Rare Plant Conservation Program

Rare Plant Task Force 2016

“Challenges Facing Rare Plants”

2016 Florida Rare Plant Task Force Meeting

On behalf of Bok Tower Gardens and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, thank you to all of you who participated in the Rare Plant Task Force in April. The Task Force gathers a very exceptional group of people, and it was great to see the zoos and other new institutions joining the Task Force network. Together we can do big things! We enjoyed meeting everyone, listening to the interesting and informative talks, and viewing the diverse posters, and the feedback we received suggests the same for meeting attendees. Special thanks to Craig van der Heiden for such a great keynote address, and to Dennis Giardina for helping send us off with such an inspiring message. Special thanks also to the folks who led the wonderful and enjoyable field trips: Erik Egensteiner, Steve Morrison, Candace Knothe, Jeff Futch and Katrina Noland. Also to Marc Minno for giving us another bad botany joke for the repertoire, and to Patti Anderson for the fun lunchtime concert!

I hope you each made a lot of great contacts this year and felt inspired. We hope to see you back next year for the Rare Plant Task Force meeting at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in April 2017.

– Cheryl Peterson, Bok Tower Gardens Conservation Manager