The Announcements Forum is a platform-wide channel for announcing plant conservation news such as posting job postings, project news, upcoming conferences/workshops updates. Users are welcome to ask follow up questions on announcements, however, questions related to specific conservation topics should be posted within topic-specific boards. The CPC National Office will use this forum as a primary channel for making program announcements - so make sure your conservation officers are signed up!!

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Conventional seed banking (Part 1 of the Best Practice Guidelines) outlines ex situ conservation actions for seeds of species that are capable of being stored at freezing temperatures. Users are welcome to ask questions about this section & seed baking in general, share news & knowledge about seed banking from their institution, and comment on Frequently Asked Questions generated by CPC about conventional seed banking.

Alternatives to conventional seed banking (Part 2 of the Best Practice Guidelines) describes the special handling and options available for species that have seeds that cannot withstand desiccation and freezing. These options include "living collections" of plants in field genebanks, conservation groves, inter-situ collection, tissue culture and cryopreservation. Users are welcome to ask questions about this section & exceptional species curation in general, and share news & knowledge about this topic from their institution.

Genetic considerations for plant conservation (Part 3 of the Best Practice Guidelines) provides guidance for maximizing genetic diversity when collecting, maintaining, and reintroducing rare plant species to the wild. Users are welcome to ask questions about this section & genetic methods in general and share news & knowledge about genetic research from their institution.

Rare plant reintroduction and Other Conservation Translocations (Part 4 of the Best Practice Guidelines) describes the framework for conservation actions that can improve the chance of successful rare plant reintroductions to the wild. Users are welcome to ask questions about this section & reintroduction in general and share news & knowledge about reintroductions conducted by their institution.

Documentation and Data Sharing (Part 5 of the Best Practice Guidelines) describes the type and format of documentation that comprise best practices needed to ensure the possibility for universal sharing of seed collection, propagation, and reintroduction data. Users are welcome to ask questions about this section & data sharing in general and share news & knowledge about data sharing conducted by their institution.

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The curation value of seed banking relies on our ability germinate and propagate plants in collections. Germination Testing & Propagation does not currently have an associated section in the CPC best practices but discourse from this forum will help inform what topics and authors that should be involved in future guidelines. 

Habitat loss and degradation is a significant threat to plant diversity globally.  Managing threats, such as invasive species, agricultural land userecreational activities, and restoring native habitat are critical to the long term survival of rare plant species. Land Management does not currently have an associated section in the CPC best practices but discourse from this forum will help inform what topics and authors that should be involved in future guidelines. 

Accurately assessing the population status of species in the wild (in-situ) is the primary way plant conservationists identify species in need of ex-situ curation in botanical gardens. Plant Monitoring and Demography does not currently have an associated section in the CPC best practices but discourse from this forum will help inform what topics and authors that should be involved in future guidelines. 

