Forest photo: Michael Terry


Partners of the Flora of Virginia Project

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

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In 2001, the Division of Natural Heritage, within the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, signed a memorandum of agreement with the Flora Project providing such major support as involvement of its chief biologist and other staff as needed, office space, administrative support, and Web space.

Virginia Botanical Associates

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In 2005, Virginia Botanical Associates signed a memorandum of agreement authorizing the Flora Project to use VBA maps and range information in conjunction with the Flora of Virginia. Also, in 2008, the Flora Project began adding plant photographs, provided by the volunteers and Natural Heritage staff, to the VBAs Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora, enhancing the pages of more than 1,300 species. The Flora Project has worked with VBA to bring the taxonomy into alignment with that of the new Flora, and to make this relatable to the data in the Flora for use in the eventual Flora app.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

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In February 2009 Richmond's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Flora of Virginia Project signed a memorandum of agreement formalizing support that the garden had already been providing for several years. The Flora Project has used the garden's Herbarium Virginicum, which is a joint effort between the garden and Virginia Commonwealth University, to store and study specimens used to verify plant measurements for the Flora. Meeting space also is provided for meetings of the Flora Project board.

Virginia Academy of Science

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The Virginia Academy of Science, founded in 1923, established a flora committee three years later and kept alive the idea of a flora for the state. The Academy was instrumental in publishing the Atlas of the Virginia Flora in 1977 (now the Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora) and has awarded numerous grants to the Flora Project, focusing especially on illustration of the Flora.

Virginia Native Plant Society

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The Virginia Native Plant Society has propelled the Flora Project forward in many ways. It has provided significant donations at the state level, encouraging its chapters and members to follow suit. The Society has welcomed an article on the Project in each issue of its Bulletin, keeping its members up to date. It's represented on the Flora Project's board and advisory board, and members frequently give talks on the Flora to chapters, garden clubs, and other organizations across Virginia.