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Dr. Dieter Wilken is the 2008 recipient of the CPC's Annual Star Award

The Botanic Garden is pleased to announce that Dr. Dieter Wilken, Vice President of Programs and Collections, is the 2008 recipient of the Center for Plant Conservation's Annual Star Award.

image of Dr. Dieter Wilken and CPC Director Kathryn Kennedy

April 25, 2008

The Botanic Garden is pleased to announce that Dr. Dieter Wilken, Vice President of Programs and Collections, is the 2008 recipient of the Center for Plant Conservation's Annual Star Award. Presented at CPC's Annual Dinner on Friday, April 25, the Star Award honors those who demonstrate the concern, cooperation, and personal investment needed to conserve our imperiled native plants. This award honors Dr. Wilken's commitment to the conservation of the flora of the United States and recognizes his extraordinary efforts to advance the science and practice of conservation.

Citing his generosity for "sharing his expertise with colleagues, his dedication to good science, and his enthusiasm for writing and teaching," CPC Director Kathryn Kennedy applauded Dr. Wilken for "his lively curiosity and sense of humor that have engaged many others in the classroom and the garden in appreciation and stewardship of our native plants."
As an active member of the Center for Plant Conservation, the Botanic Garden is the only organization actively developing and maintaining a conservation collection of rare and endangered species in the Central Coast region. Through cooperation with private and public resource management agencies, seeds and living plants are collected in the wild to represent genetic and geographic variation. The Garden uses appropriate standards that ensure sufficient quantities for scientific study and for potential recovery projects.
The Center for Plant Conservation is dedicated solely to preventing the extinction of U.S. native plants. Founded in 1984, the Center is a network of 36 leading botanic institutions and operates the only coordinated national program for off-site conservation of rare plant material. This conservation collection ensures that material is available for restoration and recovery efforts for these species. CPC also works in research, restoration, technical assistance, education and advocacy through the efforts of the network and the national office.