Center for Plant Conservation, Inc.

Save Plants

aka CPC   |   Escondido, CA   |  https://saveplants.org/

Mission

The mission of the Center for Plant Conservation is to ensure stewardship of imperiled native plants.

Ruling year info

1984

President and CEO

Dr. Joyce Maschinski

Main address

15600 San Pasqual Valley Rd.

Escondido, CA 92027 USA

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EIN

22-2527116

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

Forest Conservation (C36)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving rare plant species from extinction. Today nearly 30% of the native flora in the United States is considered to be of conservation concern. Without human intervention, many of these plants may be gone within our lifetime. 80% of at-risk species are closely related to plants with economic value and more than 50% are related to crop species. One fifth or more of all plants on this planet will die out in this century if current trends continue.

Our programs

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National Meeting

Every year, the Center for Plant Conservation convenes a meeting of its Participating Institutions. The conservation professionals working at the botanic gardens and plant conservation organizations dedicated to saving plants from extinction come together for a three-day conference to share and learn from each other the cutting-edge science and technology used to save rare and endangered flora. The conference consists of workshops, presentations and field trips.

Population(s) Served

Access to cutting edge tools, data, and information through our exclusive PI-only web portal. Through the PI portal, members can disseminate conservation knowledge on our National Collection plant profiles, which receive thousands of visitors each year. The PI portal also provides a repository of critical conservation documents including the most up to date CPC conservation protocols. Additional CPC data assets include the pollinators of rare plants database and the rare plant reintroduction database, which members are encouraged to contribute to and utilize to extend the science of conservation.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is a one-of-a-kind network of conservation partners, collectively known as CPC Participating Institutions (PIs; now including more than 60 institutions), that collaboratively work to save the 4,400 kinds of imperiled plants of the United States and Canada.

How we Save Plants:
- We advance the science of saving plants.
- We apply this science to save imperiled plant species here in the U.S. and Canada.
- We advocate on behalf of our collective efforts to Save Plants and promote the value of plants to humankind.

Greater than the sum of its parts, the CPC network saves more plant species together than would ever be possible alone. This is done through the timely sharing of information, data and expertise and facilitated by the community of practice that is CPC where the world’s experts regularly convene to discuss and apply methods that result in far greater numbers of plants saved from extinction.

CPC PIs maintain the CPC National Collection of Endangered Plants, a living conservation collection of imperiled plants, by working to collect and manage living seeds and plants, advancing our understanding of threats as well as means to save these species, and by communicating with partners within the CPC network to ensure that all are using the best and most up-to-date means possible to Save Plants.

To date, we now have over one third of North American imperiled plants (1,500 of 4,400 kinds) secured in the CPC National Collection. An important conservation resource, the Collection is a backup in case a species becomes extinct or no longer reproduces in the wild. Live plant material is collected from nature under controlled conditions and then carefully maintained as seed, rooted cuttings or mature plants.

We have active research programs going on in dozens of organizations in the U.S., all working to overcome conservation challenges for the remaining two thirds of imperiled North American plants. Challenges such as seed storage, plant propagation and preservation/recovery of species in the wild, are all being addressed by CPC partners.

CPC’s model of collaborative work and a shared responsibility to Save Plants, a world first, has been used as the basis for other national and global efforts. Our guidelines, developed over decades of intensive collaborative work, are used by many organizations and plant conservationists around the world to Save Plants.

Financials

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Center for Plant Conservation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lynde Uihlein