Montana Plant Conservation Conference

2014

Sponsored by the Montana Native Plant Society &

the Montana Natural Heritage Program

February 19 and 20, 2014

Bobcat Stadium, MSU, Bozeman

The first day of the conference was devoted to understanding pollinator communities in Montana, how they are threatened and how these threats can be mitigated. We heard presentations from pollination researchers from Montana and elsewhere, and were lucky to have the support of the Burkle Pollination Ecology Lab at MSU. The second day of the conference consisted of two workshops. In the morning the Important Plant Areas (IPA) Committee and others who wish to attend will review and vote on nominations for new IPA’s. Later botanists and resource managers reviewed the Montana Natural Heritage Program Species of Concern (SOC) list, providing new information on distribution and threats and suggestions for rank changes. 

Register now online or print out a registration form (PDF)to mail in. Note: the mail in registration form includes the complete schedule and a map and directions to the conference venue of Bobcat Stadium.

Here is a link to the 2014 Conference Proceedings.

Schedule

 

Wednesday, February 19

 

9:30-9:45 Welcome and Introduction to Seminar Kathy Settevendemie, MNPS president

9:45-10:10 Habitat Requirements for Pollinators in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Ian Foley Montana Dept. of Agriculture

10:10-10:35 Which Plants Require Specialist Pollinators? Laura Heil Montana State University

 

10:35-10:50 Break

 

10:50-11:30 Temporal and Spatial Patterns in Bee Communities: Rare is Common; Common is Rare Terry Griswold USDA-ARS Bee Laboratory

11:30-11:55 How Will Climate Change Affect Native Pollinators? Anthony Slominski Montana State University

11:55-12:20 How Do Pollinators Respond to Fire? Mike Simanonok Montana State University

 

12:20-1:30 Lunch

 

1:30-1:55 Effects of Fragmentation on Pollinators and Plant-pollinator Interactions. Laura Burkle Montana State University

1:55-2:20 How Do Invasive Plants Affect Pollinator Communities and What Does It Means for Native Plants in Montana? Christina Herron-Sweet Montana State University

2:20-2:45 How Do We Restore Plant Diversity to Support Pollinator Diversity? Bethanne Albert-Bruninga Rutgers University

 

2:45-3:00 Break

 

3:00-4:30 Workshops (concurrent)

Pollinator Identification Workshop Casey Delphia Montana State University

 

How To Attract People to Native Plant and Pollinator Conservation Through Demonstration Gardens and Educational Programs Sue Reel Lolo National Forest

 

Thursday, February 20

 

8:30-10:15 Workshop: Montana’s Important Plant Areas Moderator: Peter Lesica, Conservation Chair, Montana Native Plant Society - Peter will lead discussion of new IPA nominations.

 

10:15-10:30 Break

 

10:30-12:00 Workshop: Threats and Ranks of Montana’s Plant Species of Concern Scott Mincemoyer, Montana Natural Heritage Program, Moderator - Participants will review the MT plant Species of Concern (SOC), contributing information on threats and related data that are used to assign threat ranks and state Heritage ranks. Please review the plant SOC list at http://mtnhp.org/SpeciesOfConcern/?AorP=p and the Montana Threat Ranks at http://www.mtnativeplants.org/Species%20of%20Concern%20Threat%20Assignment before the meeting and be prepared to contribute any new information or thoughts you may have during the discussion. This process helps to improve the SOC list, which agencies and NGOs use to direct conservation actions.

 

12:00-1:00 Lunch

 

1:00-4:00 Workshop (continued from morning): Threats and Ranks of Montana’s Plant Species of Concern


Proceedings of the 2012 Conference

Here is a list of presentations and workshops presented at the conference in 2012. To view or download pdfs that accompanied the presentations, please click on the respective presentation when it is shown with a link.

Long-term Vegetation Change as Revealed by the Fossil Pollen Record - Heather Almquist, College of Arts and Science, University of Montana


Radial Growth Responses Among Naturally Occurring Western U.S. Conifers Under Changing Environmental
Conditions: Responses from Western Montana Forests - Steve Shelly, U.S. Forest Service, Region One; Paul Knapp,Department of Geography, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Peter Soulé, Department of Geography, Appalachian State University


Wildflower Phenology on Mt. Sentinel - A Harbinger of Global Change? Paul Alaback, College of Forestry, University of Montana


Glacier National Park GLORIA Project: An Evaluation of the Effects of Climate Change on Alpine Plant Species
Composition and Distribution
Lindsey Bengston, Glacier National Park, National Park Service


Arctic and Boreal Plants Decline at the Southern Margin of Their Range in Montana - Peter Lesica, Herbarium, University of Montana


Responding to Climate Change in Natural Areas: What Do We Hope to Accomplish? - David Cole, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Institute, U.S. Forest Service


Plant Conservation in a Changing Climate: Adaptation Approaches in the Northern Region of the U.S. Forest Service - Steve Shelly, U.S. Forest Service, Region One


Preparing Biodiversity Conservation Projects for Climate Change: Taking Confident Steps into an Uncertain Future
- Jonathan Hoekstra, Senior Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, Seattle


The BLM and Climate Change:  Working Towards Organizational Efficiencies and Conservation Effectiveness - Wendy Velman and David Wood, Montana State Office, Bureau of Land Management


Working with National Park Service Partners to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change - Tom Olliff, Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative, National Park Service


Workshop: Threats and Ranks of Montana's Plant Species of Concern Scott Mincemoyer, Moderator, Montana Natural Heritage Program articipants reviewed the MT plant Species of Concern (SOC), contributing information on threats and related data that are used to assign threat ranks and state Heritage ranks.
See the plant SOC list online here and the Montana Threat ranks online here. This process helps to improve the SOC list, which agencies and NGOs use to direct conservation actions.


Workshop: Montana's Important Plant Areas Peter Lesica, Moderator, Herbarium, University of Montana - Peter led a discussion of new IPA nominations.