In 2002, native plant societies and other grassroots native plant conservation advocacy groups throughout the United States formed the Native Plant Conservation Campaign (NPCC), a national network of affiliate native plant societies, botanical gardens, and other plant conservation organizations. The NPCC has 37 affiliate groups nationwide, including wildflower groups, arboreta and native plant societies, representing more than 80,000 native plant conservation enthusiasts.
The need for native plant conservation advocacy is more acute than ever. More plants are imperiled every day as climate change and habitat loss continue to accelerate. Further, conservation laws and policies, as well as the priorities of many environmental organizations, remain focused disproportionately on animals - particularly charismatic mammals. As a result, programs for plant conservation are substantially inferior to those for animals:
The NPCC seeks to redress these discrepancies and improve legal protections and conservation programs for native plants. We work to increase cooperation and collaboration among native plant conservation advocates. We also strive to strengthen and expand the constituency for native plants in the U.S.
Networks for plant conservation activities established or strengthened at national, regional and international levels
The Global Strategy explains the need for networks:
"Networks can enhance communication and provide a mechanism to exchange information, know-how and technology. Networks will provide an important component in the coordination of effort among many stakeholders for the achievement of all the targets of the strategy. They will also help to avoid duplication of effort and to optimise the efficient allocation of resources. Effective networks provide a means to develop common approaches to plant conservation problems, to share policies and priorities and to help disseminate the implementation of all such policies at different levels. They can also help to strengthen links between different sectors relevant to conservation, e.g. the botanical, environmental, agricultural, forest and educational sectors. Networks provide an essential link between on-the-ground conservation action and coordination, monitoring and policy development at all levels. This target is understood to include the broadening of participation in existing networks, as well as the establishment, where necessary, of new networks."
The Native Plant Conservation Campaign is one such network.