“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Missouri residents may order a variety of seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, as well as wildlife food and cover. Orders are taken from mid-fall to early spring and filled once yearly in spring.
This site, developed by the US Enviromental Protection Agency, has information about reducing energy consumption through the use of natural landscaping. While some of the information focuses on the Great Lakes region of the United States it contains a good deal of general information about using natives that will be useful in Missouri and surrounding states.
The Missouri Department of Conservation includes a staff dedicated to tasks that conserve and improve forest, fish and wildlife conditions throughout the state. The department also conducts a variety of educational programs that help citizens understand natural habitats and how to preserve them. Information about these programs and more can be found on the website.
The Missouri Ecotype Program (MOEP) strives to create a commercially available supply of several native plant species of local origin. Contact the Elsberry Plant materials Center for more information. Phone: (573) 898-2012.
The PCA is a consortium of ten federal government member agencies and more than 225 non-federal cooperators representing various disciplines within the conservation field: biologists, botanists, habitat preservationists, horticulturists, resources management consultants, soil scientists, special interest clubs, non-profit organizations, concerned citizens, nature lovers, and gardeners. PCA Members and Cooperators work collectively to solve the problems of native plant extinction and native habitat restoration, ensuring the preservation of our ecosystem. The web site lists projects and progress.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the federal government agency that works hand-in-had with people to conserve natural resources on private lands. Using scientific and technical expertise, and partnerships with Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) and others, they help conserve all natural resources on private lands.