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How Prepared is the U.S. to Meet Future Botanical Challenges?

August 13, 2010

The Chicago Botanic Garden and Botanic Gardens Conservation International ‘s U.S. office have been working with partners across the country to assess current and future botanical capacity in the United States.  The aim of this grant-funded project is to understand the resources we currently have to conserve and manage native plant species and habitat, identify gaps in capacity and highlight opportunities to fill them in the future. You may download the final report HERE.  Below is an excerpt from the preface:

“Plants are central to the future of scientific discovery, human well-being, and the sustainable use and preservation of the nation’s resources. The botanical community in the United States plays a mission-critical role in researching, conserving, and sustainably managing our plant diversity and resources. Botanical expertise is required to address current and future grand challenges and issues, including climate change mitigation, land management and wildlife habitat restoration, understanding the provision of ecosystem services, management and control of invasive species, and the conservation and recovery of rare species. Despite the fundamental role botanical capacity
plays in tackling each of these issues, this report outlines where botanical capacity, particularly human capacity, is lacking across all sectors  government, academic, and private). In the United States over the past two decades, the botanical community has experienced significant changes in
the demands placed upon it and the resources available to it. Since the early 1990s a series of published and anecdotal reports have outlined declining botanical capacity in many facets of this sector. This includes declines in human resources like botanical training and expertise, financial and management-level support for research, education and application, and the loss of infrastructure
such as herbaria. The nation’s science and land management agenda is suffering as a result.”

In light of New York’s decreased state funding for botany, this report is very timely. We need more botanists and botanical funding to protect our flora in New York.

Job Opening for New York Invasive Species Biologist

September 5, 2009

The New York Natural Heritage Program, a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, seeks a highly motivated individual for the Invasive Species Biologist position.  For details about the position and to apply go to

Search for “Invasive Species” (set “Posted” drop box to “anytime”).  The deadline for applications is September 30th, 2009.

Torrey Botanical Society Offers Research Award for Students

August 28, 2009

We are pleased to offer to student members for 2010 for the first time the Andrew M. Greller Graduate Research Award for Conservation of Local Flora and Ecosystems.  This is an annual award funded by Dr. Greller for outstanding student research directed towards preserving habitat or saving plants and ecosystems from habitat destruction in the Torrey Range, a lifelong passion of his.  We continue to offer the Torrey Botanical Society’s Student Fellowship and Training Awards to student members and the Symposium award to all members.  See details on the Society’s website


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