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259 Plant Conservation CE Specialist


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



Conservation and restoration of degraded natural habitats in CA, especially in southern CA, is of vital importance to many of the citizens ( e.g.voters), policy makers and professionals in the state. We have several FTE's involved in this issue, but no one to provide overall focus and guidance, especially someone that is not near retirement. This position will provide the hub for all of us spokes. CE is uniquely positioned to be a significant force for the application of science to the many challenges of conservation.
Posted Jun 1, 2012 9:49 AM by Carl Bell
I received the following letter from our local county Habitat Conservation Agency. I have a signed pdf of the letter on file to forward.

May 21, 2012
Dear Dr. Allen:
The Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency (RCHCA) strongly supports the UCR Cooperative Extension’s proposal to hire a Plant Conservation Specialist. The position will greatly assist today’s land managers with the information they need to manage our natural resources under the global threat of climate change. The position will provide critical information regarding rare plant species and their associated sensitive habitats. This information is essential to our local long term conservation goals under the various regional habitation conservation plans. The position will greatly assist us with our ongoing conservation efforts to improve the habitat quality for threatened and endangered species at the Lake Mathews/Estelle Mountain Reserve as well as throughout Riverside County.

Carolyn Syms Luna
RCHCA Executive Directors
Posted Jun 4, 2012 4:29 PM by Edith Allen
I strongly support this proposal to hire a Plant Conservation Specialist and it is a much needed position in Southern California. The vast majority of habitats in Southern California are degraded by invasive plants, urban development, pollution, alteration of waterways and future disruptions with altered climate patterns will disrupt these altered ecosystems further. In addition, Southern California is home to a wide variety of federally threatened or endangered plant species. Yet there is very little research on effective conservation of rare plants and even fewer individuals who have a career ahead of them working to conserve our flora, through a research-based program.
Posted Jun 18, 2012 2:55 PM by Chris McDonald
This is an area of critical need for research, particularly in the southern half of the state. UCR is the leader in conservation research in the area and greater outreach is much needed. I regard this as a high priority position for filling.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 10:34 AM by Jodie Holt

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