The Alberta Native Plant Council
The Alberta Native Plant Council strives to:
- Promote knowledge of Alberta's native plants.
- Conserve Alberta's native plant species and their habitats.
- Preserve plant species and habitat for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
Photo - Linda Kershaw
The Council's specific objectives are:
- To educate individuals, industry, and government about native plants.
- To promote awareness of native plant issues through a newsletter, an annual workshop, and in the media.
- To co-ordinate information and activities concerning Alberta's native plants.
- To develop briefs or position papers for special projects; for example, biodiversity, forest vegetation management, wetlands, rare species or phenology.
- To organize field trips, plant studies and May Species Counts.
- To update lists of current research and conservation projects.
- To preserve natural habitats and plant communities.
- To support legislation that protects native plants.
- To take action to establish, preserve and manage protected areas.
- To undertake Alberta projects jointly with groups such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada
- To encourage appropriate use of Alberta's native plants.
- To produce information on the use of native plants in land reclamation.
- To develop and distribute collection, salvage and management guidelines.
- To update a list of native seed sources and suppliers for horticulture and reclamation.
Photo - Linda Kershaw
The Council has four active committees:
- Education and Information
- Disseminates information on native flora and the May Species Count; produces displays; runs field trips and courses; co-ordinates activities with other environmental groups.
- Rare Plants
- Conducts life history studies; monitors populations; sets priority lists for rare plants; assists with populating the rare plant data bank, maintained by the Alberta Natural Heritage Information Centre (ANHIC).
- Reclamation and Horticulture
- Compiles guidelines for defining and collecting native plants; produces lists of native seed and nursery stock suppliers; provides reclamation information to interested groups; organizes field trips.
- Conservation Action
- Protects rare Alberta species and habitats by: directing public attention to, and lobbying government on the most pressing issues; preparing COSEWIC status reports on rare, threatened or endangered species for national listing; gaining stewardship of natural areas; monitoring how habitats are affected by development.