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Collaboration and Networks

These network links and collaborations 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

Collaboration Opportunities

  1.      TACF chestnut seed program application
  2.      TACF - Journal article June 2016 pdf

Networks and Databases

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 is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the area of conservation, education, science, and recreation. These institutions meet the highest standards in animal care and provide a fun, safe, and educational family experience.

AZH – Association for Zoological Horticulture is dedicated to the advancement of horticulture in zoos, zoological parks, botanic gardens, and aquariums. AZH works to highlight the importance of plants within zoos and aquariums, and seeks to support the horticulturists and gardens who work in a zoological setting. 

BGANZ - Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand represents the interests of botanic gardens in Australia and New Zealand promoting their interests and generally enhaning the state of botanic gardens for the benefit of the community.

BGCI – 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 is a nonprofit membership society whose mission is to promote biology. BSA's objectives are to sustain and provide improved education about plants, encourage basic plant research, provide expertise, direction, and position statements concerning plants and ecosystems, and foster communication within the botanical community and between botanists and the rest of humankind. 

CPC – Center for Plant Conservation is dedicated to preventing the extinction of U.S. native plants. CPC is a network of more than 40 leading botanic institutions and operates the only coordinated national program for ex situ conservation of rare plant material. 

ENSCONET – European Seed Conservation Network, coordinated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has been transforming the way that the seeds of Europe's wild plant species are conserved. It exists as a community where data, expertise, problem solving and facilities for wild species seed banks can be shared. 

ERA – Ecological Restoration Alliance is an association of botanic gardens actively engaged in ecological rest approximately 18,000 members throughout the country. ERA 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 brings together organizations in order to contribute to the implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) which sets targets in plant conservation to be achieved by 2020. 

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).

IDS - The International Dendrology Society is an international society with members from all over the world and a programme of events, tours and study days. The aims are to promote the study and enjoyment of trees and other woody plants, to bring together dendrologists from all round the world, and to protect and conserve rare and endangered plant species worldwide.

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

IPNI - International Plant Names Index

ISA - International Society of Arboriculture promotes the professional practice of arboriculture through research, technology, and education and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees. 

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 is a group of gardeners with the objective of increasing ex situ conservation from China to North America. The group explores the temperate zones of China for plant species that are compatible with the environment of the north eastern US and transfers them to these areas for conservation. 

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.

POWO - Plants of the world online. Browse 1,423,000 global plant names, 200,300 detailed descriptions, and 374,900 images

RNGA  - The Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Program was developed in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Service. The goals of the program are to provide people and organizations who work in reforestation and conservation with relevant resources, the very latest technical information, and links to other organizations and individuals with similar interests. 

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.

WFO - The world flora online, an online flora of all known plants