Donations at Work

 

The NPSNM uses your contributions to fund projects that promote our goals of education outreach, research and conservation. We support one year grants, and occasionally multi-year grants. Below is a list of grant proposals funded in 2012, so you know how your donations are being used, where your donation dollars go, and how the Society uses your contributions.

Grant Proposals Funded for 2012 (coming soon)

In addition to funding grants, the NPSNM donates $500 annually to the five major herbaria of the state. Our state herbaria provide an important resource to botanical enthusiasts throughout the state and nation. An herbarium is a collection of pressed and mounted plant specimens with associated documentation. The collections within an herbarium represents the physical records of plant biodiversity, biogeographical distribution and ecology for a region. Herbarium specimens are examined by a variety of users such as university researchers, environmental consultants, government agency scientists, and native plant enthusiasts. In addition, herbarium specimens are sent on loan to specialists around the world. All University herbaria are open to students, researchers and the general public who have an interest in the flora of our state, and much of their data is available via the internet.


Letters of thanks from Grant/Donation recipients:

M.Pace grant thank you

Asombro 12 Apr 13

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July 5, 2012

Dear Dr. Antonio and Members of the NPSNM,

Thank you very much for your generous $500 donation for 2012 to the Department of Biology Herbarium at New Mexico State. I received the check today and forwarded it on to our foundation to be deposited in the “current use” account. Donation such as this really help keep botany on the minds of our university administrators and ultimately keep the Herbarium functioning day-to-day.
The donation last year was also deposited into the “current use account”. Our primary expenditures last year focused on two student employees, Scot Bartlett and Harriet Piche. These two individuals were instrumental in keeping our database up-to-date with new additions to the collections and corrections to existing collections. In addition, this year we managed to publish all of our data (70,000 records) in the SEINET database and to rewrite and update our webpage (see http://biology-web.nmsu.edu/herbarium/ ) Your donation and general support of New Mexico Herbaria is greatly appreciated!
If there is every anything I can do in return for the native plant society, please don’t hesitate to ask. I look forward to seeing you all in Alamogordo next month.

Best wishes,

Donovan Bailey
Curator, Dept of Biology Herbarium

 

Sept 19, 2011

Hi Thomas and NPSNM Members,

Thanks again for the $500.00 check payable to San Juan College and the San Juan College Herbarium. As you probably know, the San Juan College collection can now be accessed on “SeiNet.” We are quite proud of that fact. Last year the grant funds were 100% used for paper; genus folders, species folders, glue, and mounting paper. With the large number of collected specimens and the herbarium funding not being increased, the NPSNM grant has been a “god send.” Without it, many specimens would not have been mounted and filed into our rapidly growing collection. We greatly appreciate all that the NPSNM has done for the “New Mexico Flora Project” and the San Juan College Herbarium.

Yours truly,

Kenneth D. Heil

 

Sept 12, 2011

Dear Dr. Antonio and Members of the NPSNM,

Thank you very much for your generous $500 donation for 2011 to the Department of Biology Herbarium at New Mexico State. I received the check a few days ago and forwarded it on to our foundation to be deposited in the “current use” account. Donation such as this really help keep botany on the minds of our university administrators and ultimately keep the Herbarium functioning day-to-day.

The donation last year was also deposited into the “current use account.” Our primary expenditures last year focused on clearing a massive backlog of new specimens. This involves mounting the specimens, uploading collection information into our database, and finally filing them away in the collection for use by any and all interested parties. We used funds in the current use account to hire three undergraduate employees – all interested in land management and botany broadly. These students were Elena Tsiantis (now a graduate of NMSU), Scoti Bartlett (still working in the herbarium), and Matthew Colburn (a continuing student with NMSU). As a group these students accessioned over 2000 specimens in the spring semester – using both the funds provided by the NPSNM and other funds available to the herbarium. Your donation was greatly appreciated by the Herbarium and by the students employed through your donation – many thanks!
If there is every anything I can do in return for the native plant society, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Best wishes,

Donovan Bailey
Curator, Dept of Biology Herbarium

 

Link to Report on Grant from Mare Nazaire, PhD Candidate (plus cover letter) (PDF)

Link to Report on Grant from William Norris, Western New Mexico University (PDF)

Link to Marth Becktell’s letter from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (PDF) and their Grant Report (PDF)

Link to Richard Worthington’s Report on Herbarium UTEP (PDF)

Link to Photographic report on donation from Ken Heil, San Juan College in Farmington (PDF) and text of the report.

Link to Report on Grant from Steven Cary, Audubon NM (PDF)

Link to Thank You letter from Donna Stevens, Executive Director, Upper Gila Watershed Alliance (PDF)

Link to Thank You letter from Christa Slaton, Ph.D., NMSU (PDF)

Link to Thank You letter from Tim Lowrey, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Curator, UNM Herbarium (PDF)

Link to Parkview Elementary School Grant Report from Jennifer Keller (Feb 2012)

Link to Report on Grant from Stephanie Bestelmeyer, PhD, Asombro Institute (2012)

Link to Southwest Urban Hydrology Grant Report (2012)

 

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