Meetings

The Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) holds Bi-Monthly Meetings that are an open forum for anyone interested or working in plant conservation. Meetings are held every other month in the Washington DC metropolitan area, with an option to join online.

Each meeting features a speaker from the plant conservation community. In addition, there is a roundtable for attendees to share relevant events, as well as updates from each of the PCA working groups and committees. Regular attendees include representatives from the PCA Federal agencies and from Cooperating organizations; however anyone is welcome to attend this meeting.

The next PCA General Meeting is coming up!

September 12, 2018 - Abby Meyer, Executive Director, Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S., will talk with us about leveraging the garden community to complement and backup collections within and among institutions to close gaps and secure plant diversity for the future. This talk will also discuss implementing The North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation and the ways garden staff can use information available to them to assess gaps and priorities for their own collections. Specific information about time and location of the talk will be posted at the end of August.

Talk Title: Approaches to Plant Collections Gap Analysis and Safety Duplication

Abstract: As gardens across North America are recovering from natural disasters in recent months, it is important to consider collections coverage and security. The network of gardens across the continent and world serves as a safety net for plant species facing extinction. If we can leverage the garden community to complement and backup collections within and among institutions, we can close gaps and secure plant diversity for the future. To implement The North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation, BGCI and partners are conducting strategic ex situ gap analyses of North American plants as potential collection priorities for gardens. BGCI’s PlantSearch database provides the foundation for the assessments. In addition to sharing the gap analysis results and species priorities, this presentation will also highlight the ways garden staff can use information available to them to assess gaps and priorities for their own collections.

Bio:Abby facilitates public garden plant conservation efforts by improving BGCI's data services and increasing awareness of the resources available to living collections. Prior to joining BGCI U.S., Abby completed the Longwood Graduate Program at Longwood Gardens and the University of Delaware, and worked as a Putnam Research Fellow at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Abby's office is based at Huntington Library & Gardens in southern California.

Previous meetings

March 14, 2018 - Margaret O'Gorman - President of the Wildlife Habitat Council

September 13, 2017 - Dwayne Estes​, Director of the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative. You can find a copy of Dwayne's talk here.

November 8, 2017 - Emily Sessa, University of Florida, Fern Conservation.

January 10, 2018 - Jeannette Whitton, Director University of British Columbia Herbarium, Canada's SARA & COSEWIC

Future Meetings

check back here or on the PCA meeting page for more information