I believe that your privacy is paramount. Accordingly, I have developed the following privacy policy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

  1. Wildflower Report Notifications: I offer free notifications of new wildflower reports, either immediate or in weekly digest format. I may also send intermittent messages to report notification subscribers concerning new additions to this site. This is an OPT-IN subscription, i.e., you receive the notifications only if you have specifically requested them. If you provide me with your e-mail address for the purpose of receiving notifications, your e-mail address will not be used for any other purpose.
  2. Wildflower Reports: I encourage everyone to share their firsthand experience by submitting wildflower reports. When submitting a report, you may optionally include your e-mail address and/or website URL. If you include this information, it will be displayed when anyone views your wildflower report. It will not be used for any other purpose. However, I am not liable for any subsequent interactions, e.g., if someone contacts you directly via e-mail to ask you for additional information concerning your report. This occurs rarely, if at all, but if you are uncomfortable with this remote possibility, then please do not include your email address.
  3. E-Card Service: If you use my free e-card service, I require you to enter your name and e-mail address, as well as those of your recipient. This information is used to enable the transmission and receipt of your e-card; otherwise I would not know to whom it should be sent, nor would the recipient know who had sent it! However, the information that you enter with respect to your e-card(s) shall not be used for any other purpose.
  4. SPAM, SPAM, SPAM! In an attempt to rid the world of additional unsolicited e-mail, I shall NEVER give, share, rent, or sell your personal information to any other individuals or organizations.
  5. Cookies: Although cookies are not as evil as some people may believe, I do not use them at OregonWildflowers.org.
  6. Your IP Address: Like nearly all web hosting providers, our provider utilizes logging software to track information about ALL visitors, especially the date, time, and originating IP address. This is basic self-defense practiced by all web hosting providers -- if someone decides to attack the web site, the provider needs basic information so that they can attempt to locate the perpetrator. I occasionally view the information in the log files in AGGREGATE form, e.g., to determine how many people are visiting the web site in response to a newspaper or web article. However, other than in the event of a web site attack, I never do anything with the DETAILED information.