My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Center for Plant Conservation Inc, St Louis, MO, USA
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
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.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would increase their funding so they can continue their important work.