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Ira BICKFORD is the roadside vegetation manager for the Utah Department of Transportation. He has spent most of his professional career in the fields of biology and botany. His research interests include inter-relationships of plants, wildlife, and transportation. He has authored and co-authored several papers and articles on botany and transportation issues.

J. Baird CALLICOTT is professor of philosophy and religion studies at the University of North Texas and president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics. He is author of In Defense of the Land Ethic; Essays in Environmental Philosophy; Beyond the Land Ethic; More Essays in Environmental Philosophy, Earth's Insights; A Multicultural Survey of Ecological Ethics from the Mediterranean Basin to the Australian Outback, and more than a hundred book chapters, journal and encyclopedia articles and book reviews. He is editor or co-editor of Companion to A Sand County Almanac; Nature in Asian Traditions of Thought; Environmental Philosophy; and Earth Summit Ethics.

Bonnie L. HARPER-LORE is the vegetation specialist for the Federal Highway Administration. In that role she acts as a resource to all State departments of transportation. Her training focused on the design, restoration and management of native plant communities. She serves on the Federal Interagency Committee on Management of Exotic and Noxious Weeds (FICMNEW) and the Native Plant Conservation Initiative.

Kirk HENDERSON is county coordinator for Iowa's Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) program plus manager of the Roadside Program at the University of Northern Iowa. His primary focus is encouraging counties to use native plant species in roadside plantings. His office has produced and distributed a number of IRVM educational publications.

Evelyn A. HOWELL is professor of botany in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published many articles on prairie, woodland and wetland restoration and management. Howell has written restoration and management plans for various national and regional agencies.

Don JACOBOVITZ is assistant manager of the Orange County Roads and Drainage Department in Orlando, Florida. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Jacobovitz also acquired a masters in engineering administration from George Washington University and transportation engineering from the University of Central Florida. He aided in the research of this book as an Eisenhower Fellow from 19941995. Currently he is involved with the issue of right-of-way mowing in Florida.

Bill JOHNSON is State roadside environmental engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. in agricultural engineering and additional course work in landscape architecture. He is head of the roadside environmental unit which has done extensive landscaping along North Carolina highways. Bill is responsible for the Department's nationally recognized wildflower program.

John T. KARTESZ is the Director of the Biota of North America Program (BONAP) of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and the author of numerous publications, including the 1994 book - A Checklist of the Vascular Flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. Over the last three decades, he has developed one of the largest international vascular plant databases currently available, which includes nomenclatural, taxonomic, phytogeographic, and other biological attribute data. He is planning to publish much of his database via a forthcoming digital program, Synthesis of the North American Flora in early spring 1999.

Gary K. LORE is an environmental writer. For more than two decades he was a rights-of-way vegetation manager in both the public and private sectors. His interests include environmental philosophy and ethics, nature writing, and natural history.

Wayne G. MCCULLY is research scientist and program manager for vegetation management in the Texas Transportation Institute, a unit of the Texas A&M University system. His academic training is in range science and plant physiology. His interests include selection and improvement of range plant materials, roadside vegetation establishment/management, plant ecology, reclamation and erosion control, and range improvement/management.

Darrel G. MORRISON is professor in the School of Environmental Design, University of Georgia and periodically consults on ecologically-based landscape design, management and restoration. His many design projects include the Museum of History at the Atlanta History Center and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center near Austin.

Larry E. MORSE is chief botanist for The Nature Conservancy, and is based at their international headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. His research emphasizes native plant conservation priorities and strategies, particularly in the United States and Canada.

William A. NIERING is professor of botany at Connecticut College, New London. His research interests include dynamics of plant communities and wetland ecology. Niering is author of several books including Wetlands and Wetlands of North America.

Reed F NOSS is co-executive director of the Conservation Biology Institute, a non-profit research and educational organization based in Corvallis, Oregon. He is a former editor of Conservation Biology and is currently president-elect of the Society for Conservation Biology.

Peggy OLWELL is endangered species coordinator for the National Park Service. She received her bachelor's degree in botany from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her masters in biology from Southern Methodist University. She is currently chair of the Native Plant Conservation Initiative. Olwell is a member of The World Conservation Union's (IUCN) Plant Reintroduction Species Survival Commission.

Wayne R. PAULY is a restoration ecologist for the Dane Country Parks Department in Madison, Wisconsin. Pauley works with hundreds of volunteers to manage several thousand acres of Conservancy land. He may be reached by phone, (608) 246-3896.

John M. RANDALL is invasive weed specialist for The Nature Conservancy. He provides leadership, technical support and advice on weed control to TNC preserves nationwide. He is a founding member of the California Exotic Pest Plant Council. Randall holds a PhD in ecology from the University of California, Davis.

Sarah REICHARD is research assistant professor at the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington. Sarah's primary research interests are in the prevention of introduction and spread of introduced invasives, including prediction of invasive ability and early monitoring of new invasions. Reichard directs a new program on the conservation, propagation and growth of rare Washington plant species. She serves as vice-chair of the Conservation Committee for AABGA, a member of the ANLA working group on invasive plants, and a member of the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Jil SWEARINGEN is IPM Coordinator for the National Parks Service, National Capital Region. Jil provides support to the region's parks for pest problems of all types, including invasive plants. Swearingen chairs the Native Plant Conservation Initiative's Alien Plant Working Group. Spurred by a strong interest in educating the public on this issue, she initiated a web-based project called "Weeds Gone Wild: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas."

Randy WESTBROOKS is the national weed coordinator for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. His current focus is to facilitate the establishment of Regional and State Invasive Species Councils and to work with the National Invasive Species Council. Westbrooks holds a PhD in botany/weed science from North Carolina State University.

Maggie WILSON, with the U.S. EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Risk Assessment Division, worked as a field botanist and as a researcher at the Smithsonian Institution while completing her Master's Degree at George Mason University. She completed research for this Handbook while in the doctoral program at GMU. Her interests include habitat restoration and technology transfer. She can be reached by email at: wiIson.maggie@epa.gov.

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