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Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Continental  

File this one under "It's About Time!" As recently as a few months ago, the USDA's PLANTS database called a plant species "native" if it was considered native in any part of the US or its territories. This was particularly frustrating in cases, for example, of tropical species that have been recorded only in Puerto Rico, or for species native to the mainland US but considered introduced in Hawaii. I am happy to report that the PLANTS database now acknowledges that being native to a political part of the USA is not the same as being native to the entire American landscape:

Note the red box I've drawn on the screengrab above - the database now clearly separates native/introduced data for each plant species into the following categories:

  1. The "Lower 48" states (every state but Alaska and Hawaii)
  2. Alaska
  3. Hawaii
  4. Puerto Rico
  5. The US Virgin Islands
  6. Canada! No, really!
  7. The Territorial Collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (A French territory off the Atlantic coast of Canada!)
This is a great step forward for what is already an extensive and highly valued source of plant data for the US.

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The Territorial Collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon is part of FRANCE ! Not Canada - ever ! FRANCE FRANCE FRANCE !

By Blogger Marc St Aubin du Cormier, at 12/21/2007 09:13:00 AM  

Zut alors! Je l'ai corrigé - Désolée!

By Blogger Jennifer Forman Orth, at 12/21/2007 09:25:00 AM  

Merci beaucoup Jennifer ! J'ai découvert votre page grâce à !

Merci d'avoir corrigé !

By Blogger Marc St Aubin du Cormier, at 12/21/2007 11:23:00 PM  

Hi Jennifer, I just stumbled across your site. If you are not already familiar with the North American Lake Management Society,, it may be of interest to you. It's an excellent and friendly place to network among the country's leading lake and reservoir experts, and perhaps an eventual source for finding employment too.

By Anonymous Jane Dauffenbach, at 12/22/2007 10:17:00 PM  

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