Here are some interesting facts about the Grand Canyon National Park:
- It has more plant species than any other park!
- It has undertaken many successful native plant restoration projects on the North Rim, along the Colorado River Corridor, and on the South Rim, and more and more restoration projects are being identified all the time.
- It is collaborating with The Arboretum at Flagstaff to protect the rare and endangered Astragalus cremnophylax var. cremnophylax (Sentry milkvetch) by propagating and growing new plants in its greenhouse, and is undertaking a genetic study to determine how the distant populations in the park are related.
- Thousands and thousands and thousands of native plants are grown for restoration projects at a plant nursery and in an out-dated, inadequate greenhouse on the South Rim.
- The increasing needs for plant restoration projects make it imperative to expand the park’s plant nursery, establish a seed bank, and build a passive solar greenhouse
- A few friends have asked how they can help with this greenhouse project, and they suggested that other AZNPS members might be interested in helping, too.
If you would like to “Be a Part of Something GRAND”, here’s how:
- Make a donation online at http://www.grandcanyon.org/
- Call the Grand Canyon Association at 1.800.858.2808 to make a credit card donation.
- Send a check (specifying the greenhouse project) made out to the GCA to:Grand Canyon AssociationPO Box 399Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
If you would like to volunteer with the Vegetation Program, check out opportunities for 2014 at http://www.volunteers.gov/
They will be posted soon.
If you would like to join a group of Flagstaff volunteers on our Vegetation Crew trips in 2014, contact Dorothy Lamm at Lammke@msn.com Your name/email address will be placed on a separate email list. You’ll have a great time and you’ll be contributing to our magnificent Grand Canyon National Park.