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Floristics & Taxonomy

Ertter, Barbara [1], Shaffer, Paul [2].

Treasures of the Boise Front: Rethinking Popular Floras during a Pandemic.

The Boise Front flora project ( is being developed to cover an under-botanized native flora, which includes several rare and undescribed species, that is currently under siege from rampant development and invasive non-natives. Because conservation of these “treasures” will only occur if regional sociopolitical polarization can be transcended, the scientific elements of the flora are combined with community education/outreach elements, in particular interpretive walks. The focus on community education/outreach also determines geographic boundaries, floristic components, and presentation, contrasting with traditional floristic parameters. An on-line format allowed existing and quickly generated components to be made immediately available to a wide range of users during the 2020 pandemic, for what is otherwise a long-term work-in-progress.

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Treasures of the Boise Front

1 - Boise State University, Snake River Plains Herbaria, , Boise, Idaho, 83725, USA
2 - Hill Road, Boise, ID, 83714, USA

botany outreach
transcending polarization.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: FTI, Floristics & Taxonomy I
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Monday, July 19th, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM(EDT)
Number: FTI007
Abstract ID:160
Candidate for Awards:None

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