DIN%C3%89 NATIVE PLANTS PROGRAM
A PROGRAM UNDER THE NAVAJO NATION DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
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OUR MISSION
To serve as a living library of native plants for restoration, conservation, and research and to provide Din%C3%A9 people with access to locally-sourced high-quality plants for the benefit of the community, culture, wildlife, and land.



The Din%C3%A9 Native Plants Program (DNPP) is new program for the Navajo Natural Heritage Program under the Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife. The DNPP was created due to the lack of available locally sourced native plant material on the Navajo Nation. This program focuses on collecting, banking, and growing local native plants for agency and community use. A BIA-funded feasibility study was conducted in the fall/winter of 2017/2018 to assess Navajo agency, federal, non-profit, and community native plant needs on the Navajo Nation for restoration and/or cultural use. Results from the study indicate an overwhelming need and interest for a native plants program. We found that the use of native plants still remains important to the Din%C3%A9 people and there is more information to gather and learn from one another.



What We Do
   
Collect seeds for widespread native plants on Navajo Nation, especially targeting ecological "workhorse" species and culturally-important species.   Seed bank wild collections for greenhouse plant production and conservation.   Grow genetically-appropriate native plant materials for land restoration on the Navajo Nation.



     
  Restore land and experiment with restoration techniques to improve restoration practices.   Conduct community outreach aimed at the public and Navajo Nation land managers through hands-on workshops covering restoration techniques, plant identification, and cultural uses of plants.  
NAVAJO NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM CONTACT:
PHONE: (928) 871-6472
NAVAJO FISH AND WILDLIFE CONTACT:
PHONE: (928) 871-6450