[PCA] PCA: Afternoon Bimonthly Meeting/Webinar for September 10, 2014 (moved to Washington, DC)

Kwong, Olivia okwong at blm.gov
Fri Sep 5 13:30:56 CDT 2014

Kirsten Johnson is President of the Maryland Native Plant Society. A
retired attorney whose law practice included work with non-profits and
charitable organizations, Kirsten also holds a Master's Degree in biology.
She recently chaired the Maryland Botanical Heritage Work Group, which was
established in 2013 by the Maryland General Assembly and appointed by the
Governor of Maryland to assess threats and make recommendations for the
preservation of plant species native to the State and the region.

Anne Frances is the Lead Botanist for NatureServe. Her diverse interests
and experiences with native plant conservation, ethnobotany, and
restoration ecology help her in coordinating NatureServe's efforts to
protect rare plants and their ecosystems. Dr. Frances also uses the
NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index to assess plant species for
susceptibility to climate change to help inform conservation decisions. Dr.
Frances has received a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, a MS from Florida International University, and a PhD from the
University of Florida. Dr. Frances has worked in Costa Rica, Botanical
Gardens, and the US Forest Service.

We have changed the meeting location to the Department of Interior's Main
Interior Building in Washington, DC. This requires going through security
as all adults are required to present a photo ID to enter the building, as
well as undergoing bag and parcel checks. You will need to arrive by 1:45
pm at the E Street entrance to be met and allowed into the building for the
meeting. Please see the full directions for attending the meeting included
in the agenda below. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Anyone that is interested is invited to come to the meeting or join in
remotely via webinar (instructions are included in the agenda below). This
message has been cross-posted to all the PCA discussion lists.

Olivia Kwong

The Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) Bi-Monthly Meeting is an open forum
for anyone interested or working in plant conservation. The meeting is held
every other month in the Washington DC metropolitan area. There is a
roundtable for attendees to share relevant events, as well as updates from
each of the PCA working groups and committees. Regular attendees include
representatives from Federal agencies and from Cooperating organizations;
however anyone is welcome to attend this meeting. Past meeting summaries
and selected presentations are available at




                   Wednesday, September 10, 2014
                              2:00 - 4:00 PM

LOCATION: Room 5071 at the Main Interior Building
                  1849 C St. NW
                  Washington, DC  20240
Take the Orange Line to the Farragut West Metro Station. Go out the 18th
Street exit and walk south towards Constitution Avenue. The entrance to the
Department of Interior Main Interior Building is 5 blocks south on *E
Street between 18th and 19th Streets*. All adults are required to present a
photo ID to enter the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior
Building. All visitors will be subject to security screenings, including
bag and parcel checks. You will need to arrive by 1:45 pm at the E Street
entrance to be met and allowed into the building for the meeting. If you
arrive late, you can try texting or calling Peggy Olwell at (202) 494-0924.

WEBINAR: 1. Go to

2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: plant
4. Click "Join".
5. For the audio portion, call 866-741-7439 and the participant passcode is


              2:00  Introductions

              2:05  Kirsten Johnson (Maryland Native Plant Society) –
Maryland Botanical Heritage
                   Work Group
                   Anne Frances (NatureServe) – Including Plants in State
Conservation Actions

              3:00  Announcements/Communications
              3:20  Updates on Activities
                   - Medicinal Plant Working Group
                   - Native Plant Materials Development Working Group &
Seeds of Success
                   - Interagency Seed Strategy
                   - Non-Federal Cooperator Committee
              3:55  Closing Remarks
              4:00  Adjourn


                          UPCOMING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
                      [2nd Wednesday of alternate months]

                - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 2:00-4:00 PM
                  Dr. Mary A. McKenna (Howard University) - TBA
                  Main Interior Building, Washington, DC

                - Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 2:00-4:00 PM
                  Main Interior Building, Washington, DC
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