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Protecting California’s Diversity: Genetic Considerations for Native Planting and Restoration
Program available here: http://bit.ly/program1016
*All programs will be in this webinar except for the afternoon rare plant, session A which will be in a separate zoom meeting.*

California is home to some of the most exceptional and threatened plant diversity in the world. In an attempt to protect and restore California natives from the devastating effects of environmental change and human development, major initiatives have been implemented to increase the use of California native plants everywhere from home gardens to industrial-scale plantings for landscaping and restoration. However, when executed without the necessary considerations, these efforts have the potential to further endanger our flora by disrupting the genetic integrity of unique species, ecotypes, and populations.

In order to address this issue, the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is hosting this virtual, day-long symposium with the goal of bringing together leading experts in the biology, conservation, and management of the California flora to review the best available science on the genetic risks associated with moving native plants and explore innovative approaches for addressing these issues from a management perspective.

Opening plenary featuring:

Brent Mishler, Director of University and Jepson Herbarium and Prof., Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley


Bruce Baldwin, Curator of Jepson Herbarium and Prof., Dept of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Session 1 | Local Variation and Cryptic Diversity

Session 2 | Risks and Consequences of Moving and Mixing Native Plants

Session 3 | Considerations for Rare Plants

Session 4 | Scaling Up: Seed Collection, Increase, and Transfer

Closing panel will be discussing data gaps, considerations for our work in planting and restoration, and balancing risks

To start 10 am and close at 4:30 pm. Schedule subject to change

Oct 16, 2020 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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