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CENTER FOR PLANT CONSERVATION INC
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.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I helped plan Earth Day events in the Washington Park Arboretum .