DIN%C3%89 NATIVE PLANTS PROGRAM
A PROGRAM UNDER THE NAVAJO NATION DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
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Past Projects





2019 BIA Tribal Resilience Grant

Propagated 4,000 native restoration species in the NN Forestry greenhouse for an experimental garden led by the USGS RAMPS program and a demonstration garden at Tolani Lake Enterprise. We also held 6 plant identification and propagation workshops in surrounding communities.



Current Projects



   
Seed Increase Pilot Project

During the 2019 Tribal Resilience workshop series, the participants expressed interest in learning about native seed increase production. In October 2020, we began work on establishing a field located at North Leupp Family Farms. We currently have 900 plugs of Blue Grama, Alkali Sacaton, and Sideoats Grama grasses in production. We are in the process of installing stooling beds for willow and cottonwoods and we’ll be adding other important forbs, grasses, and shrubs collected from Navajo Nation populations of wild collected seeds and cuttings.
  Ancestral Lands Seed Collecting Crew

Another goal for the Din%C3%A9 Native Plants Program is to educate the youth and inspire them to become advocates for the land and native plants. We are collaborating with the Southwest Conservation Corps Ancestral Lands Program to employ a 2 person seed collecting crew. They will get hands-on experience and contribute to DNPP's seed banking operations.
  Riparian Restoration in the Chuska Mountains

Restore 112 acres of riparian habitat in Tsaile Creek , Black Creek Waterhsed, and Chuska Mountains to increase water retention and climate resiliance. The permiting process is in motion and Chapter resolutions will need to be passed before we start on-the-ground revegetation.



     
  Custom Greenhouse and Seed-lab Build at the Navajo Nation Zoo

The plants program is working towards developing a native plant seed bank and attached greenhouse associated with the Navajo Nation Zoo facility in Window Rock, AZ. The purpose of the seed bank and greenhouse is to provide a location for native seed storage for future ecological restoration on the Navajo Nation. We also require a space for community and professional workshops for educational purposes and we found that the Navajo Nation Zoo can provide the space to carry out such workshops.
  Community Native Plant Sale

In the future, we foresee the plants program growing native plants for the community. Our mission is to educate the Dine people about using native plants to create resilient ecosystems. We want to promote the beauty of native plants and encourage homeowners to incorporate them within their home landscapes for the benefit of people as well as important native wildlife such as pollinators.
 
NAVAJO NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM CONTACT:
PHONE: (928) 871-6472
NAVAJO FISH AND WILDLIFE CONTACT:
PHONE: (928) 871-6450