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Geology and Plant Life: the growing legacy of Arthur Kruckeberg

Gage, Sarah [1].

The Many Green Thumbs of Arthur Kruckeberg.

Art Kruckeberg’s legacy extends far beyond his work on the interactions of plants and geology. He made lasting and synergistic contributions to conservation, horticulture, and educating the public. Art was instrumental in helping to establish Washington State’s Natural Areas Preserves Act and its Natural Heritage Program, which are charged with ensuring the long-term persistence of the state’s uniquely rich natural heritage. He participated in developing the first list of rare plants for Washington and helped refine it through his long years of field observations. Art co-founded the Washington Native Plant Society in 1976, and it continues as a robust organization with 12 chapters statewide and an ardent membership that gathers regularly for field trips and chapter programs. Under the pen name “Doug,” Art produced the society’s journal Douglasia almost single-handedly for 10 years. In addition to his scientific papers, he authored several influential books for popular audiences, including Geology and Plant Life (2002), Natural History of Puget Sound Country (1991), and Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest (1982). Starting in 1958, Art and his wife Mareen nurtured a plant collector’s garden at their home north of Seattle. Drawing on their interest and success in propagating plants, Mareen founded MsK Nursery in 1969. The garden and nursery are now owned by the City of Shoreline and operated by the nonprofit Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation, with a special emphasis on programs for young families. Art was never more engaging or influential than when out leading a field trip, where he communicated his deep knowledge and love of plant life in an effortless recital of plant names, key concepts, and word play.

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1 - Governor's Salmon Recovery Office, Recreation and Conservation Office, PO Box 40917, Olympia, WA, 98504-0917, USA

Washington State
Science communication
public engagement.

Presentation Type: Symposium Presentation
Session: SY4, Geology and plant life: the growing legacy of Arthur Kruckeberg
Location: Fort Worth Ballroom 5/Omni Hotel
Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
Time: 1:45 PM
Number: SY4002
Abstract ID:482
Candidate for Awards:None


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