center for Plant Conservation, a network of botanic gardens and other science and conservation partners that collaboratively works to save the imperiled plants of the United States and Canada.
- The SEINet data portal was created to serve as a gateway to distributed data resources of interest to the environmental research community within Arizona and New Mexico. It offers tools to locate, access and work with a variety of data, including species descriptions, maps, illustrations, herbarium collections and specimen records. And guess the plant of the day!
- New Mexico Rare Plants overview. The New Mexico Rare Plant Technical Council's (NMRPTC) primary goal is to develop an internet version of a rare plant inventory with information on the basic biology and conservation status of New Mexico's approximately 190 rare plants. Photographs, drawings, and maps accompany the written reports. The reports exclude sensitive information, such as detailed location data, which might further endanger rare species.
- The National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) Invasive Species News and Information -- USDA This site is not just a list of species, it is a connection to many information sources, studies and news articles.
- Troublesome Weeds of New Mexico From NMSU and NM Department of Agriculture. This booklet downloads in a large format and may be easier to read and navigate by "zooming out."
- Native Plant Conservation Campaign An alliance of native plant societies, including NPSNM, with the mission to promote the conservation of native plants and their habitats through collaboration, education, and advocacy. Sign up for the NPCC native plant conservation news right here.
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's "Conservation Showcase"
- Partners for Fish and Wildlife (US Fish and Wildlife Service) This program provides technical and financial assistance to landowners interested in restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat on their land.
Articles and References
Click the following links to find valuable information and thoughtful articles.
- NM Thistle Identification Guide: New Mexico native thistles are not invasive and are valuable to our ecosystem. Tell the difference from the noxious invasives with our colorful guide.
- The Power of Trees in Carbon Sequestration (from Xerces Society)
- Saving the San Juan Badlands, by George Miller (NPSNM Newsletter, Page 6)
- Conserving the Process - Lessons in Plant Ecology, by Jim Nellessen
- Blue Hole Cienega -- Sometimes Conservation Requires a Village by Jim McGrath (on Page 5)
- Ecosystem Services and Nature-Based Solutions Irreplaceable even by $125 trillion in human engineering (NPCC).
- Botany:The Death of a Science in American Education, by Jack Carter
- Global Assessment Report Summary -- May, 2019 from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
- Rooted in Place: Roadside Plant Rescue Honors Desert Plants, by Sandra Lynn. In Wildflower, a publication of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas Summer 2008 issue.
New Mexico Contacts
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