From Plant Press, Vol. 17, No. 3, July 2014.
By Warren L. Wagner
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is often signed to define relationships among agencies and institutions. On June 30, the Smithsonian Institution joined 11 federal agencies in signing a MOU that continues the work of the Federal Native Plant Conservation Committee of the Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) and its cooperators in State government and non-government organizations. The PCA is a public-private partnership of governments and non-government organizations that share the same goal of protecting native plants by ensuring that native plant populations and their communities are maintained, enhanced, and restored.
“Every year America suffers significant losses of its native plants and wildlife due to fire, drought, flood and other natural disaster damage,” Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze said. “The MOU we are signing today calls attention to our need as Federal agencies to adapt to changing realities and to work together to restore affected landscapes for the people, communities and economies that depend on them.”
A video from NatureServe about the Plant Conservation Alliance and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding is available below the fold.