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An Overview of NRCS's PLANTS Database and Website

Participate to learn the basics of the National Plant Data Team’s PLANTS database and website. Established in 1990, the PLANTS database is an international standard for plant information. The accompanying website is the most visited in the agency, receiving between 30,000-50,000 page views per day. PLANTS is the central repository of basic plant information for NRCS. PLANTS data are used by NRCS in the implementation of several conservation initiatives, including: pollinator plantings; cover crop selections, establishment and maintenance; soil health planning; ecological site descriptions; climate change planning, recognizing the need to adapt and/or mitigate using appropriate plant materials; and invasive plant eradication/mitigation. In addition to NRCS, PLANTS serves many other agencies in USDA (APHIS, ARS, FAS, FS), USDI (BLM, NPS, BIA, FWS, USGS), DOD (Army Corps of Engineers), and EPA, state and local agencies, conservation organizations, academic researchers, and the general public and global users. PLANTS provides data for the approximately 25,000 native and naturalized plant species in the United States and its possessions. Plant data available include scientific and common names, distribution, photographs and illustrations, characteristics important for conservation and wildlife planning, legal status information (endangered and threatened, invasive, noxious, wetland), and scientific references. This webinar will serve as a primer on how to use the PLANTS database and website.

This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Contact, National Technology Specialist, for more information about this webinar.


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