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About The ABS

Who We Are, Our Mission, Board of Directors, Officers & Others All about the American Bamboo Society (ABS)

Who We AreAmerican Bamboo Society History...

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The American Bamboo Society (ABS) was formed in 1979 and became incorporated in the state of California in 1981. Today we have about 500 members living throughout the U.S. and in 37 other countries. The ABS issues a bimonthly magazine, BAMBOO, and the Journal of the American Bamboo Society, which is issued annually. We sponsor lectures, conferences, tours and plant sales in the chapter areas. Chapters maintain bamboo libraries, distribute publications and donate plants to public gardens. Although bamboo seed is rare, we distribute seed to members when it is available. Since 1980, the ABS has successfully introduced many new species of bamboo to the U.S. We are a member of the World Bamboo Organization, an association of bamboo societies throughout the world, which sponsors an international bamboo conference every four years.

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The ABS MissionAmerican Bamboo Society Objectives and Purposes...

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 1. To provide a source of information on the identification, propagation, utilization, culture and appreciation of bamboos. To disseminate and store this information, the Society maintains a library of references and publishes a Journal and a Magazine.
2. To promote the utilization of a group of desirable species by development of stocks of plants for distribution to botanical gardens and introduction to the general public.
3. To preserve and increase the number of bamboo species in the United States.
4. To plant and maintain bamboo gardens to display the characteristic beauty of mature plants and to provide plant material for research in the taxonomy, propagation and culture of as large a number of species as possible.
5. To support bamboo research in the field and to establish whatever facilities are deemed necessary to carry out the research projects approved by the Directors.


Our ABS LeadershipBoard of Directors, Elected Officers and Others...

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Current Board of Directors
Name Representing Term E-mail
David Benfield At Large 11/2016 Here
Bill Hollenback At Large 11/2015 Here
Carole Meckes At Large 11/2017 Here
Luc Boeraeve International Rep. 11/2015 Here
Karlyn M. Bradshaw Florida-Carribean Chapter 11/2016 Here
Norm Bezona Hawaii Chapter 11/2014 Here
W. P. Edwards, III Louisiana Gulf Coast Chapter 11/2015 Here
Daniel Fox Mid-States Chapter 11/2014 Here
Susanne Lucas Northeast Chapter 11/2017 Here
David King N. California Chapter 11/2017 Here
Anna Foleen Pacific Northwest Chapter 11/2015 Here
John Tkach Southeast Chapter 11/2015 Here
Danielo Ramos Southern California Chapter 11/2016 Here
Forrest McBryde Texas Bamboo Society 11/2015 Here


Current Officers
Name Representing Position E-mail
Vacant Pacific Northwest Chapter President Here
Susanne Lucas Northeast Chapter VP Here
Bill Hollenback Pacific Northwest Chapter VP Here
Dawn Weaver Pacific Northwest Chapter Treasurer Here
David King Northern California Chapter Secretary Here
Johan Gielis Belgium Journal Editor Here
Michael Bartholomew Northeast Chapter Magazine Publisher Here
Don Shor & Ian Connor N. California Chapter, Pacific NW Chapter Magazine Editors Here
Bill Hollenback, Ted Jordan Meredith
And Noah Bell
Pacific Northwest Chapter Source List Editors Here
Chris Stapleton International Species List Editor Here
Paulina Hermansen Southern California Chapter Arts & Crafts Coordinator Here
Kristen Comstock Southeast Chapter Membership Here
Anna Foleen Pacific Northwest Chapter Advertising Here
Susanne Lucas World Bamboo Liaison Here
Carole Meckes Texas Bamboo Society Chapter Web Site Editor Here



From Our President

quote   BAMBOO
The world's most useful plant.
Plant it, care for it and use it.
A gift if one chooses to act positively.
Like life we get what we care to see and experience."

By: James Clever January 2014

Bamboo Invasiveness and Control Statement


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