Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 1, 2020

Nurseries Rename Members of “Clarkia” Genus To “Yorkia”

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy reports  on “Five Tips for Decolonizing Language” 

In 2019, the Parks Conservancy’s Nurseries and Stewardship teams, in coordination with our partners at the Presidio Trust, hosted a workshop on the language of restoration. They noted how making specific changes in the way we talk and think about people, places, and things can create a more inclusive and affirmative environment.

This year, inspired by San Bruno Mountain Watch, the nurseries have renamed members of the genus “Clarkia” to the genus “Yorkia” in honor of York, an important member of the Lewis & Clark expedition whose contributions were previously unacknowledged due to his status as an enslaved Black man.

Read more at Five Tips for Decolonizing Language | Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy


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