BEN # 125

Adolf Ceska aceska at CUE.BC.CA
Sun Feb 4 11:46:20 EST 1996


                                                   
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No. 125                              February 4, 1996

aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca        Victoria, B.C.
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 Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
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"COYOTE TOBACCO" - NICOTIANA ATTENUATA IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
From:  Frank Lomer, Honourary Research Associate, UBC Herbarium,
   Vancouver, B.C. c/o <ubc at unixg.ubc.ca>

Nicotiana attenuata Torrey, "Coyote tobacco", has been collected
in B.C. many years ago from Spence's Bridge and Lytton, but  has
not been seen for quite some time.

N.  attenuata  is listed in Endangered, Threatened and Sensitive
Vascular Plants of Washington (Washington  State  Department  of
Natural  Resources;  January  1994) as "S2 - Sensitive:imperiled
because of its rarity or because it is vulnerable to  extinction
or extirpation." There is a single old collection at UBC: August
2, 1912 from Spence's Bridge collected by J.A. Teit (Teit # 55).

In July 1991 I found N. attenuata growing around the rocky hills
northeast  of  Osoyoos  Lake.  There were about 6 healthy plants
growing under the shelter of a large  Douglas  fir.  I  did  not
collect  any  specimens. In 1992 I returned to the same spot and
found no plants. On July 12 1993, a few days after a major  fire
had  hit  the  area, I found a single small insect-damaged plant
under the same Douglas fir. In 1994 I could find  no  plants  at
this  site.  Further south, however, in an area I had not looked
before, I found a number of plants scattered in flat depressions
on the rocky outcrops  at  the  edge  of  sandy  Purshia  flats.
Another small population grew in a sandy area at the base of the
rocky  hills and I collected a branch: N.E. Osoyoos Lake July 1,
1994 (Lomer # 94-089).

On July 19, 1995 I collected N. attenuata about 1 km.  south  of
the  Pattullo  Bridge  in Surrey, about 12 km. east of Vancouver
(Lomer #95-039). A single large plant with many seeds was  grow-
ing  in  a  large sand landfill that was dredged from the Fraser
River. This plant probably arose from seed that was washed  down
the  Fraser  River  from the interior of B.C. This means that N.
attenuata very  likely  still  grows  somewhere  in  the  Fraser
drainage, perhaps it can still be found around Lytton.


FIELD GUIDE TO WETLAND PLANTS

Guard,   B.   Jennifer.  1995.  Wetland  plants  of  Oregon  and
   Washington. With contributions from John  Cristy,  photos  by
   Trigve  Steen.  Lone  Pine Publishing, Vancouver, B.C. 239 p.
   ISBN 1-55105-060-9 [softcover] Price: US $19.95.

Description of more than 330 plant species with over 300  colour
photographs.

This  concise  and  easy-to-use field guide provides a wealth of
information about the plants of rich aquatic and wetland ecosys-
tems of our region. Grouped by the habitat this guide  describes
wooded wetland, wetland prairie, marshy shore, shrub swamps, and
the submerged and floating community.

Lone Pine Publishing's phone number is 1-800-661-9017.


DIGITAL MUSHROOMS: A NEW WWW SITE: DIGITAL EXSICCATE OF FUNGI
From: Ewald Langer <ewald.langer at UNI-TUEBINGEN.DE>
      originally posted on TAXACOM <TAXACOM at CMSA.BERKELEY.EDU>

The  Institute of Biology, "Spezielle Botanik and Mykologie", of
the University of Tuebingen, Germany, offers a new WWW site  for
mycology. Our WWW pages are an online help for determination and
information  of  fungi  including  descriptions,  keys,  TEM/SEM
photos and illustrations. The pages are in development. Species,
preferably types are added from time to time.  The  language  of
the pages is English.

The "Digital Exsiccate of Fungi" is located at the URL:
   http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/uni/bbm/index.html


RE: INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES [BEN # 124]
From: Roger Whitehead <rwhitehead at cix.compulink.co.uk>

A  very  fast  and  efficient  search  engine  is to be found at
Digital's Alta Vista site:
   http://www.altavista.digital.com/
You might like to add that to the list in BEN.


