2020-10-29T19:12:57+00:00 October 21st, 2020|
The CPC National Meeting has always been a centerpiece of our plant conservation work and the fine individuals who endeavor to Save Plants. Despite not being able to be together physically, we managed to capture the essence of our meeting in a virtual way in 2020. Going virtual had its challenges, but it also had some advantages.
2020-10-19T19:20:29+00:00 September 23rd, 2020|
Wendy Gibble has steadily grown the University of WA Botanic Gardens Rare Care Program, which builds partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies to provide critical information needed in the conservation and recovery of 350 Washington native rare species. Under Wendy’s guidance, citizen scientists and students participate in rare plant monitoring, ex situ conservation, reintroduction, and education.
2020-10-19T19:20:39+00:00 September 23rd, 2020|
It was nearly 20 years ago that Hong Liu, Ph.D., was awarded the Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship. Working toward her Ph.D. at Florida International University (FIU), Hong used the fellowship funds to support her investigation of the impact of fire dynamics on a rare Florida keys endemic, narrowpod sensitive pea.
2020-10-19T19:20:53+00:00 September 23rd, 2020|
Beattie Fellowship recipient Michael Kunz's graduate studies focused on the biology and ecology of rare plants, especially the complex processes that drive population declines and contribute to the distribution of species.
2020-10-19T19:21:02+00:00 September 23rd, 2020|
Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship recipient Michelle DePrenger-Levin is a non-traditional student, working at the Denver Botanic Gardens while working towards a Ph.D. through the University of Colorado, Denver, Department of Systems and Integrative Biology. Her dissertation project digs into the heart of a matter of great importance to the CPC network.
2020-10-19T19:21:12+00:00 September 23rd, 2020|
The Interactive Ecology internship, offered quarterly by the University of California Santa Cruz and the UCSC Arboretum, emphasizes field experiences that enable students to see and learn in person about the variety of plant communities in the state.
2020-11-17T01:00:36+00:00 September 22nd, 2020|
In this month’s Save Plants, we explore some key teaching/learning experiences offered within the CPC Network. Teachers get the opportunity to watch the light bulbs turn on when there is an “Ah ha!” moment of discovery and understanding. Learners get a chance to have a helping hand of experience, while they make their own footprint on our world.
2020-10-23T19:26:41+00:00 August 17th, 2020|
Plants are fundamental to human life on earth. They play a central role in how we address climate change mitigation, land management, sustaining ecosystem services, and other key issues that will determine the future of our planet.
2020-10-23T19:25:56+00:00 August 17th, 2020|
NPCC offers tools to effectively communicate the importance of native plant conservation to audiences that traditionally have been difficult to reach. Watch the video and learn more about NPCC and how they are working to make the importance of plants more understandable to all.
2020-10-23T19:26:06+00:00 August 17th, 2020|
Advocacy is an important tool for saving rare and endangered plants in the United States. Just as we build scientific tools – databases, tissue culture research, seed collections – to achieve our mission, we must also build our capability to use advocacy to save plants.
2020-10-23T19:27:33+00:00 August 17th, 2020|
Sometimes an idea needs a champion. And that is just what Lindsay Marshall was – a champion for the idea of CPC using advocacy as a tool to save plants. Lindsay brought her experience, expertise and enthusiasm for advocacy to the CPC Board of Trustees. She has gently guided and prodded the organization into realm of sharing our voice on behalf of plants on Capitol Hill.
2020-09-22T05:47:02+00:00 August 15th, 2020|
In this issue of Save Plants, we clarify the parameters of advocacy for plants. Because rare plants are little known or understood by policymakers and because they have no voice of their own, CPC embraces the role of speaking up for plants.
As the botanist coordinating the plant species information for NatureServe, Dr. Anne Frances has helped refine standardized methods and data structure that allow aggregation of national and international datasets to achieve a bird’s eye view of plant conservation in the United States.
Accurate plant taxonomy is important when keeping data, and especially when sharing data. Make sure that rose means the same flower to those receiving the data as it does to you! Database managers need to check the names of species in their datasets against up-to-date taxonomies regularly, because names change more often than you might think.
The CPC Best Plant Conservation Practices to Support Species Survival in the Wild includes a section, “Documentation and Data Sharing” that covers a wide range of documentation needs, from propagule collection to propagation, experiments, and back to the wild for reintroduction.
Our natural heritage is the sum total of our biodiversity, ecosystems, and geological structures. It’s essential that we know what we have in order to care for it and be able to pass it on. This knowledge is a key role of the Natural Heritage Programs that constitute the NatureServe Network.
The challenge of compiling data has real conservation importance. In 2019, the California legislature approved a $3 million budget line item to collect seed from all remaining rare plant species in California not currently represented in the California Plant Rescue seed banking network.
In this issue, we honor the state Natural Heritage Programs and the NatureServe Network. When all of us share our data, we generate great value that helps us accomplish efficient targeted plant conservation.