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 1% for Orchid Conservation Update 12
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 Summary of News:
 1.   Orchid Society of Southern California participates in 1%FOC
Total Donations for 2007
 3.    New Article on Tree Fern Mounting
 4.    Article in Caesiana
 5.    Press Release from the Native Orchid Conference
 6.    The Orchid Conservation Alliance goals for 2008

 1. Orchid Society of Southern California is participating in 1% FOC
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 The Orchid Society of Southern California is the oldest orchid society in Southern  California, founded in 1940. The purpose of the Society is to foster and encourage  the education of its members with respect to the culture, growing, hybridization,  preservation, and perpetuation of native and hybrid orchids of every variety. And  we just happen to have a lot of fun doing it!

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 2. The amount of donations for 2007 (so far) are:
 $1,181.30 Aus, $1098.15 Can, $1,082.33 USA

 Total Since Start
 $5,022.58 Aus, $4,287.72 Can, $4,085.33 USA

 Amounts are given in denominations of OCC participants.

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Tree Fern as a Mounting (7 kb pdf file) by Susan Taylor (BellaOnline’s Orchid Editor)
 Tree fern has been used as a mounting for orchids for a number of years, especially once Osmunda fiber became more and more expensive and difficult to find. We have now reached the point where the demand for the product is endangering many of the slower growing species of this large fern.
More articles at https://www.orchidconservationcoalition.org/articles.html

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Caesiana Magazine4. Article on the OCC in CAESIANA
CAESIANA (https://www.assorchidee.it/en/Pagine/caesiana.html) is the Italian journal of Orchidology - the official journal of the Italian Orchid Association, in honour of Federico Cesi who printed in 1628 the botanical part of the Thesaurus with orchids collected by Hernandez in Mexico between 1570 and 1576.Publication began in 1993. Since 2001 it has also become the official journal of the European Orchid Council (EOC). The publication is printed twice a year and is available for subscription outside the European Union. A typical issue includes roughly 60 pages of Italian/English articles, taxonomic works, EOC proceedings, monographies, culture sheets, field work and propagation about tropical, subtropical and temperate orchids with full color photographs. https://www.europeanorchidcouncil.eu
The article orignally appeared in the Slipper Orchid Alliance newsletter and covers all the participants in the OCC.

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5. Press Release from the Native Orchid Conference, Inc
The press release is a good example of how 1% for Orchid Conservation works. The more organizations that participate, the greater impact we can have on in situ orchid conservation.

Native Orchid Conference, Inc. Makes Donation to the Friends of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

NAPLES, FL—The Native Orchid Conference, Inc.(NOC) has made a donation to the Friends of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge as part of the group’s commitment to the 1% For Orchid Conservation program.  Kip Knudson, Chairperson of the Native Orchid Conference Conservation Committee, said, “This $50 donation to the Friends group will go toward supporting the ongoing native orchid conservation and reintroduction research at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.”  Knudson went on to say that the donation, while small, was already earmarked for the purchase of laboratory and greenhouse supplies at the refuge that will go toward supporting the eventual reintroduction of several different orchid species into the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.  Speaking about the impact of the donation, Larry Richardson, Wildlife Biologist at the refuge, said, “The donation by the Native Orchid Conference will help further our research efforts here at the refuge by providing funding for the basic supplies necessary to grow native orchids both in the lab and in the greenhouse.”  Richardson continued, “Support such as this from the Native Orchid Conference simply reinforces the good orchid conservation work going on here at the refuge.”  Knudson added, “By supporting conservation activities such as this, the NOC and the Conservation Committee are helping to insure that others can enjoy native orchids in their natural habitats in the future.”  The NOC donation will have an immediate impact on the refuge’s orchid conservation program, as it will help purchase supplies for new rounds of research and propagation being conducted at the on-site laboratory and greenhouse facilities by refuge staff, volunteers, interns, and undergraduate and graduate students. 

The Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge consists of 26,400 acres of pine forests, cypress domes, strand swamps, wet prairies, hardwood hammocks, and ponds, and was established in 1989.  While the refuge’s primary goal is the protection of the Federally endangered Florida panther, the refuge is home to nearly 30 species of orchids in over 12 genera—including the state endangered and North American Orchid Specialist Group Flagship Taxa ghost orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii).  Since 2002, the refuge has partnered with Dr. Michael Kane’s research program at the University of Florida and Dr. Lawrence Zettler’s research program at Illinois College to study the ecology, propagation, pollination biology, and reintroduction of orchids within the refuge boundaries.  Currently, this partnership is conducting research that will lead to the reintroduction of several native orchid species, some of which include Cyrtopodium punctatum, Dendrophylax lendenii, Bletia purpurea, Eulophia alta, Epidendrum nocturnum, and Calopogon tuberosus var. tuberosus and var. simpsonii.

The purpose of the Native Orchid Conference (NOC) is to foster the study, conservation and enjoyment of the native orchids of the United States and Canada. The NOC membership is open to all orchid enthusiasts around the world. The NOC publishes a quarterly journal, holds an annual orchid conference in different areas of North America, and runs a forum on Yahoo groups. For more information: https://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/NativeOrchidConference/

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6. The Orchid Conservation Alliance’s goal for 2008 is to raise $50,000  www.orchidconservationalliance.org
To achieve these and other important objectives the following projects are under development:

Orchid Hotspot and Gap Analysis, Ecuador. Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation with Fundación EcoMinga. Both CFTC and Fundación EcoMinga recommend a new project to define orchid conservation priorities. The goal is to combine orchid distribution records contained in the Red List of Endemic Plants of Ecuador with digital land-use and land-type data available from the Ecuadoran Conservation Data Center to define hot spots of exceptional orchid diversity. These will be validated by ground surveys. A combined map that defines hotspots of orchid biodiversity and orchid rarity will enable selection of areas to target for new reserves. This project is our first priority. The cost estimated for the mapping phase is $15,000. For more information on Fundación EcoMinga and CFTC, see their websites at www.EcoMinga.org and www.ceiba.org .

Rio Zuñac Reserve, Fundación EcoMinga, Ecuador.  This is a new reserve being developed by Fundación EcoMinga, which established the Rio Anzu Reserve last year. The Rio Zuñac Reserve will protect over 2500 acres in habitats from 4600 to 8000 feet in the upper Pastaza River Valley. The rights to use this land as part of a reserve have been acquired but these rights do not provide clear title to the land. Clear title to the land is required for inclusion of the property into a conservation easement that will protect the land from future development. We estimate that $25,000 would allow for legalization of the land title.

Reserve Infrastructure, Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, Ecuador.  At two reserves organized by CFTC there is a need for infrastructure improvements to enhance the reserves’ roles in conservation education. Many local school children use these reserves as their primary sites for environmental education. CFTC estimates a need for $10,000 to provide an information center and educational materials such as signage, informational displays, and plant labels.

The Three projects above can be funded if we raise $50,000.

Two additional projects are under development...

Reserve Expansion and Establishment of an Atlantic Rainforest Biological Field Station, Brazil, The Rio Atlantic Forest Trust. The Rio Atlantic Forest Trust (RAFT) currently controls more than 3000 acres of orchid rich land in what amounts to a privately held reserve. Part of the reserve, which includes an empty house, consists of a property on the Rio das Flores, one of the most pristine rivers in the state of Rio de Janeiro. This property as well as the adjacent forest are in exceptionally good condition. RAFT proposes developing the property as a biological field station. Several other conservation organizations nearby are in a good location to collaborate on this project by making their property available for study as well. At this point, a rough estimate of the costs to develop and maintain the field station are $70,000 for capital expenses, and $20,000 annually for ongoing operations. Fundraising for this project will be initiated when the costs are more clearly formulated. For more information on RAFT see www.rockboat.co.uk/riotrust/.

Land for Learning, Ecuador, Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation. Rural people in Ecuador and around the world are often land rich but cash poor. In addition, the educational opportunities for their children are limited. In return for establishment of a conservation easement on orchid rich land, CFTC proposes to fund the university education of one of their children. CFTC estimates that this would cost about $2500 per student for each of four years. In addition to the tangible benefit of conserved land, the educated children are much more likely to be cognizant of the need for conservation and also more likely to be able to afford to conserve their land. CFTC seeks $25,000 to initiate this program.

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