Institutional Collaborations for Plant Conservation
The Arnold Arboretum supports a variety of organizations that work to conserve and enrich botanical diversity at the regional, national, and global levels. Below are descriptions of how these collaborations have aided plant conservation.
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI): In 2008, the Arnold Arboretum renewed its membership with BGCI, an organization that connects and coordinates garden-based conservation efforts internationally. In addition to working with the North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation, an initiative of the new BGCI North American office, the Arboretum has contributed a large amount of data to BGCI’s Plant Search database to extend its collections information to researchers and gardens all over the world.
The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC): Originating at the Arnold Arboretum in 1984, CPC is a national coordinating organization now stationed at the Missouri Botanical Garden that works “to conserve and restore the rare native plants of the United States.” The Arnold Arboretum holds nine of the CPC National Collection’s threatened species, serving as a custodian of the germplasm so that it can be used as a resource for restoration and research.
The American Public Gardens Association (APGA): APGA is a national organization that coordinates the Plant Collections Network (PCN); formerly North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) to facilitate the exchange of information and germplasm for research and to improve the depth and breadth of plant collections in North American gardens. The Arnold Arboretum currently holds Acer, Carya, Fagus, Forsythia, Ginkgo, Stewartia, Syringa, and Tsuga as accredited PCN Collections. These collections supply germplasm from a broad range of species and are an important analysis tool for ex situ conservation efforts.
For information on how to get involved with conservation projects in your Massachusetts community, visit MassWildlife online.