Who We Are, Our Mission, Board of Directors, Officers & Others All about the American Bamboo Society (ABS)
The American Bamboo Society (ABS) was formed in 1979 and became
incorporated in the state of California in 1981. Today we have over 700
members living throughout the U.S. and in 37 other countries. The
issues a bimonthly magazine, BAMBOO, and the Journal of the American
Bamboo Society, which is issued irregularly. We sponsor lectures,
conferences, tours and plant sales in the chapter areas. Chapters
maintain bamboo libraries, distribute publications and donate plants to
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.
Download/View/Print ABS Bylaws (pdf format).
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
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.
|Current Board of Directors|
|David Benfield||At Large||11/2016||Here|
|Ariel Dubov||At Large||11/2015||Here|
|Carole Meckes||At Large||11/2014||Here|
|Luc Boeraeve||International Rep.||11/2015||Here|
|Karlyn M. Bradshaw||Florida-Carribean Chapter||11/2013||Here|
|Norm Bezona||Hawaii Chapter||11/2014||Here|
|Andy Ringle||Louisiana Gulf Coast Chapter||11/2015||Here|
|Daniel Fox||Mid-States Chapter||11/2014||Here|
|Scott Ritchie||Northeast Chapter||11/2014||Here|
|David King||N. California Chapter||11/2014||Here|
|Anna Foleen||Pacific Northwest Chapter||11/2015||Here|
|John Tkach||Southeast Chapter||11/2015||Here|
|Danielo Ramos||Southern California Chapter||11/2013||Here|
|Artie Turner||Texas Bamboo Society||11/2015||Here|
|James Clever||Pacific Northwest Chapter||President||Here|
|Tom Harlow||Southeast 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|
|Betty and Don Shor||S. and N. California Chapters||Magazine Editor||Here|
|Artie Turner||Texas Bamboo Society Chapter||ABS Magazine Content Resources||Here|
|Bill Hollenback, Ted Jordan Meredith
And Noah Bell
|Pacific Northwest Chapter||Source List Editors||Here|
|Chris Stapleton||International||Species List Editor||Here|
|Charissa Brock||Pacific Northwest Chapter||Arts & Crafts Coordinator||Here|
|Tom Harlow||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|
To raise a child it takes a village.
To plant bamboo it takes one person.
To keep it in control it takes Responsibility.
And good tools help.
So consider the ABS as a tool in your hands.
As a member you too can be part of the solution."
by: James Clever, ABS President 01/2013