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Botanical and Natural Resource Consulting

Go Wild helps our clients identify and census natural resources whether they are rare or threatened species or wild foods growing in your own backyard. We also help our clients discover and sustainably use wild plants for food and medicine. Go Wild bridges the gap between botanical science, herbal medicine and conservation.

Services Explained

Botanical Services and Surveys

Go Wild has experience with floristic studies, rare and invasive plant surveys, forest inventories and revegetation projects for a wide variety of habitats. Go Wild uses protocols, endorsed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game, and California Native Plant Society to locate and census special-status plant species. Surveys range from a single visit during the appropriate blooming to comprehensive multi-year surveys.
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Ethnobotanical Expertise

Go Wild provides ethnobotanical expertise to support you in your land stewardship project. We help you restore, interpret, and use the medicinal and edible plants on your site sustainably. Ethnobotany is the study of relationships between plants and people. It is precisely these relationships that the public, your stakeholders ( e. g. members or funders ) will find unique and intriguing about your project.
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Custom Guides to the Fascinating Plants on Your Land

If you steward a piece of ground – it could be your backyard or a land trust you manage – we can familiarize you with your local plants, their uses and stories. Go Wild performs ethnobotanical inventories and creates beautifully illustrated reports that contain the following information about each of the useful and fascinating plants on your land:

  • Pictures
  • Descriptions and identifying features
  • Herbal, edible and cultural uses
  • Stories, folklore and history
  • Recipes and herbal remedies
  • Additional information can include:
  • Natural history
  • Plant communities and ecological relationships
  • Recommendations for holistic land management and restoration

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Medicinal Plant Conservation

Medicinal plants have been harvested from the wild since the beginning of the human race. With the rise in popularity of herbal medicine and the loss of habitats due to human population pressures we are witnessing diminishing wild populations of medicinal plants. Some rare plants may be harvested due to misidentification as they closely resemble more abundant species. Go Wild researches the ecology and sustainable harvest of wild medicinals. Linking botanical and herbal knowledge with ecology and education, Go Wild is in a unique position to work with the herbal industry on the issues of sustainability, conservation and outreach.
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Medicinal and Edible Plant Walks and Workshops

Go Wild offers custom, private and public walks and workshops on ecology and medicinal and edible plants of Northern California. ( See education )
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Voucher Specimens and Botanical Reference Materials

Go Wild collects voucher specimens and botanical reference materials, which are preserved plant specimens with confirmed identity. These can are used for a range of purposes such as verifying the starting material of herbal medicine products and scientific research.
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Forest Surveys and Sustainable Forest Plans:

Go Wild can help land owners and managers understand and quantify forest resources on site. We can develop plans for the sustainable and holistic management of forest resources.
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Public Comments and Environmental Document Review

Do you need help reviewing Environmental documents like Negative Declarations, Biological Assessments, Environmental Impact Reports, Environmental Assessments? Go Wild can help you understand the documents and be part of the comment and review process. We can compose relevant scientific based comments regarding your concerns.

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