The North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) is a network of botanical gardens and arboreta working to coordinate a continent-wide approach to plant germplasm preservation, and to promote high standards of plant collections management. NAPCC Collections may serve as reference collections for plant identification and cultivar registration. Collection holders make germplasm available for taxonomic studies, evaluation, breeding, and other research. Participating institutions compare holdings with others to identify duplications and gaps. This makes efficient use of available resources, strengthening collections through combined collaborative activities. This program is part of the American Public gardens Association. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens holds the nations collection of Colorado’s alpine flora. As part of this NAPCC program, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens works to develop this special collection of plants through seed collections, propagation, cultivation and plant sharing.