GCA clubs can cooperate with Federal, State and Local entities to remove invasive plants and inventory rare plants on state and other significant city and county lands. Most projects involve working with professional botanists, and funds are available from GCA to help cover expenses.
The Garden Club of Mount Desert initiated a Partners For Plants project in 2004 monitoring rare plants and eradicating non-native invasive species in Acadia National Park. Club members Elise Felton and Elly Andrews have coordinated these efforts in conjunction with Acadia National Park, Friends of Acadia and an outside professional botanist. This work has continued through the present, and Acadia National Park values the data provided. The research has not only monitored existing rare plant sites, but has uncovered new sites as well. It has both prevented the spread of invasives, and tested various techniques of accomplishing this. Additionally, as members of our club and other volunteers have continued this Partners for Plants project, they have become vested in the project, and share their knowledge and enthusiasm for conservation with others.