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Rare Plant Rescue

Rare Plant Rescue: Why uncommon plants matter, and what we’re doing to save them!

with Dr. Heather Schneider of Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

California is home to more than 6,000 kinds of native plants – more than any other state in the country. However, 35% of California’s native plants are rare and require special attention if we hope to share them with future generations. Join Dr. Heather Schneider of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on Thursday, June 21, from 6 PM to 7 PM at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden to learn more about rare plants of SLO County and conservation efforts taking place. This presentation will highlight the importance of rare plants, why rare plant conservation matters, and what environmentally conscious citizens can do to help save rare plants. Dr. Schneider will highlight some of the work that the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is doing to understand, protect and restore rare plants in California, including examples from San Luis Obispo County. Doors open at 5:30pm

Presentation is donation based.
Suggested $5 for members/$10 non-members.

No preregistration required.
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Dr. Heather Schneider is the Rare Plant Biologist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden where she is involved in research, conservation, outreach, and manages the conservation seed bank. She holds a PhD in botany from the University of California, Riverside and has worked across California and the American West on topics such as ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation, invasive plant science, and desert tortoise biology. She sits on the Board of Directors for the California Invasive Plant Council and is a Conservation Officer for the Center for Plant Conservation. In her free time, Heather can be found frolicking through fields of wildflowers and nose to the ground in search of belly flowers.

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