North Coast Chapter - CNPS

Web Page Bytes

by Stephen Matthews

It’s hard to believe but it’s been a year since the North Coast Chapter of CNPS established a web page on the Internet (http://www.northcoast.com/~cnps/). I have to admit it, when I first started working on the web page, I didn’t really know much about the Internet or what kind of potential it had. To be honest, I still don’t know. The Internet in many ways is like an organism that is continuously evolving and growing. In just a year, web browsers have evolved to provide new capabilities such as real time video, real time sound, greater animation capability through programs like Java, interactive forms, new capabilities in multimedia, virtual reality, and on and on ad infinitum. It’s hard to say what the Internet will be like ten years from now. Some predict it won’t survive while others are banking on its survival. Internet Service Providers (ISP) are popping up everywhere offering faster connection speeds than many people (including myself) know what to do with.

I got an Internet account a little over a year ago and have seen many of my friends and acquaintances get accounts within the year. In the year that I’ve been online, I have been amazed at how much “stuff” there is on the Internet. Admittedly, there’s a lot of junk out there but there is a lot of valuable information too. I’ve found information on virtually anything I could think of. As for California native plants, I’ve found information on rare native orchids, a carnivorous plant database, California Channel Island endemic plants, a photographic key to mushrooms, herbarium databases, California vegetation communities, etc., etc. Of course, this information doesn’t always come easy. In order to find it you have to spend time conducting searches using the various search tools or following links from site to site until you’ve located what you were looking for. But that’s where web pages like the North Coast Chapter CNPS web page help. One of the features the web page includes is a link page. The link page contains links to other plant related sites that cover just about every aspect of California native flora.

The North Coast Chapter CNPS web page is still in its infancy. Hopefully during the coming year it will grow to include even more features such as:

The web page belongs to all North Coast Chapter CNPS members. If there is anything you would like included (or not) in the web page, please feel free to make a request. Of course, the best way to do that is through the Internet! Requests and/or feedback may be sent via the Internet to Stephen Matthews at matthews@northcoast.com or to Gisela Rohde at gmr1@axe.humboldt.edu.

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California Native Plant Society - North Coast Chapter
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Last updated February 4, 1997