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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.

Download/View/Print ABS Bylaws (pdf format).


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
Representing Name Term E-mail
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


Current Officers
Position Name Representing E-mail
President Vacant
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
Additional Positions
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 BambooSusanne Lucas, Liaison World Bamboo 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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