CNPS Conservation Conference - Fort Bragg, California
September 11, 2010 - 8:30 am to 5 pm
2010 Focus on Conservation
The purpose of this event is to bring together CNPS Chapter officers, conservationists, CNPS Board Members and Staff to review the history, and current status of native rare plant conservation in California. Presentations will focus primarily on issues surrounding CNPS List 2 taxa protection, but will range beyond the conservation of the single species to include conservation of natural communities. A panel of speakers will lead a discussion of short and long-term recommendations for native plant conservation actions.
1. Raise awareness about the current issues relating to the conservation of native plants, especially CNPS List 2 taxa, but including locally rare taxa and natural communities. By the end of the day, Chapter conservationists will better understand the arena in which plant conservation and regulatory action discussions occur.
2. Identify and implement action(s) that both Chapters and State will use to improve native plant conservation. These should be activities whereby Chapter members can translate their interest and/or knowledge of native plant biology into the regulatory arena. Examples include:
a. Chapter study group/workshop - a chapter event held between September 2010-March 2011 where members address a Chapter-specific issue related to material discussed at this event;
b. Chapter guest speaker - a guest speaker is invited to a Chapter meeting to address a Chapter-specific issue related to material discussed at this event
c. Engage in local/regional land-use planning - members attend Chapter-related land-use planning meetings and identify/engage in native plant conservation issues addressed in:
i. General Plan updates
ii. Regional Transportation Plan updates
Conservation Director convenes a subcommittee to explore CNPS Action Strategy for conservation of CNPS List 2 taxa, rare natural communities, locally/regionally rare taxa and communities, and how best to engage with various agencies on these issues.
3. Establish due dates for, and report progress on implementation of Chapter and State actions. The Conservation Director will present a report summarizing to what degree the Chapters and State have achieved Goal #2, at the March 2011 Chapter Council meeting.
Re. conservation agenda items, contact Conservation Program Director, Greg Suba at firstname.lastname@example.org