|Botany for the Real World|
|The Useful Wild Plants Project|
|Introduction | What are useful wild plants? | Our mission statement | Concerns addressed by project | Participation|
The Useful Wild Plants (UWP) Project sets a standard for studying plant uses throughout the world. The multi-volume work titled The Useful Wild Plants of Texas, the Southeastern and Southwestern United States, the Southern Plains, and Northern Mexico
is the definitive economic botany study for the southern half of the United States and northern Mexico. More
than two decades of intensive interdisciplinary research have gone into the project. Nothing comparable has
been done elsewhere. Researchers say similar work should be done in other regions throughout the world.
Our first goal is to complete and publish a comprehensive multi-volume encyclopedia that describes over 4,000 Texas plants, discusses in detail their past, present, and future value, and provides color photographs and distribution maps for each species. Due the the tireless efforts of many professionals and lay volunteers Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are available now and Volume 4 is nearing completion. Plans for future information output call for an interactive database available by subscription, digital products, and on-site land use consultation.
|What Are Useful Wild Plants? |
Our mission is to advance stewardship of the wild and naturalized plants of Texas and surrounding regions. To that end we are dedicated to the sensitive tasks of promoting the economic development of underutilized renewable native botanical resources in an ethical and responsible manner and preserving wild plant populations and their habitats from extinction. Through the formation of a comprehensive information base we:
|Concerns Addressed by the Project |
For the Useful Wild Plants Project to reach its full potential, widespread participation is a must! Every botanical nook and cranny of this region is represented, thus affecting agriculture, business, industry, and individuals in every microeconomic sector. You can play a significant role in helping preserve information on the uses of the native plants of Texas and surrounding regions.
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