Montana Plant Conservation Conference

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For a registration form (mail in) that has all the information click here - Please note that the Thursday Afternoon Schedule on the linked registration form inadvertently cut off the scheduled lunch and 1-3 afternoon continuation of the morning program. Please see Proceedings or the schedule below for the correct full schedule.

February 21 - 22, 2018

at Montana Wild in Helena.

Hosted by the Montana Native Plant Society in conjunction with

the U.S. Forest Service &

the Montana Natural Heritage Program

Montana’s biennial Plant Conservation Conference treats emerging issues in applied botany for managers, scientists, students, and plant enthusiasts. For the 10th Conference in 2018, the first day of the meeting will be a symposium on Montana's threatened plants, including the potential ESA listing of whitebark pine and the delisting of water howelia. Abstracts for the presentations are available in the Proceedings as is a copy of the registration form. 


Please note that if you happen to be in Helena the night before the conference wanting something botanical to do, the Kelsey Chapter is sponsoring a program by Rachel Potter on the topic of preparing the Montana Pioneer Botanists book for publication. The presentation will be in the same location as the conference. For details see the Kelsey Chapter page.


2018 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, February 21

9:30 Welcome Gretchen Rupp, MNPS president Moderator Chantelle DeLay


9:40-10:05 A Primer on the Federal Endangered Species Act, What’s Different with Plants? Jodi Bush, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Helena

10:05-10:40 Why Whitebark Pine Might be Listed Under the ESA Diana F. Tomback, University of Colorado, Denver

10:40-10:55 Break

10:55-11:15 Reasons to Refrain from Listing Whitebark Pine under the ESA Ed Monnig, retired U.S. Forest Service

11:15-12:00 Panel Discussion and Audience Questions

12:00-1:15 Lunch

1:15-1:45 Conservation Status of Howellia aquatilis in Montana Steve Shelly, U.S. Forest Service, Region 1 with Maria Mantas, Andrea Pipp, and Jamul Hahn

1:45-2:05 Rangewide Status of Water Howellia James Boyd, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Helena

2:05-2:25 A Snapshot View of Ute ladies’-tresses Across It’s Range and In Montana Andrea Pipp, Montana Natural Heritage Program

2:25-2:45 Spalding’s catchfly (Silene spaldingii): How Recovery Planning and Conservation Partnerships are Guiding Recovery of this Threatened Plant Species Karen Colson, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Boise

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-3:20 Close Encounters with Threatened Plants, Montana Case Studies Peter Lesica, Conservation Biology Research

3:20-3:45 Plant Information Resources at the Montana Natural Heritage Program Bryce Maxell and Andrea Pipp,
Montana Natural Heritage Program

3:45-4:00 Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge IPA Nomination Beverly Skinner, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kalispell

Thursday, February 22

8:30-8:50 Does Montana Need A Rare Plant Conservation Strategy? Andrea Pipp, Montana Natural Heritage Program

8:50-9:10 Discussion

9:10-9:30 A Review of the Montana Threat Rank System for Plant Species of Concern Scott Mincemoyer, Montana Natural Heritage Program (retired)

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 Montana Threat Ranks at Montana_Species_of_Concern_Threat_Assignment 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.

9:30-10:30 Threats workshop with all present

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Threats workshop with all present

12:00- 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 Threats workshop with all present

Please note: The Thursday afternoon schedule on the registration form accidentally omitted the lunch and afteroon schedule - it is shown correctly here.

Links to Proceedings: 2016 Conference Proceedings; 2014 Conference Proceedings.


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" preserve, conserve, and study Montana's native plants
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" preserve, conserve, and study Montana's native plants
and plant communities."