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Vermont Rare Plant Advocate Honored by the
New England Wild Flower Society

Jennifer Ramstetter in the Brattleboro Reformer

The New England Wild Flower Society presented the Vermont State Award to Jennifer Ramstetter '81 of at its recent Annual Meeting in Framingham, Mass. The oldest plant conservation organization in America, the New England Wild Flower Society is dedicated to preservation of native North American flora. This award honors an individual or organization that has done great works in the field of botany or horticulture benefiting a New England state. Cary Waterman, Society Overseer, presented the award to Ramstetter “ for her years of wise counsel on matters pertaining to the conservation of all endangered and threatened plant species in Vermont.”

A professor of biology at Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vt., Ramstetter also serves in an advisory capacity to the state of Vermont. For ten years, she has served on the Flora Advisory Group (FLAG), providing guidance on rare plants, serving for three of those years as chair. She serves on the Vermont Endangered Species Committee, advising the Natural Resources Agency on conservation. As a New England Plant Conservation Program volunteer (NEPCoP is one of New England Wild Flower Society’s award-winning conservation collaborative groups), she has worked to conserve three rare species in the field including Ludwigia polycarpa, Triphora trianthophora, and Cynoglossum virginianum. Her remarkable contributions to rare plant advocacy above and beyond her full time teaching are deserving of this great recognition.

Accepting the award, Ramstetter praised the society, saying, “the New England Wild Flower Society helped to make me the plant conservationist I am today. I couldn’t have done this without their help. Thank you to my wonderful students and colleagues at Marlboro College and to the state of Vermont.”

For more information about the awards, or to nominate an individual or group for next year’s award, contact Dianne Butt at dbutt@newfs.org or visit www.newfs.org. For conservation volunteer opportunities, or to apply for the FREE training beginning in April in Montpelier, contact Ailene Kane at akane@newfs.org. For additional native plant activities in Vermont contact Thelma Hewitt at 603-763-0045 or TKHewitt@aol.com. Phone 508-877-7630 or TTY 508-877-6553.

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