BEN # 66
aceska at CUE.BC.CA
Tue Dec 14 23:51:21 EST 1993
BBBBB EEEEEE NN N ISSN 1188-603X
BB B EE NNN N
BBBBB EEEEE NN N N BOTANICAL
BB B EE NN NN ELECTRONIC
BBBBB EEEEEE NN N NEWS
No. 66 December 14, 1993
Address: aceska at cue.bc.ca Victoria, B.C.
VANCOUVER ISLAND MYCOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Several conspirators met on December 9 in the house of Hannah
Nadel in Victoria and decided to establish "Vancouver Island
Mycological Society" (please note that the name is provisional).
The society will have its monthly meetings each first Thursday
of the month, starting on February 3, 1994. Meeting place will
be announced, but it is highly probable that it will be the
Pacific Forestry Centre on West Burnside Road. Watch for further
BOTANY BC RAFTING TRIP LANDED IN COURTS
From: "Gail M. Berg" <GBERG at MFOR01.gov.bc.ca>
The rafting company I hired to take us down the Columbia for the
Botany BC field trip has been charged with taking a trip down
that river without having a licence to do so on that particular
piece of waterway. They refused to pay a $100.00 fine (for some
reason) so the Conservation Officer out of Golden has taken them
to court. Peter Holmes (the Habitat Biologist from here) and
myself have been subpoenaed to go to court on February 22, 1994
to act as witnesses. Hopefully I will make it to the meeting
next year in the Queen Charlotte Islands and will be able to
show some slides complete with me being led into court in hand-
cuffs. Does Botany BC have any sort of a defence fund for this
type of incident ?
SAN BRUNO MOUNTAIN HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN DOES NOT WORK
From: J. Sigg's article, Fremontia 21, No. 4.
San Bruno Mountain is a long ridge (1,314 feet) in northern San
Mateo County adjacent to San Francisco. The area has long been
of interest of botanists because of the presence of many plants
that reach either the northern or the southern limit of their
ranges. It has geographic variants of widespread species,
several rare or uncommon plants and two or three endangered
butterflies. The majority of the mountain is a state and county
park, with several hundred privately owned acres on the lower
slopes and ridges. Much of the prime habitat for the three
butterflies is on private property. The specific goal of the
1982 Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), the first in the U.S., was
to protect the ecosystem of the entire remaining undeveloped
portions of the mountain.
Several large developments that would destroy butterfly habitat
had been proposed for the lower slopes and ridges of the moun-
tain. Using the new 1982 HCP process, development on San Bruno
Mountain could now proceed.
The main threat to the mountain ecosystem and its endangered
species - other than development - was and is the advance of
invasive exotic plants: gorse (Ulex europaeus), Tasmanian blue
gum (Eucalyptus globulus), French broom (Genista monspessulana),
Scotch and Mediterranean broom (Cytisus scoparius and C.
striatus), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and Andean pampas grass
(Cortaderia jubata). Other alien species scattered over the
mountain are Monterey pine (Pinus radiata), Monterey cypress
(Cupressus macrocarpa), Himalayan blackberry (Rubus procerus),
cotoneaster (Cotoneaster spp.), pyracantha (Pyracantha sp.),
English ivy (Hedera helix) and German ivy (Senecio mikanioides).
Singly or in combination, these species are able to displace
even healthy native plant communities in this climatic regime.
Compared to 1982, there are greater numbers of invasive plants
on the mountain, and they occupy a larger area, displacing more
native plants. For eleven years the HCP has concerned almost
exclusively on gorse, ... but there is as much gorse today as in
1982, possibly more. The county has chained, bulldozed, sprayed,
burned, and mechanically removed acres of gorse, yet the stands
have remained essentially the same over the years because
patches are allowed to regenerate from roots and seeds. While
the HCP was locked into obsession with gorse, other aggressive
plants were freely proliferating and destroying prime habitat.
Once a weed has been extirpated, the area should not be aban-
doned. Native plants do not automatically recolonize a disturbed
area. The science of restoration must be employed if native
plants are to reclaim their rightful place. Otherwise the same
weed will return or others will replace them.
By 1990 the Yerba Buena Chapter of the California Native Plant
Society was disturbed that no one had looked at the HCP and its
results in the field since the plan began. For over the decades
the chapter members had been fighting weeds in natural areas in
the San Francisco area. Since September 1990 the chapter members
logged over 2,200 person-hours of weed control work. The Yerba
Buena Chapter has formed a San Bruno Mountain Committee to
comment on the gorse management draft and the HCP and offered
its knowledge and energy to revise, revitalize, or make San
Bruno Mountain HCP work to restore butterfly habitat.
THE MINI-JOURNAL OF IRREPRODUCIBLE RESULTS
From: JIR at MITVMA.BITNET (modified by BEN, without a permission!)
The mini-Journal of Irreproducible Results publishes news about
overly stimulating research and ideas. Specifically:
A) Haphazardly selected superficial (but advanced!) extracts of
research news and satire from the Journal of Ir-
reproducible Results (JIR).
B) News about the annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. Ig Nobel
Prizes honor "achievements that cannot or should not be
reproduced." A public ceremony is held at MIT, in
Cambridge Massachusetts, every autumn. The ceremony is
sponsored jointly by JIR and by the MIT Museum.
C) News about other science humor activities conducted by the
MIT Museum and JIR.
The mini-Journal of Irreproducible Results is an electronic
publication, available over the Internet, free of charge. It is
distributed as a LISTSERV application. We expect to publish 6-12
issues per year.
To subscribe, send a brief E-mail message to either one of these
LISTSERV at MITVMA.MIT.EDU or LISTSERV at MITVMA The body of
your message should contain ONLY the words "SUBSCRIBE MINI-JIR"
followed by your name.
Here are two examples:
SUBSCRIBE MINI-JIR Irene Curie Joliet
SUBSCRIBE MINI-JIR Nicholas Lobachevsky
To stop subscribing, send an unsubscribe message to the same
address. Here are two examples:
If you have questions about how to subscribe, or if you would
like to re-distribute mini-JIR, please send e-mail to:
mgeller at mit.edu
Back issues of mini-JIR will be available via LISTSERV and on
More information about the Plantbio