I first heard of the Center for Plant Conservation throught the Garden Club of America's Partners for Plants. The latter project was held only on federal lands where groups of members helped botanists maintain and monitor at-risk plants in their habitat. These efforts were expanded to state lands as well after the Partners learned of the coordinated work being done across the country by the CPC network of professionals. Guidelines, protocols, priorities and long-range strategies are maintained for the participating institutions and their scientists.
It is an exciting and successful concept that is helping the survival of at-risk plants of possible medicinal or climatic enhancing qualities. The need is great. The time is short. Join the Center for Plant Conservation 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110-2299 to save a rare plant today!
The Center for Plant Conservation is the best kept secret in the World of Conservation. For over 25 years it has been dedicated to saving rare and endangered plants acrosws the United States by partnering with its network of botanic gardens to protect and save our native plants. From gathering and storing seeds to growing them at their partner institutions, to restoring them in the wild they have been at the forefront of learning and teaching techniques which will assure our children and grandchildren having the genetic diversity available that would otherwise be lost forever. Today they are the protectors of almost 800 plants that were doomed to extinction. And they are dedicated to continuing to work to save those plants which are almost daily becoming rare and endngered.
I have been involved with the Center for Plant Conservation for many years. It is the ONLY national organization solely devoted to the conservation of rare and endangered plants. It is effective in its work because it works directly with botanical gardens across the country in addition to the federal agencies. The staff are top notch professionals.
CPC has authored at least two highly respected books that have become the "Bibles" of plant conservation.
Anyone interested in the flora of North America (including Hawaii) would benefit by learning about CPC and supporting its conservation efforts.
The Center for Plant Conservation is meeting the challenge of plant conservation in the US by creating a network of botanical gardens with the expertise and facilities to assess field populations, restore habitats, reintroduce rare species to the wild, and learn about he biology of rare plants. The Center has effectively worked with federal partners to secure funding for plant conservation and to offer training and outreach to federal and state government, plant resarch institutions, and the public.