Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance

 The Tennessee Coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis) in this limestone glade outside of Nashville is only found in a few counties in Middle Tennessee. It was one of the first plants on the Endangered Species list, but also one of the first removed, and represents a hopeful conservation success story for plant conservation in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis) in this limestone glade outside of Nashville is only found in a few counties in Middle Tennessee. It was one of the first plants on the Endangered Species list, but also one of the first removed, and represents a hopeful conservation success story for plant conservation in Tennessee.

 
 

Who are we?

The Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance (TPCA) is a newly formed initiative that connects university programs, botanical gardens, government agencies, land managers, environmental consultants, botanical experts, and volunteer naturalists to facilitate the conservation of rare plants and communities across the state. While the TPCA has been in the works for several years now, it has only recently, as of August 2018, kicked it into high gear with the hiring of a Conservation Coordinator based at Austin Peay State University. Many thanks to the APSU Biology Department for their generous support of the TPCA!

 

Want to know more?

Right now, we're busy setting up shop and this site is just a temporary home until we finish laying down a foundation for something more permanent. Until we have that figured out, don't hesitate getting in touch if you have questions about anything related to the TPCA--what we do, how we work, volunteering, or anything else. Just shoot an email to Cooper Breeden, Conservation Coordinator, at breedenc@apsu.edu

Also, sign up for our newsletter and like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on goings-on at the TPCA.

 

Mission

The mission of the Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance is to promote and coordinate the cooperative conservation of our rare plant species and natural communities to ensure no local extinctions.  

 

Vision

 Our vision for the Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance is to serve as a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting and conserving Tennessee’s abundant botanical diversity. We initiate and coordinate cooperative conservation activities with the intent to halt or reverse declines in rare plant species, restore natural communities, and reduce plant blindness via education and outreach.  We improve the effectiveness of native plant conservation in Tennessee and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of native plants and natural communities. 

 


Why are you on the segrasslands.org site?

For now, the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (SGI) is allowing us to borrow some space on their site until we figure out a more permanent online home for the TPCA. Both the Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance and the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative are housed at Austin Peay State University, and since there is some overlap in the mission of our two organizations, this seemed like a good place to hang our hat for the time being. Further, the Executive Director of SGI, Dr. Dwayne Estes, will be involved in TPCA work as a member of its Technical Plant Team.