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No. 74 April 19, 1994
Address: aceska at cue.bc.ca Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
MELINDA FAY DENTON (1944-1994)
From: ASPT Newsletter, April 1994
The untimely death on 5 March 1994 of Professor Melinda Fay
Denton (1944-1994) from an unrelenting cancer saddens all whom
she touched. Her demise is particularly poignant for her col-
leagues in the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT),
which Society she served with distinction as Editor-in-Chief of
Systematic Botany (1984-1985) and as President (1990-1991). A
celebration of her rich and productive life will be held 30
April 1994 (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) at the Center for Urban
Horticulture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Melinda Denton Fund in support
of student research in systematics; made payable to the Univer-
sity of Washington and sent to Department of Botany KB-15,
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. A full reprise
of her botanical career will appear in a future number of
Taxon._Arthur R. Kruckeberg, Professor Emeritus, Department of
Botany KB-15, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.
Melinda Denton had a long association with and involvement in
the activities of the ASPT. In 1978 she won the Cooley Award for
her paper entitled "Endemism and evolutionary divergence in the
Sedum section Gormania complex (Crassulaceae)". She also served
as ASPT Secretary (1978-1979), ASPT Council Member (1981-1983),
Editor-in-Chief of Systematic Botany (1984-1985), ASPT President
Elect (1990), ASPT President (1991), and ASPT Past President
(1992). Behind the scenes she poured her energy into other,
equally important activities such as co-chairing the steering
committee for "Systematics Agenda 2000. Charting the Biosphere."
All of us are indebted to her for her many, generous contribu-
tions to our Society._Editor of the ASPT Newsletter.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON OZONE DEPLETION AND UV RADIATION
UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA, APRIL 27 - APRIL 29, 1994
A Special Public Presentation will be held as a part of the
Conference in the University Centre Auditorium, Wednesday April
27, from 8:30 to 5:30 (NO BREAK FOR LUNCH !!!). Tickets for this
marathon of 30 minilectures cost $ 10.00 and are available at
door. The presentation will offer a wide array of topics on the
impact of UV radiation on human health, terrestrial biosphere,
aquatic system, forests, climate, etc.
BOTANY BC MEETING - QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS - JUNE 20-25, 1994
The registration forms for the BOTANY BC annual meeting have
been sent out and the deadline for registration is May 12. The
program of the meeting includes one morning of lectures and a
grand field trip (June 23-25) to Skidegate Narrows (and beyond).
The registration fee $ 125.00 includes many meals & on-island
transportation, the field trip fee is $ 150.00 (transportation
and meals included), but the numbers for the field trip may have
to be limited: REGISTER EARLY.
For more information contact Rosamund Pojar, Box 3089, Smithers,
B.C., VOJ 2N0 (phone: 847-9784) or
Jim Pojar <jpojar at firstname.lastname@example.org>.
ANTI-CORE RALLY: TWELVE PERCENT WOULD BE FINE [BEN # 72]
From: N.J. Hewitt & Bristol Foster - Time-Colonist, Apr 3, 1994
The large logging companies' anti-CORE rally March 21 on the
legislative lawns [in Victoria] had its theme, "12 per cent, no
more." This referred, we presume, to the minimum of 12 per cent
of natural areas needed for protection in each country in the
world, as promoted by the Brundtland Commission and by the WWF
and now accepted by the [Canadian] federal and all provincial
Indeed, many environmentalists would be quite relieved if 12 per
cent of low and mid-elevation ancient (old-growth) forest on
Vancouver Island was protected. In fact only 4.4 per cent is now
protected, with another 1.4 per cent proposed for protection in
the CORE report.
If we are going to protect 12 per cent of all representative
ecosystems (as intended in the government's Protected Areas
Strategy), then some alpine and sub-alpine should be de-
gazetted, to raise the amount of protected ancient forest to 12
per cent. Would this please the forest companies? it is consis-
tent with their demand: "12 per cent, no more."
Less than 6 per cent of Vancouver Island's ancient forest is
protected or proposed for protection. This is insufficient to
protect the biodiversity of this particularly rich ecosystem.
