Resources 2019-12-04T05:31:01+00:00

CPC Best Plant Conservation Practices to Support Species Survival in the Wild

Plant conservation is multifaceted and runs the spectrum from monitoring populations in the wild to long term management of species in gardens and/or seed banks to reintroductions to the wild. The CPC Best Plant Conservation Practices to Support Species Survival in the Wild cover the spectrum of efforts and include cutting-edge recommendations on collecting and storing seed, increasing seed from small samples, and also using alternative storage and propagation methods, such as tissue culture and cryopreservation. These guidelines offer a tangible and immensely useful tool for all plant conservation practitioners both in CPC as well as to anyone willing and able to work towards our shared mission to Save Plants.

There are now three ways to dig into these plant saving methods:

Visit CPC Rare Plant Academy

CPC Rare Plant Academy is a multi-media learning community built to support and extend our traditional Best Practices. This platform houses an up-to-date, web-based version the Best Practices, enhanced with explanatory videos and community generated questions.

Download the PDF

The May 2019 version of the CPC Best Plant Conservation Practices to Support Species Survival in the Wild can be downloaded for free as a printable PDF. We strive to make our guidelines freely accessible to plant conservation practitioners.

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Order A Print Copy

Sometimes plants need saving in places far from an internet connection. The May 2019 version of CPC Best Plant Conservation Practices to Support Species Survival in the Wild is available for purchase as a paperback book.

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Previous Works of CPC Conservation Synthesis

Our current guidelines summarize 35 years of synthetic research from conservation experts in the CPC Network. We recommend reading these seminal publications for more detail on the science behind these guidelines:

Ex Situ Plant Conservation: Supporting Species Survival in the Wild, edited by Edward O. Guerrant Jr., Kayri Havens, and Mike Maunder. Copyright © 2004 Island Press.

Plant Reintroduction in a Changing Climate: Promises and Perils, edited by Joyce Maschinski and Kristin E. Haskins. Copyright © 2012 Island Press

Maschinski, J., & Albrecht, M. A. (2017). Center for Plant Conservation’s Best Practice Guidelines for the reintroduction of rare plants. Plant Diversity39(6), 390-395.