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March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

This organization, based in St. Louis, relies on the cooperation of most of the major Botanic Gardens in the country to help propagate endangered plants and reintroduce to native habitats. This is a conservation effort which deserves support from all who are concerned with species extinction.

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Our garden club is going to help with inventorying rare and endangered species on public places such as parks. This is being done with volunteers udder their guidance all over the country.

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I think that the Director Kathryn Kennedy and her board are doing an excellent job in bringing scientists and amateur botanists together to accomplish their mission.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

There are few organizations whose focus is strictly on the plant world, and the Center for Plant Conservation is one of the premier groups whose mission is just that. It is vital to preserve plant diversity at a time when we are losing it. Diversity of species will help our world cope with changing climate within planting zones. Never has there been a more important time to preserve our natural environment. With all the changes occurring with climate change, human development and habitat loss, our natural areas are under stress and in peril. Plants are as vulnerable to extinction and invasive species as are animals, and arguably more in peril because they can not just move somewhere else as their habitat changes! We are increasingly discovering properties of plants that will be useful to humans - medicines, natural chemicals, adaptability, etc that we will lose if the plants become extinct.

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The Executive Director is a wonderful speaker and I have heard her on several occasions as she spreads the message of the importance of plant diversity. Often when I am doing research, I will find the CPC cited as providing data or resources. They work collaboratively with botanic gardens, and many groups. The CPC's extensive partnerships result in their working to sustain plant populations from Florida to Hawaii. Seed collecting has taken place across the country.

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I would increase their funding so they can continue their important work.

March 29, 2011

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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!

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

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

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