PLANT CONSERVATION ALLIANCE
January 2007 | March 2007
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Notes from PCA General Meeting
10 January 2007
NatureServe, Rosslyn, Va.
(Notes taken by M. Haidet)
Events & Announcements
- The USDA Forest Service Native Plant Materials Policy comment period has closed and it will now percolate through the leadership for approval.
- The USDA Forest Service Celebrating Wildflowers website (http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/) has recently won a couple of awards, including the Talking Hands Award and the Disability Network 2007 Outstanding Website Award.
- Dr. Jane Smart, head of the IUCN Species Program, will be giving a lecture at the US Botanic Garden at 4pm on Jan. 18, 2007.
- The Lahr Native Plant Symposium will take place March 31 from 9am-3:30pm at the National Arboretum. Registration materials and detailed program information are available by calling 202/ 245-4521. Fee $85.
- Sarah Tangren, from Chesapeake Natives, announced that her soil stabilization projects are going well AND she has submitted a grant for a new robotic plan to battle invasives.
- Kim Winter will be leaving NAPPC for a position at the National Wildlife Federation and hopes to stay connected to the PCA community.
- A new edition of the Center for Plant Conservation Plant Conservation Directory is available online (http://centerforplantconservation.org/CPCDirectory/CPC_DIR_Find.asp) and the print edition will be available in coming months. This directory can be searched by state, name or expertise (new!).
- The EPA has released a couple of new fact sheets including “Frequently Asked Questions About Ecological Revitalization of Superfund Sites” and “Revegetating Landfills and Waste Containment Areas Fact Sheet” (both available at http://cluin.org/issues/default.focus/sec/Ecological_Revitalization/cat/Overview/).
- The Native Plant Information Network has been reworked online. Check it out at: http://wildflower.utexas.edu/. Additionally, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has become part of the University of Texas.
- The U.S. National Arboretum will be hosting an invasive plant management conference on January 24, 2007.
- There is a great new book called “Pitcher Plants of the Americas”, written by Stewart McPherson.
- Contact Maggie Johnson (Johnson.maggie at epa.gov) if you would like a copy of the upcoming publication “Roadside Weed Management”
Updates on Activities
APWG (Jil Swearingen)
- Printable calendars are available on the website at http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/pubs/calendar.htm
- They are trying to work with BLM folks in Oregon on an alien plant curriculum (Alien Invasion Plants on the Move).
MPWG (Patricia De Angelis)
- There will be a face-to-face meeting of the Elder’s Circle in Arcata, CA at the end of January.
- We have been continuing the “Spotlight on Members” series. Entries can be viewed at http://www.nps.gov/plants/medicinal/spotlight/index.htm.
RWG (Greg Eckert)
Outreach/Edu (Flo Oxley/Bonnie Harper-Lore)
SOS (Mary Byrne)
- The 2006 collection season has ended and about 600 collections were made.
NPMD (Peggy Olwell)
- Because of the present continuing resolution, the NPMD program doesn’t really have the full $4.6 million for 2007. We’re allowed to spend at 35% of total funds. Other funds may be obtained from other land disturbing activities.
- There are also discussions of a Native Plant Subactivity and/or National Strategy for Native Plants at the BLM.
NFWF (Ellen Gabel)
- The preproposal deadline for the Native Plant Conservation Initiative grant program is February 15. There is only one round of funding proposals this year. With the continuing resolution we are hoping that funding levels stay the same and are not cut.
NGO (Kathryn Kennedy)
- They are trying to get a group coalesced around budget, support for a BLM subactivity and more money for the AOC. Kathryn, the Botanical Society of America and the Garden Club of America will be supporting a variety of initiatives.
- Kathryn will be in Washington for the GCA NAL Meeting Feb. 26-28.
The March PCA meeting will be a joint meeting with the American Seed Trade Association. Local Ecotypes is the theme for the meeting that will take place at the USDA South Building cafeteria (back room) on March 15-16.
Bob Karrfalt (National Seed Laboratory, USDA Forest Service)
"An Overview of the Forest Service National Seed Lab and Its Role in Native Plant Materials"
Notes from PCA General Meeting
15-16 March 2007
Agenda, presentations and notes can be found here.