US National Arboretum


Draft of New Strategic Plan

Dear Employees and Stakeholders,

The U. S. National Arboretum is developing a new, 5-year strategic plan to guide programs, policies, decisions, and resource use to achieve the mission and goals of the organization.  We are seeking your review and guidance of a “Discussion Draft” of the plan as the next step in development of this new strategy.  The ideas presented in this draft are drawn from the experience of experts in horticultural science and public garden management and informed by a stakeholder survey conducted last winter. 

The Strategic Plan is not designed to provide prescriptive guidance to the Arboretum and its partners, but rather to establish principles and goals which will help the organization meet its mission of enhancing the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of landscape plants through long-term, multi-disciplinary research, conservation of genetic resources, and interpretative gardens and exhibits.

Please review the plan and share with us your views on the approach and direction proposed.  The draft Strategic Plan can be downloaded here. We would appreciate your comments (see below) by December 5, 2012.


Colien Hefferan, Director
U.S. National Arboretum

You may submit your comments online by using the "Comments" form below or by uploading a word doc to this comment form (see further below at bottom of this form). In both cases we do need your name and e-mail address entered in the form.

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