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March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

There are many institutions and NGOs that advocate for plant conservation in some way. However, few actually foster conservation by actively performing the work needed for conservation, including surveys, monitoring, developing ex situ seed banks, and participating in restoration and recovery. The Center for Plant Conservation, acting through its member gardens, is such an institution, and clearly leads the effort in the United States, doing so with considerable and collective scientific experience.

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contributing to the national seed collection and participating in its workshops.

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expand the organization by increasing the number of member gardens and enhancing the CPC support staff.

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March 29, 2011

The concept of the Center for Plant Conservation is brilliant...harness the expertise residing in botanical gardens to work towards the conservation and preservation of the rare native plants of the U.S.

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the ability to work with federal, state, and local entities to conserve rare plants. The heart of the CPC is a fantastic network of colleagues who are experts in the conservation field and who generously share their expertise in service to the overarching goal of plant conservation.

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Elevate the visibility and recognition of the CPC by the general public.

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March 29, 2011

The CPC is a global recognized and highly regarded leader in the field of ex situ, or off site plant conservation. Indeed, they have literally written the book on the subject, or, actually three of them with another in press. These books all finish with one or more appendixes that provide practical, pragmatic, and highly detailed and specific guidelines about how best to go about the various aspects of keeping endangered species alive.
In addition to their books, the bodies of which provide the scientific, strategic and policy underpinnings to the practical appendixes, the CPC serves as a de facto national network that strives to prevent extinction the the most endangered plants in the USA.
Indeed, the first plant species deemed to have been recovered enough to be taken off the Endangered Species List, Potentilla robbinsiana, was very much a direct consequence of the work by the New England Wildflower Society, a CPC participating Institution.

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I have for 22 years been employed by a very small private, non-profit botanic garden that is a participating institution of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC). The National Office and Participating Institutions are the professional community within which I have operated, and from whom, I've learned a great deal. I also have the satisfaction of having contributed to our common body of knowledge about how to go about our joint work more effectively.

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I would love to see it have better funding, so that the staff could devote more time to the actual work of the organization rather than chase funding.

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

Excellent lectures with helpful information provided by Kathryn Kennedy

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Lectures by Kathryn Kennedy at Missouri botanical Garden and Garden Club of St. Louis (GCA chapter)

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None. Doing excellent work

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March 29, 2011

CPC's mission is important to all of us to preserve and maintain our native (often endangered) plant populations. the Center for Plant Conservation is remarkable in that it is a consortium, or collaborative program spread among many botanical gardens and arboreta in all parts of the country and all climates. they do an outstanding job of identifying and protecting area of naturally occuring native plants; often working with state and federal agencies or other NGOs. they also maintain controlled porpagation sites, collect and preserve seeds. .

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i've seen the Center for Plant Conservation grow to the excellent organization thet it is today. I believe that it the ONLY organization that is activelly identifying and protecting our native plant heritage.

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make it world wide!

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March 29, 2011

gain greater visibility for (CPC) The Center for Plant Conservation
and for the issues facing our most vulnerable plants.

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Attended workshops and became more aware of the introduction and spread of non-native invasive plants. Learned to be aware of our state's endangered plants and using native vegetation instead of imports.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand its reach

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March 29, 2011

As the only national organization dedicated to the conservation of imperiled native plants, the CPC plays a vital role in protecting our precious natural heritage. CPC supports on the ground conservation work with imperiled plants through its endowed species program, by building partnerships with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and by facilitating information sharing among its network of botanic gardens and arboreta. The books and workshops led by CPC institutions are world-class and have helped inspire plant conservation work across the US.

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CPC endowed species program has provide funding for a number of projects to research, propagate, seed bank, and reintroduce imperiled plants throughout the lower Midwest.

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Increase funding and broaden the donor base so more great work could be done.

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March 29, 2011

I have long admired the work of the Center for Plant Conservation and in the late 1990s I was thrilled to be asked to join their science advisors. In time, the University of Washington Botanic Gardens became part of the network and I became a conservation officer with CPC. I am now Director of the Gardens and continue to believe in the good work of the main office and all of the network. This is an amazing organization that has increased awareness about the importance of conserving plants - the foundation of living communities - and they have also increased funding within the network, allowing the members to do more on-the-ground conservation. The collective problem-solving of the network is one of the best things it offers too. When we are faced with a vexing conservation problem in Washington state, we put the question out to the network and get suggestions from Florida, Hawaii, and Colorado. It is great to have that sort of support.
What CPC needs more is more funding. Funds for plant conservation are woefully inadequate and we are losing the race against time and climate change.

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Seeing how they have mobilized ordinary citizens to become engaged in plant conservation all over the United States

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it stable funding.

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March 29, 2011

The Center For Plant Conservation has its focus exactly where it needs to be and is positioned to help botanical gardens do their best to help protect our national heritage of native plants. The protection of genetic diversity is actively addressed by their good work. As a curator in a botanical garden I am thankful for their support and grateful to work with them.

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support of our conservation efforts through several projects.

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hope their financial support would increase so their impact would be even greater.

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March 29, 2011

The Center for Plant Conservation inspires on the ground plant conservation projects through funding and partnership building. It's science-based programs have lead the field, having been adopted by federal and state agencies as the standard for conservation actions for plants.

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I have personally experience the benefits of the CPC through science-based meetings and funding to help preserve and reintroduce endangered species.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More opportunities to contribute funding by a broader constituency would be great.

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