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 about 500
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 annually. 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|
|At Large||David Benfield||11/2016||Here|
|At Large||Bill Hollenback||11/2015||Here|
|At Large||Carole Meckes||11/2017||Here|
|International Rep.||Luc Boeraeve||11/2015||Here|
|Florida-Carribean Chapter||Karlyn M. Bradshaw||11/2016||Here|
|Hawaii Chapter||Contact At Large|
|Louisiana Gulf Coast Chapter||W. P. Edwards, III||11/2015||Here|
|Mid-States Chapter||Contact At Large|
|Northeast Chapter||Susanne Lucas||11/2017||Here|
|N. California Chapter||David King||11/2017||Here|
|Pacific Northwest Chapter||Anna Foleen||11/2015||Here|
|Southeast Chapter||John Tkach||11/2016||Here|
|Southern California Chapter||Danielo Ramos||11/2016||Here|
|Texas Bamboo Society||Forrest McBryde||11/2015||Here|
|VP||Susanne Lucas||Northeast Chapter||Here|
|VP||Bill Hollenback||Pacific Northwest Chapter||Here|
|Treasurer||Dawn Weaver||Pacific Northwest Chapter||Here|
|Secretary||David King||Northern California Chapter||Here|
|Advertising||Anna Foleen||Pacific Northwest Chapter||Here|
|Arts & Crafts Coordinator||Paulina Hermansen||Southern California Chapter||Here|
|BOTA||Eduardo Ruiz-Sanchez||Bamboo of the Americas||Here|
|Journal Editor||Johan Gielis||Belgium||Here|
|Magazine Editors||Don Shor & Ian Connor||N. California Chapter, Pacific NW Chapter||Here|
|Magazine Publisher||Michael Bartholomew||Northeast Chapter||Here|
|Membership||Kristen Comstock||Southeast Chapter||Here|
|Source List Editors||Bill Hollenback, Ted Jordan Meredith
And Noah Bell
|Pacific Northwest Chapter||Here|
|Species List Editor||Chris Stapleton||International||Here|
|Web Site Editor||Carole Meckes||Texas Bamboo Society Chapter||Here|
|World Bamboo||Susanne Lucas, Liaison||World Bamboo||Here|
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