Connect and learn about the attendees at the inaugural

Women and the Environment Conference!

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Heather Federlein

Plant Production Manager

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden



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What key words best describe your hope for the future?

Awareness, hope, engagement, investment, knowledge, empowerment

Describe what are you working on in the field of climate change, environmental protection, environmental justice or social impact.

Our organization works on rare, threatened and endangered plants of the central coast and Channel Islands. My nursery grows these plants to preserve and protect in our collection, as well as for out-planting for restoration and mitigation projects. We also run seed and cutting propagation trials to discover the most effective way to grow rare and threatened plants. This work teams us up with many statewide partners to reach the same goal of conservation and recovery of threatened species and populations.
SBBG also strives to educate the public about the value of native plants in home gardens and commercial landscapes. We encourage the public to use drought * pollinator friendly natives in their gardens for sustainability and habitat value. Our Plant Introduction Program helps release great cultivars and selections of native plants to the nursery industry. Our informal goal is a native plant in every garden.

How might other W&E conference attendees be able to support your work, goals or objectives?

Networking to find any common ground that we can use to promote each others mission and work. Doing the right thing environmentally can start as small as in your own home or yard, or be as big as a large restoration or city-wide project. We can all help each other with ideas and message sharing.

What are you able and willing to contribute to other attendees at the conference to support their work, goals or objectives?

Encouragement, networking, resources, ideas, and an open mind ready for new ideas.

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