To assure future generations of a healthy forest resource, we
need to adhere to world standards protecting a minimum of 12 per
cent of our ancient forests.
SEEDS OF NATIVE FOOD PLANTS WANTED
From: Brian Compton <bcompton at unixg.ubc.ca>
I am seeking to obtain viable seeds (or other reproductive
materials) for several plants used as food by B.C. Native
groups. These are to be cultivated experimentally at the UBC
Botanical Garden in conjunction with ethnobiological initiatives
put forth by the First Nations House of Learning at UBC. If
anyone can supply native food plant seeds I would like to hear
Allium spp. (e.g., A. cernuum), Balsamorhiza sagitatta, Calo-
chortus macrocarpus, Camassia spp., Claytonia lanceolata, Cir-
sium undulatum, Conioselinum pacificum, Erythronium grandi-
florum, Fragaria spp., Fritillaria spp. (including F. pudica),
Hydrophyllum capitatum, Ledum glandulosum, Lewisia rediviva,
Lilium columbianum, Lomatium spp. (esp. L. macrocarpum, but just
about any other sp. as well), Lupinus littoralis, L. nootkaten-
sis, Mentha arvensis, Potentilla anserina, Potentilla pacifica,
Rubus pedatus, Rumex occidentalis, Sium suave, and Trifolium
wormskjoldii; also, any of the less commonly encountered Vacci-
nium spp. or Rubus spp.
Brian D. Compton
Ethnobiological Program Developer
First Nations House of Learning
E-mail: bcompton at unixg.ubc.ca
NATIVE PLANTS IN FOREST RECLAMATION
From: Marty Kranabetter <mkranabe at mfor01.for.gov.bc.ca>
I am interested in information concerning the use of native
plants in forest reclamation. Sedges, grasses, legumes, shrubs
or other plants which colonize disturbed soil would be good
candidates. Also, any information concerning the biological
advantages of native plants over agronomic species would be
useful. My phone number is 604-565-6134.
[Check the following report:
Polster, D.F. 1989. Manual of plant species suitability for
reclamation in Alberta. 2nd edition. Prepared for the Alberta
Land Conservation and Reclamation Council by Hardy B.B.T. Ltd.]
"BC VEGETATION TOO HOT" - FNA WAS TOLD [BEN # 73]
Jim Pojar sent me a copy of the correspondence he had with the
co-author of the FNA vegetation chapter Michael Barbour. The
exchange started with Jim's caustic comments on the "North
American Terrestrial Vegetation" in which Jim objected to the
lack of the "Canadian content." As a result, Dr. Barbour asked
Jim to review the FNA vegetation chapter and Jim made comments
to those parts that were written by Dr. Barbour and that dealt
mostly with the vegetation in the U.S.A. Jim did not get any
manuscript from Dr. Norm Christensen (Duke University, Durham,
North Carolina) who was responsible for the parts of the chapter
that dealt with Canada. It is a pity that no Canadian ecologist
was invited to collaborate on the FNA vegetation chapter. - AC
"FOUR KILOGRAMS OF WASTE PAPER" UPSET SOME READERS [BEN # 73]
From: Dr. Mary Barkworth <STIPOID at CC.USU.EDU>
Prices in Canada must sure be strange. We can find the money for
the book version of Kartesz' checklist, but we do not have a CD-
ROM reader, I am not sure when we shall be able to afford one,
and it is MUCH easier to look something up in the books than it
would be to get the right CD-ROM on the appropriate computer
(which we do not have) and then make the search. Les Watson had
a similar attitude to yours concerning grass genera of the
world. Our copy of that volume is almost worn out. I can take it
home and use it if I want to. .... I would rather have 5 floras
than 1 CD-ROM that would get occasional use.
The reader is on our wish list, for Watson and Dallwitz'
families of flowering plants and the Kew Index. But I find
myself thinking of smaller institutions, like Boise State
University, and of the number of institutions in the US that
have eliminated staff positions.
The title was more negative than the actual review. ... John
Strother told me that he uses 3x5 index cards and can nearly
always locate information faster than people who computerize. I
believe him, but I hate 3x5 cards.