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Federal Partnerships: Chicago Botanic Garden’s experiences Kayri Havens - Chicago Botanic Garden :

Federal Partnerships: Chicago Botanic Garden ’ s experiences Kayri Havens - Chicago Botanic Garden

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Multi-agency/NGO - Conservation and Land Management Mentoring Program BLM – Climate Change and Restoration Research Multi-agency/NGO - Seeds of Success Program EPA and Army Corps – Shoreline Restoration USDA – Urban Agriculture NASA – Climate Change Curriculum Development Our government partnerships include:

Conservation and Land Management Mentoring Program :

Began in 2001 as a partnership with BLM, has since expanded to many agencies Developed to deal with a backlog of Section 7 consultation Met both BLM ’ s needs and CBG ’ s mission Conservation and Land Management Mentoring Program

CLM intern program goals: :

To provide recent graduates interested in conservation careers with mentoring and hands-on experience, leading to job placement To provide BLM and other agencies with assistance for conservation and land management initiatives To contribute to CBG ’ s mission of educating the next generation of plant conservation biologists CLM intern program goals:

CBG provides these services::

CBG provides these services: national recruitment (over 2000 universities on mailing list) interviews, hiring, payroll, insurance and overall administration training tailored to meet the requirements of the agency position descriptions

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CLM : 2002 - 2013 Interns by Agency, nearly 900 interns placed to date!

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Intern Feedback I just wanted to inform you that this has been the best 18 months of my life. I now have great experience working with the Federal Government, I was able to work with a great staff here in Kemmerer, and I was able to apply my knowledge from college in a new area 1,800 miles away. I couldn't have asked for any more! Larry Ashton – BLM, Kemmerer, WY 2010 – 2012 I have had a really excellent, gratifying, rich experience in this internship. This was certainly the best job I've ever had. I'm planning to recommend the program to people I think would be interested. Emma Stewart, BLM WY, 2011

Post - Internship Employment:

Post - Internship Employment 70% Permanent or temporary employment with same or different Federal/State/Local Agency or NGO 20% Grad School 10% Other / Unknown plans

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Restoration and Climate Change Research - BLM Applied research focusing on post-wildfire and invasion restorations as well as response of rare species to climate change Administered through a cooperative agreement with WO of BLM Funds three positions and their associated research expenses

Pine Ridge Fire: post-fire rehab:

Pine Ridge Fire: post-fire rehab How do commercial vs. local sources of native species perform (% cover native vs. cheatgrass) Does the use of potential native winners improve outcomes? Oct 2012 Sept 2013

Rio Mesa Center – Russian knapweed restoration:

Rio Mesa Center – Russian knapweed restoration Does native grass seed from local sources perform better or worse than commercially available grass cultivars at keeping Russian knapweed under control? Do native grasses that has been growing with Russian knapweed perform better than ‘ naïve ’ grasses? Can introducing a greater diversity of species (including native forb species that grow well in disturbed sites) help keep Russian knapweed under control better than a low-diversity mix of grasses? May 2013 April 2014

Planting potential native winners at Rio Mesa Center May 2014:

Planting potential native winners at Rio Mesa Center May 2014 Nora Talkington MS thesis project

Native species reproducing in ugly sites:

Native species reproducing in ugly sites Scientific Name Common Name Family Duration Collection Site Chamaesyce albomarginata Rattlesnake weed Euphorbiaceae Perennial Zion NP, UT Cryptantha ambigua Basin cryptantha Boraginaceae Annual Zion NP, UT Erigeron sp. Asteraceae Perennial (?) Montrose, CO Eriogonum leptophyllum Slenderleaf buckwheat Polygonaceae Perennial Montrose, CO Lotus humistratus Foothill deervetch Fabaceae Annual Zion NP, UT Lupinus brevicaulis Shortstem lupine Fabaceae Annual Zion NP, UT Machaeranthera tanacetifolia Tanseyleaf tansyaster Asteraceae Annual/Biennial Zion NP, UT Oenothera deltoides Birdcage evening primrose Onagraceae Annual/Perennial Zion NP, UT Penstemon palmeri Palmer ’ s penstemon Plantaginaceae Perennial Zion NP, UT Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia Gooseberryleaf globemallow Malvaceae Perennial Zion NP, UT

