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Collaborating Organizations

Yellowstone Forever

High Country Apps is proud to team up with Yellowstone Forever as its conservation partner for the Flora of the Yellowstone Region app. Yellowstone Forever is the official fundraising partner of Yellowstone National Park. The organization works to fund important projects and programs. In 2018, Yellowstone Forever will provide $5.9 million to support 53 projects such as Native Fish Restoration, Distance Learning, Visitor & Wildlife Safety, and the Yellowstone Wolf Program. To learn more, visit

Colorado Native Plant Society

Colorado Native Plant Society - High Country Apps is happy to support the Colorado Native Plant Society through donations and providing the Colorado Rocky Mountain Wildflowers app for their educational and scientific work. Colorado Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the knowledge, appreciation and conservation of native plants and habitats of Colorado through education, stewardship and advocacy. To learn more about the work of the Colorado Native Plant Societ, and how you can participate, visit

University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum

University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum is our partner for both Washington Wildflowers and Idaho Wildflowers. A portion of the proceeds from each of these apps is shared with University of Washington. Additionally, an annual donation is provided directly to the Herbarium at the Burke Museum to support their work. The University of Washington Herbarium is an international resource for research into the diversity, distribution and ecology of Pacific Northwest vascular plants, non-vascular plants, fungi, lichen, and algae. To learn more, visit

Oregon Flora Project

Oregon Wildflowers is produced through collaboration with the Oregon Flora Project (OFP) and the Botany and Plant Pathology Department of Oregon State University. High Country Apps shares a portion of proceeds from the sale of of the app with Oregon State University. The OFP mission is to serve as a comprehensive resource about the ~4,560 vascular plants of Oregon that grow without cultivation, and to foster effective use of this knowledge by all citizens. To learn more, visit

Stillinger Herbarium

High Country Apps is happy to support the University of Idaho Stillinger Herbarium through donations and providing the Idaho Wildflowers app for their educational and scientific work. The University of Idaho Stillinger Herbarium is the largest herbarium in Idaho and functions as the official state repository for more than 200,000 plant and fungal specimens. To learn more about the work of the herbarium, visit

Flora of Virginia Project

Flora of Virginia Project is our partner for the Flora of Virginia app. A portion of the proceeds from each of these apps is shared with the Flora of Virginia Foundation to support their work. The Flora of Virginia Project was initiated in 2001 to steer creation of the first comprehensive reference work on the native and naturalized plants of Virginia. In 2012 the Flora of Virginia Project published the Flora of Virginia book in partnership with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. The flora was the first comprehensive flora offered for Virginia in exactly 250 years. The app and the book describe nearly 3,200 plant species native to or naturalized in Virginia in nearly 200 families. For more information about the Flora of Virginia Project, please visit

Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)

Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is our partner for the Flora of Texas: Fort Worth Prairie app. A portion of proceeds from the sale of the app goes to BRIT to support their work. BRIT’s mission is to conserve our natural heritage by deepening our knowledge of the plant world and achieving public understanding of the value plants bring to life. Founded in 1987 and based in Fort Worth, BRIT documents the diversity of plant life and conducts extensive research around the world. In the last 10 years, BRIT scientists have located and described scores of species previously unknown to science. To learn more, visit

Yosemite Conservancy

High Country Apps donates a portion of all proceeds from the app, Yosemite Wildfowers, to Yosemite Conservancy. Yosemite Conservancy is the official fundraising partner of Yosemite National Park. The organization is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving Yosemite’s resources and providing enriching visitor experiences in the park. Our philanthropic partnership with Yosemite goes back more than 95 years. To learn more, visit

Glacier National Park Conservancy

High Country Apps works with the Glacier National Park Conservancy as its conservation partner for the Glacier Wildflowers app. We donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of this app to the Conservancy. The Glacier National Park Conservancy is the officially recognized Park Partner of Glacier National Park. The Conservancy’s goal is to generate financial support for the Park in an era of reduced federal budgets through increased private fundraising and philanthropic activities, and continued operation of the bookstores within Glacier National Park and at other federal agency partner sites in Montana. To learn more, visit

North Carolina Botanical Garden & UNC's Southeastern Flora Team

North Carolina Botanical Garden and University of North Carolina's Southeastern Flora Team is our partner for FloraQuest: Northern Tier app (with more the come)! Much gratitude goes to Alan Weakley, Michael Lee, Scott Ward, Chris Ludwig, and many others for their time, partnership, and perserverance in bringing this ambitious and challenging project to fruition. North Carolina Botanical Garden's guiding mission is to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature. To learn more, visit

Montana Native Plant Society

Montana Native Plant Society - A portion of the proceeds from Montana Grasses goes to the Montana Native Plant Society. The Society's goal is to to preserve, conserve, and study the native plants and plant communities of Montana, and to educate the public about the values of our native flora. MNPS is a non-profit organization chartered in 1987. Today they have over 600 members. Membership is open to individuals, families, and organizations within and outside Montana. Members can affiliate themselves with local chapters or join at the state level. To learn more, visit

