Museum staff collections:Since 2002, annual field trips to northern BC alpine habitats have added approximately 11,000 specimens, primarily from remote areas that have not been previously visited by botanists. In 2005, 350 specimens were collected from lower elevations on the large coastal islands south of Prince Rupert. In 2007, approximately 800 specimens of non-native plants were collected from southern Vancouver Island, a project funded by Environment Canada. In 2010 and 2011, collections of approximately 30 species were made from two areas in Russia for a phylogeographical study of arctic and alpine species. In 2012, collections were also made in Alaska for this study.
Other collectors: Significant collection development has occurred through donations from the BC Conservation Data Centre (CDC) and other government ministries, consultants and amateur botanists.
Duplicates from other herbaria: We receive duplicate specimens from other herbaria in Canada, the US including national collections in Ottawa (CAN, DAO), the Yukon Territory (BABY), the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of Washington (WTU), and the University of Colorado (CU).
Our botanists continue to collect plants in northern BC alpine habitats since this has been identified as a gap in our collections. Other geographic gaps include the Coast Mountains, coastal islands, and the Rockies in northern BC. We continue to accept collections that document significant range extensions, species that are new to BC and the spread of invasive species.