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Position Statements 2018-07-27T17:23:58+00:00

H.R.1054 – Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act

CALL TO
ACTION

Take action for plant conservation

Next month, Congress is on recess and your elected official will be working in their home district. August is the perfect time to contact your Representative and ask them to support plant conservation legislation. Please take this time to write to, email, phone, or visit your Representative in person and ask them to support the Botany Bill.

Background
Last week, Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, introduced the Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act (S.3240). The bill encourages federal land management agencies to hire botanists, conduct research on native plant materials, and incorporate native plants in projects on federal lands when feasible. In 2017 this bill, commonly called the Botany Bill, (H.R.1054) was introduced in the House of Representatives. More information on the House bill, including the list of 24 cosponsors to date. Track the progress of the Senate bill and to see if your Senator is a cosponsor.

What to do
Find the contact info for your Representative.
Let your elected official know that plant conservation is important to you and ask them to support the House version of the Botany Bill. Here is a sample letter for you to send to your Representative by email, postal mail, or use the letter as talking points and phone or visit their office. If they have cosponsored the bill, thank them. If they have not, ask them to do so.

Tell your friends and family to contact their elected officials to support the Botany Bill and plant conservation.
Please help us all Save Plants by supporting this historic and forward-thinking legislation.

Thank you from each of us for acting now.

Sincerely,
Lindsay Marshall, Chair Advocacy Task Force, CPC Board of Trustees
Lynde Uihlein, Advocacy Task Force, CPC Board of Trustees
Diana Fish, Advocacy Task Force, CPC Board of Trustees
Erica Leisenring, Advocacy Task Force, CPC Board of Trustees
John Clark, President and CEO

H.R.1054 – Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act

CALL TO
ACTION

Take action for plant conservation

Next month, Congress is on recess and your elected official will be working in their home district. August is the perfect time to contact your Representative and ask them to support plant conservation legislation. Please take this time to write to, email, phone, or visit your Representative in person and ask them to support the Botany Bill.

Background
Last week, Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, introduced the Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act (S.3240). The bill encourages federal land management agencies to hire botanists, conduct research on native plant materials, and incorporate native plants in projects on federal lands when feasible. In 2017 this bill, commonly called the Botany Bill, (H.R.1054) was introduced in the House of Representatives. More information on the House bill, including the list of 24 cosponsors to date. Track the progress of the Senate bill and to see if your Senator is a cosponsor.

What to do
Find the contact info for your Representative.
Let your elected official know that plant conservation is important to you and ask them to support the House version of the Botany Bill. Here is a sample letter for you to send to your Representative by email, postal mail, or use the letter as talking points and phone or visit their office. If they have cosponsored the bill, thank them. If they have not, ask them to do so.

Tell your friends and family to contact their elected officials to support the Botany Bill and plant conservation.
Please help us all Save Plants by supporting this historic and forward-thinking legislation.

Thank you from each of us for acting now.

Sincerely,
Lindsay Marshall, Chair Advocacy Task Force, CPC Board of Trustees
Lynde Uihlein, Advocacy Task Force, CPC Board of Trustees
Diana Fish, Advocacy Task Force, CPC Board of Trustees
Erica Leisenring, Advocacy Task Force, CPC Board of Trustees
John Clark, President and CEO

The US House of Representatives has introduced a bill, H.R.1054, commonly referred to as the “botany bill”, that among other things, “directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Park Service, and other appropriate entities to support a program of intramural and extramural botanical science research to support the land management responsibilities of the Department of the Interior.”

The bill has bi-partisan support and is being widely promoted by professionals in academia, botanical gardens and conservation.

The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) supports this bill for the following reasons:

  • It would increase the number of trained botanists, scientists, conservation biologists and ecologists to conduct the science-based research necessary for the conservation of vulnerable plants and their ecosystems.
  • It advocates for science-based research that provides data to alert relevant agencies and the public with vital information to inform decision-making, responsible environmental government policy and conservation action.
  • It supports engagement between the Department of the Interior with other agencies and groups, including organizations like CPC, to maximize conservation efforts and legislative advocacy efforts.

To learn more about H.R.1054, visit https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1054

About the Center for Plant Conservation

CPC’s mission is to ensure stewardship of imperiled native plants. To do this, we implement the following tested and effective strategy:

  • We advance science-based best practices in plant conservation through our network of conservation partners known as Participating Institutions.
  • Our network actively applies these practices to Save Plants from extinction here in North America as part of the CPC National Collection of Endangered Plants.
  • We share best practices with conservationists the world over and advocate for plants and their value to humankind.

As part of this mission, from time to time the Center for Plant Conservation takes positions on relevant matters that affect our collective ability to Save Plants. The Center for Plant Conservation is a non-partisan, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. By law, CPC does not promote political parties or candidates but does issue statements on legislation and other actions that affect conservation objectives.