Abstract Detail



Conservation Biology

Negron-Ortiz, Vivian [1].

A Conservation Endowment for imperiled plants in Florida.

Florida has a rich and unique natural diversity, with about 18% of native U.S. plant taxa. But with ongoing threats, the number of imperiled species has increased and the State has been considered a conservation priority region.  Less than 5 % of imperiled plant species in Florida receive protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and only a small portion of actions needed to recover Florida plants have been financed.   Because existing plant conservation funding is inadequate to support research, protection, and management of imperiled plants, a group of conservation specialists representing seven institutions in Florida began conversations in 2015 to initiate the Florida Rare Plant Conservation Endowment (FRPCE).  The FRPCE is being established as a mechanism to provide long-term and reliable funding to support conservation-related projects for Florida imperiled plant species and their ecosystems.  Individuals representing each institution now comprise the temporary board of directors (TB), charged with guiding the initial structure of the organization and endowment.  The TB will be replaced by an Appointed Board once the FRPCE is formally established.  In addition, a sponsor organization has been designated to host the FRPCE and to receive donations of cash and other property designated for support of the FRPCE.  This talk provides a framework on how the FRPCE is being established, and current activities to fund the FRPCE. 


Related Links:
The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida is working with botanists around the state to launch a permanent endowment for the conservation of Florida’s rarest native plants and their habitats.


1 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Panama City, Florida, 32405, USA

Keywords:
Conservation Endowment 
rare plant conservation
Florida.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Number: 0007
Abstract ID:589
Candidate for Awards:None


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