The 2015 Annual Meeting
Hosted by the Flathead Chapter
For Peat's Sake... Befriend the Fens!
Registration will be available very soon...
The Montana Native Plant Society, Flathead Chapter invites you to explore the Swan River Valley and Northwest Montana. The "Swan" has a diverse range of flora and habitats, from valley bottom riparian, glacial potholes, and fens with a host of rare plants, to montane forests and alpine ridges. Mark your calendar for June 26-28, 2015 and start looking forward to the 28th Annual Statewide Meeting at Loon Lake 4H Camp, near Bigfork. The camp is on a small lake with a dock and canoes. There is a large dining and meeting hall, bunk style cabins, and space for camping. You can sign up for camp provided meals or cook on your own. Watch for the Spring Kelseya for more details including a great article on "Swan" ecology. See you in June!
Here's what's happening at the 2015 Annual Meeting:
Friday Workshop -Weed Identification, Ecology, and Control
Tris Hoffman, weed specialist with the Flathead National Forest, will offer this 2 hour workshop at camp on Friday at 2:30 PM. Cost is $10.
Some Saturday trips will visit the Swan Valley’s rich and diverse wetland communities, or venture into the spectacular Swan and Mission Mountain Ranges. Visit a forest stewardship logging project or study the aquatic community in the camp’s Loon Lake. Probable destinations are the Swan River Oxbow, Point Pleasant, Napa Point, Six Mile Peak, Crane Mountain, and Lost Creek Fen. Orchids, sundews, rushes, and more springtime flowers are on the must-see list. Count on charismatic, knowledgeable trip leaders, both familiar and new. Bring your lunch, water, rain gear, rubber boots, sun and bug protection, hand lenses, and ... if you choose, hip boots, wetsuits and snorkel gear. Children’s activities are planned on Saturday and camp has plenty of fun things for kids to do - bring life jackets for kids.
On your way home on Sunday, you can learn about Glacier National Park’s native plant nursery and restoration program, visit wetlands you didn’t see Saturday, or look at flowers along Glacier’s Two Medicine Lake.
Meals and Social
Camp staff will provide Friday and Saturday dinner and Saturday and Sunday breakfast. Bring your own lunches. The last date to register for meals is June 10. After dinner on Friday we’ll drive or ride bikes (if you bring them) 7 miles to a private home for a social. Beer, wine, non-alcohol beverages, and light desserts provided. Overnight parking and shuttles back to camp will be available there.
The Loon Lake 4H camp has a large central lodge, rustic cabins, and tent spaces. It is on a small lake with a dock and canoes for our use. There is a volleyball net and other play equipment for kids and adults. The cabins have 4 bunk beds; 8 beds with top and bottom; bring your sleeping bag. Tents can be set up anywhere; no tables, campfires, vehicles or food at your tent site. Six RV spaces are available, no hookups, length limit 20 ft.
Annual Meeting Photos
Click on the Caption at the bottom of the following pictures to go to a Picasa Album of photos from past annual meetings shared by generous annual meeting participants. Please enjoy the pictures and respect the talents and work of the photographers - i.e. please don't steal their work.
The Clark Fork Chapter posted pictures of the 2012 Annual Meeting on their Facebook Page.
2011 Annual Meeting
2010 Annual Meeting
2009 Annual Meeting
2008 Annual Meeting