The Conservation Committee is a group of CoNPS volunteers who advocate for the native plants of Colorado by:
1. Tracking conservation issues in their areas primarily by monitoring conservation websites and Conservation Advocacy Resources.
2. Making public comment on government management plans and policies,
3. And promoting and supporting federal, state and local legislation.
4. Writing articles for our Conservation Corner column in Aquilegia, CoNPS' quarterly newsletter.
5. Serving as a clearinghouse of conservation issues for our society chapters.
6. Promoting and encouraging our members to participate in native plant conservation projects run by our conservation partner agencies . The Rare Plant Monitoring Stewards Program which is run by the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Adopt-a-rare plant program run by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and the Natural Areas Volunteer Stewards Program run by the Colorado Natural Areas Program.
7. And by conducting various special projects in the areas of native plant conservation. Currently we are working with the Native Plant Conservation Campaign to identify Important Plant Areas (IPAs) to feature in Colorado. Working with the Field Studies Committee we have identified four IPAs: Mosquito Range/Hoosier Ridge, Gunnison Basin, Gateway and Rare Plants of the Chalk Barrens. We also encourage our members to serve as citizen scientists, currently by conducting phenology studies in their area through our Adopt-a-Trail Program.
In the past, our committee has run various on-the-ground conservation projects. However, in 2017 we decided to turn all of these projects over to the Field Studies Committee and the Restoration Committee in order to eliminate duplication of effort.
Mo Ewing, Chair
Linda Smith Co-chair