Reference my earlier post entitled Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) and the reference to one of their strategies called the National Seed Strategy. Another of their strategies is developing the Native Plant Demonstration Site Network. Paraphrased below with permission of the PCA is a brief announcement about a survey in which you can share information about native plant demonstration sites with which you may be working. [Read more…]
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One of the organizations I list on my website is the Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA). Since this is the time of year we’re out gathering seed, I thought it would be a good time to mention the PCA. The PCA is a public-private partnership of organizations that share the goal to protect native plants by ensuring native plant populations and their communities are maintained, enhanced and restored.
It is made up of Non-Federal Cooperators consisting of more than 300 state and local agencies and not-for-profit organizations and of Federal Cooperators consisting of 12 federal agencies, all interested in native plant conservation in America. Federal and Non-Federal Cooperators work collaboratively to solve the problems of native plant conservation and native habitat restoration, in an effort to ensure the preservation of ecosystems in America.
The basis of their focus is the National Framework for Progress in Plant Conservation and one of the strategies within that framework is the National Seed Strategy.
New Cooperators in PCA are always welcome! Joining is easy, and there’s no financial obligation. Your organization can be as involved as it chooses. Find out if your organization or agency is a part of the PCA.
For questions about the PCA or about joining, e-mail
This post was prepared with the assistance of Evelyn Williams, Co-Chair PCA Non-Federal Cooperators Committee, Chicago Botanic Garden
The 2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series, hosted by the Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center! is set to begin today at 1:00PM CST. Then on the 4th Tuesday of each month, they will present a new monarch conservation topic with expertise and experience from the MJV partnership and other organizations. [Read more…]
I received a request from Bryan Lenz this week about native plant ordinances that include municipalities in their native landscaping guidelines. So often, communities will pass an ordinance allowing native landscaping or even requiring it for subdivisions and land development, but do not take the extra step to include themselves in the ordinance. Very often they specifically exclude the community and public lands.
Bryan is revising Bird City‘s criteria and he’s looking for some examples of ordinances where the municipality follows landscaping practices that promote not only sustainability, but also wildlife. Feel free to contact Bryan directly.
I have already suggested to Bryan that he consider the federal guidelines on the use of native landscaping.
On February 3, 1999, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13112 which calls on Executive Branch agencies to work to prevent and control the introduction and spread of invasive species and to “provide for restoration of native species and habitat conditions in ecosystems that have been invaded….”
On June 20, 2014 President Obama signed a Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators which included “developing affordable seed mixes, including native pollinator-friendly plants…for restoration and reclamation projects….” and pollinator-friendly best management practices for federal lands.
On March 4, 2015 the 114th Congress passed H.R. 1284 Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2015.
Bird City USA
Bird Cities (and Towns) are located in Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota and they are currently working with folks hoping to start programs in Iowa and Texas. Pennsylvania has a similar Bird Town Pennsylvania program as well. keep your fingers crossed! as Bryan progresses toward making Bird City a national program.