Research

Research at The Arboretum

The Research Department collaborates with other departments to achieve The Arboretum’s mission. Our primary focus is plant conservation, an area that encompasses rare plants, plant biology, invasive weeds, and horticultural trials, among other topics.

The Colorado Plateau is home to 6,000 plant species, 34 of which are federally listed as threatened or endangered; many others are considered rare. This region is unique because federal agencies manage 55 percent of the land area. The Arboretum has developed strong working relationships with local land managers and scientists to research, restore, and recover species found in this unique environment.

The Arboretum is a charter member of the Center for Plant Conservation and currently cares for 30 national collection plant species. The Research Department seeks to conserve these species using ex-situ (off-site) propagation, seed storage, and monitoring methods.

All of these efforts require help from a strong core of volunteers, without which we would fail to meet our conservation goals.

To restore regional native landscapes, we need local seeds and the knowledge to grow them. The Research Department participates in the Seeds of Success Program sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management and plays a leading role in the Northern Arizona Native Seed Alliance (NANSA).  

Located on The Arboretum grounds, Merriam-Powell Research Station enables land managers and scientists from far and wide an affordable means to come examine the unique flora and fauna of the Colorado Plateau.