Congratulations to our Grant Winners:
Nina House, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, For the Proposal: Assessing Grazing Impacts on Remote Montane Meadows in the Sourthern Sierra Nevada, Tulare County, California
The southern Sierra Nevada has experienced disturbance in the way of grazing for the past 150 years. This practice has impacted all major montane and subalpine meadows in the area. It is often difficult to assess the consequences of grazing on meadow health, as impacts can vary depending on the timing, duration, and intensity of use. Knowing the types of data to collect and who to approach with concerns can make all the difference in effectively managing grazing of montane meadows.
As a graduate student at the California Botanic Garden, I am currently conducting an inventory of the vascular flora of the Manter and Salmon Creek watersheds, a 132 sq km section of the Kern Plateau in the southern Sierra Nevada. Some of the site’s main features are expansive montane meadows, such as Big Meadow, Horse Meadow, and Manter Meadow. With the assistance of the Botanical Advocacy Leadership Grant, I will invite an expert or working group acquainted with policy, land management, and science to my study site. With their expertise, I hope to strengthen my skills in collecting the proper data to assist in guiding management surrounding montane meadows. I also hope to receive guidance in how to move forward if the grazing is deemed detrimental to the landscape. Finally, I am eager to learn how data from projects such as mine can inform policy at higher levels of government, and how it may guide future management of protected and non-protected areas.
Else Schils, University of Guam, For the proposal: Bringing Biocultural Diversity to the forefront of the Political Agenda in Guam
Roland Eberwin, Carinthian Botanic Center Region Museum of Carinthia, Austria
Like many small organizations who have repeated discussions of closure, the Carinthian Botanic Center's ability to communicate botanical topics is an essential part of its work. Communicating effectively not only disseminates botanical information, but also builds up a stable community of fans aiding in discussions about function and necessity of the institution.
This year's prize was used to bolster communication by supplying the institution with a modern camera that, when accompanied by special lenses, allows audiences to be able to see plant and plant parts on screen without having to pass around samples. The ability to easily experience the specimens as never before has been a success and helped the organization remain relevant to its community.
Click here for the entire Plant Science Bulletin Article, his article starts on page 148.
Mike Dunn, Cameron University, Award used for Southwest chapter of the Oklahoma Native Plant Society to help fund a lecture series.
The goal of this grant is to bring together as many of the institutions and organizations in southwestern Oklahoma who are at least in part like-minded in that they attempt to use plants to enhance the quality of life of the region. And to use plants as they relate to natural history, anthropology and archeology, horticulture and agriculture, as well as plants as an excuse to simply get outside.
Click here for the entire Plant Science Bulletin Aricle, his article starts on page 4.