What did we do about our seedbank when Hurricane Irma was due to hit the entire state of Florida?
James Lange and Jennifer Possley, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
In the event of a hurricane, low elevation and proximity to the coast place Fairchild at high risk, and thus contingency plans must be in place to preserve our ex situ collections. Anticipating severe damage and extended power loss from Hurricane Irma, we took several measures to protect our conservation collections. We will discuss actions taken by conservation staff and lessons learned from this unique storm.