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Pennsylvania Plant Conservation Network

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, is excited to announce the creation of the Pennsylvania Plant Conservation Network. This program is envisioned to be a collaborative working group of organizations, institutions, and individuals who are passionate about protecting Pennsylvania’s native flora, on both public and private lands.

The Pennsylvania Plant Conservation Network First Public/Stakeholder Meeting
(formerly the PA Plant Conservation Alliance)
Friday, April 26, 2019 • 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. REGISTER HERE
Shavers Creek Environmental Center
in conjunction with the 2019 PA Rare Plant Forum

Attend a collaborative discussion about the goals of the organization and stewardship of rare plants. There will also be opportunities for hiking and botanizing in the vicinity of Shaver’s Creek after the PPCN meeting, in the tradition of the pre-Rare Plant Forum field trip. Please see this letter from Kristi Allen, Network Coordinator, for more information.

email banner image call for p openWe invite conservation professionals in Pennsylvania to submit proposals for the 46th Natural Areas Conference by April 15. Held this year in Pittsburgh, PA, this event offers natural areas practitioners from across the U.S. access to cutting-edge information, emerging management techniques, and science-based practices, as well as an opportunity to come together, network, and address our common challenges.

We are now accepting abstracts for Symposia, Oral Presentations, Posters, Workshops, ID Workshops, and Field Workshops. Our theme is At the Water’s Edge: Managing our Land and Water in a Changing Landscape.

Topics include native plant conservation and material development and use, natural areas program development, natural areas restoration and restoration genetics, natural resources inventory, and pollinator and invertebrate conservation and habitat management. Check out under Call for Proposals for a full list of topics.

The Natural Areas Conference is co-hosted by the Natural Areas Association, with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The Natural Areas Association (NAA) is the only national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the community of natural areas practitioners. We provide the best scientific information to inform their work on the ground.

Natural areas practitioners working in the state of Pennsylvania and in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region will be eligible to apply for scholarships covering all or part of conference registration. We’re fortunate to have conference supporters that are helping to ensure the attendance of some regional natural areas practitioners who otherwise might not be able to attend our 2019 Natural Areas Conference. Applications will be available June 1, when conference registration opens.

The Natural Areas Conference offers robust programming and events for students and young professionals. Students are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations and posters and to compete in the NAA student competition for cash prizes. Student scholarships are available and are awarded on a competitive basis.

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