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New Grant Supports Plant Mapping Project

In July, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society was awarded a two-year grant for $150,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Over the next two years the Botanical Garden Society will continue to map the 18 thematic collections verifying and recording the location of each plant in the collection using GPS. An internship program will give undergraduate and graduate students opportunities for practical experience using GIS mapping. The plant collection maps will then be used by our curatorial staff and gardeners to streamline operations and aid in landscape management decisions.

GIS Map of the Great Meadow, Bed 8

GIS Map of the Great Meadow, Bed 8

The results of the program will be integrated into a web application that will enhance outdoor learning experiences by providing visitors, garden staff, docents, teachers, and scholars with more detailed information about specific plants and their locations. For more information, please contact GIS Manager Steve Gensler at (415) 661-1316 ext. 410.Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.

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