Texas Plant Conservation Conference
September 19-21, 2018
Texas Plant Conservation Conference 2018
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas and Fort Worth Botanic Garden are pleased to invite you to attend the 2018 biennial meeting of the Texas Plant Conservation Conference (TPCC) in Fort Worth, Texas. This year we will focus on COLLABORATIONS. The daunting task of protecting the native flora of Texas can only be achieved if we work together. The goal of this year’s conference is to foster communication among conservation organizations, agencies, academics, educators, and the public. Sessions will focus on increased participation and discussion, with ample opportunities to network with fellow conservationists. Bring your ideas, insights, and expertise as we tackle some of the greatest challenges facing plant conservation today.
Register Today! Early registration ends August 17th
Click here to register. Unable to attend the whole meeting? Register for just the events you are able to attend.
Wednesday Evening Poster Reception
Unable to attend the whole conference but want an opportunity to network and share ideas? Join us on Wednesday, September 19th from 5 to 8 pm for the Poster Reception and Dinner. Share a poster on your latest project or just browse and mingle. Educators and students of all grade levels are invited to share their class projects to gain experience, feedback, and a resume boost. There is still time to submit abstracts for poster presentations. All abstracts must be submitted by August 17th to be included in the conference proceedings. To register for just the poster reception, select the “Poster Reception Only” option on the registration page. Costs for the poster reception only are $60 for professionals or $30 for educators and students.
Conference Schedule of Events
This year's schedule of events is now available. Browse the schedule for descriptions of workshops, working groups, and general sessions.
IUCN Red List Assessment Training
Friday, September 21, 2018
Become an official Red List Assessor for your specialty region or taxonomic group! George E. Schatz of the Missouri Botanical Garden/IUCN Species Survival Commission will provide training, and participating botanists will evaluate several plant species for Red List submission. As botanists and conservationists, we can participate in an important global biodiversity initiative and contribute to international conservation goals by conducting Red List assessments of the species that we know best. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is important because it allows us to evaluate the risk of extinction for any given species, providing open-source data that can be used for research, funding, and conservation prioritization. The workshop will be a full day. Prior to the workshop, participants will be required to complete online training in Red List assessment methodology, and come prepared with data on their species, including occurrences, population size, and threats. The morning session will include a review of terms, categories, criteria, concepts, and some examples. In the afternoon session, participants will assess species on their own or in small groups with assistance from the workshop leader. By the end of the workshop, each participant should have a Red List assessment ready to submit to IUCN.
Call for Lightning Talks and Posters
There are a few remaining time slots for lightning talks and posters. Submit your abstract by August 17, 2018 for inclusion in the conference proceedings.
Do you have an idea you would like to share or a question you would like to ask participants? Submit a brief title for a lightning talk and take the opportunity to gauge interest and gain feedback from conservationists across the state. A full abstract is not required for these types of talks.
Presenters may choose between the following types of presentations:
Lightning Talks: 5-minute oral presentation; best suited for specific projects with concise research objectives. These abbreviated presentations should not try to present the full methodology and results of a project, but instead provide a concise overview with emphasis on the broader impacts for plant conservation. Lightning Talks will be grouped by theme with each thematic section ending with a group Q and A and discussion. Talks seeking feedback about upcoming projects and ideas, major difficulties, or preliminary results are encouraged.
Poster Presentations: Poster to be showcased during the evening poster session on September 19th. Poster presenters are encouraged to deliver a lightning talk about their project as well. Posters may be presented in any language as long as an English abstract is provided on the poster.
Preparation of Abstracts
- Indicate presentation type (Lightning or Poster)
- List presentation title in English
- List author(s) and affiliation(s)
- If there are multiple authors, indicate the presenting author with an underline
- Use numbers to identify institutional affiliations
- Abstract in English (250-word limit) to be included in conference program (you may submit a 2nd version of the same abstract in another language if desired)
- Conference abstracts will be published in the Proceedings of the Texas Plant Conservation Conference. Presenters may submit an expanded abstract (500-word limit) in addition to the program abstract (250-word limit) for inclusion in the Proceedings if desired.
E-mail abstracts (Subject: TPCC Abstract) to Kim Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentation Type: 1-Lightning, 2-Poster
The Vascular Flora of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Llano and Gillespie Counties, Texas, U.S.A.
Kim Taylor1, Bob O’Kennon1
¹Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Abstract - A vascular plant survey of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Gillespie and Llano counties, Texas, was conducted from 1984 through 1994 and 2014 through 2015. The property sites near the southern edge of the Llano Uplift, a primarily granite region. A total of 450 additional taxa were documented during the study, bringing the total for the park to 948 taxa. Twenty-eight taxa are considered rare at the state or global level, including 2 state-tracked taxa. Non-native taxa comprise 12.4% of the total flora with 118 taxa, 88 of which are new additions. An overview of the plant communities in the park, as well as conservation implications will be discussed.