Texas plant conservation professionals, researchers, and students are preparing for our biennial meeting in Fort Worth, TX, 14-15 August 2023. This year’s theme is “Seeds & Needs,” chosen based on the recent nationwide refocusing of seed collection efforts for both restoration and conservation.
The Conference Organizing Committee, led this year by Dr. Brooke Best, is working on putting together an excellent meeting. Dan Caudle is designing a thought-provoking workshop regarding best practices for interacting with private landowners. Minnette Marr is preparing to teach community groups how to properly collect seed from common native species for local restoration efforts and landscape design. And we’ve booked keynote speaker Dr. Naomi Fraga from California Botanic Garden to present on state-wide collaborative plant conservation and seed banking efforts in California as a possible model for Texas.
Conference sponsorship supports general hosting expenses, meals and snack breaks, keynote speaker honorarium, hardship assistance, student scholarships, and awards. Thank you to our generous sponsors, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Nicolas Martin Jr. Foundation, and Tarleton State University. Without sponsorship the Texas Plant Conservation Conference would not be possible.
With over seven decades of experience, a team of experts armed with innovative strategies in production and reclamation, a legacy of growing knowledge, our own production fields, and a state-of-the-art seed cleaning facility, Bamert Seed is ready to meet your every need. Bamert Seed Company was established in 1951. Each decade since then has resulted in more experience in producing native seed, a growing team of experts, and experimentation with the most innovative techniques in cleaning and production. Since 1951, we have become a leading conservation partner.
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas at Fort Worth Botanic Garden considers publication to be an integral part of its commitment to scientific research by botanists, including BRIT’s own scholars, through distribution of books and journals across the globe. BRIT Press furthers the Institute’s conservation mission through innovation and excellence in preparation, manufacture, and distribution of scholarly botanical research and scientific discoveries for the twenty-first century. If you would like your scientific research to have wide distribution, BRIT’s journals provide it – along with quick turnaround, personal service, and expert advice. BRIT Press… bringing out the best in botanical science for plant conservation and education.
The mission of the department is to provide comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degree programs that meet the academic and professional needs of the student in a diverse and ever-changing natural resources field. We place emphasis on strong student engagement in the learning process so that each attains personal fulfillment, success, and respect as a leader in their chosen profession, community, and state.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers. Its mission is to improve, protect, and conserve natural resources on private lands through a cooperative partnership with state and local agencies.
Tarrant County water conservation through sustainable landscaping.
The newly revived and revised Texas Plant Conservation Alliance intends to operate as a decentralized collaborative entity consisting of conservation professionals across the state of Texas. Our members will work together to share resources and expertise on species based projects. Members of the TxPCA will be encouraged to engage with their local Native Plant Societies, Master Naturalist Chapters, and other community stakeholders to gain volunteer participation and insight on conservation opportunities to share with the network.
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides free technical and financial assistance to landowners, managers, tribes, corporations, schools and nonprofits interested in improving wildlife habitat on their land. Since 1987, we have helped more than 60,000 landowners restore more than 7 million acres of forest, prairie, wetland and stream habitat for wildlife.