Collections that reduce growth of cheatgrass:

Machaeranthera tanacetifolia growing alone, with one cheatgrass plant, and with four cheatgrass plants. Day 38 (3/12/2012) Flats on day 30 Collections that reduce growth of cheatgrass

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Change in center of distribution by 2080s federally listed species CCCMA CGCM2 A2a climate scenario Modeling response of rare plant species to climate change

Seeds of Success:

Seeds of Success The national native plant seed banking program for species that are not rare Consortium of Bureau of Land Management and 6 botanic gardens Focus is on taxa important for restoration Over 15,000 accessions are now banked Some seed is stored for the long-term, some feeds into the Native Plant Materials Development Program, and then private sector for bulking and sale to agencies.

Seed Banking in the Upper Midwest:

Seed Banking in the Upper Midwest CBG is a founding partner of Seeds of Success, a national network collecting and banking seed of the US flora CBG is collecting seed of Midwest flora (~2500-3000 species), 538 species are high priority for restoration and we collects multiple accessions of each Seed is available to the research and restoration communities and serves as a “ safety net ” against extinction

Facts and Figures:

Facts and Figures 2292 accessions in the bank 1222 species represented Collections from 33 states 30 contract collectors 15 regular seed bank volunteers + ~350 corporate work day volunteers each year

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Green: Shoreline restoration has been completed – EPA project (3.2 miles) Yellow: Recently completed project with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1.3 miles) Red: Unfunded shorelines by the Café Lagoon and the South & Prairie Lakes (1.2 miles) Shoreline Restoration

USDA-NIFA funded program for urban agriculture incubator :

USDA-NIFA funded program for urban agriculture incubator Goals: Develop the skills of beginning farmers through formal training and internships in sustainable urban agriculture. O vercome barriers to urban farming (access to land, capital, skills, and markets). Support the expansion of urban agriculture creating mentored jobs for beginning urban farmers and supplying fresh produce to food-insecure communities. Windy City Harvest ’ s Legends Farm incubator site – for graduates of 9 month training program

NASA Climate Change Education Project:

NASA Climate Change Education Project Goals Increase students ’ science literacy and knowledge by participating in Project BudBurst. Improve teaching through professional development and educator-tested standards-based materials incorporating NASA data and citizen science.

Climate Change in My Backyard:

Climate Change in My Backyard 10-week units organized around NASA guiding questions Three grade bands (4-6, 7-9, 10-12) Designed by expert teacher work-groups Problem and project based design methodology Aligned with standards and common high school textbooks (biology, chemistry, and physics) Modular – stand alone units that can also be integrated into domain-focused curriculum

Why are these partnerships needed? Federal botanists are retiring; positions are often not refilled (BCAP report):

Why are these partnerships needed? Federal botanists are retiring; positions are often not refilled (BCAP report) Lack of communication between government and academia means students are graduating without required coursework to fill these vacancies

Botanical Capacity Report: What do agencies need?:

Botanical Capacity Report: What do agencies need? Top management & research needs Invasive species biology and control - great need, very little research being done Habitat & species monitoring, recovery and restoration - research needed, difficult to prioritize Ecosystem function & services - research and outreach needed Effects of climate change - research and outreach needed


Conclusions Find projects that align with agency needs and organizational mission. Communicate frequently to understand agency priorities. Make it easy for government agencies to collaborate with you (return paperwork promptly, understand that indirect rates may need to be flexible, etc.). Deliver excellent products so they want to work with you again.


Acknowledgements Many thanks to APGA and the organizers of this symposium! Thanks also go to Andrea Kramer, Shannon Still, Krissa Skogen, Bob Kirschner, Jennifer Schwarz, Angie Mason, and Patsy Beneveniste who manage several of these projects and shared their data and slides.

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