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user 12561985
Sicklerville, NJ
Post #: 9

Arthur Haines is a plant biologist specializing in the taxonomy and identification of New England tracheophytes. Through study of living populations, herbarium collections, and literature, Arthur aspires to gain the regional knowledge possessed by biologists such as Harry Ahles, Bruce Sorrie, and Edward Voss. In order to attain this goal, high emphasis is placed on study of all taxonomic groups, communication with botanical authorities, and currency of nomenclature. Arthur commits a significant portion of personal time to the pursuit of newly described species and forms. The combination of these attributes contributes greatly to landscape analyses, floristic inventories, and rare species surveys.

Arthur is currently employed by the New England Wild Flower Society as a research botanist. His was first hired to examine specimens of ca. 532 rare or poorly known native species in regional herbaria. The goal was to verify the accuracy of determinations and enter the corresponding label information into a Microsoft Access database named HERB. The information is being used to update distributions and Natural Heritage Program files, as well as complement on-going studies in New England (e.g., Conservation Plan writing, relocation of historic taxa).

Arthur is now involved in a project to write a new tracheophyte flora of New England. The project will involve a partly illustrated manual and a website that will ultimately include color images, county-level distribution maps, additional types of keys (e.g., multiple access), and addenda. This project, managed by the New England Wild Flower Society, is being completed in collaboration with regional botanists who form an editorial team to guide the flora project.

In addition to taxonomic classes, Arthur is also is involved in primitive skills instruction. These skills include edible, medicinal and useful plants, knapping stone, fire making, shelter fabrication, constructing wooden bows and arrows, fiber arts, hide tanning, etc. Various classes are taught around New England and make use of wild-collected materials from local landscapes.


Seems like his new book Ancestral Plants is perfect for someone who practices or is interested in learning the usefulness of plants not only as cordage for a bowdrill or dye for clothing, but the nutritional aspects of them as well.
user 10128128
Philadelphia, PA
Post #: 1
Thank you for the info.
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