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Mercer has been working with the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) since 1989 and is one of 38 botanic facilities in the nation that maintains CPC’s National Collection of Endangered Plants. Mercer provides technical guidance and assists with the restoration and maintenance of these rare plant populations. Mercer also serves as a rescue holding center for rare plants from local and out-of-state partners. Mercer staff and volunteers assist with rare plant monitoring, seed collection, and processing, as well as propagation and on-site maintenance.

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Conservation efforts include rescue, propagation, and restoration. At Mercer, volunteers clean seeds for storage or prepare them for germination. Seeds to be stored are packaged and frozen in a standard freezer and a subset is sent to the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, a national seed storage facility in Ft. Collins, CO.