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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.
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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.
2020-08-21T18:49:16+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.
2020-08-21T18:49:06+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.
2020-08-21T19:30:35+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.
Although many labs in CPC’s Participating Institutions are currently idle, the researchers are certainly not. Researchers are digging deeper into the literature, formulating new projects and experiments, and getting creative in their stay-at-home tasks. Our collective passion for plants is undaunted. Our work to conserve them continues.
Amidst these times of great human suffering, it is important to remember rays of light that can outshine the darkness. Our Conservation Champion Jennifer Ceska is such a radiant being. She customarily calls colleagues “beloveds.” When she wraps her big smile and warm heart around a crowd, it will follow her anywhere. Her nurturing attention has helped the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance thrive over many years and even during a pandemic. We wish we could clone her!
COVID-19 has changed the logistics of plant conservation work for many CPC institutions – some more than others. Rare plants are found in their habitats – decidedly outside of home offices. Plants’ homes must be visited to monitor populations, collect seed, conduct management activities, and more. Learn how some of our PIs are adapting in their field work.
We of the “Plant Tribe” know that plant conservation requires long-term commitments. We commit to our conservation work while ensuring kindness for ourselves, our loved ones, our colleagues, and our community. We do this so that our children and great grandchildren may inherent a healthy and sane planet. Read about this commitment in our latest issue of Save Plants.
Some people just can’t help it, they are natural born leaders. In a group where a job has been laid out, they are the ones who cut to the chase, volunteer, and do an excellent job no matter the task. Such was the situation when the CPC network decided to write Plant Reintroduction in a Changing Climate: Perils and Promises. Dr. Kristin Haskins leapt at the chance to co-edit the volume, ensuring that we did not forget to include a chapter about the importance of mycorrhizae for establishing healthy plant populations.
A gifted artist and well-rounded scientist, Dr. Eula Whitehouse was an incredibly accomplished botanist. And she achieved this distinction in an era when her advanced education (earning her Ph.D. in 1938) made her exceedingly rare among women. Though a well-rounded botanist, her fields of research were also unusual: cryptograms, a non-taxonomic term encompassing mosses, ferns, fungi, lichens, and algae, which all reproduce cryptically by spores.