CALLING ALL SCHOOL-AGED LEARNERS (PreK-12th Grade) -- Help us celebrate our native plant American Icons! The Plant Conservation Alliance celebrates 25 years of advancing the conservation of native plants and their communities by teaming up with the Fairchild tropical Botanic Garden to hold a national art competition depicting iconic U.S. native plants – regional champs will undergo a national runoff to select artwork for a commemorative coin. This competition is open to preK-12th grade scholars across the United States and its Territories. Spread the word & participate here: National Challenge: Commemorative Coin – American Icons (Submission deadline December 15). Download the flyer here: National Challenge Flyer

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The Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) is a public-private partnership among 15 federal agency Members and more than 400 non-federal Cooperators that share the same goal: to protect native plants by ensuring that native plant populations and their communities are maintained, enhanced, and restored. Join the PCA Email List!

PCA Members and Cooperators work collaboratively to solve the problems of native plant conservation and native habitat restoration, ensuring the sustainability of our ecosystems. In 2015 PCA developed the National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration to address widespread shortages of native seed.  The depth and strength of PCA is in the scientific expertise, networking, and the ability to pool resources to protect, conserve, and restore our national plant heritage for generations to come.

To accomplish its goals, PCA has a National Framework for Progress in Plant Conservation that is carried out by a Federal Committee, a Non-Federal Cooperators Committee and five working groups.

In 2015, the Department of Interior awarded the BLM a $3.5 million grant through the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Mitigation Fund for seed collection in coastal habitats from Virginia to Maine. BLM worked with New York City’s Greenbelt Native Plant Nursery and other PCA partners to develop the SOS East Program. To date, the SOS East teams have made over 2170 collections of 359 different species spanning 73 plant families, 11 states and 12 ecoregions. Additionally, 35 interns were hired through Chicago Botanic Garden’s Conservation and Land Management (CLM) internship program. This program provides hands-on experience to motivated and highly skilled recent college graduates. Seeds of Success East SOS East reached out to various Federal Agencies and identified 30 USFWS projects, 2 NPS projects, and 32 projects as needing native plant materials for restoration in 2015. One example of these projects is the FWS Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Tidal Marsh/Barrier Beach Restoration in Delaware. As of 2018, over 125 SOS East collections have been used for Hurricane Sandy restoration projects.

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PCA Federal Committee

The PCA Federal Committee works to identify and recommend, as appropriate, priority conservation needs for native plants and their habitats, and coordinate implementation of programs for addressing those needs. It serves as a forum for coordination and implementation of a national native plant conservation program, consisting of public education and outreach, research, conservation actions, native plant materials development coordination, databases and information exchange, and international programs. The PCA Federal Committee is chaired by Peggy Olwell, Plant Conservation Program Lead for the Bureau of Land Management.

The 12 Federal Agencies that make up the Federal Committee are the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Botanic Garden, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service, USDA Forest Service, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey. 

PCA Non-Federal Cooperator Committee

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The PCA Non-Federal Cooperator Committee represents the interests and ideas of various organizations such as botanic gardens, universities, educational groups, state agencies, businesses, professional societies, trade associations, native plant societies, and garden clubs. The PCA Non-Federal Cooperator Committee partners with the PCA Federal Committee and others to advance plant conservation, promote native plant community restoration, and conduct botanical conservation science. The PCA Non-Federal Cooperator Committee is chaired by Dr. Kayri Havens, Ecology and Conservation Senior Scientist at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Get Involved

The Plant Conservation Alliance holds bi-monthly meetings as an open forum for anyone interested or working in plant conservation. The meeting takes place in the Washington DC metropolitan area and is available remotely as a live webinar. There is a roundtable for attendees to share relevant events, a presentation and discussion on plant conservation related work by a guest speaker, 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. 

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Organizations, businesses, and local or state government divisions can join the Plant Conservation Alliance by filling out an online application 

For Federal agencies, joining in the Plant Conservation Alliance's Federal Committee requires signing the Memorandum of Understanding.