Toby Gray talking about The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) at SePPCon 2020.

Last week, I was able to make it to most of the Southeastern Partners in Plant Conservation (SePPCon) 2020 meeting. There were tons of great talks and discussions about cultural uses of plants, research, monitoring, private land, rights-of-way,  genetics, communications, and other topics. Matt from the In Defense of Plants podcast even made an excellent case for using heavy metal (instead of acoustic folk) when talking about plants and nature.

Here are a few other things of note from the meeting:

  • After all the talks, one thing really jumped out at me. For every talk on specific species, too much canopy cover and lack of fire were the major threats. It didn’t matter where it was in the South, it didn’t matter if you were a wetland plant or and upland plant, that lack of disturbance was the big problem.
  • Multiple speakers included SECAS and the Southeast Conservation Blueprint in their talks.
  • The Piedmont Prairie Partnership showcased its work and featured in lots of discussions. That included a screening of the new video and some cool ideas for future directions.
  • There was good discussion about how to include plants in all State Wildlife Actions Plans and including plants in the Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need.
  • Georgia Power and Georgia DOT actively participated, highlighting the great work they’re doing to help sustain important ecosystems on roadsides and in rights-of-way.