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No. 31 May 13, 1992
Address: aceska at cue.bc.ca
DR. SINSKE HATTORI (1915 - 1992)
Dr. Hattori passed away on May 12, 1992. He was a prominent
Japanese bryologist, specialist on the liverwort genus
Frullania, and a significant supporter and promoter of
bryology. Shortly after the war he established the Hattori
Botanical Laboratory and in 1947 he started to publish
The Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory, "devoted to
bryology and lichenology." (Elva Lawton's 1971 "Moss Flora of
the Pacific Northwest" was published as a Supplement of the
"Journal.") He was a good friend of many bryologists all
around the world and he will be missed.
BOTANY B.C. - LAST CALL
From: Trish Hoffs (THOFFS on All-In-One)
or phone (604) 356-6813
Botany B.C. is just over 2 weeks away. Anyone interested,
who hasn't already sent in their registration form, should
contact me before the end of Thursday, May 14th, 1992 to
book any accommodation and meals you require at Lac Le
Jeune Resort. Lac Le Jeune requires this information so
they can start ordering the food, etc. After Thursday the
resort will charge a cancellation fee for any over
THE CARIBOO MOUNTAINS SLIDE SHOW
From: Ocean Hellman - phone (604) 685-8269
Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Newcombe Theater in
The Cariboo Mountains Wilderness Coalition has been
fighting for the heartland between Bowron Lake Park and
Wells Gray Park of British Columbia. This remarkable area
supports high populations of grizzly bear, sockeye salmon,
woodland caribou and migratory waterfowl. This is a
critical land-use issue. The NDP government recently
deferred industrial development on 175,000 [out of 210,000
proposed] hectares of Cariboo Mountains Wilderness.
[Note: There was no logging planned in the deferred area
for the next few years, but the controversial non-deferred
area of the Blue Lead Creek is being logged now slightly
faster than before. - AC]
STUDENT FROM GERMANY INTERESTED IN OLD GROWTH BRYOPHYTES
From: Jan-Peter Frahm <hh216fr at unidui.uni-duisburg.de>
Recently it turned out that a student of mine will make
her thesis for her teachers exam on Vancouver Island. It
may sound somewhat strange, but she is very enthusiastic
for Canada and its nature, is studying geography also and
will be on a field trip next September in Western Canada.
Then she asked me for a subject for her thesis and I
proposed to make a comparative study of the bryofloras of
natural forest with planted forest of different kind and
It should be interesting to know which species continue to
grow after cutting and new plantation, which come later
and which will never come back. This shall be also
discussed concerning life strategy, propagation methods
of the species involved, etc. I guess it should be
possible to confine such comparison to hectare plots or
smaller, and thought about Cape Scott Provincial Park and
the reforestations in the northern part of the island. I
will contact the provincial park office for the necessary
permits, and have also informed Dale Vitt in Edmonton
(where I have spent a sabbatical).
Are they any permanent plots in the UBC research forest?
NEW REFERENCE BOOK FOR BOTANISTS
From: "William R Burk" <WMRBURK at UNC.BITNET>
Although we have not yet received our copy yet, you might
be interested in knowing about a new botany reference book:
B-P-H/S; Botanico-Huntianum Supplementum. Edited by Gavin
Bridson. Pittsburgh, PA: Hunt Institute, 1992.
This is a supplement to the standard B-P-H which is an
important tool in providing abbreviations (and full titles)
for botanical journals.
COMMON NAMES OF PLANTS
From: Jim Pojar
Adolf, there is a useful reference for connoisseurs of
common names: Kartesz, J.T., and J.W. Thieret. 1991.
Common names for vascular plants: Guidelines for use and
application. Sida Contrib. Bot. 14: 421-434.
Good advice, especially about "fanciful" names, which I
fancy. It also refers to a forthcoming Timber Press book
of common names by Kartesz. This will no doubt be
invaluable, but we must strive to protect the folk poetry
of some regional common names against the Amerikan [sic!]
monolith and melting pot.
[P.S. For those of you who don't know, Jim Pojar is an
American-Canadian from Minnesota, living in Smithers, B.C.
and having his roots in South Bohemia. - AC]
ETHNOBOTANICAL DEMONSTRATION GARDEN
From: Brian D. Compton <USERCOMP at ubcmtsg.bitnet>
Does anyone have easy access to seeds or vegetative starts
of hemlock-parsley (Conioselinum pacificum) or other
unusual, little-known or otherwise interesting ethnic
plants of coastal or interior British Columbia? Or does
anyone have knowledge of the edibility of hemlock-parsley?
If so, please contact me. The gardener at the City Farmer
compost demonstration garden in Vancouver wishes to bring
some of these plants into cultivation in a small
ethnobotanical demonstration garden for education uses.
OLDEST TREE IN CANADA
From: Tom Keays <htkeays at IGC.ORG> in BIOSPH-L
/* Written 11:21 am May 9, 1992 by mlewis in
/* ---------- "Oldest Canadian Tree" ---------- */
This paragraph was published in the latest issue of the
Earth Island Journal (vol.7(2):3):
Vancouver - Last winter two dendrochronologists exploring a
logging clearcut in Caren Range [Sechelt Peninsula, SE of
Sakinaw Lake] discovered to their horror that Canada's
oldest known living tree had been cut down and left on the
ground as wastewood. The 1636-year-old Yellow Cedar - the
oldest verified tree in Canada - had been felled by the
Macmillan Bloedel Corp. The scientists discovered four
other ancient trees (the youngest of which was 1350 years
old) that had also been cut down and left to rot.
RE: ABIES LASIOCARPA AS A CHRISTMAS TREE (BEN #28)
From: DNORRIS (B.C. Ministry of Forests)
Christmas tree harvesting is done under permit, with
stumpage payable to the crown. Some Abies lasiocarpa may
be raised but a check of the several Christmas tree Grower
Associations in BC may be in order. Within
Rights-of-way,(or such like land tenures) permits may be
granted for commercial or private harvesting of trees,
which could include A. lasiocarpa. Russ Cozens at 387-8308
can provide further details.
DAVID DOUGLAS SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH AMERICA
From: Bill Young
The 1992 Annual Meeting and Banquet of the David Douglas
Society of Western North America will be held on December
7, 1992 in Portland, Oregon. Guests welcome. For
information phone Bill Young (604) 652-3002.
MacKinnon, A., J. Pojar & R. Coupe [eds.] 1992.
Plants of northern British Columbia. - B.C. Ministry of
Forests, Victoria & Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton. 352 p.
ISBN 1-55105-015-3 [paperback] CDN$ 19.95
[Ten writers co-operated on this excellent guide to
lichens, mosses, ferns, conifers and flowering plants of
northern British Columbia. The publisher, Lone Pine
Publishing Ltd. (206, 10426 - 81 Ave., Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada T6E 1X5) did a marvelous production job. I
especially like the format used in the book. Pictures and
descriptions are intermixed with keys and comparison
tables. There are no strict rules, silhouettes of Geranium
leaves are given under the Buttercup family, because they
can be confused with buttercups. Everything is
user-friendly and a lot of fun. - AC]