projects

Research Projects at The Arboretum

Our Research Department has a long history of conducting projects associated with conserving and restoring plants and plant communities that are native to the Colorado Plateau. One of our goals is to study native plants that grow in Flagstaff’s challenging environment — high-altitude areas that are sensitive to drought, pest outbreak, and other climate-change-related issues.

 

Milkweed for monarchs

To collect local varieties of milkweed and then propagate in seed production beds here at the Arboretum, from which the seeds generated will be available to the public and landowners for their restoration and gardening needs.
The goal is to increase the amounts of native milkweed around Flagstaff to make a more hospitable place for the Monarch.

We have researchers in the field looking for these local genotypes and will be collecting in a few weeks.

Showy Milkweed

For more information on saving the monarch butterflies, please see here:

Southwest Monarch Study

Fish and Wildlife, Save the Monarch

 

Current Projects

To learn more about these projects, download a PDF that describes each in more detail.

  • Guadalupe Mountains Violet (Viola guadalupensis)
  • U.S. Forest Service Native Plant Materials Program
  • Examining Suitable Seed Sources for Sentry Milk-vetch Reintroduction
  • Wupatki National Monument Plant Propagation
  • Center for Plant Conservation National Collection Plants
  • Autumn Buttercup (Ranunculus aestivalis) Project
  • Seeds of Success

Past Projects

To learn more about these projects, download a PDF that describes each in more detail.

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Three Uncommon Penstemons (2006–2007)
  • Endangered Species Act, Section 6 Funds, Verde Valley Endemics (2006–2007)
  • Endangered Species Act, Section 6 Funds, Astragalus Germination (2006–2007)
  • National Park Service, Rare Plants (2004–2007)
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Drought and Rare Plants (2005–2006)
  • New Mexico Oil Shale Project (2006)
  • Arboretum Weed Eradication (2005–2006)
  • Endangered Species Act, Section 6 Funds, North Kaibab (2005–2006)