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Facing Change: Insights from the American Alliance of Museums’ Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Working Group

This document presents a shared vocabulary and a set of basic principles to guide
professionals toward incorporating Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) into the heart of their work. It is meant to be a starting place, not an endpoint. The working group’s findings are presented here as food for thought to jump-start the long-term processes that
effective DEAI work requires.

Compass for Progress: Standards of Excellence in Plant Collections Management

The Standards of Excellence in Plant Collections Management developed by the Plant Collections Network serve as a “Compass for Progress” in all public gardens. These Standards are intended to be inspirational rather than prescriptive, and readily scalable to any size organization as well as adaptable to different types of public gardens.

Standards of Excellence in Plant Collections Management: Self-Assessment Tool

 A companion Self-Assessment Tool is now available to help you evaluate your organization’s current level of collections management. Use the results along with the Standards of Excellence to strategically strengthen your plant collections program.  Those seeking accreditation for a core collection are encouraged to conduct an internal self-assessment prior to applying to Plant Collections Network.

BBG Collections Policy

BBG intends to guide, limit and manage their plant collections through the implementation of procedures described within this document. It is intended to be a working document and is subject to periodic review and revision by the BBG coordinating committee.

Plants for Planting Manual

The Plants for Planting Manual provides the background, procedures, and reference tables for regulating imported material of plants and vegetative parts that are for or capable of propagation, including buds, bulbs, corms, cuttings, layers, pollen, scions, seeds, tissue, tubers, and like structures. The plants and vegetative parts from the countries of origin listed in this manual are regulated because just one destructive pest might be enough to start a pest outbreak that can cause millions of dollars in damage to crops, trees, flowers, or lawns.

Donor Experience Study: A deep dive into donor experience and expectations

The ways in which donors interact with organizations are ever changing, as new giving and engagement opportunities are introduced using evolving technologies. With that, donors are expecting more and more of the nonprofits they support. This reserach sought to better understand current donor experiences, both in-person and online, to identify areas where nonprofits might improve.

Field Guide to Conservation in Cities in North America

This Field Guide to Conservation in Cities captures the collective experience of The Nature Conservancy and Center for Whole Communities (CWC) from 2014 to 2016, as they initiated a network of urban conservation programs in 12 cities across the United States. This North America Region program, generously supported by The JPB Foundation, was designed to expand The Conservancy’s work in cities.

Guidelines for collecting vouchers and tissues intended for genomic work (Smithsonian Institution): Botany Best Practices

This manual suggests standard practices that will insure the quality and preservation of the tissue and vouchers and their respective data. Although written for use by the Smithsonian Institution botanists it suggests a framework for collecting tissues and vouchers that other research programs can adapt to their own needs. It includes information on collecting voucher specimens, collecting plant tissue intended for genomic analysis, how to manage these collections, and how to incorporate the data into a database management system.


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