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Plant Conservation Conference

Texas Plant Conservation Conference 2016

The Friendliest Little Plant Conference In Texas

Join us for the 2016 Texas Plant Conservation Conference this November. The TPCC is a professional level meeting featuring keynotes, lectures, posters, and symposia that serve scientists, land managers, state and federal agencies, local governments, and other professionals with an interest in plant conservation in Texas.

Explore current research and conservation projects on rare plants, native plant communities, plant monitoring methods and plant management practices for native Texas plants.

When: November 2 - 5, 2016

Where: Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and Fort Worth Botanic Garden

This conference is ideal for conservation organizations, agencies, academics and members of the public interested in native plant conservation. Highlights include keynote and plenary lectures, two days of talks, poster presentations, evening social events and field trips. Field trips will focus on North Texas plants and are offered on Saturday, November 5. 

Conference Goal

  • Foster communication among conservation organizations, agencies, academics and the public about native plant conservation

Conference Features

  • Plenary sessions featuring recognized speakers.
  • Oral and Poster presentations featuring submitted abstracts.
  • Field Trips.
  • Reception and Awards Ceremony.

Who Should Attend?

  • Land management specialists from local, state, and federal agencies, including municipal, regional, state and federal parks.
  • Environmental organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Native Plant Society, Audubon, Land Conservancies, Land Trusts, etc.
  • Researchers and students from State University systems and private colleges.
  • Anyone who has an interest in plant conservation in Texas

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - Travel Day

  • Meet and Greet Evening Reception (at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas or the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, TBD)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

  • 8:00 - Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 - Welcome by Dr. Edward Schneider, President, Executive Director of the BRIT
  • 9:15 - Keynote Address by Barney L. Lipscomb, Leonhardt Chair of Texas, BRIT
  • 10:00 - noon - Speaker Presentations
  • noon - 1:30 - Lunch on Site. Guided tours of BRIT and possibly Ft. Worth Botanic Garden
  • 1:30 - 5:30 - Speaker Presentations
  • 5:30 - 6:15 - Poster Session and Social Hour
  • 6:15 - 8:00 - Evening Reception at BRIT

Friday, November 4, 2016

  • 8:00 - Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 - Welcome & Life - Time Achievement Awards Presentation
  • 9:15 - Plenary Lecture – Dr. Philip A. Fay, Research Ecologist with USDA-ARS, on grasslands, climate change and implications for conservation
  • 10:00 - noon - Speaker Presentations
  • noon - 1:30 - Lunch on Site. Guided tours of BRIT and possibly Ft. Worth Botanic Garden
  • 1:30 - 5:30 - Speaker Presentations
  • 5:30 - Dinner on your own

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Plan now to attend one of three Field Trips on Saturday, November 5. You will make your selection when you register to attend the conference. See registration below.

  • 8:00 - 5:00 - Field Trip 1, FULL DAY, Lake Mineral Wells State Park
    This full-day field trip, led by BRIT botanists Barney Lipscomb and Bob O’Kennon will explore Lake Mineral Wells State Park, located in the Western Cross Timbers Ecoregion. The park is home to a large diversity of xeric fern species growing out of Mississippian sandstone and limestone boulders and bluffs. This field trip will seek out these ferns in addition to exploring the Cross Timbers vegetation. Boxed lunches will be provided. 
  • 8:00 - 2:00 - Field Trip 2, 1/2 DAY, Fort Worth Nature Center
    This half-day field trip will explore the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, located in west Fort Worth. This 3600-acre city park is a natural area comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands and represents the natural diversity of the Cross Timbers/Fort Worth Prairie transition zone. The hike will be led by staff naturalist Michelle Villafranca.
  • 8:00 - 2:00 - Workshop 1, 1/2 DAY, Seed Banking, BRIT
    This half-day workshop will be led by Director of Conservation Programs at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Dr. Naomi Fraga. The workshop will focus on seed collection, seed biology, the value of seed collections toward conservation, and storage needs of wild collected seed for conservation. Participants will learn how to make a high quality seed collection for use in research, conservation, restoration, and recovery projects. The course will cover the following topics:
    – Assessment of target populations
    – Seed development and maturity
    – Seed collecting techniques
    – Population sampling methods
    – Seed longevity and storage options
    – Seed banking as an effective means for conservation into the future 

Submit Abstract

At this time, we are accepting abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations. Topics include but are not limited to research involving conservation of rare and endemic plants, plant biogeography, genetics, demographics, reproduction, population biology and public and agency involvement in plant conservation. Oral Presentations are 15 minutes in length with an additional 5 minutes for discussion. Abstracts will be printed with the Conference Proceedings and are limited to 300 words.

The deadline for receiving abstracts is September 20, 2016. Speakers will be notified by September 25. Each contributed presentation or poster requires an abstract. Space is limited. Early submission of abstracts is encouraged.

Conference Registration

Registration for the 2016 Texas Plant Conservation Conference is underway. 

Register on or before October 20, 2016 to receive the early registration discount. Registration Fee includes conference snacks and lunches (Nov. 2-4). Registration after October 20, 2014 will be subjected to an additional $30 fee.


A hotel room discount is available at the Hawthorne Inn and Suites, Fort Worth, November 2-5. Use the Group name – TPCC, and the Group Code – CGLBJW, to make reservations. Please book early to insure that you receive the group rate.

For more accommodation options in and around Fort Worth, go to the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau Chamber of Commerce website at https://www.fortworth.com/ or call 800-433-5747.

Conference Sponsors

Texas Plant Conservation Conference 2016 Sponsors

Have questions?

Contact Karen H. Clary, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, at 2016_TPCC@wildflower.org.

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