You’ve heard that “extinction is forever,” but did you know that in the U.S. 25 percent of our native plants are at risk? Think about that: one-quarter of the base of the food chain that leads to your own dinner table. Now consider that the loss of a single plant species can disrupt an intricate web of plants, insects, and animals that have evolved together over millennia.
Help New England Wild Flower Society save the plants and the planet! The Society is trying to build a “seed ark” by collecting and preserving seeds from at least 2,000 populations of the 387 globally and regionally rare plants in New England—and 10 of those species appear nowhere else in the world. Five percent of the region’s native plants have already disappeared from New England; now is the time to save the 17 percent that are on the brink of being lost—because of a combination of threats that include converting land to development, invasive species, and climate change.
Your contribution will help us match a $500,000 challenge grant and meet our seed banking goal. It takes on average $2,500 to preserve one population of a single species. Help us raise the $250,000 needed to save 100 populations. Properly collected and stored seeds can last for centuries and can be used to restore plants in the wild.
Please donate for Giving Tuesday and save imperiled plants!
ABOUT NEW ENGLAND WILD FLOWER SOCIETY:
The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes.
Founded in 1900, the Society is the nation’s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. The Society’s headquarters, Garden in the Woods, is a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham, Massachusetts, that attracts visitors from all over the world. From this base, 25 staff and more than 700 volunteers work throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity, detect and control invasive species, conduct research, and offer a range of educational programs. The Society also operates a native plant nursery at in western Massachusetts and has seven sanctuaries in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont that are open to the public.