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The role of a botanist in Parks and Recreation

G. F. Smith
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 9, No 1 | a435 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v9i1.435 | © 1990 G. F. Smith | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 July 1990 | Published: 05 July 1990

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G. F. Smith,, South Africa

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Abstract

The exceptional wealth of the flora of Southern Africa has been known internationally since the early seventeenth century. However, our floral heritage has been subjected to ever increasing pressure resulting from industrial, urban and agricultural development. Research primarily aimed at conserving our indigenous flora, making rare species available to nurseries as well as establishing a meaningful tree planting programme can, however, be undertaken by Departments of Parks and Recre­ation. Educational programmes ranging from formal to non-formal botanical education can play an important role in making the public aware of our unique flora. A graduate presenting botany as one major subject can assist Departments of Parks and Recreation in utilizing these opportunities, not only to conserve, but also to develop the natural resources currently under their control.

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