News 2018-09-20T21:54:13+00:00

October 2020 News

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.

Conservation Champion: Wendy Gibble

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.

Wild Population Conservation of Rare Plants – Then and Now

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.

Seed Collections and Lifespans: How Much Can a Population Give?

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.

Gaining Experience and Experiences in the Interactive Ecology Course

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.

September 2020 News

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.

As Seen on CPC’s Rare Plant Academy – A National Native Plant Society

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.

Conservation Champion: Lindsay Marshall

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.

August 2020 News

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.

A Rose by Any Other Name

July 16th, 2020|

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.

As Seen on CPC’s Rare Plant Academy – Documentation

July 16th, 2020|

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.

Your State Rare Plant Data Centers – The Natural Heritage Network

July 16th, 2020|

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.

Digital Bean Counting

July 16th, 2020|

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.

July 2020 News

July 15th, 2020|

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.