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 January 9, 2019!
Gerry Moore, leader of the USDA-NRCS National Plant Data Team, will present An overview of the legal protections for rare, threatened and endangered plants in the United States. The meeting will be from 2-4pm eastern, hosted by NatureServe, and available via webinar (details coming soon).
Bio: Since 2011 Gerry Moore has been the leader of the USDA-NRCS National Plant Data Team, which oversees the PLANTS database and website. From 2000-2010, Gerry worked at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden serving as a research taxonomist and director of the science department. Gerry received his Ph.D. in botany from Vanderbilt University in 1997; he was a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University from 1997-1998. Gerry grew up in southern New Jersey where he developed an interest in botany exploring the New Jersey Pinelands.
January 9, 2019 - Gerry Moore, hosted by NatureServe
March 13, 2019 - speaker and location TBD
May 8, 2019 - speaker and location TBD
July 10, 2019 - speaker and location TBD
September 11, 2019 - speaker and location TBD
November 13, 2019 - speaker and location TBD
November 14, 2018 - the PCA welcomed Doug Tallamy, Mary Phillips, John Rowden, and Judy Venonsky as panelists (Moderated by Casey Sclar) on “Identifying and addressing information gaps in plant databases to support emerging planting design technologies promoting biodiversity and ecological benefits”. ABSTRACT: Technological advancements, including databases, websites, and intuitive parametric design apps, show great promise to assist landscape professionals and home gardeners alike with simplifying the planting design process. However, information gaps need to be addressed in order to optimize the emerging data tools, particularly when it comes to selecting the most useful and available plants to enhance ecosystem services and sustainable design. Much great work has already been achieved through development of the national databases of the Biota of North America Project (BONAP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) PLANTS, NatureServe, and the Ecoregional Revegetation Application (ERA). This panel discussion will address the current plant databases available to algorithms and applications and what efforts are needed to ensure consistent and vetted data on ecologically beneficial plants is readily accessible to emerging technologies and the general public. See the presentation associated with this meeting here.
September 12, 2018 - Abby Meyer, Executive Director, Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S., spoke 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 also discussed 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.
March 14, 2018 - Margaret O'Gorman - President of the Wildlife Habitat Council
January 10, 2018 - Jeannette Whitton, Director University of British Columbia Herbarium, Canada's SARA & COSEWIC
November 8, 2017 - Emily Sessa, University of Florida, Fern Conservation.
September 13, 2017 - Dwayne Estes, Director of the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative. You can find a copy of Dwayne's talk here.