News & Events
Defenders of Wildlife 2002
The fourth national conference of Defenders of Wildlife will take place November 17-20, 2002 in Monterey,
California. The title will be "From The Mountains To The Sea," which reflects the conference's focus on the biology
and conservation of marine and terrestrial predators. For more information contact Sharon Wilcox
at (202) 789-2844,, or visit

Invasive plant symposium
The Chicago Botanic Garden hosts the 7th annual Janet Meaking Poor Research Symposium entitled, "Invasive
Plants: Global Issues, Local Challenges." The symposium will take place in Chicago on October
27-30, 2002. For more information contact Kayri Havens,, or Linda Jones,
ljones@, (847)835-8261.

$400K BLM grant to Chicago Botanic Garden
The U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has awarded $400,000 to the Department
of Conservation Science and the Institute for Plant Conservation Biology, housed at the Chicago Botanic Garden, for use in conservation efforts. Two separate grants will be used for (1) developing and implementing a conservation
internship program to assist BLM with promoting conservation of species-at-risk and managing their habitat on
public lands, and (2) investigating genetics of threatened plant species in the Great Basin states of Oregon,
Idaho, Utah, and Nevada.

Froglog Shorts

The Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force reports that:
-The last known population of the Mississippi gopher frog (Rana areolata), numbering about 100 animals, has been
given full legal protection.
-Also, a state-protected reserve has been set up for the giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) on Mount
Qinling, northwest China. The reserve is one square kilometer in size and contains 47 giant salamanders, of which
40 have been rescued from elsewhere. For more amphibian conservation news:

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Some items are provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Biological Conservation Newsletter.