Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Flora of Virginia project

Are you a botanist? An educator? A naturalist? A student? A natural resources professional? A citizen who’s interested in plants of the commonwealth? A consultant? Chances are, the Flora of Virginia is being created with you in mind.
We are publishing the first manual of our state's plants since 1762's Flora Virginica. Slated for publication in the fall of 2012, the Flora of Virginia will be a 1,500-page, state-of-the-art reference describing and aiding in the identification of 3,200 taxa of plants native J. Christopher Ludwig, executive director, botanist, biologist, author of the Flora of Virginiato or naturalized in Virginia.
At our website you’ll:

Learn more about the work behind the Flora;

Meet the authors, illustrators, staff, and board;

Find model pages depicting how the Flora is going to look and work; and

Encounter links and resources from us to you, to further your understanding of the natural world.

The Flora Project's success depends on many people and groups, and you'll meet our supporters here. Especially vital are our partners: theVirginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, which provides essential personnel and logistic support through its Division of Natural Heritage; Virginia Botanical Associates, which provides maps and data for our use and whose Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora we're illustrating with photographs by Natural Heritage botanists and Flora Project volunteers; Richmond's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which generously makes available its Herbarium Virginicum (operated jointly with Virginia Commonwealth University) for study of specimens used in verifying plant measurements for the Flora and provides rooms for our board meetings; the Virginia Academy of Science, which had sustained a dream of a modern Virginia flora virtually since its founding in 1923 and whose ongoing support, especially of illustrations, is invaluable; and the Virginia Native Plant Society, which not only represents a key audience of theFlora of Virginia but also has lent expertise and unflaggingly given financial support, at state, chapter, and individual levels.

The cost of producing the Flora is large. Private donations make our work possible, and we’re not done yet. You'll learn how you can donate to the project as well. And of course, we hope you will. PREORDER HERE.

And for those of you wanting to pre-order, you can do that now too. Just click this button and you'll be taken to an order page on the website of our publisher, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
Thank you, and please contact us if you have questions.
J. Christopher Ludwig 
Executive Director and Co-Author

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation logoVirginia Botanical Associates logoLewis Ginter Botanical GardenVirginia Academy of ScienceVirginia Native Plant Society

This page was copied from the FLORA of VIRGINIA website to help promote this fantastic new book! BRFAL Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists hope this interests you!

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