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Dancing with Extinction - California Special Edition Newsletter

A collaboration of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), the University of Missouri School of Journalism and College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, this special edition of the Plant Conservation newsletter focuses on the nation's No. 2 hotspot for critically imperiled plant diversity.

This online resource is expanded content from the printed publication and should be used as an educational tool for California policymakers, educators and residents, as well as anyone interested in imperiled plant issues.

In the summer of 2011, four University of Missouri (Mizzou) journalism students travelled with their professor and a liaison from CPC on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of California. The group moved from north to south and met with more than 30 botanists, other scientists and conservation workers along the way. The goal was to learn about why California is so biologically diverse and what is being done to protect the imperiled native plants. The students then created content for the special CPC newsletter.


Follow along on their amazing journey by browsing the photo galleries below! Click the image above to view a PDF version of the printed publication.



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An overview of plant diversity and conservation in California
(The following presentations are from an orientation session at the Sacramento Splash Center in August 2011.)

Why is the flora of California so diverse?
Presented by John Willoughby, an ecological consultant

Overview of why California flora is so imperiled
Presented by Greg Suba, conservation program director at the California Native Plant Society

Climate Change 101
Presented by Rick Kearney, assistant regional director for climate change and science application for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Plant conservation in California - a federal perspective
Presented by Connie Rutherford, botanist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

California's threatened and endangered plants - rules, regs & policies
Presented by Mary Ann Showers, botanist for the California Department of Fish & Game

Why is understanding legislation so important?
Vern Goehring, legislative analyst for the California Native Plant Society



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