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March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

As both a conservationist and the head of a small family foundation, I take seriously the responsibility of contributing to those organizations that fill a needed role and do so effectively. With nearly 15% of all U.S. native plant species considered at risk, there can be little doubt that the role of CPC is a needed one! No other national organization is devoted solely to the conservation of our nation's rare plants, Science based, The Center for Plant Conservation coordinates community based conservation programs for threatened plant populations across the nation. It needs and deserves support.

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Encouraging conservation programs within botanical institutions and in extensive work in the field, monitoring plant populations

Ways to make it better...

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

Stress more public outreach, letting the public at large better understand the threats to America's native plants

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

California is blessed with a wide diversity of plants but regrettably many are being severely threatened. Because of the support and efforts of the CPC, these plants are now being recognized and a basis for funding conservation efforts have been mounted. Their sponsorship of individual plant species has focused attention on the plights of some of our most vulnerable ones, hopefully before it is too late. Beyond this direct support, I have been impressed by their national advocacy and educational efforts which will hopefully benefit conservation efforts generally.

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Funding that made possible the collection of seed, propagation and the reintroduction of highly endangered local species.

Ways to make it better...

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

Create a higher level of funding and support

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

I have been involved with the Center for Plant Conservation for many years. It is the ONLY national organization solely devoted to the conservation of rare and endangered plants. It is effective in its work because it works directly with botanical gardens across the country in addition to the federal agencies. The staff are top notch professionals.
CPC has authored at least two highly respected books that have become the "Bibles" of plant conservation.
Anyone interested in the flora of North America (including Hawaii) would benefit by learning about CPC and supporting its conservation efforts.

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By visiting many botanical gardens across the country I have seen the effectiveness of the CPC in not only establishing rare plants in protected settings but also in public awareness and education.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find additional support so that the effectiveness of the organization might increase

March 12, 2011

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March 12, 2011

I have been associated with the Center for Plant Conservation since its start in the mid 1980s. I then helped it in its move to St. Louis ten years later. It is quite simply one of the finest nonprofits I have ever known. I now serve on its Board. Its magic lies in the outstanding conception that was involved in its formation: that it be a network of botanical gardens throughout the country, each preserving an approved list of endangered plant species from its own area as living plants in its gardens, in seed banks, and by monitoring them in nature. The formal nature of the agreement allows the CPC to build up a national collection for conservation, a collection that now is nearing 800 species. There is no finer scheme for plant conservation anywhere in the world, and none that involves so many people in so many different institutions.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

conserving plants and education people about the need to do so

Ways to make it better...

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

elevate its public image throughout the country to gain more support for its objectives

March 8, 2011

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March 8, 2011

The Center for Plant Conservation is meeting the challenge of plant conservation in the US by creating a network of botanical gardens with the expertise and facilities to assess field populations, restore habitats, reintroduce rare species to the wild, and learn about he biology of rare plants. The Center has effectively worked with federal partners to secure funding for plant conservation and to offer training and outreach to federal and state government, plant resarch institutions, and the public.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Increase in funding for plant conservation, networking to share expertise and experiences across institutions, and increased access to federal government partnerships.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase staffing and funding.

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