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:

- We are in the process of updating the MNPS website with our host partners at Cedar Mountain Sofware in Missoula to allow better visibility on small devices and give more flexibility with other features. During the transition, some content updates may be delayed. First looks at the new format are exciting. More to come soon! (3/25)

-The Society Board of Directors met February 28. A draft agenda is linked on the BOD page. (2/12)

- An Important Plant Area Nomination for Connelly Fen on the Blackfeet Reservation has been posted on the IPA Page.

- A list of Kelsey Chapter activities is posted on the Kelsey Chapter page. (12/1)

-The Montana Native Plant Society (MNPS) is pleased to announce the twentieth annual Small Grants Program for research, study, and appreciation of Montana's native plants. Grants of up to $1500 will be awarded to fund projects or studies supporting conservation of native plants in Montana. Please see the Small Grants Page for all the information on the 2015 Small Grants Proposals procedures. 

- The Fall 2014 issue of the Kelseya is posted on the Newsletter page. (10/1)

- Several updates including notice of our new Eastern-at-Large Representative, Jennifer Lyman of Billings, and a Field Trip Report from Western-at-Large Representative, Jon Reny of Libby are posted on the At-Large Chapter page. The Fall Board of Directors meeting is set for November 15 in Helena and information will be updated from time-to-time on the Board of Directors page. (9/14)

- Three new mobile device apps that may be of interest to MNPS members are now available from High Country Apps http://www.highcountryapps.com: "Montana Grasses," "Glacier Wildflowers," and "Flora of Yellowstone."

The author for "Montana Grasses" is Dr. Matt Lavin of MSU and the author for "Glacier Wildflowers" is Flathead Chapter member, Shannon Kimball. For "Flora of Yellowstone" the author is Whitney Tilt. All 3 are members of their local native plant societies. High Country Apps has confirme that they are donating 5% of proceeds from the "Montana Grasses" app to the state-wide Montana Native Plant Society. For Glacier, they will donate 5% of proceeds to Glacier National Park Conservancy and for Yellowstone, 5% will go to theYellowstone Park Foundation. (Works on most applicable devices; Minimum OS versions are iOS 5.0 and Android 2.2)


- The Landscaping and Revegetation committee continues 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