FORT WORTH, Texas (May 8, 2018) Dr. Ed Schneider, BRIT’s executive director and president, was presented with the Center of Plant Conservation’s prestigious Star Award during the organization's national meeting held at BRIT on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The award is presented annually by the executive members of the Center of Plant Conservation (CPC) to select individuals who have shown a long-term commitment to the conservation of flora of the United States.
The CPC lists 4,400 rare and endangered plant species in the U.S. and Canada. Through its members, more than 1,400 (roughly one-third) of the endangered plants are now in conservation collections.
Throughout Dr. Schneider’s 30-year career as a botanical teacher, researcher, and executive administrator, he has worked to save many of the plant species on the CPC list.
“Increasing the number of participating institutions that can house and grow conservation collections of rare plant species is one of the keys to preventing extinction,” says Dr. John R. Clark, CPC president. “Ed has single-handedly increased CPC’s capacity to care for these plants by bringing three participating institutions into the network.”
The CPC Star Award honors those who demonstrate the concern, cooperation, and personal investment needed to conserve imperiled native plants and is given out annually to one or more recipients. The first Star Award was given in 2001. Dr. Schneider is the 27th recipient of the award.
Founded in 1984, the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is a network of 43 leading U.S. botanic institutions and is dedicated solely to preventing the extinction of rare and endangered plants in the U.S. and Canada. It operates the only coordinated national program of off-site (ex situ) conservation of rare plant material. This conservation collection ensures that material is available for restoration and recovery efforts for these species.