We thank Forest Renewal British Columbia and KAST (Kootenay Association of Science and Technology) for funding this project. This project was initiated by Leon Pavlick, Botany Curator, Royal BC Museum, as part of his Grasses of British Columbia project. Many of the specimens were collected by Leon. Dr Mary Barkworth provided careful and patient replies to several E-mails concerning taxonomic matters.
The illustrations in this publication come from many sources. One source is the collection of grass illustrations completed by Betty Stephens, retired staff illustrator at the Royal BC Museum. These illustrations have been used in previous RBCM publications and scientific papers. In addition, there are several illustrations completed by Peggy Frank from the RBCM publication on Bromus by Leon Pavlick (1994). The anatomy illustrations for the Cyperaceae, Juncaceae, and Poaceae families were done by Gail Harcombe for An Illustrated Key to Monocotyledon Families of British Columbia. The illustration for Glyceria pulchella was done by Sherry Mitchell for the Rare Vascular Plants of British Columbia. The bulk of the illustrations in this publication are taken, with permission from the University of Washington Press, from C.L. Hitchcock, A. Cronquist, M. Ownbey and J.W. Thompson's 1955-1969 Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest.
Scott Scholefield, a co-op student from University of Northern British Columbia, spent several months working with the database to produce the ARCVIEW digital maps. Jean Macgregor, from Camosun College and Karen Moores, from Simon Fraser University, for spending their co-op terms updating and organizing the grass database. Basemaps are from Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks 1996 watershed data, and Bruce Mackenzie, GIS Technical Analyst provided helpful information on these.
In addition, thanks are due to George Douglas, Beth Rodgers and Marta Donovan all of the B.C. Conservation Data Centre, and Gail Harcombe from the Wildlife Branch of Ministry of Environment for assistance with illustrations and the rare plants database.
Additional information for this publication came from Brenda Costanzo, University of Victoria Herbarium; Gail Berg, Ministry of Forests, Invermere; Will Mackenzie, Ministry of Forests, Smithers; and the Creston Valley Wildlife Centre.
Gail Berg, Chris Brayshaw, Adolf Ceska and Peter Newroth agreed to review this publication, and for this the authors are very thankful.
Joan Kerik and John Pindermoss, Collections Managers, RBCM Herbarium, compiled the original database.
Tracy Coyle, RBCM, produced the HTML version of this publication, and Tara Steigenberger, RBCM, manipulated the bulk of the graphics and edited it.
This publication is a web-based publication, and as more information comes in from the region on new and interesting grasses, we plan to update this paper. If you have any comments or suggestions please forward these to: RHEBDA@ROYALBCMUSEUM.BC.CA
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