The Public Relations and Education Committee exists to raise public awareness of North American Pitcher Plants, the decline of their natural habitat, and efforts that are being taken to ensure their survival in the future.
If you are interested in joining us in this work, please read the PR and Education Committee Policies and Procedures below. This contains information about our goals, how we seek to go about those goals, and expectations for volunteers.
We hope this answers your initial questions about the NASC PR & Education Committee. Please contact the Head of PR & Education, with any additional questions.
Policies and Procedures
I. POLICY – It is the policy of the North American Sarracenia Conservancy (NASC) Public Relations and Education Committee (the Committee) to increase public awareness of the genus Sarracenia and its need for protection; to raise funds for the organization as deemed necessary by the Treasurer; and to act as NASC ambassadors by interacting with other organizations, landowners and the public at large on behalf of the organization.
II. PURPOSE – To ensure that each member of the Committee follows set guidelines in their interactions with the public and other organizations, as agreed on by the committee head:
III. PROCEDURE -
A) Public Relations and Education Committee members are expected to do all of the following:
1. Continually maintain a broad understanding of the genus Sarracenia, specifically regarding its environmental status.
2. Keep current with the activities and accomplishments of the NASC.
3. Be willing and able to answer questions from NASC members and non-members regarding these subjects.
1. Additionally, the following duties comprise the mission of the Committee and may be assigned to individual members as needed.
1. Increase Public Awareness
1. Write articles for magazines, newspapers, etc.
2. Make accurate and readable information on the following areas readily available online:
1. The genus Sarracenia
2. The various Sarracenia species
3. Environmental state of the genus Sarracenia and related conservation issues.
3. Contact and increase awareness of the genus and our organization amongst other organizations with similar aims.
1. Grant applications
2. Donation requests
3. Advertisement for the annual fundraising auction.
1. Make form letters available to other committees for sending to
1. Land owners
3. Conservation organizations
4. Others as needed
2. Interact with such land owners, developers, or organizations as deemed appropriate and/or necessary by the NASC board of directors.
1. Public Interactions, Correspondence, and Publications
1. All correspondence with non-members, including but not limited to the public or other organizations, shall only be conducted with the advance knowledge and consent of the PR/Education Committee head.
2. The following standards apply to all correspondence, electronic or printed, that is made by any member of the PR/Education Committee on behalf of the NASC, as well as any electronic or printed publications such as fliers or articles.
1. All correspondence is to remain professional and courteous at all times, without personal attacks, vulgar or abusive language, or other unbusiness-like prose.
2. Grammar and spelling are to be perfect.
1. Use a spell-checker and/or grammar checker.
2. Forward important documents to another committee member for proofreading before use.
3. Maintain a high level of factual accuracy.
1. Information should be verifiable.
2. Use published sources, not online misinformation or rumors.
3. Cite your sources when publishing articles.
4. Published articles or important official correspondence shall be forwarded to the Committee head prior to being sent or published, in order to verify that the above standards have been met.
5. No expressed or implied promises or partnerships are to be made or offered to another organization or individual without prior consent of the Board, unless these fall within the powers of the committee as bestowed upon it by the Board.