Systematics Section / ASPT
Piep, Michael B. , Barkworth, Mary , Dittberner, Phil .
Building on data being acquired for Plant Information Network II.
The Bureau of Land Management needs detailed information about the distribution, phenology, and ecology of the plants in the areas for which it is responsible. The Plant Information Network II (PIN II) is a database of such information, being developed jointly by BLM personnel and various herbaria. The Intermountain Herbarium is developing the information for Utah in a manner that links each record to its source. We started with county-level data from the USDA’s PLANTS database, in which most records were attributed to “personal observation by” one individual. We are replacing these records with data from records in the Intermountain Herbarium (UTC) database and reports in Welsh et al. (2004).. We are obtaining phenological, and elevation data from UTC, Welsh et al. (2004), and Albee et al. (1988). Because these three sources (and others that we are using) employ different taxonomic treatments, we are also adding taxonomic comments to each record and have initiated development of a “taxonomic translator”. Our goal is to make the information we are developing available as maps on the Web, together with information on the data source for each record. This will help emphasize the importance of herbaria and herbarium specimens both in documenting existing understanding of plant diversity and permitting its modification to reflect differing taxonomic interpretations, including those that have not yet been formulated.
1 - Utah State University, Intermountain Herbarium, Dept. of Biology, 5305 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah, 84322-5305, U.S.A.
2 - Bureau of Land Management, ST-131, Building 50, Denver federal Cener, P.O. Box 25047, Denver, Colorado, 80225-0047, USA
Presentation Type: Poster
Location: Special Event Center (Cliff Lodge)
Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004
Time: 12:30 PM