As NPS moves into its second century, continuing its stewardship of culturally and ecologically significant landscapes, social and environmental changes require thinking critically and creatively about the manner in which landscapes are managed. These challenges are not unique to the NPS, but are faced by land managing organizations around the world. Institutions that steward plant collections are turning to technology to enhance the stewardship, interpretation, and research potential of their plant collections, and to open doors to new opportunities for collaboration. Although not glamorous, digitizing plant records is the first step in this process.
Park staff compare digital fieldwork tools for managing vegetation at Minute Man National Historical Park (OCLP)
This report introduces readers to digital plant records management, provides a comparative analysis of the leading digital plant record keeping tools, and outlines considerations related to use of these tools to enhance plant care, public education, and research. This report is intended for a National Park Service (NPS) audience, but may also be useful to other land managing organizations that are assessing plant records management options.