Restoration Committee

The Restoration Committee
works to encourage the use of Colorado native plants in private and public landscaping and in the restoration, rehabilitation and revegetation of disturbed areas. It actively communicates and promotes a stance of zero tolerance for any non-native species that are documented as posing a threat to Colorado’s native plants and native plant communities. 

Activities of the committee include: preparing guidelines for the use of locally native plants in public and private landscaping; communicating with nurseries, seed suppliers, landscape architects, and federal, state and local governments to increase awareness of the ecological benefits and importance of using locally native plants in landscaping and restoration/revegetation projects; to promote the propagation and sale of native plants; work with other CoNPS Committees to develop programs to increase public awareness of the importance of using native plants for landscaping and restoration; watch for and protest against the introduction of invasive, non-native species.

The Committee is currently working on native plant gardening guides for a number of regions of the state: Front Range/foothills; Plains/prairies; High Mountain Areas; Southeastern Colorado; Western Colorado (Grand Junction and South). The guides will include information on native plants appropriate for gardening/landscaping in these regions and will provide garden plans.  For more information, please contact Restoration Committee Chair, Sara Copp-Franz at  


Parachute Creek Canyon, Roan Plateau, Garfield County
[photo credit]

We need volunteers for the following projects:
1)    Assist with plant sales and seed exchanges.

2)    Contact nurseries and seed companies regarding distribution of our Native Plants for Pollinators handout.

3)   Review and update our list of nurseries that carry a good select of native plants

4)   Compile a file of city, county, state and federal regulations that pertain to the use of native plants in landscaping and in the restoration and revegetation of disturbed areas.  Review these rules and regulations, recommend changes and supply information as necessary to further the objectives of the Society.

5)    Compile a list of landscape architects; in collaboration with the Education & Outreach Committee, teach landscape architects about landscaping with local native plants.

Committee Members

Jim Tolstrup
Sara Copp-Franz
Amy Yarger
Susan Crick Smith
Jan Turner
Nick Daniel

Gayfeather (Liatris spp.)

White-Stemless Evening Primrose
(Oenothera caespitosa)

Gaillardia and Sweat Bee

Prickly Poppy (Argemone polyanthemose)