15 December 1997 Issue 1
MILLENNIUM SEED BANK
January 14, 1998, Roger Smith from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew will speak
to the Native Plant Conservation Initiative about the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB)
during the bimonthly meeting. Excerpted from a description by Roger Smith,
"MSB is a collaborative international effort initiated by the Royal Botanic Gardens,
Kew. It seeks to collect and conserve seeds of 10% of the world's spermatophyte
flora by the year 2010. The necessary seed research will also be conducted
to ensure the overwhelming majority of the banked species will survive for at
least 200 years and can be germinated at will. The MSB will also provide training
and technology transfer related to the conservation of seeds of wild species.
"The world's warm drylands have been identified as the
primary focus for banking activity. In these regions, which include many
of the world's poorest countries, habitat loss is often initiated by drought and
exacerbated by the activities of the 20% of the world's human population who live
there. In these circumstances, the political and economic tools available to governments
to prevent conversion of natural habitats appear fragile. Seed banking offers
some insurance against species loss whilst more sustainable forms of human development
"Although it is anticipated that the majority of countries
participating in the MSB project will be in the developing world, they are also
seeking to collaborate with developed countries, including the U.S., to collect
and conserve their flora, again focusing on dryland areas.
"At the species level, two target groups are proposed:
endemic species and species of known or potential human value at the local level
(i.e. excluding major crops). However, in the spirit of the Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD), priority setting will be the responsibility of each
group of collaborators to ensure national needs are most fully met. Furthermore,
all material will be collected under the terms and conditions of the CBD, ensuring
prior informed consent and fair and equitable sharing of benefits.
"The total project has been costed at c.£80 million,
both in cash and in kind. RBG Kew has already been able to raise c.£55
PLANT CONSERVATION INITIATIVE MEETING
is welcome to attend the NPCI's bimonthly meeting. Roger Smith of the Royal Botanic
Garden at Kew will be presenting on the Millennium Seed Bank. After the meeting,
there will be the opportunity to have lunch with Roger for further discussion
of topics and to ask questions. Look for more information with the next agenda.
from 9:30 - 11:30
Place: George Washington
800 21st St.
back at 1997 . . .
NPCI has added a new federal member to the committee, the Federal Highway Administration
(FHWA). The FHWA is interested in conservation and use of native plants
in roadside areas.
As of mid December the NPCI has 97 official cooperators. Thirty-nine of
these signed up in 1997 alone. That's a 67% increase in cooperator membership!
Please welcome this year's new members:
we approach the coming of a new year, the Initiative looks forward to continuing
and improving our relationship with our current members and to the addition of
- American Forests
- American Horticultural
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Bowman's Hill Wildflower
- Fern Valley Farms
- Georgia Plant Conservation
- Growild, Inc.
- Herb & Botanical
- Indiana Native Plant
and Wildflower Society
- Invasive Plant Control,
- Izaak Walton League
- Kentucky Native Plant
- Kern River Research
- Laurel Lake
- Leech Lake Tribal Council
- Louis Ginter Botanical
- Matthaei Botanical Gardens
- Metairie Cemetery Association
- Michigan United Conservation
- Mississippi Native Plant
- Mt. Cuba Center for
the Study of Piedmont Flora
- Mountain States Wholesale
- National Wildlife Federation
- North American Sea Plant
- North Carolina Division
of Parks and Recreation
- North Carolina Wild
Flower Preservation Society
- Northern Nevada Native
- Oakland Terrace Elementary
- Oklahoma Native Plant
- Rhode Island Wild Plant
- Sunny Land Seeds
- Susquehanna Piedmont
- The International Carnivorous
- United Plant Savers
- Vail Alpine Garden Foundation
- Washington Native Plant
- Wild Ones Natural Landscapers,
- WindStar Wildlife Institute
- Yellow Creek Botanical
Plant Conservation Initiative Exhibit
Native Plant Conservation Initiative has an attractive, modular, easy to set-up,
green backed display about native plant conservation measuring 92" high x 120"
wide x 50" deep. The exhibit is available for use by any of the federal
agencies on the Committee or any of the non-federal Cooperators.
The exhibit includes a loop tape that shows the Public Service Announcements and
seasonal wildflower videos developed by Dr. Ritchie Bell and Dr. Anne Lindsay
of Laurel Hill Press. Your organization provides the monitor and VCR for
displaying the video. In addition, the exhibit features six pamphlet holders
that are attached across the bottom half of the exhibit which hold information
about the NPCI and plant conservation in general, including copies of the Wild
Wealth brochure (as long as supplies last) and colorful URL bookmarks.
