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Collaboration and Networks

Collaboration opportunities

               Plant Collections Network

               American Chestnut Foundation

                         ACF program application

                         ACF - June 2016 pdf

               Urban Horticulture Institute

               North America China Plant Expedition Consortium (NACPEC)

These network links are being provided to assist you in collaborating within the arboretum community. To contribute a link to the Arboretum Network database, please contact the ArbNet Coordinator at

APGA – American Public Gardens Association is advancing public gardens as a force for positive change in their communities through leadership, innovation, and advocacy, and envisions a world where public gardens are indispensable.

AZA – Association of Zoos & Aquariums

AZH – Association for Zoological Horticulture

BGCI – Botanic Gardens Conservation International,Botanic Gardens Conservation International is an international organization that exists to ensure the world-wide conservation of threatened plants, the continued existence of which are intrinsically linked to global issues including poverty, human well-being and climate change.

BSA – Botanical Society of America

CPC – Center for Plant Conservation

ENSCONET – European Seed Conservation Network

ERA – Ecological Restoration Alliance is an association of botanic gardens actively engaged in ecological restoration. Members of the Alliance have agreed to support efforts to scale up the restoration of damaged, degraded and destroyed ecosystems around the world, with the goal of restoring 100 places by 2020.

GCA – Garden Clubs of America is a volunteer nonprofit organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 members throughout the country. GCA members passionately devote their energies and expertise to a wide array of projects in their communities and across the nation.

GPPC – Global Partnership for Plant Conservation

GTC – Global Trees Campaign, a joint initiative between Botanic Gardens Conservation International and Fauna & Flora International (, in association with other partners around the world, works to save the world's most threatened tree species and their habitats through provision of information, conservation action and support for sustainable use. The campaign focuses on trees as flagship species for conservation of ecosystems and landscapes, and enables local people to carry out rescue and sustainable use operations.

GTSG – Global Tree Specialist Group brings together international, regional and national organizations in order to contribute to the implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC).

IABG – International Association of Botanical Gardens was formed in 1954 and is a worldwide organization being affiliated to the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) as a commission of the International Association of Botanical and Mycological Societies (IABMS).

IPEN – International Plant Exchange Network, an instrument of botanic gardens to fulfil the ABS provisions.

ISA - Internation Society of Arborculture

ISPN – International Sentinel Plant Network was developed to facilitate collaboration amongst institutes around the world, with a focus on linking botanic gardens and arboreta, National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) and plant health scientists.

IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature's mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

LCC – Landscape Conservation Cooperative, are applied conservation science partnerships with two main functions. The first is to provide the science and technical expertise needed to support conservation planning at landscape scales – beyond the reach or resources of any one organization and 2nd is to promote collaboration among their members in defining shared conservation goals.

MIPN – Midwest Invasive Plant Network's mission is to reduce the impact of invasive plant species in the Midwest.

NACPEC – North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium

PCA – Plant Conservation Alliance is a collaborative partnership among 12 federal agency members  and over 300 non-federal cooperators. PCA Members and Cooperators work collaboratively to solve the problems of native plant conservation and native habitat restoration, ensuring the sustainability of our ecosystems.

SITES™ - Sustainable Sites Initiative is a program based on the understanding that land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed, and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes.

SOS – Seeds of Success is the national native seed collection program, led by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with a variety of federal agencies and non-federal organizations.

SOS – Save our Species is a global coalition initiated by the 3 founding partners IUCN, GEF and World Bank to build the biggest species conservation fund, supporting on-the-ground field conservation projects all over the world.

SSC – Species Survival Commission is a science-based network of more than 7,500 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world, all working together towards achieving the vision of A world that values and conserves present levels of biodiversity.