[SOS-PCA] SOS July 7 Call Notes

Prescott, Leah J lprescott at blm.gov
Thu Jul 9 11:41:13 CDT 2020

Hi all,

Thanks to those who joined our SOS call on Tuesday. We welcomed Anna Lindquist, who will be taking over as SOS National Curator.

Anna grew up in Texas and then headed west to attend the University of Puget Sound, graduating with a B.A. in anthropology and sociology. After moving to Boise, Idaho, Anna worked on an urban farm, in xeric landscaping, and received her Technical Certificate in Horticulture Technology from the College of Western Idaho. She went on to work at the Idaho Botanical Garden for 5 years, and her latest position was as Lead Horticulturist and Native Plant Specialist. Most recently Anna attended graduate school at the University of Idaho's McCall Outdoor Science School, and will receive her Master of Natural Resources, with a focus on environmental education and science communication in August.

Leah Prescott will be around until August 7th and then heads to graduate school at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Program.

Anna does not have a BLM email, we will send that out over the listserv once she does. In the meantime, please include her CBG email on correspondence using her CBG email: alindquist at chicagobotanic.org

We will also send out Anna's phone number once we have completed BLM onboarding. However, with offices closed due to COVID, we may need to use a temporary web-based phone number. We will send more information out over the listserv once onboarding is complete.

Please include BOTH Leah and Anna on all correspondence through August 7th.

Also on the call were Mandie Carr, the new Coordinator of Botanical Communication and Outreach, and Regan Murray, the new GIS Analyst.


Thank you to those who have sent in their Target Species lists, if you have not sent one in yet please do so

Please also send a copy of your first datasheet to the National Office for review.

Clearance Forms: Clearance forms now accept requests for expedited seed cleaning and testing. I want to make it clear that ALL SOS seed will be tested. You DO NOT need to fill out a clearance form to have your seed tested. This is ONLY if you need seed test results ASAP. For example, if you want to get seed to a grower this fall. Expedited testing and shipping is limited to the first 25 requests across the entire SOS program per month.

A copy of the clearance form is available on the SOS website. Please submit clearance forms to both Anna and Leah. Please allow at least 30 days for Bend to process the order, provide the FedEx shipping code, and a short description of the intended use of the material. We will process these requests as quickly as possible but please note, there may be others requesting seed at a similar deadline as yours.

If there is no rush to have seed returned to you, please indicate so on the form. You can put “no rush” in as the request by date. Please wait to send the national office a clearance form until you have shipped seed to Bend. Also, please consolidate clearance forms as best as possible. Clearance forms for seed collected during the 2020 season must be turned in by January 30th 2021. Please note new clearance forms are available for expedited seed testing.

Our next SOS call will be Tuesday, August 4th. Anna will be leading the call with Leah. We are looking into new software to host these meetings. Anna will send out more information soon.

Thank you,
Leah & Anna

Leah Prescott
Seeds of Success
National Collection Curator (Contractor)

Seeds of Success<https://www.blm.gov/programs/natural-resources/native-plant-communities/native-plant-and-seed-material-development/collection>
National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration<https://www.blm.gov/programs/natural-resources/native-plant-communities/national-seed-strategy>
Plant Conservation Alliance<http://www.plantconservationalliance.org/>
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