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The Center for Plant Conservation will hold its National Meeting May 5-8, 2020 at Denver Botanic Gardens in their brand new Freyer – Newman Center!
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The Oahu Army Natural Resources Program is hiring a horticulture technician. The position closes March 6, 2020. Please see the attached job description for more details.
The Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development (CCSD) at the Missouri Botanical Garden seeks to hire two full-time postdoctoral scholars in Restoration Ecology. We anticipate hiring one postdoctoral fellow whose research focuses on the population genetics of restored populations and another whose research focuses on any of the following: plant community ecology, seed-based restoration, plant-soil interactions, and/or biological invasions.
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California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a conservation organization that celebrates and saves California’s globally important plants and places. Our passionate staff and volunteers help conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants. CNPS currently has job openings for the following positions:  CNPS Horticulture Outreach Manager
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Please remind the plant conservation graduate students in your circles about the Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship. This fellowship provides research funds of up to $4,500 for plant conservation work conducted in conjunction with a botanical garden. Please see link below for more details and submit applications to by January 31, 2020.  
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My colleagues and I are working on a large rare plant project on the Channel Islands in California. One of our objectives is to increase population size of small occurrences and also establishing new populations in suitable habitat to provide redundancy. For the annual plants in our project (e.g., Malacothrix, Pentachaeta, Thysanocarpus) and possibly one Dudleya species, we plan to use locally collected seed, bulk that seed in our greenhouse, and then return it to the islands. I know that seeding often has low success rates.
How would you treat Piperia michaelii seed? Should the seed be sent directly off to an istitution with liquid nitrogen storage facilities?
Does anyone have recommendations on an economical balance that has a 0.1 µg resolution? What are you using for dust seed or spore? Thanks!  
Hi! Does anyone have tips on cleaning Chorizanthe pungens var. hartwegiana?  Thanks!
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The Chicago Botanic Garden has three openings with Budburst (Director, Community Engagement Manager, and Education Manager).  Budburst is our community science program related to plant phenology and plant-animal interactions. Come join us and work at the intersection of science, education, and engagement with our fun team!  Review of applications will begin Feb. 3 and will continue until suitable candidates are found. To learn more or apply, please go to:
Can anyone recommend a brand or source for a reasonably priced set of seed cleaning sieves?  Thanks!
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“The Growth of Rare Plants: from horticulture to wild recruitment to tissue culture” Meeting dates:  April 30th and May 1st Meeting venue:  The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Naples, FL Co-hosted by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Bok Tower Gardens, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida
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We are excited to announce that we will be holding the CPC National Meeting at Denver Botanic Gardens May 7-9, 2020. Registration will open officially in February, but please keep us on your calendar and stay tuned for more updates. 
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ArcheWild is a leading ecological restoration firm servicing federal agenices in the northeast United States as well as other public and private land holdings.  ArcheWild also operates an important "go-to" nursery for large, and often senstive, restoration programs.  We are looking for one or two people wanting to dedicate themselves to the mastery of the entire scouting, recording, collecting, accessioning, cleaning, conditioning, and germination process.  Become an integral part of the restoration ecosystem spanning from Boston to New York to Washington DC and throughout the Appalachians.
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The Plant Conservation Division at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is seeking applicants for its 2020 summer fellowship program.  Potential summer fellow projects include seed collections of San Diego County rare plant species,
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Hi everyone,  As the CPC Newsletter team lines out topics for 2020, we are soliciting your input on stories or themes that you would like to see. This can be a story that your institution has to share with the broader network, or a story or theme that you would like to learn more about.  Past themes have been quite broad and varied, including: northeast rare plant conservation, impact of hurricanes, parasitic plant conservation, wildfire threats, the importance of collaboration, orchid conservation, climate change, and more. So… anything goes!
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Thank you to all of our CPC Conservation Officers who have participated in the initial beta testing of this platform. You may have noticed that we recently changed our name from “Plant Nucleus” to “CPC Rare Plant Academy” to reflect our aspiration of becoming a nexus of learning for the plant conservation community. Through our upcoming newsletter, we will launch CPC Rare Plant Academy beyond the CPC network to reach academic plant biologists, land managers, environmental consultants, horticulturists, government agencies, and other conservation practitioners.
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We have been housing our seed bank and living collections data in Microsoft Access, but are looking to change. Our Horitculture team is interested in IrisBG, but I have no idea how well that would work for housing our seed bank accessions. What are folks using to manage their seed bank databases? I want to implement something that is user friendly and nimble enough to house all of the different types of data we record. We don't have a budget for this at this time, but I'm open to fee-based options if they are much more powerful than free databases.
Hi Everyone -  The University of Colorado Denver is hiring a plant evolutionary biologist withiin the department of Integrative Biology. Several staff at Denver Botanic Gardens hold adjoint faculty status with the department and mentor graduate students through the University. This position will work closely with staff at Denver Botanic Gardens. Please share this posting with anyone in your network who may be interested. Review of applications will begin 11/30/2019
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The Plant Conservation team at the Institute for Conservation Research and the Horticulture Department at San Diego Zoo seek a Plant Cryobiology Postdoctoral Associate to investigate and refine protocols for cryopreservation of IUCN endangered Quercus dumosa shoot tips, embryos, and pollen.  In the course o