- Has your institution written a collections policy and has it been updated within the past ten years?
- Do you have a computerized plant records system to document accessions within your collection?
- Have you conducted a field inventory of your collection within the past five (5) years and updated your plant records?
- Are your plants labeled with accession tags and can they be located by using an accession map?
- Have you researched other known collections of the same plant group and benchmarked your holdings?
- Does your current planted collection include approximately 50% or more of the taxa you ultimately seek to acquire?
- The application requires a letter of endorsement from your governing body such as board of trustees or university dean, ensuring long-term support of this collection. Have you allotted sufficient time to gain this approval?
- Do you have a written collection plan for the ongoing development of the specific collections for which you'll be seeking accreditation?
- Have you prioritized your collections and developed an institutional disaster preparedness plan which includes living collections?
For more information about the Plant Collections Network contact:
Plant Collections Network Manager: Pam Allenstein at 610-708-3015 or firstname.lastname@example.org