The exhibit can be shipped to any destination, as it
is stored in 3 durable plastic cases for shipping. The exhibit weighs about
200 lbs and is shipped via Federal Express two day air for approximately $300.00
each way. This includes approximately $75 for insuring the $15,000 exhibit.
The cost of shipping is the responsibility of the agency or organization using
the exhibit. Contact Olivia Kwong at (202) 912-7232 or email@example.com
to arrange for use of the exhibit or for further information concerning the exhibit.
Takes Root on the Internet
the ever-growing world of technology, information is easily accessed and spread
through the Internet. Joining this trend, the Native Plant Conservation
Initiative now has two major sources of information on the internet, a web site
and an automated e-mail list.
The NPCI web page, located at http://www.nps.gov/plants/,
is maintained by our wonderfully dedicated volunteer, Arlene Ripley. If
you're looking for up-to-date information, this is the place to go
or better yet, to tell others to go. On the page, you can find the latest
information on the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation/NPCI Grant program, Celebrating
Wildflowers, upcoming and past NPCI meetings, and announcements for native plant
conferences and symposia. You can browse articles and brochures such as
Living Gold Mine and Wild Wealth: The Riches of Native Plants. If you want
to learn about everyone involved in the NPCI, the Member and Cooperator List includes
links to the various organizations' web pages. The Exotic Pest Working Group
has its own section with easy to read factsheets on many invasive species.
The page is being constantly updated whenever we have new information, so keep
pointing your web browsers to our page for new information!
The automated e-mail list serves to electronically distribute
meeting agendas and various announcements, as well as promote native plant discussion.
Anyone is invited to join, all you need is an e-mail account! You must be
subscribed to the list in order to "post" or send a message out to all the subscribers.
If you know of someone who is interested, feel free to tell them about the list.
If you want to join the list, simply send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information in the body of the message
(not the title):
SUBSCRIBE NATIVE-PLANTS Jane Doe
(replacing Jane Doe with your own name)
This will automatically add you to the e-mail list and you will receive a confirmation
of this as well as instructions on how to use the list, as well as how to unsubscribe.
If you have any questions regarding these internet
resources, send an e-mail to us at email@example.com
with your questions.
NPCI Joins the Species Survival Commission
The Species Survival Commission
The IUCN volunteer expert network consists of six global
commissions: Species Survival Commission (SSC), World Commission on Protected
Areas (WCPA), Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), Commission on Environmental
Law (CEL), Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), and Commission on Environmental
Strategy and Planning (CESP).
mission of the Species Survival Commission is to conserve biological diversity
by developing and executing programs to study, save, restore and manage wisely
species and their habitats. In order to achieve this mission, the SSC seeks
to contribute to understanding, appreciation, and commitment. Their goals
the largest of the six commissions, the SSC is comprised of more than 7,000 individual
members from nearly every country in the world. These members are deployed
in 110 Specialist Groups which are categorized in four main taxonomic groups,
plants, reptiles and amphibians, birds, and mammals. Each Specialist Group
is led by a volunteer Chair. The SSC also has five disciplinary groups which
focus on conservation issues and provide tools and advice to the taxon based groups.
- Assess the conservation
status of and threats to species worldwide
- Identify conservation
priorities and promote conservation actions for species and their habitats
- Develop and promote
policies for the conservation of species and their habitats
- Enhance the ability
of scientists and conservationists throughout the world to further conservation
of biodiversity by linking them and providing access to an international
- Promote an understanding
of the importance of the conservation of species to the well-being of people
NPCI’s role with the
Currently there are 25 Plant Specialist Groups.
One of those is the North American Plant Specialist Group (NAPSG). Peggy
Olwell, the chair of the Native Plant Conservation Initiative, was recently
appointed Chair of the NAPSG by the SSC Chair, David Brackett, with recommendations
from the Steering Committee. The NPCI will serve as the NAPSG. Each
cooperating organization (and the federal agencies’ main contact) within the
Native Plant Conservation Initiative will receive an invitation from Peggy Olwell
to join the SSC in January. According to Peggy, “To be a truly inclusive
North American Plant Specialist Group we will be working over the next several
months to call on our counterparts in Canada and Mexico to join us in this effort.
