We’ve got a friend at the NY Times

This article thoroughly describes the benefits of growing bamboo. Specifically it focuses on the positive impact bamboo can have in Africa. Bamboo is nearly a panacea for the struggles facing many African countries: deforestation, desertification, dwindling firewood, and limited revenue streams. As we know, bamboo quite magically manages to tackle all of those problems in one solid swoop.  INBAR is working on a four-year project to teach communities in Ghana and Ethiopia how to become proficient in running bamboo plantations and build kilns for bamboo biochar.

The article also cites another bamboo forestation project in 1996 by INBAR, which successfully reclaimed land depleted by the brick industry in Allahabad, India. In 2007, the project won the Alcan Prize for Sustainability for its lasting impact.

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World’s first bamboo carbon offset credits issued

Huge news! On February 15, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS website) made a landmark decision to certify an organization to issue carbon credits for planting bamboo. The Bamboo for Africa program received this accreditation for their mission to assist low-income African communities in generating an income by planting and harvesting bamboo at public schools, and on open government or tribal land. This decision has laid a precedent that opens up opportunities for bamboo initiatives worldwide and gives global credence to bamboos’ ability to sequester carbon.

The certification has catalyzed the development of a revised carbon accounting methodology for bamboo in a unified effort between INBAR, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University (ZAFU) and China Green Carbon Foundation (CGCF) in order to ease the accreditation process for other organizations interested in getting paid to grow bamboo.

Watch a video on the Bamboo for Africa program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1FUk9-BUvU

Link to the article: http://forestindustries.eu/content/world%E2%80%99s-first-bamboo-carbon-offset-credits-issued-under-vcs

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Florida based TruBamboo has plans for growth


TruBamboo, a 9-year old company producing bamboo housewares, has recently hired Dan Demicell who doubles as the company’s General Manager and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. TruBamboo manufactures their products in China from Moso using FDA-approved adhesives. They have an impressive list of international retailers including Publix, Target, Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Crate and Barrel. However, the company’s growth has faced headwind from a struggling US economy and as result has been forced to cut prices in an attempt to increase sales.



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Big Bamboo Contest

American Bamboo Society

Who has the biggest bamboo? Do you?
Enter our contest and find out.

Entries must be received by August 1. Winners will be announced at the annual meeting of the American Bamboo Society in October. Prizes will be a Certificate of Achievement with you photographed with your big bamboo as part of the document.

The American Bamboo Society hascreated the Big Bamboo Contest to further its mission to promote bamboo. Our Contest is intended to increase public awareness of bamboo and to promote American bamboo research and industry.

Potential Value
The contest has the potential to generate valuable regional information. Which species grows best in a specific region? What are the best farming practices? Which clones within a species are biggest?

Bamboo grows wood faster than trees. Bamboo produces edible bamboo shoots every spring. Bamboo is evergreen and sequesters carbon year around. Its leaves are eaten by livestock; its groves provide habitat for wildlife. Bamboo is beautiful. It is a giant grass adapted to live with forests.

People have become aware of a few of the good qualities of bamboo.
Enter the contest so people will learn more.

Big Bamboo Entry Form

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Online Bamboo Auction

The online auction for the 2013 American Bamboo Society Conference will be opened closer to the event.

Check this link for updated info: http://absauction.bambooweb.info/


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ABS 2011 Conference Agenda


Wednesday, October 12

8:00 am to 5:00 pm ABS Annual Board of Directors Meeting, Holiday Inn-Lafayette.

Thursday, October 13

8:00 to 8:45 am           Registration

8:45 to 9:00 am Welcome, ABS Pres., LGCC Pres.

9:00 to 5:00 pm           Conference Tour. A visit to Jungle Gardens/Avery Island. Depart for Avery Island day trip from Hotel using Rental Vans

Friday, October 14

8:00 to 8:30 am           Late Registrations

8:30 to 8:45 am           Announcements

8:45 to 9:45 am           Dr. Clarissa Maroon-Lango, USDA, Maryland, “Bamboo Importation – New USDA Regulations”

9:45 to 10:00 am         Coffee Break

10:00 to 11:00 am       Miss Lihua Jiang, China, “Overview of Botanic Gardens in Southern China & Introduction of 75 Bamboo Species Not Known in US”

11:00 to 12:00 pm       Professor Tan Hongchao, Yunnan Normal University, China, “Chinese Bamboo Propagation Techniques, Nursery Industry and Seedling Production”

12:00 to 1:00 pm         LUNCH

1:00 to 1:55 pm           Mr. Dain Sansome, Oregon, “Moving Monster Moso”

1:55 to 2:45 pm Mr. Mike Richard, Louisiana, “Chimeras in Bamboo”

