Greetings one last time before the weekend. I couldn't wait till monday!
Casper, thanks for taking the lead here. It will really help focus the energy. Firstly there is one thing I'd like to address. I think the statments that I have to support the idea of a decentralized collection. The costs and work involved in such an endevor might be something to think about 7 -10 years down the line. For now, I think the proposal that Noah talked about is the route to go.
you asked for goals. Here goes some thoughts. Feel free to add timelines as you see fit.
1. Have all interested participants in this project submit an inventory of plants that they have in their collection that have accurate locality data. Site specific I think will be insane to track, because people are going to have plants from all sorts of places all within a few miles of eachother. Think of many of the roadside sites people have plants from. For instance I was given a plant that was collected back in the 70's from a road side bog in Brunswick Co. It was a purp. Is a purp from that site on Rt 130 worth any noteriety than a purp 5 miles up the road, not likely. So I really think that County resolution in this collection is all that is necessary for most plants. Appendix 1, well we'll cross that bridge when it comes.
2. A committe should be formed to evaluate, submissions, code and enter them into a data base and issue appropriate tags to the grower.
3. Then, a list of growers and what they are growing should be made available with contact info (email) so that growers can swap plants.
4. Each year, growers of NC (national collection plants) should be encouraged to properly created seed from these plants and submit them to a central center for distribution. I'd like to the ICPS do that, but we'll have to wait on that.
5. The person running the seed bank should submit each year a list of people and what seeds were given out. As each person has plants that reach maturity, the will have to make contact with the NC manager and register their plants.
4 more cents.