Post by shawnintland on Jun 19, 2013 19:25:48 GMT -10
Nep enthusiasts World-wide, I would like to introduce you to, and invite you to join with us in, a program we hope will have wide ranging benefits to Nepenthes species across SE Asia. We thank you for your support!
You can "click" on the image to see it full-size if reading is difficult! In order to post the PDF on the forum we had to convert it to a jpg file...meaning you will probably need to cut and paste the website link and e-mail address in your browser. Please see the note at the bottom of the page before viewing the website link. Once again, I must ask your patience regarding replies to the more 'general' questions you may e-mail to us...as you can imagine; things are a bit 'hectic' around here right now!
Our best wishes to you and Nepenthes everywhere! ;D
Post by drewmartinez84 on Jul 1, 2013 18:43:35 GMT -10
I want to commend Shawn for his amazing work on this project. Through fortunate circumstance, I was able to get plugged into SEANSRF early on. Shawn has jumped over every hurdle imaginable to get this project to the position it is in today. So many times, there have been points where it seemed like the impossible had to happen in order to keep on going and somehow Shawn has been able to pull it off. He has sunk years of his life and relied on his own finances in the name of Nepenthes conservation. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit SEANSRF’s growing facilities twice over the years and have been astounded with what has evolved. The greenhouse growing techniques developed by SEANSRF have a world class level of sophistication which allows a high level of accelerated growth of these endangered species so that they can be preserved and re-introduced. Shawn’s field work and ability to network with Thai & foreign researchers, has enabled him to track down some of Thailand’s most obscure and dwindling populations in order to ensure their genetic and habitat conservation. His passion for Nepenthes is contagious and each time he engages with students he is able to fascinate and inspire to the point that his students have won competitions at the highest level in Thailand and earned university scholarships for their work on Nepenthes related projects. This has also earned him recognition for his work among many high level Thai officials, such as the King of Thailand’s daughter, Princess Sirindhorn, which is a real mark of honor rarely bestowed onto a non-native Thai.
In order to help SEANSRF come up with the $7000 needed to establish themselves as a non-profit organization, I will be auctioning off some rare plants from my collection. I encourage other private collectors and nurseries to do the same. All proceeds will go directly to SEANSRF. I will match the auction prices dollar for dollar. Details will be posted here on the auction format in the next 2 days, please contact me at email@example.com if you are interested in auctioning off plants.
Post by shawnintland on Jul 2, 2013 14:09:50 GMT -10
Thanks Drew! Your words and actions are very much appreciated! I also just want to point out that this has been a joint effort; I've been getting assistance from lots of different directions/people/organizations all these years! You all know who you are - Thank You!!!
Now, I hope this isn't too long of a post, but lots of pictures to share!
ShawninTland, flora nepenthecea Forum, Oct., 2009; "I am really hoping to hear suggestions from many others here. Believe me, there are people here willing to try to make a difference, putting their time, money and effort into it!"
"I've been running these ideas through my head for a number of years now, trying to come up with ways to make a difference. I refuse to believe all is lost and that the best we can do is take pictures and describe them before they are gone! Please, let's try focus on what can work, not on what cannot!"
ShawninTland, flora nepenthecea Forum, Oct., 2009; "I'm attempting to work out a program to put a potted Nep in every Thai classroom in the country. The idea being that we also supply a CD and a written (Thai) booklet explaining the value of these wonderful natural resources of the country to the children. Hopefully after having some first hand experience in growing one of these marvels it will stick in the kids' minds."
ShawninTland, flora nepenthecea Forum, Oct., 2009; “The schools project is just one little side aspect that popped into my head when I was asked to host a group of university botany and horticulture students at my nursery. The interest level, intelligent questions and desire to return blew me away. A second time a group of friends' children stopped by and although I was probably visibly trembling, I allowed them to cruise the main greenhouse - same reactions! I've located a Foundation that deals with educational projects in Thailand and hope to work through them to put a tough little N. mirabilis in as many classrooms as possible. But that's just the start! As I recently wrote to someone, "Maybe the ears, whiskers and head, but I'm not letting the whole cat out of the bag just yet!"
NepNut, flora nepenthecea Forum, Oct 20, 2009 "I feel for a long term solution is to educate the locals specially the younger generation."
NepNut, flora nepenthecea Forum, Oct 20, 2009 "Dave, Yes, only by raising awareness and (working) to educate the general public we at least stand a chance to make that happen."
Well, the cat is now almost all the way out! ”Botany in School” Program/”NEPS” (Nepenthes Education Program in Science 2010/2011/2012/2013…?
"National 'Botany in School' Website Homepage;
Botany in School;
“Cuttings Pacs" for Schools Program;
One Proud 11th Grade Class w/ their Plants and Training Certificates;
"Nep Physiology" Class;
"Nep Taxonomy" Textbook - Thai Language Version (Thanks Francois & Stew!);
"Neps Tissue Culture" Education Program;
“Learning Pacs” on Arrival at School;
Text for Thai Schools Program w/ “Quality Learning Foundation”
More Texts for Thai Schools Program;
“Neps Ed.” in the News - - "StampZ" (in the goggles) is now on a 4-year scholarship to Chulalongkorn University (Majoring in Botany!) based on his Nepenthes projects! He's one of 15+ such students!
"Student Leader" Presenters at BITEC National Science and Technology Exhibition;
“Sustainable Methods” Class;
“Seeds for Students” Program Prep:
ShawninTland, flora nepenthecea Forum, Oct., 2009; ” I am hoping to put together an effort to grow enormous quantities of genetically pure neps for re-introduction to various locations in Thailand. Hopefully, with the help of the many Thai CP growers, we can start a program which other countries can follow up on. Its not the best situation we can dream up, but perhaps it can make a difference in some species' existence.”
Results (Partial!); N. suratensis Gene Bank Program;
N. mirabilis var mirabils Gene Bank Program (Partial!);
N. andamana Gene Bank Program (Partial!);
General Seedling program (Partial!);
ShawninTland, flora nepenthecea Forum, Oct., 2009; “I also plan on seeking an endorsement from the Royal Family. While hard for non-Thais to grasp, this is probably one of the most effective methods of keeping anything we reintroduce from ending up right back in Chutajak!”
NepNut, flora nepenthecea Forum, Oct 20, 2009 at 12:46pm:
“Shawn, Thanks for pointing me to the right direction... ;D
I feel what you're doing is noble and for anything to be respected and taken seriously in Thailand, getting the involvement of Royal family is very crucial. You all will be surprise how influential the King have on Thais especially the rural Thai people and this is where most wild neps can still be found in Thailand. However, how you're going to approach the Royal family... that I would like to see... ;D”
“Palace Pac” 1
“Palace Pac” 2
“Palace Pac” Tag
Student Presentation to HRH Princess Sirindhorn at the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy;
Thanks everybody, it’s been fun…and we’ve only just begun! ;>))))))