2:45 to 3:05 pm Coffee Break

3:05 to 3:55 pm           Mr. Marler Spence, China-Texas, “Search for Tumidissinoda Walking Canes”

3:55 to 4:45 pm Dr. Eduardo Ruiz-Sanchez, Instituto de Ecologia, Mexico, “A Taxomonic Revision of Otatea (Poaceae: Bambusoideae: Bambuseae) Including Four New Species”

4:45 to 5:15 pm Additional Questions & Discussion

5:15 pm Adjournment for day, special announcements


Saturday, October 15

8:00 to 8:15 am           Remarks and announcements

8:15 to 9:05 am Mr. Mike Jones, Texas, “Musical Wind Instruments from Bamboo”

9:05 to 9:55 am Mr. Durnford Dart, Australia, “ The Value of Bamboo Mulch and Bio Char”

9:55 to 10:10 am         Coffee Break

10:15 to 11:05 am       Judge Edwards, Louisiana, “ Proven and Possible Uses of Bamboo in Marsh Reclamation”

11:05 to 12:00 pm       TBD, Mississippi State University, “Riparian Stabilization with Arundinaria Gigantea in Choctaw Land , Mississippi”

12:00 to 1:20 pm         Lunch and ABS Annual Members Meeting

1:00 to 5:00 pm           CONFERENCE OPEN TO PUBLIC:


BAMBOO FLUTE WORKSHOP – You make a flute (Registration required & $30 fee. Contact: Mike Jones, jonesmr@sbcglobal.net)

1:30 to 4:00 pm           ANNUAL ABS AUCTION

5:30 pm to 10:00 pm Tour of The Shadows on the Teche Gardens and Plantation Home, New Iberia. Dinner and Presentation by Andrew Ringle et. al. on early History of The Shadows.

Official adjournment of 2011 ABS Annual Meeting

Sunday, October 16

8:00 am departure       Post Conference day trip to Jefferson Island and tours of Rip Van Winkle Garden, Historic Joseph Jefferson House and Live Oak Gardens

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Call for papers for WBC 2012

As you may know, from April 10-13, 2012 the University of Antwerp Belgium will host the 9th World Bamboo Congress.  All information can be found on our website www.worldbamboocongress.org.  More information on background, organising and scientific committees can be found at http://www.worldbamboocongress.org/about

In Antwerp the focus will be on science, for a very specific
reason:  The potential of bamboo in forestry and ecosystems or as
raw material remains high, but sound scientific methods and data are needed to
back up strategies and policies.

We hereby invite you to submit your research paper, by
November 1, 2011. All necessary information is provided at http://www.worldbamboocongress.org/call

We look forward to many interesting and valuable contributions.

Yours truly,

Walter Liese and Johan Gielis,  on behalf of the scientific committee.

Geert Potters and Frances Schutte, on behalf of the organizing committee

Susanne Lucas
Manager, Pioneer Plants LLC
Executive Director, World Bamboo
mobile 508-685-0342

PAPER Guidelines 9thWBC Belgium comm GP

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Bamboo of the Americas

BOTA is -

A project of the American Bamboo Society (ABS), a California
non-profit scientific and literary charitable corporation, tax-exempt under
section 501 (c)-3. Contributions to this project are tax-deductible under
federal and California laws.

BOTA: Our Mission

Bamboo of the Americas is a non-profit conservation action organization
established to ensure the sustained viability of native bamboo species
throughout the Americas. Native bamboo plants and habitat are disappearing rapidly. A solution is to cooperate with and assist regional botanic gardens and ecological institutions by establishing living and herbarium collections in
partner countries.

Our Assistance Program Objectives

  • To establish national collections of native bamboo species.
  • To research and document the growth habits and ecology of native
    bamboo,including endangered species and ensure their sustained futurethrough the
    training of students, propagation efforts and habitat restoration.
  • To implement human resources and economic plans for the distribution and
    utilization of selected native bamboo species.
  • To work together with local residents, indigenous groups, regional,
    national, and international government agencies and NGOs for the conservation of
    native bamboo resources.
  • To enhance the awareness of the benefits of bamboo through eco-tourism and
    other educational activities.
Best regards,
Gib Cooper
BOTAExecutive Director

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2011 ABS Auction

It is now to think about plants for the ABS auction this Fall at the National Meeting.  We will precede the ABS meeting with an online auction to allow people that cannot attend the meeting the chance to bid on plants. The donors can ship directly to the winners therefore donations for the National meeting need not be physically present at the Meeting. If you are attending, and would rather bring plants we will auction some on site.

The following information is what we’ll need for any donations for the on-line auction.

