This month we take the opportunity to more thoroughly introduce our readers to the CPC’s new President and CEO, Dr. Joyce Maschinski. We at CPC look forward to Joyce’s leadership as we march forward to save plants.
This month, our newsletter focuses on the work of 2 CPC Participating Institutions, North Carolina Botanical Garden and Waimea Valley Botanical Garden, and their interesting work preserving imperiled plants on U.S. Department of Defense lands. We also introduce our newly appointed President and CEO, Joyce Maschinski, Ph.D., who has been a true Conservation Champion her whole career.
Interview with Naomi Fraga, Ph.D., Director of Conservation Programs, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
A few years ago, Naomi Fraga became Director of Conservation Programs at RSABG, tasked with formally bringing together their well established and diverse plant conservation projects under one umbrella. Having built her career to help conserve the plants she loves, she has thrived in the role, building upon the garden’s rich history of conservation work.
Systematics is the study of the evolutionary relationships of living organisms. Systematics includes taxonomy – the naming and categorization of species, as well as elements of genetics, anatomy, ecology and behavior - all used to understand and classify the origins and diversification of life, including plants.
Toward the Metacollection: Announcing IMLS-funded Research Findings Related to Plant Collection Diversity Patrick Griffith from Montgomery Botanical Center spearheaded a multi-institution initiative funded through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to make recommendations about how botanical gardens can work together to conserve plant genetic diversity in plant metacollections. Defined as a [...]
As the Conservation Partnership Coordinator for the Americas, Michael Way is the representative from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, that the majority of CPC institutions are most familiar with. He has collaborated with and supported many of the Participating Institutions’ seed banks for decades, and continues to support seed banking across Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Chile today.
The strength of CPC has always been its partnerships. In its founding, the central idea was - and is today - to bring together a wide variety of groups interested in saving plants so that all will learn, grow and become more effective at conservation. A testament to this is the value that the CPC National Meeting brings to our partners. The meeting and related events bring together our partners, fostering community, building collaborations and strengthening bonds - bonds that oftentimes become true friendships. In this way, the "CPC family" is truly greater than the sum of its parts.
Working in the subtropics at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden means that Jennifer Possley has given plenty of blood and sweat to save rare plants. Her multiple talents as an observant naturalist, GIS specialist, careful scientist, brilliant photographer, not to mention her congenial personality, have made her an invaluable leader helping to preserve endangered plants.
Islands are indeed paradise. These remarkably special places have all of the allure and romance we often imagine, but are also incredibly challenged in the face of a rapidly changing world. In this month's Save Plants newsletter, we focus on the rare plants under threat on islands and highlight the incredible efforts of those working to save them.
This month we are featuring just one article - giving you a taste of what is in store for our August issue about rare plants and islands. Please enjoy this month’s feature article about the recent work on islands off the coast of California and Mexico. Get a feel of what it’s like to travel to these islands and the challenges plant conservationists face.