Welcome to the Montana Native Plant Society Home Page.
Here's what's new:
- The Landscaping and Revegetation committee has begun research for a revised source guide. See the Native Plant Landscaping page for all the details. (3/8)
- The Society Board of Directors will meet Saturday, March 8 in Helena. Here is a draft agenda.
- The Conservation Committee has sent a letter to FWP concerning the need to distinguish prairie grassland management between the eastern and western sides of the continental divide and include more explicit information about species of concern in the SWAP plan being developed. See the letter here.
- Register now for the 2014 Montana Plant Conservation Conference. For all the information on the Conference, go to the Conference Page where you will find links to the proceedings and registration form. (updated 1/18)
- The Conservation Committee has sent a letter to Senator Baucus regarding federal measure to incentivize protection of native sod and wetland areas in relation to farming. The letter is posted in the Conservation area of the website. (1/13)
The Winter 2014 issue of the Kelseya is now posted. (1/1)
- The report on the results of the Calypso Chapter Botany Blitz last summer is now posted here.(12/31)
- The Society is becoming more social now with a page on Facebook - thanks to Clark Fork Member, Clare Beelman. Link to the page here and "Like" the MNPS on Facebook!
-The Conservation Committee has posted 3 letters sent over the past few months commenting on various public agency policies and practices. Please go to the Conservation page for links to these and other conservation comments and issues.
-The small grants committee is beginning their work for the coming year. If you want to apply, check out the small grants page and prepare your proposal for submittal by next February 14. (8/28)
- Another annual meeting has successfully concluded. The Little Belt Mountains put on quite a floral show for the Society. Save the dates: June 27 - 29 for next year's meeting in the Paradise Valley.
- News reports on May 2 told of a new species of Castilleja found by Peter Lesica and David Hanna in the Scapegoat. Here is an article from the Helena Independent Record and the journal article. (5/2)
- Peter Lesica's comprehensive new treatment of Montana's vascular plants is now available through a variety of outlets. You can buy it through book stores and other outlets including directly from the Publisher, BRIT (Botanical Research Institute of Texas) Books. This excellent treatment demands its presence on the bookshelf and in the backback of any serious student of Montana Native Plants: Manual of Montana Vascular Plants by Peter Lesica, June 2012
- Conference Proceedings and presentations from the 2012 Montana Plant Conservation Conference are available: Click here for all the information.
THE GOALS of the Montana Native Plant Society are 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 we 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.
ACTIVITIES are conducted at the local chapter and state levels. The MNPS addresses plant related issues across Montana through committees for conservation, and Landscaping/Revegetation
KELSEYA, the MNPS newsletter, is published four times a year and is included with your membership. Kelseya contains timely articles about Montana plants and their communities, listings of chapter and state meetings and field trips, and updates on native plant issues.
An ANNUAL MEETING of the MNPS brings together members from throughout the state to some of the most beautiful places in Montana to learn and socialize through field trips, workshops, and other programs.
If you have questions about activities in your area, or seek information about plants or resources in your area, please contact the chapter closest to you (click on Chapters to the left on this page): Calypso (Dillon, Butte, Southwest Montana; Clark Fork, (Missoula, West Central Montana); Kelsey (greater Helena area); Flathead (Northwest Montana, Glacier Park); Maka Flora (Eastern Montana); Valley of Flowers (greater Bozeman area).
For general questions, including becoming a member or chapter policies or programs, contact our Vice President, Karen Shelly: email@example.com