Flora of North America: Synergy with other Botanical Projects
Rebman, Jon .
San Diego County Plant Atlas Project: a Partnership between Science and the Community.
SAN Diego County, California is an internationally recognized hotspot of biological diversity that is being threatened by urbanization. Yet, the floristic diversity has not been fully documented, leaving agencies and land managers with a limited amount of scientific data along with mounting responsibilities for conservation and informed decision-making.
The San Diego County Plant Atlas is a multi-year project designed to improve scientific knowledge of regional plants through better documentation of the flora of San Diego County by training volunteers from the community (parabotanists) how to properly survey, collect herbarium-quality voucher specimens, and record field data about plants in natural areas throughout the County. Consequently, this project will foster the publicís awareness and respect for local natural history, increase our scientific collections of the regional flora, and provide essential botanical data on the distribution, variation, and diversity of the plants found in San Diego County.
Since its inception in August 2003, the project has developed a website (www.sdplantatlas.org) to assist parabotanists and provide an outlet to the public, designed an efficient system for online data submission and delivery of specimens to the Museum, added over 16,300 new voucher specimens for the County (including more than 130 new county records and one putative new taxon) that are fully databased and with exact geographic coordinates, created online floristic search processes and resources for mapping plant distributions. The Atlas project has secured various financial grants and contracts to support its development and operations, has conducted 20 training classes, and has recruited approximately 400 volunteers to facilitate the project.
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San Diego Plant Atlas website
1 - San Diego Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 121390, San Diego, California, 92112, USA
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
Time: 9:30 AM