About the Montana Native Plant Society



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Purple prarie-clover Dalea purpurea


Purple prairie-clover (Dalea purpurea); photo by Wayne Phillips, used with permission.

  Welcome to the Montana Native Plant Society Home Page.


Here's what's new:

- Register NOW for the Annual Meeting hosted this year in the beautiful Paradise Valley by the Valley of Flowers Chapter with the theme, Fire and Ice. Go to the Annual Meeting Page for all the information and registration options, including on-line registration.

- The Spring edition of the Kelseya is now posted. An issue summary is on the Newsletter page. (4/1)

- Clark Fork Chapter events from spring through summer have been posted on the Clark Fork Chapter Page (4/1)

- The 2014 Election is underweigh! Click on the Elections Page to read all about the candidates and then choose your ballot style and vote. The MNPS Electoral College is counting on you! (3/17)

- 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 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.

-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 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:  kmshelly@msn.com

For comments on this web site, including updates and corrections, contact Bob Person