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Standards of Excellence in Plant Collections Management: Self-Assessment Tool

 A companion Self-Assessment Tool is now available to help you evaluate your organization’s current level of collections management. Use the results along with the...

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5/3/18
Guidelines for collecting vouchers and tissues intended for genomic work (Smithsonian Institution): Botany Best Practices

This manual suggests standard practices that will insure the quality and preservation of the tissue and vouchers and their respective data. Although written for use by the Smithsonian Institution botanists it suggests a framework for collecting tissues...

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4/19/18
Modernizing Plant Records Management

This report introduces readers to digital plant records management, provides a comparative analysis of the leading digital plant recordkeeping tools, and outlines considerations related to use of these tools to enhance plant care, public education, and...

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4/2/18
Generalized provisional seed zones for native plants

Deploying well-adapted and ecologically appropriate plant materials is a core component of successful restoration projects. The USDA Forest Service has developed generalized provisional seed zones that can be applied to any plant species in the United...

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3/29/18
Digitized Collections Database Software Comparison

This document is meant to serve as a resource to compare three popular collections management software programs:

BRAHMS - http://herbaria.plants.ox.ac.uk/bol/brahms/software/v8...

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3/22/18
Documenting Living Collections: A Study of Curatorial Practices, Challenges, and Solutions for Historic Botanic Gardens

Botanic gardens are living museums, offering opportunities for conservation and research as well as education, experience, and enjoyment through their plant collections. A garden’s plant records system is as vital as the plants themselves, and serves...

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3/16/18
Cost Effectiveness in Conservation Programs: Return on Investment for Conservation Practices and Systems

Participants will understand how to organize economic information through partial budgeting sufficient to discuss economic impacts of conservation practices with a producer. 

This webinar will discuss economic analytical tools to help...

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3/16/18
Foundational Literature for Moving Native Plant Materials in Changing Climates

Seed transfer guidelines and zones are used to manage the movement of plant materials, but by the end of the century many landscapes across the globe will have climates that are incompatible with current vegetation. The mismatch in rates between...

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3/15/18
Native Plants Materials Policy: A Strategic Framework

Native plant communities are key to ecosystem health, resiliency, and productivity. Since its creation, the Forest Service has been using native plants in reforestation, rangeland improvement, watershed restoration, wildlife enhancement, mine...

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3/15/18
Plant Records Manual

Complete and accurate plant records are a defining feature of arboreta and botanic gardens. Excellent plant records allow an institution to maintain and care for its living collections and use the collections to support its educational, conservational...

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3/13/18
Chapter 7: Using the Plant Collection – Research, Conservation, Public Engagement, Recreation and Tourism

As multidisciplinary institutions at the interface between people and plants, botanic gardens are prime centres for botanical research and plant conservation. With plant diversity continuing to decline worldwide, ex situ conservation at botanic gardens...

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3/12/18

 

 
Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum Collection Prioritization Rubric

This sample prioritization rubric is a great resource for those trying to align financial objectives with programmatic themes. Use the programmatic tool to help understand how to prioritize collections, areas, and functions and see how they relate to...

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3/7/18
Welkinweir Plant Record Handbook

This handbook provides guidelines for the maintenance of standardized plant records at Welkinweir. It includes an overview of Welkinweir's plant records system and outlines how to assign accession numbers and qualifiers to plant...

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2/23/18
Making Landscape-Scale Data Relevant for Assessment and Design

Landscape Conservation Design brings people together around landscape-scale data in order to co-create strategies that conserve things we care about.  What are some ways in which landscape-scale data can be used to assess the current and future...

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2/21/18
DroughtView: Combining on-the-ground know-how with remotely sensed data to assess drought impacts

Remotely sensed data are valuable for monitoring, assessing, and managing impacts on arid and semi-arid lands caused by drought or other changes in the natural environment. With this in mind, we redeveloped ...

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2/21/18
How Can Ultra-High Resolution Drone Imagery be Acquired and Used for High Throughput Plant Phenotyping

Dr. Kevin Price served for 28 years as a professor at Utah State University, University of Kansas and Kansas State University. He currently holds a Professor Emeritus position in Agronomy at Kansas State University and is a Collaborating Professor in...

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2/1/18
Using Climate Data in the Real World

The recent landfalls of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Hurricane Maria, demonstrate the importance of climate data for companies concerned with resilience planning. View this webinar for infomration on real-world use of climate data. The webinar will...

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2/1/18
Harvesting Native Seed to Supply Landscape-Scale Restoration: Evaluating Risks and Sustainable Practices

Presenter: Justin Meissen, Research and Restoration Program Manager, University of Northern Iowa, Tallgrass Prairie Center

Seed supply limits large-scale restorations, which often rely on seed collection from remnant ecosystems. Overharvesting...

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1/30/18
Plant Records Methods and Databases

This presentation from the 2018 Small Gardens Symposium provides information on how to track living collections data and different record keeping forms and database options. 

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1/18/18
Making Urban Forests Count: Quantifying and crediting stormwater benefits Primary tabs

The water quality benefits of forests are widely accepted, yet very few studies have successfully quantified the runoff and pollutant-reducing impacts of trees in the urban landscape. Uncertainty as to how to "credit" urban trees - everything from...

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1/12/18

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