The dwindling support from academia and government funding agencies for primary plant taxonomy is a concern for both academic taxonomists and practical field botanists. Given this funding climate, an alternative approach was used by the Carex Working Group in Oregon. This group of students and professional botanists reviewed the classification of Carex in Oregon, discovering species new to the state, rediscovering a population missing for over a century, describing a new species, and publishing maps of the 128 Oregon Carex taxa. The work was supported by academic botanists and the herbarium at Oregon State University. Although most of the work was done by dedicated volunteers, funding from private and government agencies supported databasing and field work expenses.

Key words: Carex Working Group, Carex, Cyperaceae, Taxonomy