“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Here’s where you’ll find native plant societies and associations as well as organizations involved in preserving natural native landscapes.
Chesterfield is an outstanding example of citizens that have taken action to make a difference in their community and for regional biodiversity. It used this site as a blueprint.
A non-profit membership organization devoted to prairie preservation and education. Contact them at P.O. Box 394; Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66201. Phone: (913) 262-3506
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center works to better understand the delicate balance between plants and people. Visit their Web site for information about native plants, educational opportunities and more. The Center, in Austin, Texas, is an excellent place to see effective native landscapes.
The Missouri Community Forestry Council (MCFC) is committed to urban and community forestry issues in Missouri. The council meets regularly to advise the state on the best ways to preserve, protect, expand and improve our urban and community forests. If you’re looking for information on tree care, planting, and selection, check out the site’s extensive LINKS section.
The Missouri Native Plant Society (MoNPS) is devoted to the conservation and study of plants growing wild in Missouri, to the education of the public about the significance of the native flora and its habitat, and the publication of related information. Write to them at: MoNPS, PO Box 20073, St. Louis, MO 63144-0073.
This site helps you learn about wildlife and how to improve backyard habitat. It encourages you to get outdoors and to use your shopping power to protect nature.
Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Web site offers resources for gardeners: horticultural information and links, recommended plants for the Great Plains region, an interactive guide to wildflowers, a listing of public gardens, community landscaping grants and information, how to start an arboretum and more.
The New England Wildflower Society promotes conservation of North American native plants through education, research, horticulture, habitat preservation and advocacy.
Prairies Forever promotes prairie preservation and restoration though education, outreach, and public engagement.
The Missouri Prairie Foundation, founded in 1966, is a land conservancy whose memberships and donations are used to purchase and preserve prairie tracts. It also educates citizens about our threatened prairies. Write to them at PO Box 200, Columbia, Missouri. Phone: (888) 843-6739.
The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
The Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE) is a private organization committed to the protection and management of native prairie and savanna of the Upper Midwest. Their grass roots organization is run entirely by volunteers.
Wild Ones is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate and share information with its members and the general public at the “plant-roots” level and to promote biodiversity through the use of native species and environmentally sound landscaping practices. Write to them at PO Box 1274, Appleton, WI 65912.
Visit WindStar Wildlife Institute to learn more about using native plants to create wildlife habitat in your yard.