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The Native Plant Conservation Program works with governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and individuals to conserve Oregon’s rich natural heritage of native plant diversity. This program is directed by the Oregon legislature to protect those native plants facing the greatest threats to their survival. This is achieved through two avenues: research and regulation. Research focuses on the development of conservation protocols for rare vascular plants through (1) taxonomic investigations of poorly known populations or species proposed for legal protection under the Endangered Species Act; (2) developing methods for re-introducing and recovering populations of critically endangered species, by integrating life history studies in the field and greenhouse; and (3) evaluating the roles of pollination and floral predation in limiting rare plant species. On the regulatory side, the program is responsible for setting the guidelines on listing, reclassifying, and delisting plant species as threatened or endangered species and for developing and administering a permit system for commercial transactions and scientific taking of threatened and endangered species.
This website provides information regarding Oregon’s rare plants, their legal listing status and the listing process, listed plant permits and consultations, and the research being done to assist conservation efforts. Links to publications and other useful websites give further information about these important members of Oregon ecosystems. If you have any questions that are not answered by this site or comments about this site, please feel free to contact the Native Plant Conservation Program staff. Staff/Contact Page