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Demand for Botanists on Public Lands: Challenges and Solutions

Skogen, Krissa A. [1], Havens, Kayri [1].

Demand for Botanists on Federal Lands: Partnerships Between Botanic Gardens and Land Management Agencies.

Many of the most pressing conservation and land management concerns require botanical knowledge, but botanists make up a very small percentage of the workforce in the federal land management agencies. In response to this need for botanical expertise, the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) has developed several partnerships with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the USDA Forest Service (USFS), the National Park Service (NPS), and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The CBG manages the Conservation and Land Management Intern Program that places nearly 100 interns per year with agency mentors to learn about public land management and to assist with conservation and restoration activities. The CBG has partnered with both the BLM and USFS to conduct research on delineating seed transfer zones for taxa of restoration interest (six species of Penstemon and Erigonum in the Great Basin and two species of Lobelia in the Midwest). The CBG works with the USFWS to carry out research and restoration tasks outlined in recovery plans for several federally listed plants in the Midwest. Finally, like many other botanic gardens, the CBG collects seeds for seed banking and restoration from public lands.


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1 - Chicago Botanic Garden, Plant Science and Conservation, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL, 60022, USA

Keywords:
management
Bureau of Land Management
conservation
federal lands
partnership
botanical education
US Fish and Wildlife Service
training
seed banking
restoration
National Park Service.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: S12
Location: 182/I K Barber
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Time: 9:40 AM
Number: S12003
Abstract ID:539


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