SUMMER JOBS IN BOTANY: WESTERN WASHINGTON AND OREGON
From: Charles Halpern <chalpern at u.washington.edu>
        originally on ECOLOG-L <ECOLOG-L at UMDD.UMD.EDU>
The College of Forest Resources, University  of  Washington  and
Department  of  Forest  Science, Oregon State University will be
offering summer jobs in field botany and forest ecology (western
Washington and Oregon). Please direct questions and applications
to the individuals listed below.

1. FIELD BOTANIST, western Oregon (13 June-31 August, or later)

Assist with long-term ecological studies of green-tree retention
harvest, Umpqua National Forest,  OR.  Establish  plots,  sample
understory  vegetation, measure trees, and quantify site charac-
teristics. Requires familiarity with the flora of western Oregon
(experience with mosses, lichens, and  grasses  desirable);  ex-
perience  in  vegetation  sampling  and  use  of floristic keys;
training in plant  systematics/ecology.  Requires  attention  to
detail,  legible  handwriting,  ability/willingness to work long
hours under strenuous conditions and to work/live cooperatively.
Housing provided; days/hours negotiable; salary $8.00/hr.

2. FORESTER, western Oregon and Washington (13  June-15  Septem-
ber, or later)

Measure  tree  heights/diameters  and obtain tree ages in mature
forests throughout western Oregon  and  Washington  as  part  of
ecological  study  described  above.  Must  be  able to identify
western Cascade tree species. Ability/willingness  to  learn  to
operate  a  Criterion laser instrument to precisely measure tree
heights and an increment borer to obtain tree ages. Attention to
detail, legible  handwriting,  ability/willingness  to  work  in
steep  and  brushy  terrain, willingness to camp for most of the
summer (housing may be  available  at  some  sites).  Days/hours
negotiable; salary $7.50/hr.

3.  FIELD  BOTANIST,  western  Washington  (1  June, or later-31
August, or later)

Assist with  studies  of  plant  composition  and  diversity  in
managed  forests  on  Weyerhaeuser  lands in western Washington.
Establish plots, sample understory  vegetation,  measure  trees,
and quantify site characteristics. Requires familiarity with the
flora  of  western Washington; experience in vegetation sampling
and use of floristic keys; training  in  plant  systematics  and
ecology.  Requires  attention  to  detail,  legible handwriting,
ability/willingness to work long hours  under  strenuous  condi-
tions  and  to  work/live cooperatively, willingness to camp all
summer. Days/hours negotiable; salary $1400/month.

For more information on Jobs 1-3 contact: Shelley Evans, E-mail:
saevans at u.washington.edu, Phone: (206) 616-4095.

4. FOREST ECOLOGY FIELD ASSISTANT, western Oregon and Washington
(17 June-6 September)

Assist in studies of upland and riparian forests  in  the  moun-
tains  of  western  Oregon  and Washington. Research sites range
from recently disturbed areas to  old-growth  forests.  Will  be
based  at  the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, OR.
Duties include measuring trees and snags, and  assessing  causes
of tree mortality. Requires college courses in Forestry, Botany,
or  related  fields; field experience in forest or other vegeta-
tion sampling; skill in tree identification; ability/willingness
to work long hours in difficult terrain. Junior or higher stand-
ing desirable. Housing provided at the Andrews  Forest;  several
camping trips away from the Andrews required. Salary $7.00/hr or
more, depending on experience.

For  more information on Job 4 contact: Dr. Steve Acker, E-mail:
ackers at fsl.orst.edu, Phone: (541) 750-7325

To apply for any/all jobs send the following to  both  addresses
below by march 1, 1996:
 1. Handwritten cover letter: describe interests/qualifications;
    state  which job(s) you wish to apply for; indicate dates of
    availability; list names and phone numbers of two references
    (see below),
 2. Resume (typewritten),
 3. Copies  of  college  transcripts  and/or  professional  work
    product,
 4. Have two letters of reference sent to BOTH addresses:

Shelley Evans                      Dr. Steve Acker
College of Forest Resources        Department of Forest Science
Box 352100, Univ. of Washington    FSL 020, Oregon State Univ.
Seattle, WA  98195-2100            Corvallis, OR  97331-7501

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