Applications for Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship Due January 31, 2020

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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FAQ: What funding opportunities are available to support plant conservation?

Specific funding sources for rare plant conservation may vary greatly by region, taxon, and year. In the video link below, Mary Pfaffko from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources describes sources and strategies for securing rare plant conservation funding in Georgia, which may have parallels to other states and regions. 

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Building Capacity in Plant Conservation

Mary Pfaffko, Georgia Department of Natural Resources & Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance (SePPCon 2016)

Mary Pfafftko, Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division emphasizes that the plant conservation needs can only be done with partnerships. She reviews the key elements of  State Wildlife Action Plans: species of greatest conservation need, key habitats, threats, conservation actions, monitoring plan, revision plan, coordination with federal, state and local agencies and Native American tribes, and public participation. She discusses funding opportunities for private landowners and NGOs, the restrictions on various funding sources, the states in the U.S that have authority to manage plants, and the differences in how each state approaches wildlife and rare plant management/ funding opportunities. She recommends models such as the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance as an effective way to engender collaborations to help conserve plants. She describes Restoring America's Wildlife Act, a national effort to support State Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program and the Georgia Wildflower Preservation Act of 1973.

This work was presented at the Southeast Partners in Plant Conservation (SePPCon) 2016 Meeting. Learn more about SePPCon here.

Date Recorded: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016