Past Projects and Achievements

Adopt-a-Plant Alberta (APA)

APA was a not-for-profit, volunteer-based program that ran from 2005 to 2014, and operated under the auspices of the ANPC. The two main areas of the program were collection of data on target rare plant species (to be used in status assessments) and participation in recovery actions for listed species, with a focus on inventory/monitoring and habitat stewardship. Since its inception in 2005, APA completed six successful field seasons and trained dozens of volunteers who spent hundreds of hours locating and documenting occurrences of rare plants, bryophytes, and lichens and taken part in habitat stewardship activities throughout the province. Over 100 volunteers participated in APA either as volunteers, professional botanists, field trip leaders, etc. APA volunteers contributed over 170 records to ACIMS, identified 95 rare plant species and submitted over 20 specimens to herbariums.

Each field season began with a training session in May to prepare volunteers for the field season with information and tools, over conservation and stewardship field events were organized, as well as other trips and excursions. Some of these events were in support of provincial efforts such as the annual Western Spiderwort Monitoring and Habitat Stewardship with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Western Blue Flag Population Inventory with the MULTISAR Program and the Tiny Cryptanthe and Small-flowered Sand Verbena Monitoring and Habitat Stewardship with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development and Medicine Hat College.

Overall, the project resulted in additional data for a number of Alberta’s rare plants, improved stewardship of several plant species at risk, and a group of knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers interested in conserving Alberta’s rare plants and their habitats. The success that the APA program achieved would not have been possible without the commitment of its volunteers and the support of a host of other volunteers that play a vital role, volunteering their time to coach at workshops, lead field events, verify specimens, provide maps of rare plant search areas, maintain the APA website, and many other efforts.

View Adopt-A-Plant Alberta: A Volunteer-Based Conservation Initiative For Rare Plants And Lichens (2010) here.

Rogues Gallery Wiki

“Posey’s Rogues” or the “Rogues Gallery” was a gallery of exotic invasive and non-invasive plants of Alberta which grew from a seed planted by ANPC member James B. Posey and was a collective effort to collect information about identification, distribution, severity of threat to native ecosystems, and management of invasive alien plant species currently in Alberta, or likely to occur here. It was last modified on 3 June 2018 and was accessed 821,281 times.

Recipient of a 2010 Emerald Award

The ANPC was recognized for its efforts in promoting knowledge of Alberta’s native plants; conserving Alberta’s native plant species and their habitats; and preserving plant species and habitat for the enjoyment of present and future generations by the Alberta Emerald Foundation in 2010.

Find more information about Emerald Awards here.