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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
http://www.blm.gov/

March 3, 2008

In Reply Refer To:
1115 (650) P
 
EMS TRANSMISSION 03/07/2008
Information Bulletin No. 2008-049
 
To:                   All Field Officials
                        Attn: State Environmental Education Coordinators, State Botany Program
                        Leads
 
From:               Division Chief, Education, Interpretation, and Partnerships
 
Subject:            Project Budburst
 
In 2007, Project Budburst (http://www.budburst.org ) was initiated by the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Bureau of Land Management along with many other partners including universities, botanic gardens and the Plant Conservation Alliance.
 
Project Budburst offers the Bureau a unique opportunity to participate with our partners and volunteers in collecting important climate change data. This project is providing valuable information to the National Phenology Network by collecting data on the timing of leafing out and flowering in specific trees and wildflowers across the United States. Through collection and recording of the timing of leafing out and flowering of native species each year, we will be able to learn how climate change is affecting the prevailing climatic characteristics in different parts of the country over time. Additionally, we will be able to compare collected data with historical records to illustrate the effects of climate change.
 
The Bureau’s participation in Project Budburst provides us with an opportunity to address both climate change and the growing interest in encouraging children to spend time outdoors.  Last year over half of the post cards returned to Project Budburst were submitted by children. Hosting Project Budburst activities with local youth groups and school children on public land can provide an outdoor, hands-on, scientific activity, and at the end of the year, they will be able to see how their data made an important contribution to our understanding of climate change.
 
All the necessary resources needed to carry out Project Budburst activities are available from the Budburst web site (http://www.budburst.org ). Project Budburst post cards can be downloaded from the web site for you to print locally or the data can be entered on-line through the internet. If you have any questions, you may contact Peggy Olwell at 202-452-7764 or peggy_olwell@blm.gov.
 
Working with our partners, we will assist in the collection of needed climate change information, and most importantly, we have the opportunity to inspire and help develop the next generation of natural resource professionals.
 
 
Signed by:                                                                   Authenticated by:
Mary Tisdale                                                                Robert M. Williams
Division Chief                                                               Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Education, Interpretation and Partnerships
 
 
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