Montana Native Plant Society, Eastern and Western At-Large Areas
The At-Large Chapters exist to serve the MNPS membership without reference to specific area chapter membership and give a Society home to those without a chapter membership.
Eastern At-Large Representative
5119 Cherokee Trail
Billings, MT 59106
406-656-7869406-656-7869 h or 406-657-1186406-657-1186
More details to come in the Spring and Summer issues of Kelseya. Info: Jennifer Lyman at 656-7869.
Western At-Large Representative
582 Reserve Rd
Libby MT 59923
Jon Reny (Libby) is working on activities for the year and would love to hear your thoughts. You can reach him at 334-0459, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field Trip Report
The Annual Exploding Battery “Adventure” Hike of 2014 (aka Pulpit Mountain Field Trip)
June 21, 2014
This annual event needs to have the word "adventure" added to its name. Seems the hike is fraught with the unexpected and the 2014 hike was no different. This year we didn't have any batteries explode, or hike to a lake too full to get to the floating mats, or snow block our way...instead we didn't hike the expected trail. Rather than hike along an open ridge, we started near the Kootenai River and hiked uphill through changing forests till we reached a ridge coming off of Pulpit Mountain.
Eight folks showed up Saturday morning, excited to spend the day with Pete Lesica and fellow plant enthusiasts. Besides Pete from Missoula and trip leader Jon from Libby, there were two summer Forest Service employees (they were both from Humboldt State University in northern California), two came from the Whitefish area, one from Troy and another from Libby.
Because the hike began at a fairly low elevation and steadily went up and up and up, we got to go through a number of different forest types. Each type had a different set of plants to view and discuss. We finally made it to the ridge and then the trail actually followed the ridge, steeply up. By this time, two of our group had turned back. The others continued on (and up) through an area that burned about five years ago, till we reached some natural openings. There we devoured lunches, botanized, began a plant list (in bloom only), and guessed how many species we would list on the way down, and down, and down. Peter, of course, guessed closest to our 67 species.
Even though we didn't follow the trail we expected, everyone enjoyed the plants and views, the perfect summer weather, the time together, and the discussions we had while hiking.
PS - Three weeks later, Jon and his wife, Renee, did walk along the intended trail. Maybe next time...