1) Photos of the actual plant or one of approximate size (Marked ‘Actual’ or ‘Approximate’) A ruler next to the plant will help the buyer judge the size. Photos or links to photos of the full-grown plant. These can be from the donor or bambooweb.info.  Photos can be any size and we will resize to fit on the auction site.
2) Information on the plant. If there is information on the species list it will also be included.
a) Shipping information and any restrictions on where and when you can ship.
b)Will the plant be at the live auction and if not the price to ship to the lower 48 states. If no price is given the shipping cost is assumed to be the actual cost of shipping.

3) Value of the plant. The starting bid will be based off of this value.
Contact information for questions.

To help the integrity of the auction an effort will be made to verify the identity of the plant from the photo or other information from the donor.
The information and photos should be submitted before September 17th to allow time to process the information and posting them to the auction site. Please try and donate early so there is not a big rush at the deadline. Please send the information to absauction@bambooweb.info

The auction plants will be viewable starting in September as donations come in. The web auction will then start on September 25th and run till October 8th, then it will conclude at the live auction on October 15th.

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2011 American Bamboo Society Arts & Crafts Competition Guidelines

2011 American Bamboo Society Arts & Crafts Competition
Award Information and Application Guidelines
Application Period:
January 31st, 2011 to August 12, 2011 at 11:59 P.M. EST
General Information and Eligibility Requirements:
The American Bamboo Society seeks applicants for awards totaling $1,400. Possible award categories are “Celebrating bamboo’s personality”, “Bamboo as a design motif”, or “New and innovative work using bamboo.” Artists working in any art or craft may apply: crafts, fine art, design, literature, and performing arts.
Award recipients and award amounts will be determined by a review panel based on artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in bamboo. Each applicant will receive a digital
copy of Bamboo, the ABS magazine for one year.
Who May Apply:
Anyone living in or outside of the U.S.
Eligible Work:
Crafts, Fine art, Design, Literature, and Performing Arts.
Examples of Non-Eligible Work:
Any project, proposal, or entry made as a class project or for class credit. Any industrially mass-produced item is also not eligible. Applicants who have won an award, cash or honorable mention in the last two years are not eligible.
Notification and Publicity:
Award recipients will be notified prior to the 2011 American Bamboo Society Conference in October 2011 on Avery Island, Louisiana. Names of award recipients and panelists will be posted on the ABS Web site following the 2011 conference. ABS retains award recipients’ image files and supporting application materials for our records, the ABS Web site and our publication, Bamboo. Other applicants’ files will be purged from our database in December 2011.
Recipient Responsibilities:
When the award recipient participates in public activities with the funded work (performances, exhibitions, etc.) the recipient shall give credit to the American Bamboo Society with the following credit line: “This project is supported by the American Bamboo Society.”
By September 1st, 2011 award recipients are required to write a short statement describing how the award impacted her/his continued work efforts with bamboo. This report will include photo documentation. This
statement will be read at the annual meeting of the American Bamboo Society in the fall of 2010 and published in the magazine, Bamboo, and on the ABS Web site.
Although not required recipients are asked to submit a small article for our monthly magazine, “Bamboo”, about their work.
Online Application Information:
A completed application consists of the following information & files:
Applicant Profile:
Name, mailing address, phone number, website, and email address.
A two-page résumé:
This should pertain to any art or bamboo-related work done.
Project Description:
No more than a one-page description of the proposed project or the body of work the applicant wishes to extend. Be sure to describe how and why you chose bamboo.
Work Samples:
Five to 15 JPEG photos approximately the size of 6” x 8” at 300 dpi. Images must be JPEG files with the .jpg extension. Please put a title on each file with your last name and the title of each piece. Do not send original artworks.
Performing Arts entries may send video or audio recordings.
Work information page:
Text descriptors for each image: Title, Year Completed, Medium, and Dimensions. Performance art
entries information should include Title, Year Completed, and a short explanation of pieces.
A short bio:
1,000 words maximum. In the case of an award, this bio will be published.
Artist Statement:
(One page maximum) the purpose of the statement is to give the review panel a better understanding of your work, while they are viewing it. Your statement should be clear, concise and relate to the work samples you
Support materials:
You may include any articles either by photocopy (3 copies per article) or digital file. These must relate to your bamboo/artwork. You may send material samples such as dyed swatches of cloth, however you must send 3 samples.
Going Green:
In order to reduce the amount of paper, plastic, and fuel used in the application processes please do not send your application in a binder or folder. Everything should fit on a single CD. If you have no access to modern digital equipment you may send 3 copies of each photograph and 3 copies of each application part printed on paper. If you would like materials to be returned, please send an SASE with the correct amount of postage.
Please submit your application to:
Charissa Brock
ABS Arts & Crafts Coordinator
Bamboo Garden
18900 NW Collins RD
North Plains, OR 97133
Or digitally to: artsandcrafts@bamboo.org
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