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Lemhi penstemon monitoring at Big Hole National Battlefield, Montana

Posted January 6, 2014

Lemhi penstemon on the Big Hole National Battlefield.

Steve Shelly, Forest Service Northern Region Botanist, has helped National Park Service monitoring crews at the Big Hole National Battlefield a number of times with their monitoring protocols. Steve worked with the Park Service last summer at the Big Hole National Battlefield to develop a video about the rare endemic Lemhi penstemon at the Big Hole National Battlefield, and its relationship with a wasp specialized in collecting pollen from the plant.

View the video on YouTube…

The Forest Service and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Finalize a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Conservation and Management of Native Orchids

Posted December 16, 2014

North American Orchid Conservation Center logo.

On December 9, 2014, The Director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the Chief of the Forest Service finalized a new service-wide Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This MOU recognizes the mutual interest in the conservation and management of native plants, especially native orchids. The Smithsonian, through its North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC), leads a coalition of organizations dedicated to conserving the diverse orchid heritage of the U.S. and Canada. The initial groups of public and private organizations that support NAOCC have joined forces with a common goal: to ensure the survival of native orchids for future generations. To this end, the NAOCC’s collaborators are working to preserve habitats; create and maintain national collections of seeds and orchid mycorrhizal fungi; and support research on orchid ecology, conservation, and restoration.

Allies in Plant Conservation Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Posted November 19, 2014

Group picture of the attendees who form the Federal Native Plant Conservation Committee of the Plant Conservation Alliance that met at the 2014 Seed Conference.
Attendees who form the Federal Native Plant Conservation Committee of the Plant Conservation Alliance meet at the 2014 Seed Conference to sign a MOU and renew their commitment to native plant conservation. (photo by Tami Heilemann, DOI).

On June 30, the Smithsonian Institution joined 11 federal agencies in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) (PDF) that continues the work of the Federal Native Plant Conservation Committee of the Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) and its cooperators in State government and non-government organizations. The PCA is a public-private partnership of governments and non-government organizations that share the same goal of protecting native plants by ensuring that native plant populations and their communities are maintained, enhanced, and restored.

Read more about the MOU…

Joint Strategic Framework on the Conservation and Use of Native Crop Wild Relatives in the United States

Posted November 19, 2014

Publication cover.

Recognizing the value of crop wild relatives (CWR) of native plants for crop improvement and providing for the current and future food security of the United States and the world, the Forest Service and Agricultural Research Service, agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), developed a strategic framework for collaboration that will help ensure the conservation, evaluation, and use of native CWR occurring on National Forest System lands.

See the publication (PDF, 1.3 MB)…

Chicago Botanic Garden Partnership to Collect Native Seeds

Chicago Botanic Gardens sign.

Posted November 5, 2014

The current Challenge Cost Share agreement between the Eastern Region of the U.S. Forest Service and Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) aims to preserve native plants of concern within the Eastern Region of the Forest Service, in particular by collecting and banking the seeds of Regional Forester Sensitive Species (RFSS), as well as associated plant species sharing the same habitat.

Read about the partnership (PDF, 242 KB)…


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