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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!!

Photo of conservationist collecting seeds

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.

photo of researcher selecting seedling from germination test

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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Meg Engelhardt's picture
What temperature is your dry room? I understand that the goal RH will change based on temp. If the room is 15C our goal RH will be 15-20%, if it is room temp (20C?) our goal will be closer to 25-35%, as per CPC recommendations. What is the preferred temp for a dry room? Thanks!
Jennifer Possley's picture
Hi all!  Are any of you aware of rare fern translocations that have been attempted, either by (a) sowing spores directly into the recipient site, or (b) sowing spores onto materials suchs a rocks or moss which can then be installed at the recipient site?  This is something we will probably attempt in the next year or two in Miami or Puerto Rico, and I would love to hear anything about lessons learned from other similar attempts, whether successful or not. Thanks! Jennifer Possley, Conservation Program Manager at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 
AC
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:  Assistant and Field Botanist
Desiree Yanes's picture
Hi there! 
Katie Heineman's picture
Dear CPC Colleagues, After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone the CPC National Meeting until October 8-9, 2020. We are especially grateful to Denver Botanic Gardens, who have agreed to be our host as was planned for May and are accommodating this change. We are awaiting word from the National Seed Lab (NLGRP) in Fort Collins, but anticipate that we will have a pre-conference field trip on October 7 to NLGRP.
Katie Heineman's picture
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.
MA
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.
Katie Heineman's picture
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
Katie Heineman's picture
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 info@saveplants.org by January 31, 2020.  https://saveplants.org/catherine-h-beattie-fellowship-conservation-horticulture/  
Heather Schneider's picture
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.
LF
How would you treat Piperia michaelii seed? Should the seed be sent directly off to an istitution with liquid nitrogen storage facilities?
LF
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!  
LF
Hi! Does anyone have tips on cleaning Chorizanthe pungens var. hartwegiana?  Thanks!
Kayri Havens's picture
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: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/jobs
JL
Can anyone recommend a brand or source for a reasonably priced set of seed cleaning sieves?  Thanks!
Philip Gonsiska's picture
“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
Katie Heineman's picture
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. 
Mark Brownlee's picture
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.
Katie Heineman's picture
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,
Christa Horn's picture
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!