The Goal of Rare Plant Reintroduction and Other Conservation Translocations

  • Joyce Maschinski and Steve Forman planting Thelypteris patens at the Deering Estate. Photo credit: Jennifer Possley.

  • Volunteers and staff help reintroduce crenulate leadplants. Photo credit: by Kristie Wendelberger.

  • Joe Davitt and Emily Burson, San Diego Zoo Global, planting corms for an augmentation. Photo credit: Joyce Maschinski, Feb 2019.

  • Planting Ptilimnium nodosum. Photo credit: Johnny Randall

  • Stacy Anderson and Tobin Weatherson, San Diego Zoo Global, planting corms Photo credit: Joyce Maschinski, Feb 2019.

Introduction

The ultimate goal of rare plant conservation is to ensure that unique taxa experience continued evolution within a natural context. The science of reintroduction is rapidly evolving. Over the past 30 years, conservation officers working with the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) have conducted over 140 plant reintroductions and other conservation translocations of many species in many habitats. As we gather more information from our reintroductions, we have had an opportunity to modify our practice, incorporating the best of what experience has taught us. These updated CPC Best Practices for Rare Plant Reintroduction and Other Conservation Translocations reflect this collective experience and recent findings from peer-reviewed literature.

The updated CPC Best Practices provide a quick reference for practitioners to use when planning and executing rare plant reintroductions (see Overview). The new digital format aids accessibility while providing the most current information. The sections address frequently asked questions and provide supporting documents that provide further information about the basis for the guidelines. Checklists and templates guide planning the reintroduction and documenting its details.

For more details, we refer readers to previous publications with reintroduction guidelines: Guidelines for Developing a Rare Plant Reintroduction Plan (CPC 1996), IUCN Guidelines for Reintroductions (IUCN 1998, 2013), The SER Primer on Ecological Restoration (SER 2002), Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia (Vallee et al. 2004) and Center for Plant Conservation Best Reintroduction Practice Guidelines (Maschinski, Albrecht et al. 2012).

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Center for Plant Conservation. The Goal of Rare Plant Reintroduction and Other Conservation Translocations in CPC Best Plant Conservation Practices to Support Species Survival in the Wild. Web Version. https://plantnucleus.com/best-practices/goal-rare-plant-reintroduction-and-other-conservation-translocations Accessed: 09/30/2020 - 6:41pm