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Advocacy is an important tool at our disposal to use in saving rare and endangered plants. In the broadest sense of the word, advocacy means to share and communicate the mission of our organization. Sometimes, however, public policies, laws and regulations hinder, thwart and even counter our mission of saving plants. That is when we need to focus our efforts to urge lawmakers to rule in favor of these imperiled plants. Plants can’t voice their concerns on Capitol Hill, so we must.
S. 2372 – Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA), was passed by the House of Representatives in a 231-190 bipartisan vote on June 14, 2022. The legislation will now move to the Senate for consideration, and a vote may come within days before Congress’s August 2022 recess.
ACT NOW to let your Senators know that the CPC supports “RAWA” and hope they will vote “yes” when S. 2372 comes to the floor for a vote soon. Contact your representatives or call the Capitol switchboard in D.C. on (202) 224- 3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator’s office, where you’ll be able to speak to a member of their staff.
CPC safeguards rare plants by advancing science-based conservation practices, connecting and empowering plant conservationists, and inspiring all to protect biodiversity for future generations.
CPC is a network of over 70 plant institutions that brings together data, scientific prowess, and applied conservation experience to advance work that saves plants. This brain trust of plant conservation experts has four decades of experience in synthesizing cutting-edge research which builds the foundation for good conservation practice. CPC saves plants by providing information and resources to our partners beyond.Meet Our Network
Integral to a healthy planet, plants and their incredible diversity make life as we know it possible. Yet two in five of the world’s plants are at risk of extinction – 4,400 of which occur in the United States. With your help we can safeguard more of these unique species by adding them to the National Collection and conserving them in the wild. With CPC’s Rare Plant Finder tool you can find which plants near you are at risk – and which have dedicated conservationists within our network working to safeguard their existence.Explore the National Collection