Montana State University (MSU) College of Agriculture

Montana State University (MSU) College of Agriculture is our partner for the Montana Grasses app. High Country Apps shares a portion of proceeds from the sale of of the app with Montana State University. As the foundation of the land grant mission at MSU, the College of Agriculture provides instruction in traditional and innovative degree programs and conduct research on old and new challenges for Montana’s agricultural community. To learn more, visit

Collaborating Partners

Barry and Judy Breckling

Barry and Judy Breckling, authors of the Yosemite Wildflower app, have always had an interest in nature. Barry was a California State Park Ranger for 38 years, working his last 30 years at Henry W. Coe State Park, the second largest state park in California. He writes articles for the park's newsletter and wrote several booklets and books, including a guide to the park's spring wildflowers. He met Judy at the park when she was a park volunteer. Judy became interested in wildflowers when she was just a toddler. As a park volunteer she led wildflower walks and worked on other interpretive projects. When they retired in 2007, they moved to the Sierra Nevada foothills just a half hour's drive from Yosemite. The photo of them at Canyon Lands is from a few years back.

Elizabeth Byers

Elizabeth Byers, author of the Wildflowers of Mount Everest app, has been documenting and studying plants in Nepal during the last four decades. She has published numerous articles on rare plant species, natural vegetation communities, climate change vulnerability of plants, and a field guide to the wetland plants of West Virginia. Her botanical collections include 1,200 specimens from Nepal and 1,500 from West Virginia. She has authored 11 new plant associations in the International Vegetation Classification, and has built software tools to assess wetland habitats and to provide customized native plantings for restoration sites. She holds an M.S. from New Mexico Tech and a B.A. from Brown University. Elizabeth currently works as a senior scientist with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Steve Hegji

Steve Hegji, author of the Flora of the Wasatch app, is a retired systems analyst and an avid hiker and wildflower photographer. Each year he averages 250 trail miles, climbing over 50,000 feet of elevation, in pursuit of new plants and old friends. He is a member of the Utah Native Plant Society, and the author of Wasatch Wildflowers, a field guide – published by Cedar Fort. Steve and his wife Patti, live in Lehi, Utah, at the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, within easy reach of many wonderful wildflowers and even more wonderful grandchildren.

Shannon Kimball

Shannon Kimball, author of the Glacier Wildflowers app, has worked as a botanist in and around Glacier National Park since 1997. Her work experience includes looking for rare plants, mapping vegetation and surveying plant communities on State, Federal and private land. She also co-authored the books Wildflowers of Glacier National Park and Surrounding Areas (Mountain Press 2010) and Trees and Flowering Shrubs of Glacier National Park (Mountain Press 2013) with Peter Lesica. Shannon has a Bachelors degree in Biology from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and a Masters in Botany from Oregon State University. When not working she enjoys hiking, camping, skiing and travelling with her husband, daughter and son. She currently works as Curator at the University of Montana Herbarium.

Al Schneider

Al Schneider is the author of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Wildflowers app. Prior to retirement in 1998, Al had been an English Professor, developer of the Ozark Trail, backcountry guide, and computer-based educator with the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe. Since 1990 Al has lived in southwest Colorado and he hikes, photographs, and studies the flora of the deserts, canyons, and mountains of the Four Corners states. In 2001 Al developed a web site dealing with the flora of that region and the web site has now grown to 1,000 species and 4,000 photographs and has received over two million hits ( The photo shows Al, wife Betty, and ever-present dog Willi on the Hidden Valley Trail above Moab.

Mark Turner

Mark Turner is a freelance editorial photographer specializing in botanical subjects, especially Northwest gardens and wildflowers. He photographs extensively for books and magazines both in gardens and in a wide range of native plant environments. Mark is the photographer of the award-winning Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest and Bellingham Impressions, as well as the High Country Apps’ Washington Wildflowers. His latest book, with co-author Ellen Kuhlmann, is Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest, due out from Timber Press June 2014. He lives in Bellingham, Washington where he also runs a successful portrait business. Many of Mark’s wildflower and native plant photos can be found on his Pacific Northwest Wildflowers website, His other websites concentrate on portraiture,, and gardens, He teaches at North Cascades Institute, Siskiyou Field Institute, Whatcom Community College, and has given numerous programs to garden club and native plant society groups.

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Katie Gibson

Katie Gibson works as a software developer in Bozeman, Montana. She has degrees in electrical engineering (BS) and computer science (MS). Katie spent 15 years working for Hewlett-Packard, initially as a hardware engineer, later as a software engineer, and finally as an supervisory system & automation engineer. Since leaving HP in 1999, Katie has consulted in computer science (with projects ranging from mobile apps to cloud computing) for companies across the USA. When she's not pounding the keys, Kate enjoys hiking, telemark skiing, biking, and reading.

Whitney Tilt

Whitney Tilt - When not hiking, fishing, bird hunting or otherwise enjoying the Northern Rockies, Whitney works as the Director of Land and Wildlife Conservation at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Throughout his career Whitney has focused on conservation, working with such organizations as the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sonoran Institute and National Audubon Society, among others. He earned a Masters of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and his introduction to the greater Yellowstone region was ranching in the Tetons of Idaho. Whitney lives with his wife Sarah in Bozeman, Montana.

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