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.
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.
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.