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Our goal is to educate visitors about the deterioration of plant biodiversity around the world and particularly the vulnerability of the worlds high alpine flora.

At 8,200 feet on the Roof of the Rockies, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is uniquely positioned to address conservation of the fragile alpine environment. The Gardens has partnered with Denver Botanic Gardens to author the North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Alpine Plant Conservation. Through a series of Objectives and Targets the goal of the strategy is to create a plan for protecting North America’s alpine plants.

The Botanical Garden Strategy for Alpine Plant Conservation

Plant conservation is an integral part of the mission of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. 

Research

Priority conservation efforts concentrate on wild habitats and native plant populations. Our efforts include monitoring rare plant populations and studying Important Plant Areas

Conservation

To support in-situ conservation additional efforts such as seed banking and growing plants in botanical garden collections are extremely valuable techniques.

Outreach

With over 100,000 visitors a year the role of gardens like Betty Ford Alpine Gardens to inform the public cannot be over estimated. By giving visitors the information they need to understand the alpine environment they will learn to appreciate and protect. 

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North American Botanical gardens strategy for alpine plant conservation

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Habitat

Habitat Protection – Colorado is full of natural treasures that people come from all over the world to see. These treasures can be threatened by many different impacts such as recreational use, development and agriculture. Protecting habitat can be accomplished by many different methods such as education or physical barriers.

Platanthera sparsiflora var ensifolia – Canyon Bog Orchid grows in wet areas along the Eagle River. This unusual orchid is threatened by walking trails to the river in the vicinity of one of the Colorado Department of Transport rest areas. CDOT worked with BFAG and signs were installed to advise visitors to stay on established pathways. Shrine Pass trail. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens recognized that the Shrine Pass trail, in the vicinity of the Shrine Pass huts, was impacting the fragile wetland flora. BFAG volunteers built a boardwalk though the wetlands to protect its rich plant life.

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Global Strategy for Plant Conservation – To move toward a sustainable future, we must set goals and work to achieve them. The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) aims to halt the continuing loss of plant diversity. By setting targets and reviewing progress, we see how our efforts can make a big difference.

The GSPC aims to guide world plant conservation. See link to document below.Vision Without plants, there is no life. The functioning of the planet, and our survival, depends upon plants. The Strategy seeks to halt the continuing loss of plant diversity.

Mission statement The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation is a catalyst for working together at all levels – local, national, regional and global – to understand, conserve and use sustainably the world’s immense wealth of plant diversity while promoting awareness and building the necessary capacities for its implementation. This strategy was adopted in The Hague on 19th April, 2002 and then updated for 2011-2020. Its vision is of a positive, sustainable future where human activities support the diversity of plant life (including the endurance of plant genetic diversity, survival of plant species and communities and their associated habitats and ecological associations), and where in turn the diversity of plants support and improve our livelihoods and well-being. The strategy sets out 16 targets: https://www.cbd.int/gspc. Botanical Gardens are playing an instrumental role in this global effort. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Director, Nicola Ripley was part of the North American team assembled in 2010 to assess progress on the strategy and create its updated vision for 2011-2020.

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Research

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Conserve

Global Strategy for Plant Conservation – To move toward a sustainable future, we must set goals and work to achieve them. The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) aims to halt the continuing loss of plant diversity. By setting targets and reviewing progress, we see how our efforts can make a big difference.

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