Montana Plant Conservation Conference
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.
Here is a link to the 2014 Conference Proceedings.
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
10:50-11:30 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
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
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.
10:30-12:00 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.
1:00-4:00 Workshop (continued from morning): Threats and Ranks of Montana’s Plant Species of Concern
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.