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January 27, 2014

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January 27, 2014

As an endangered plant biologist with a state agency, I have been watching the growth of the CPC consortium for two decades. The majority of my experience has been with staff and programs of the Chicago Botanical Garden. Their mission is wider than ex situ propagation. Our program has turned informally to colleagues in member institutions for guidance in locating experts, information on species taxonomy, and climate change modeling. The Chicago Garden's annual symposia are one of the best opportunities for plant conservation professionals to gain exposure to the work of colleagues and new issues in plant conservation. However, CPC is not the only organization that addresses rare plant conservation. We have been lucky in the level of dialogue we've established with the Chicago Botanical Garden. As an outside professional reviewer, my greatest concern is that recognition of the complementary role of other NGOs and agencies by CPC affiliates appears to be a bit erratic.

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

As a national group, more openly communicate and collaborate with colleagues from other agencies and NGOs to assure complementary efforts at rare plant conservation, without duplicating efforts. Perhaps the best model for this would be in New England. Open up professional sessions of meetings to colleagues so they can learn about all your good work

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I have interacted with The Center for Plant Conservation on personal and professional levels. I work for the USDA Forest Service and CPC cooperates with our botanists to conserve significant botanical resources and to maintain diversity of these resources. The folks at CPC have always been willing to think outside the box to find ways to help both my agency and the resources.

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

my everyday work managing botanical resources.

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

increase funding

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011


For 14 years i worked as the CPC liason at Desert Botanical Garden. My primary goal was to build a conservation seedbank of rare and common desert species for recovery and restoration purposes. CPC supported my efforts financially and professionally with grant money and plenty of advice.
Under the leadership of Carolyn O'Malley, Director of Desert Botanical Garden, my efforts were enthusiastically encouraged and supported. When, under new directorship, my position was included in the Reseearch Department under new direction, new rules were put into place at DES, limiting my CPC activity. This caused a major life change for me, resulting in a change of profession. I am now a botany teacher at a community college, but will always appreciate the time i spent working toward plant conservation with CPC.

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

It supported me for 14 years

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

I don't feel it is appropriate for me to suggest changes to the organization. My inclination is to focus CPC eefforts in on the ground activities related to seed-banking. I very much support seed-banking, especially in the face of global climate change. It is more imperative than ever at this time.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

The Center for Plant Conservation stands in a class of its own when it comes to preserving native plant diversity in the US. Since its inception, the Center has been a consistent -- and sometimes the only -- voice on the side of plant diversity. By combining the assets of existing institutions, such as botanic gardens and arboreta, with those of land managers, CPC provides a pathway to survival for many species that would otherwise face a grim future.

The Great!

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

...seeing the change in public attitudes toward conservation when they are exposed to the importance of plant diversity.

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

...work even harder to partner with land mangers, to ensure a future in the wild.

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.

The Great!

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

March 29, 2011

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

March 29, 2011

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

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

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.

The Great!

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

Give it stable funding.

March 29, 2011

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

support of our conservation efforts through several projects.

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

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

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