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Joining the Center for Plant Conservation Network
Overview and General Information

The mission of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is to ensure the stewardship of imperiled native plants. Our core focus is on the threatened and endangered plants of the US and Canada where we work to support our extensive network of Participating Institutions in their efforts to save these plants from extinction. CPC Participating Institutions are some of the nation’s and world’s leading plant conservation organizations. A veritable who’s who among plant conservation professionals, our PI Conservation Officers are at the forefront of plant conservation science and application.

We advance our mission by coordinating research and development of new tools, in sharing methods and means to save native plants, and by facilitating on the ground efforts to bank seeds, propagate plants and care for plant species in the wild.

To date, we have been able to include over one third of the threatened and endangered plants in the United States in the CPC National Collection of Endangered Plants. This collection of living seeds and plants representing over 1600 kinds of plants, is maintained collectively by our network of over 60 Participating Institutions. We are excited that you are interested in becoming part of this, the most effective plant conservation network of its kind.

Criteria for Participating Institutions in CPC

A CPC Participating Institution is any organization that has committed by mutual agreement to support the National Collection of Endangered Plants through science-based ex situ conservation, research that directly supports the vision and mission of CPC and its conservation partners, and/or supports CPC’s vision and mission through a corporate partnership and shared vision. CPC Participating Institutions cooperatively work to promote ex situ conservation of plants, advocate for living collections as safeguards in preserving plant species, and communicate the scientific understanding of plants and their vital role in global health.

What we provide to our Participating Institutions

CPC is committed to supporting its Participating Institutions, collectively known as the “CPC Network” or “Network”, by providing technical and scientific expertise both directly and through other CPC Participating Institutions, by advocating for the National Collection and the organizations dedicated to the conservation of plants in the National Collection, and through securing and distributing direct funding to support conservation efforts when possible. CPC also works extensively to assist organizations aspiring to become CPC Participating Institutions and works with these institutions and their staff to build capacity enabling them to achieve sustained conservation outcomes.

Here are just a few of the benefits of being part of the CPC family of Participating Institutions:

  1. Access to cutting edge tools, data, and information through our exclusive Participating Institution-only web portal.
  2. Member invitation to the annual CPC National Meeting, the country’s premier opportunity for front-line information on plant conservation science.
  3. Opportunities to receive funding through CPC National Office disbursements for seed collection, plant propagation, scientific research and more.
  4. Technical support, guidance and community, facilitated through the CPC National Office, your go to connection on how to Save Plants.

What we ask of our Participating Institutions

Expectations of CPC Participating Institutions:

  1. Work actively towards our shared goal of ending plant extinction and are expected to uphold the highest standards in scientific and professional integrity.
  2. As custodians of some of the rarest plants on the planet, Participating Institutions promote ex situ conservation of plants, advocate for living collections as safeguards in preserving plant species, and for some partners (Conservation Partners; see below), maintain living collections of endangered plants as part of the CPC National Collection.
  3. Understand the responsibility of managing imperiled plants and work with the CPC Network to ensure their long-term survival, including contribution to building the body of scientific expertise in plant conservation.
  4. Communicate the scientific understanding of plants and their vital role in global health.


Applying to CPC is straightforward and simple. Our goal is to accurately assess your institution’s capacity to support our shared mission to Save Plants. We review your submitted materials, your website, and other accessible information to determine your institution’s eligibility and potential role in our network. We strive to be as inclusive as possible while maintain our high standards of excellence that have made CPC so effective.

Application Process

Complete the online application. You will need to submit it with your organization’s most recent Form 990 (if you are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) and a signed letter of intent from the board of trustees (for non-profits) or by another authorized agent for other types of organizations.

Applications can be submitted at any time, but with few exceptions, we have an annual process where applications are processed beginning in January each year. Organizations will be notified in writing before October 15 of each year along with further instructions on finalizing the application process including fees (see our PI fee structure for more details). Newly inducted PIs begin formally being part of the network as of January 1 of the year following their approval in September by the Board of Trustees.

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