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Lingua Botanica

A Journal of Forest Service Botanists & Plant Ecologists,
National Botanical Journal (USFS)

Greetings and Holiday Happiness to all Lingua Botanica Readers.

First off, I apologize for the size of this issue of the newsletter - I blame it on computer problems here in the WO (I had to do big parts of this at home on my IMac). I hope it doesn't ruin anyone's inbox. This edition of Lingua Botanica is extra special. It marks the end of five years of the newsletter, and the end of my term as its editor. I want to thank all of the readers of our little rag. Your support has been heart-warming and gratifying. I couldn't have written or reprinted all the stuff that has graced the pages of LB without your encouragement. Thanks too for your toleration of all those pedantic rants on the front page of each edition.

In Lingua Botanica vol.1 #1 (Jan 2000), I stated the goals of the newsletter. They were:
1) To foster communications among bots and ecos throughout the FS,
2) To related FS botany issues to partners outside the agency, and
3) To educate the readers. I will leave it to each of you to decide whether we've done a good job or not, but I'll just go out on a limb and say I think we did a pretty okay job. Some of the highlight issues that LB has reprinted during its five year run include:

  • Lots of bad stuff like invasive species and native plant poachers
  • Obituaries of many eminent botanists and ecologists
  • Repeated reports on the destructive trade in forest floor mosses
  • Botany and Music (first in the winter 2000 issue, but also as recently as the summer 2004 issue)
  • International botany events
  • NatureWatch and Celebrating Wildflowers news galore
  • Articles written by real, live field botanists
  • Lots of goofy pictures, and a secret message on the last page of every issue.
  • 476 pages of fun - 20 different highlighted plants - Zero mentions of Lewis and Clark

I hope the holiday season finds each of you in the company of loved ones.

Remember to share your copy of Lingua Botanica with a friend, co-worker, or partner.

Read to your kids, be honest to yourself, and love your mother

Woo Hoo!

Wayne Owen
Conservation Planning Biologist
USDA Forest Service
Washington Office
Lingua Botanica 12_04 Winter (2.41 mb)
Lingua Botanica 09_04 Fall (566 kb)
Lingua Botanica 06_04 Summer (3.34 mb)

Lingua Botanica 12_03 Winter (917 kB)
Lingua Botanica 09_03 Fall (.99 mB)
Lingua Botanica 06_03 Summer (1.27 mB)
Lingua Botanica 03_03 Spring (697 kB)

Lingua Botanica 12_02 Winter (935 kB)
Lingua Botanica 09_02 Fall (639kB)
Lingua Botanica 03_02 Spring (968 kB)
Lingua Botanica 06_02 Summer (753 KB)

Lingua Botanica 03-01 Spring (512 kB)
Lingua Botanica 06-01 Summer (473 kB)
Lingua Botanica 09-01 Autumn (417 kB)
Lingua Botanica 12-01 Winter (931 kB)

Lingua Botanica 01-00 Spring 2000 (110 kB)
Lingua Botanica 06-00 Summer 2000 (322 kB)
Lingua Botanica 09-00 Autumn 2000 (390 kB)
Lingua Botanica 12-00 Winter 2000 (277 kB) - Errata (March 2002): is now where you can virtually visit over ~3000 wilderness areas.

Medicine from U.S. Wildlands (202kB): An Assessment of Native Plant Species Harvested in the United States for Use and Trade and Evaluation of Conservation and Management Implications.

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