Lichens and Air Quality Workgroup


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Prompted by plans to build a national lichen database for the US Forest Service Natural Resource Information System (NRIS), a group of federal air managers and lichen monitoring specialists decided to organize a workshop on the role of lichens in air resource management on federal lands.

The goal of the workshop was to gather a diverse group of lichenologists, federal land managers and database managers to discuss ways to integrate existing data, make it more accessible to land managers dealing with air quality, and to explore ways to expand what is already being done with the data. An important additional goal of the workshop was to bring together people with common and conjoining interests, to share knowledge and develop relationships that would spawn future cooperative endeavors.

Arizona State University offered to host the gathering, and two days in October, 2001 were selected. The organizing committee then developed the workshop's official objectives:

During the workshop, an official on-going workgroup was developed to share lichen-related information and programs to benefit air resource management on federal lands. Thus, the Lichens and Air Quality Workgroup was born!