WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mike Braun and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) introduced a bipartisan resolution designating April 2023 as “National Native Plant Month” and recognizing the importance of native plants to environmental conservation and restoration, as well as in supporting a diversity of wildlife.
“As a lifelong outdoorsman, I know that native plants are key to the conservation of our environment and the preservation of biodiversity. Indiana is home to over 1,700 native plants, so I’m proud to join in the effort to designate April as National Native Plant Month.” – Sen. Braun
“There are thousands of native plant species in the U.S. and Hawaii is home to over 40 percent of our country’s threatened and endangered plant species. In Hawaii, native plants are crucial to the islands’ history, culture, and environment, which is why our communities prioritize the preservation of our unique biodiversity. I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan resolution recognizing April as National Native Plant Month and I encourage people in Hawaii and across the country to learn more about their local native plants and explore opportunities to preserve these valuable species.” – Sen. Hirono
The full text of the resolution is available here.
The resolution has gained widespread support across the country from national and regional organizations, including: Center for Plant Conservation; Keep America Beautiful; National Audubon Society; National Parks Conservation Association; National Wildlife Foundation; Native Plant Society of the United States; The Garden Club of America; The Great Healthy Yard Project; The Nature Conservancy; Wild Ones: Native Plants; Native Plant Trust; Pollinator Partnership, Great Lakes Region; Southeastern Grasslands Institute; The Wilderness Center; Weed Wrangle; Western Reserve Land Conservancy.
It has also been endorsed by organizations from 49 states, including: Friends of Birmingham; Botanical Gardens; Little Garden Club of Birmingham (GCA); Alaska Botanical Gardens; Alaska Invasive Species Partnership; Alaska Master Gardeners Anchorage; Alaska Native Plant Society; Anchorage Soil & Water Conservation District; Arizona Native Plant Society; Wild Ones Ozark Chapter; California Botanic Garden; Denver Botanic Garden; Native Plant Trust, Connecticut; University of Delaware, Dr. Doug Tallamy; Florida Native Plant Society; Georgia Native Plant Society; Green Gardens Education and Designs; Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs; Boys & Girls Club of Hawai’i; Conservation Council for Hawai’i; Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement; Kamehameha Schools; Kanaeokana; Kua’?ina Ulu ‘Auamo; Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle; Laukahi: The Hawai’i Plant Conservation Network; National Tropical Botanical Garden; Papa Ola L?kahi; Partners in Development Foundation; The Garden Club of Honolulu; The Outdoor Circle; Idaho Native Plant Society; The Illinois Native Plant Society; Illinois Prairie Chapter for Wild Ones; Gibson Woods Chapter of Wild Ones; Hoosier Environmental Council; Indiana Native Plant Society; Indiana Nature LLC; Indiana Wildlife Federation; Save the Dunes; State of Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management; Wild Ones South Bend Chapter; Iowa Native Plant Society; Loess Hills Wild Ones; Deep Roots, Inc.; Native Lands Restoration Collaborative; Vinland Valley Nursery; Kentucky Native Plant Society; Louisiana Native Plant Society; Horticulture Society of Maryland; Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club; Wild Ones Nation’s Capital Chapter; Camden Garden Club; Native Plant Trust, Maine; Wild Ones – Arrowhead Chapter; Wild Ones Midcoast Maine; Wild Seed Project; Native Plant Trust, Massachusetts; Friends of Buck Creek; Michigan Wildflower Farm; Native Plant Guild; Plaster Creek Stewards, Calvin University; Wild Ones Mid-Mitten Chapter; Minnesota Native Plant Society; Wild Ones Prairie Edge Chapter; Mississippi Native Plant Society; 3GFarm; Cass County Sustainability Committee; Deep Roots, Inc. (also in Kansas); Gaylena’s Garden; Hartke Nursery; Missouri Wildflowers Nursery; South Grand River Watershed Alliance; Sugar Creek Gardens; Sunflower Goddess; The GardeNerd; The Missouri Prairie Foundation; The Westport Garden Club (GCA); Montana Native Plant Society A; Nebraska Native Plant Society; Nebraska Statewide Arboretum; Nevada Native Plant Society; Native Plant Trust, New Hampshire; Native Plant Society of New Jersey; Wild Ones New Jersey Gateway Chapter; Native Plant Society of New Mexica; New York Botanical Garden; North Carolina Botanical Garden; The North Carolina Native Plant Society; Wild Ones Charlotte Piedmont Chapter; Aullwood Audubon, Dayton; Big Creek Connects; City of Munroe Falls; Civic Garden Center; Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District; Federated Garden Clubs, Cincinnati and Vicinity; Keep Ohio Beautiful; Klyn Nurseries, Inc.; Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity; Laurel Garden Club; Medina County Park District; Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio; Nature Scoop; Ohio Environmental Council (OEC); Ohio Native Plant Month; Save Ohio Bees; Pennsylvania Native Plant Society; Native Plant Trust, Rhode Island; South Carolina Botanical Garden; SD Association of Conservation Districts; South Dakota Grasslands Coalition; Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center; Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance; Wild Ones Middle Tennessee Chapter; Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; Native Plant Society of Texas; Utah Native Plant Society; Native Plant Trust, Vermont; Foundation of the State Arboretum; Wild Ones Appalachian Highlands Chapter; Wild Ones Richmond Virginia Chapter; Washington Native Plant Society; Lubeck Acres Garden Club; Lubeck School Conservation & Garden Club; West Virginia Native Plant Society; Aldo Leopold Foundation; Wyoming Native Plant Society.