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June 2019 Newsletter

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In this month’s issue of SavePlants we highlight one of the most inspiring of all plant families, the orchids. With over 30,000 kinds of natural species, and even more hybrids and cultivars, orchids are one of the most sought after and economically valuable plant families. Unfortunately, what makes orchids so irresistible also makes them prone to exploitation and loss. Read on to learn about orchids and the dedicated efforts to preserve them for the future.

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Save Plants

June 2019 Newsletter

Dig In, Sign Up, Save Plants

In this month’s issue of SavePlants we highlight one of the most inspiring of all plant families, the orchids. With over 30,000 kinds of natural species, and even more hybrids and cultivars, orchids are one of the most sought after and economically valuable plant families. Unfortunately, what makes orchids so irresistible also makes them prone to exploitation and loss. Read on to learn about orchids and the dedicated efforts to preserve them for the future.

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For 2018, we once again shattered all expectations by saving more plants than ever before. Through the hard work of our National Office team, overseen by our dedicated Board of Trustees, and accomplished through the unwavering commitment of our Participating Institutions, we have added 138 additional species to the CPC National Collection of Endangered Plants, for a total of 1,511 kinds of plants safeguarded from extinction. But we aren’t stopping there. With eight new Participating Institutions added in 2018, and our greatly enhanced web tools and new conservation guidelines, collectively known as Plant Nucleus, we are poised to do even more in 2019. Read on to learn about all that CPC and our partners accomplished in 2018. Together we Save Plants — for them, for us, and for the planet.

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The Center for Plant Conservation is pleased to announce the publication of CPC Best Plant Conservation Practices to Support Species Survival in the Wild. For the first time we have consolidated our guidelines to cover plant conservation practice from soup to nuts. We urge practitioners to review the new guidelines that reflect updated knowledge about best scientific practice.

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The Center for Plant Conservation is pleased to announce the publication of CPC Best Plant Conservation Practices to Support Species Survival in the Wild. For the first time we have consolidated our guidelines to cover plant conservation practice from soup to nuts. We urge practitioners to review the new guidelines that reflect updated knowledge about best scientific practice.

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News from our Save Plants Digest

Mrs. Meyers tours Chicago in support of Center for Plant Conservation

June 26th, 2019|

Our friends at Mrs. Meyers Clean Day are deep into their Rooted in Goodness Spring Tour and donating to CPC along the way. They are hitting the road visiting community events and festivals to spread a little goodness across the U.S. To celebrate their tour in Texas we are sharing some of the good works of our Texas based Participating Institutions. Check out some of the great conservation going on in the Lone Star State.

Interview with Jason Ligon, ABG

June 20th, 2019|

Applying the horticultural expertise necessary for maintaining botanical gardens to conservation, Jason Ligon’s work exemplifies an important role botanical gardens can play in conservation. The special requirements of orchids have been dialed in by Atlanta Botanical Garden staff to produce plants for the garden and reintroductions, a process Jason has been a key part of while volunteering at the garden and as the Tissue Culture and Seed Bank Coordinator.

June 2019 News

June 17th, 2019|

This month’s issue of SavePlants highlights one of the most inspiring of all plant families, the orchids. Unfortunately, what makes orchids so irresistible also makes them prone to exploitation and loss. Many orchids are among the most imperiled species on the planet. Read more about how CPC is working to protect this beautiful plant family.

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America’s flora is at risk, but it can be saved.

Today nearly 30% of the native flora in the United States is considered to be of conservation concern. Without human intervention, many of these plants may be gone within our lifetime. 80% of at-risk species are closely related to plants with economic value and more than 50% are related to crop species.

Plants in Peril.

CPC’s National Collection of Endangered Plants is composed of the most imperiled plants in the country. An important conservation resource, the Collection is a backup in case a species becomes extinct or no longer reproduces in the wild. Live plant material is collected from nature under controlled conditions and then carefully maintained as seed, rooted cuttings or mature plants.

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