The Manual of Grasses for North America will be an identification manual for North America’s grasses. Its geographic coverage comprises the continental U.S., Canada, and Greenland, plus the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon. It includes many ornamental and experimental species in addition to the species that are native to or established in the region. The original goal for the Manual project was publication of a book similar in concept to that of Hitchcock’s Manual of Grasses of the United States. This is still our first goal, one that we can realistically hope to meet in 2003, if we obtain adequate funding. There is, however, increasing interest in having the Manual made available over the Internet. It is relatively simple, but time-consuming, to make the text, illustrations, and maps available as static files over the Internet, and we have begun to do so, the major limitation being funding. The files would, however, have greater value if they were used as the foundation of a Web site designed to maintain the currency of the information they contain in a manner that enourages participation by all qualified individuals. We are exploring means for accomplishing this goal while keeping our focus on attainment of the primary goal, completion of the print version. The poster will summarize the status and funding of the project as of July 1, 2000.

Key words: Floras, Grasses, North America, Taxonomy