I think that the goals of the Initiative and the Plant Specialist Groups are
one and the same. If we can successfully implement the NPCI strategy,
then we will be fulfilling the objectives of the SSC.”
Benefits and Duties
As a member of the SSC, cooperators will receive the
journal Species twice a year, as well as listings of upcoming publications
such as the Red List of Threatened Plants which is due for publication
in February 1998. Members will have opportunities to provide input on
a global basis through IUCN policy documents such as the new Categories of
Threat published in 1996. By joining the SSC, cooperators will be
part of an international conservation network.
For more information
about the Species Survival Commission, take a look at their website at http://www.iucn.org./themes/ssc/siteindx.htm.
the World Conservation Union
World Conservation Union (IUCN) is a global network of 8,000 technical, scientific
and policy volunteer experts, 820 staff members, and 895 members, including 74
governments, 105 governmental agencies, and over 700 non-governmental organizations.
Started in 1948 as the International
Union for the Protection of Nature, the IUCN is one of the world's oldest international
conservation organizations. Their mission is to influence, encourage and
assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity
of nature, and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically
sustainable. Promotion of people-oriented conservation and sustainable use
of resources play key roles in the implementation of the mission.
The IUCN is organized into three different sections,
membership, Secretariat staff in IUCN offices, and volunteer experts in IUCN commissions.
The three kinds of participation are interconnected in various ways, allowing
the IUCN to achieve their mission on all levels, from the local and community,
to the national and the global. This is done through advising and assisting
governments, organizations and local communities in devising conservation strategies
and in their implementation. The IUCN also provides information and expertise
through readily available publications and databases.
For more information about the IUCN, contact the world
information and addresses for the regional offices and commissions can be found
IUCN World Headquarters
Rue Mauverney 28
CH 1196 Gland, Switzerland
International Botanical Congress
The International Botanical Congress (IBC) is a convention of scientists from
around the world which meet once every six years to discuss new research in the
all the plant sciences, including botany, mycology, plant ecology, horticulture,
and agriculture. Held under the auspices of the International Union of Biological
Sciences, the XVI IBC will be meeting August 1-7, 1999 at America's Center in
St. Louis, Missouri with a nomenclature meeting being held the week before, July
26-30, 1999. The early registration fee, not including hotel, costs $300
($200 for registrants from developing countries) and students pay a reduced fee
of $100. There are some fellowships for travel to IBC available, with applications
particularly encouraged from registrants from developing countries and from graduate
students and recent graduates. Processing of fellowship applications will
begin February 1, 1998, so apply early! The conference will also have space
for commercial and scientific exhibits. For more information or a registration
field trips, excursions, and other social events are also planned prior to, during
and after IBC.
Secretary General, XVI
c/o Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
Tel: (314) 577-5175
Fax: (314) 577-9589
The NPCI is looking for volunteers
to set-up and staff the NPCI exhibit at the 23rd Annual Wildlife Art and Photography
Show. The Show will be weekend of March 7-8, 1998 and the theme is "Our
Natural Heritage -- Resources to Protect." Special attention is being given
to protection of native species and the dangers of exotic, invasive species on
local ecosystems. The exhibit would be located in the Wildlife Awareness
Hall at the Robert E. Lee RECenter in Alexandria, Virginia. Set-up would
be done at 9am on March 7, staffing to answer questions about the NPCI would take
place from 10:00am to 5:00 pm on March 7 & 8, and packing of the exhibit back
into the cases would be done after the end of the Show on March 8. Easy
to read instructions are provided with the exhibit to show the volunteers how
to set-up and dismantle the exhibit. This is an excellent opportunity for
the NPCI to reach out and spread information and enthusiasm about native plants
to the thousands attending nature lovers of all ages. If you are interested
in volunteering for the entire event or just a portion of it, please contact Olivia
Kwong by phone at (202) 452-0392 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planting Foundations is a monthly publication of the Native Plant Conservation
Initiative and is edited by Olivia Kwong. The goal of this newsletter
is to help promote the information sharing and national communication which
is needed to create the basis, or foundation for further effective native
plant conservation. Reproduction of the information contained in this
newsletter is authorized without prior written permission for educational and
other non-commercial purposes. Electronic copies of Planting Foundations
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at http://www.nps.gov/plants/ both in PDF
and HTML format.
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and suggestions may be sent via postal mail, fax or electronic mail to:
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Bureau of Land Management
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