Steve Buckley, botanist for the National Park Service’s Southwest Network Collaborative (SWNC) will be in Flagstaff on Tuesday, January 22 from 12-2 pm to present a workshop on both SEINet (the Southwest Environmental Information Network, first hour) and The Flora Project (second hour). The workshop will be in the Southwest Forest Science Complex (Forestry building) on the NAU campus in room 133. Feel free to bring your lunch to the workshop and please forward this message to anyone you know who might be interested in attending.
Steve Buckley is the botanist for the National Park Service’s Southwest Network Collaborative (SWNC) and is based in Tucson, Arizona. His research focuses on the systematics and floristic biogeography of the 29 National Park Service units and 15 Fish and Wildlife Service refuges in the desert southwestern United States. Steve is especially interested in how the technologies of floristic information systems generate novel solutions for the distribution of information and develop critical data sets to address the challenges of botanical conservation on Department of Interior lands.
Steve will be speaking about The Flora Project, which is a developing collaboration between the SWNC and the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts Inventory and Monitoring Zone of the Fish and Wildlife Service. He will be discussing the methodologies and technologies that are used to advance this work across broad spatial scales, as well as detailing the efforts to expand the work to all of the refuges in Region Two of the Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Flora Project focuses on providing comprehensive field guides for each park or refuge, as well as building a cross-platform floristic information system that will ultimately be available for use by resource managers, researchers, and the public. Products range from online databases and printed field guides, to apps for mobile and handheld digital devices, to a range of other digital and print educational tools and resources. The Flora Project includes a broad coalition of collaborators including the Sonoran Desert Network, Chihuahan Desert Network, and Southern Plains Network of the NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program; the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts Inventory and Monitoring Zone of the Fish and Wildlife Service; the vegetation program at Grand Canyon National Park; and the developers of the Southwestern Environmental Information Network (SEINet). The Flora Project is setting the standard for floristic research and information dissemination about floristic biodiversity on federal lands in the desert southwest.
Judy Springer, Research Specialist, Sr.
Ecological Restoration Institute
Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 15017, Flagstaff AZ 86011-5017
Phone: (928) 523-7751 Fax (928) 523-0296 http://www.eri.nau.edu/