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Dear CPC Friends,

Welcome to our July issue of Save Plants. As the summer heats up, we look south to our partners in the Southeast. The region is one of the most botanically rich in the US, rivaling and even exceeding places like California that are more commonly known for plant diversity. Owing to a rich and complex geological history and nurtured by the predominantly subtropical to humid-tropical weather characteristic of the South, plants are king here. But in having so many kinds of plants, the Southeast stands to lose a great number of species if action is not taken. Thankfully our CPC Partners here represent some of the best plant conservationists in the world. Read on to learn how these dedicated conservation scientists are working to Save Plants in the Southeast. We are enriched by having such remarkable plant diversity in the Southeast, and richer still to have such genuine, compassionate and bright people working to Save Plants. Thank you! In our August issue, we'll feature Texas. Please feel free to share any comments by emailing me at JClark@sandiegozoo.org.



John R. Clark,
President and CEO

Updates from our Participating Institutions
Traveling Reference Book – Have you ever been on a hike somewhere and noticed a treasure-trove of beautiful wildflowers but had no idea what those flowers were called? Well, Linda Chafin, a conservation botanist at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, has given all of us a new resource to identify them. The Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Surrounding States, a book meant to travel with you, is a major reference for both field botanists and nature lovers. Alan Weakley of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, noted that this book “takes the wildflower guide to the next level of practicality. . . accessibility to great information on the Real World.” Whether you are hiking the Appalachian trail, wandering in a local wooded area, or in a Georgia bog, this book is your gateway to knowledge. Learn more about the book here.
 
Collaborative Research – There are a lot of reasons to use propagation and reintroduction protocols for endangered and at-risk plant species. The benefits include not only the recovery of listed species, but also lower costs for reintroduction, expanded conservation strategies, and even reduction in the need for at-risk species to be federally listed. Currently the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) is working with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Defense on a collaborative project to work with propagation and reintroduction protocols for Georgia leadplant (Amorpha georgiana), Sandhills Milkvetch (Astragalus michauxii), Sandhills Lilly (Lilium pyrophilum), Rough leaf loostriffe (Lysimachia asperulifolia), and Sandhills pixiemoss (Pyxidanthera brevifolia). The goal: to successfully and “cost-effectively establish self-sustaining, viable populations.” Read more.
 
White Fringeless Orchid Restoration – The white fringeless orchid (Platanthera integrilabia), native to the upper Piedmont region of Georgia, faces major threats including habitat destruction. It is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act. The Atlanta Botanical Garden and partners worked on wetland habitat and white fringeless orchid restoration with the help of funding by the National Fish and Wildlife 5 Star Urban Waters grant. With support from student and adult volunteers, the project involved mapping affected areas, removing invasive plants, deer fencing, canopy tree removal, and propagating native plants to reintroduce into those restored wetlands. Restoration efforts have produced good results. Students helped the Atlanta Botanical Garden create an ESRI Story Map. The Story Map is a navigational tool giving the public a geographic tour of the different sites restored as well as a way to highlight accomplishments. (Photo @USFWS)



 
FEATURED CONSERVATION ECOLOGIST Heather Alley is the Conservation Horticulturist and Restoration Ecologist at the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. A native of Atlanta from generations of gardeners and farmers, she started exploring forests at an early age and fell in love with native plants. She always wanted to work in conservation biology. “I’m fascinated by the intricate relationships plants have with the soil and insects,” Heather says. “I love that I’ll never run out of questions to ask and cool things to discover.” After working for several years on the flora of prairies, Heather is now learning to grow ferns from spores. With sailors in the family and working on a boat in Alaska, Heather has picked up nautical expressions and metaphors and loves the sea. Her nickname? Captain.
MEET LINDSAY MARSHALL, CPC BOARD MEMBERLindsay Marshall is passionate about environmental issues, with the impact of climate change of most immediate concern. She is an advocate for positive action and firmly believes that “there is no progress or effective preservation effort without good science.” As a former healthcare worker, Lindsay believes that future health is “grounded in clean air, water, and oceans plus plant, animal, and seed conservation.” Her travels are most often to places of environmental interest, such as the Galapagos Islands. She is currently visiting arctic tundra in north central Alaska and observing glacial retreat in southwest Alaska. Lindsay is hoping that her interests and activities will inspire her grandchildren to also become interested, and to develop a love of nature. She is pleased that already, her 5-year old grandson “seems to have caught the bug!”
PLANT OF THE MONTH - The “Sandhills Lily” or Lilium pyrophilum, grows to about three feet high and has nodding flowers. The name Lilium pyrophilum means “fire-loving” – an apt description for this plant which lives in longleaf pine ecosystem areas prone to fire.  The flowers can range in color from orange to dusky red and has six petals that curl backward. The plant is a rare species throughout its range and was just described as a new species in 2002. Land development and scarcity of fire threatens this species. The Sandhills Lily is currently listed as endangered in North Carolina and is an Army Species at Risk. As part of the collaborative research project with the US Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Defense, propagation and reintroduction protocols will be used to establish four new populations of the plant.
CALENDAR
• July 30 - 3 August, 2016
Botany 2016
Savanna, Georgia  More


• September 1-10, 2016
IUCN World Conservation Conference 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii  More


• November 1 - 3, 2016
Southeastern Partners in Plant Conservation Conference
Atlanta, Georgia  More
November 3-5, 2016
Texas Plant Conservation Conference 2016
Fort Worth, Texas  More



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