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Non-Profit Organizations (17)

None of the listed non profit conservation organizations are vetted or guaranteed by the OCC. They have agreed to a be accountable and open with the funding they receive from 1% FOC participants. Non-Profit Conservation Agreement (30 kb)|html

Grande Ronde Overlook Wildflower Institute Serving Ecological Restoration (GROWISER), La Grande, Oregon
The GROWISER native plant preserve was originally founded in 1993 as a non-profit corporation to preserve a pristine 160 acre site in northeastern Oregon. Included among the 190 native plants on the preserve, are nine orchids. It is hoped that the GROWISER model will be used to establish many more orchid preserves.

GROWISER on Oregon Public Broadcasting https://www.opb.org/television/programs/ofg/segment/
an 8 minute movie and a slideshow.

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GROWISERcontact: Andy Huber

North American Orchid Conservation Center
NAOCC is a coalition of organizations dedicated to conserving the diverse orchid heritage of the U.S. and Canada. Based at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, it also includes the National Zoological Park, the National Museum of Natural History, and Smithsonian Gardens. The U.S. Botanic Garden is the other founding partner. The initial group of public and private organizations that support NAOCC have joined forces with a common goal: to ensure the survival of native orchids for future generations. To this end, NAOCC’s collaborators are working to preserve habitats, create and maintain national collections of seeds and orchid mycorrhizal fungi, and support research on orchid ecology, conservation and restoration. An important goal of NAOCC is to provide the public with opportunities to join in the effort to conserve native orchids.

Go Orchids, by the Native Amerixan Orchid Conservation Center, is a tool to explore orchids native to the U.S. and Canada. Go Orchids will initially focus on orchids in New England and the mid-Atlantic. Orchids of the southeast and Alaska will be added this year and all remaining orchids in two years.

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contact: Dennis Whigham

The Orchid Ark, Chiang Mai, Thailand
A group of orchid lovers, academic professionals and environmentalists have concluded that the orchids are not safe in the national parks. An alternative is to create orchid arks, i.e. a network of fenced and controlled private areas where indigenous orchids can be grown and propagated by seeds to maintain genetic variation. Such an area should not just be a nursery, but a woodland with orchids and many plant species to stimulate presence of natural pollinators and fungal symbionts, preventing degeneration in germination, morphology and fragrance by natural selection.

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contact: Eric Danell

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Robert Price is the curator of Vallarta Botanical Gardens (VBG) located in the Puerto Vallarta area of Mexico. The Puerto Vallarta area has an amazing diversity and abundance of wild orchid species which first inspired Robert Price with the concept of developing a Botanical Gardens here for the purpose of promoting public awareness, education, appreciation and with the end result being conservation of the region’s vast plant and orchid biodiversity.Throughout our relatively short five year history the VBG has achieved significant results and sustained considerable growth, and has become acknowledged both locally and abroad as an important and valuable institution for orchid conservation.

contact: Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Asociación de Productores de Orquideas de El Valle y Cabuya (Association of Orchid Producers in El Valle and Cabuya)
APROVACA is a non-profitable organization dedicated to the conservation of native species of orchids in the charming little town of Panama, El Valle de Antón. It was established on May 15, 2001 with the goal of protecting endangered endemic species of orchids and thus contributing to the conservation of the amazing biodiversity of the region and the Republic of Panama.

contact: [email protected]

Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary
The Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary is a forest garden in the Western Ghat mountains of Kerala, India, dedicated to conservation and education. Founded in 1981, the Sanctuary is a garden of wild plant species grown at the edge of a large rainforest reserve. Our central intention is to restore endangered species and habitats in a highly fragmented landscape, in which only a fraction of original forest remains and much of the native flora is extracted for human use.

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 contact: [email protected]

Native Orchid Conservation Inc
Native Orchid Conservation Inc is a non-profit organization, founded in April of 1998, whose purpose is to protect unique mini-ecosystems and their plant communities. This primarily involves native orchids but can also extend to other rare and/or endangered plants. For more information on NOCI objectives: https://www.nativeorchid.org/aboutnoci.htm

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 contact: Doris Ames

Debwendon Inc
Debwendon Inc is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to promote and preserve the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve, raise public awareness of the historic cultural connection between the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and the Brokenhead Wetland, construct and maintain over the long term a boardwalk and interpretive trail adjacent to the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve, and raise funds toward those ends.
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    contact: Carl Smith

Jardin Botanico Las Orquideas
The Orchid and Botanical Garden of the Ecuadorian Amazon is the fruit of an idea that began in Puyo in 1980. Here you can discover orchids in their natural setting, in a small restored forest in the upper Amazon basin. This reserve is a site of scientific inquiry, thanks to the work of its owner, Señor Omar Tello. The reserve, former pasture land that was restored by hand through amidst decades of deforestation, hosts a variety of Andean orchids, salvaged from fallen forests of the local region.

Jardin Botanicolas Las Orquideas  contact: Señor Omar Tello

Orchid Conservation Alliance
is a non-profit orchid conservation organization that collects donations from a variety of sources, reviews grants, and distributes money to worthwhile orchid conservation projects. The funding and the granting will be transparent. There will be feedback: amount of money collected and granted, reports on conservation projects (progress and success), pictures, and people involved.

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Orchid Conservation Alliance contact: Peter Tobias

Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens' spectacular 23-acre urban oasis, offering an unforgettable artistic garden experience, as well as a living laboratory for education and acclaimed conservation and research programs. Additional sites at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, a 750-acre native plant refuge in Littleton; Mount Goliath, a high altitude trail and interpretive site filled with alpine wildflowers on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway; and Centennial Gardens, a five-acre formal garden in downtown Denver, extend our rich horticultural offerings throughout the Front Range.

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contact: Denver Botanic Gardens

In July 2005 a group of concerned Ecuadorian and international scientists and conservationists started a foundation to do something to save these plants and the other threatened organisms of Ecuador's forests. EcoMinga is efficiently preserve biodiversity by a mixture of innovative and traditional approaches to protect strategic centers of endemism in Ecuador. We also work with local communities and international tourists to raise awareness about the value of Ecuador's biodiversity.

EcoMinga contact: Lou Jost

Plant Restoration, Conservation and Propagation Biotechnology Program Researchers in the PLANT RESTORATION, CONSERVATION AND PROPAGATION BIOTECHNOLOGY PROGRAM (University of Florida, Environmental Horticulture Department) combine multiple disciplines to develop species recovery plans for Florida’s native orchids. Studying several aspects of a plant’s biology and ecology results in a more complete picture of that species’ life strategy, and improves the likelihood of successful species conservation. Additional Summary Information

Plant Restoration, Conservationcontact: Michael Kane

Tropical Research and Education Center At the Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC), University of Florida, Homestead, FL, USA, we have established a long term research program on orchid production and conservation. This is a broad program aiming to enhance and promote orchid propagation and conservation through a variety of approaches and techniques, including plant tissue culture, cryopreservation, cell growth and development, and gene expression studies. Additional Summary Information

TRECcontact: Wagner A. Vendrame

Orchid Conservation International is an independent, non-profit organization, established to provide a firm funding base for the work of the Orchid Specialist Group (OSG) of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of The World Conservation Union (IUCN). The OCI awards grants for orchid conservation on an annual basis. Link to: OCI 2006 Awards

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