FORT WORTH, Texas (May 2, 2018) The Botanical Research Institute of Texas is pleased to announce that it is hosting the Center for Plant Conservation’s 2018 national meeting May 3 – 5, 2018 on the BRIT campus.
The three-day conference brings together the leaders in plant conservation from the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) participating institutions to share and learn cutting-edge science and technology used to save plants.
Sessions will include presentations from CPC member institutions and network partners on plant conservation accomplishments and challenges.
Widely regarded as the center for information about the plants of Texas, BRIT joined the CPC in 2016 as a participating institution, one of four in the state of Texas. Other Texas members include: Mercer Arboretum (Houston), San Antonio Botanical Garden, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (Austin).
“Our goal within the CPC is to take a leading role in the discovery and preservation of Texas native plants,” says Dr. Ed Schneider, BRIT’s executive director. “Our work in conjunction with other state participating institutions will help protect and preserve rare and endangered plants for the next generation.”
Founded in 1984, the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is a network of 40 leading U.S. botanic institutions and is dedicated solely to preventing the extinction of U.S. native plants. It operates the only coordinated national program of off-site (ex situ) conservation of rare plant material. This conservation collection ensures that material is available for restoration and recovery efforts for these species.
Texas Parks and Wildlife lists 449 Texas native plant species as at risk within the state. BRIT and the other Texas CPC members are all working hard to preserve these and other native Texas plants.