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IF YOU REACHED THIS PAGE BY ENTERING flora-id-northwest.com,

WELCOME TO FLORA-ID.ORG,

THIS NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IS NOW HANDLING THE PRODUCTION

AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE PLANT KEYS PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED

BY FLORA ID NORTHWEST

OUR HISTORY AND MISSION

Flora ID is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to a broad range of interests surrounding the realm of plants and the sharing of information and understanding and the critical importance plants have in our lives.

In 2016, the opportunity arose for several people with like interests to collaborate in creating a nonprofit organization to focus on botanical awareness, education, research, plant identification tools and plant surveys. This organization came into being in January, 2017. The rights to develop and produce the keys previously created by Flora ID Northwest have been given to the nonprofit organization, which will ensure the prior work of Flora ID Northwest will continue as a part of the overall purpose of the new nonprofit.

(As a side-note, on December 31st, 2016, Flora ID Northwest ended 22 years of creating comprehensive plant identification programs. It was a small private operation conducted mainly by one person but with lots of encouragement, and assistance from several others. The effort was run as a small business in order to charge for the software to cover the cost of the out-of-pocket expenses/overhead. During those years the program matured, with gradual improvements, expansion of territory covered, steady sales, and a growing reputation for sophisticated plant identification tools.)

A major interest of Flora ID is in regard to botanical education, including tools and programs to enable, support, and encourage botanical education in elementary and secondary schools. This ties in with the commitment to provide the best possible plant identification software. Simplified keys for use by younger students will hopefully be a new addition to the plant software.