Mark your calendar for the 11th biennial Plant Conservation Conference to be held at the Grand Tree Inn in Bozeman April 8 – 9, 2020. Details are being worked out now and will be posted on the Conservation Conference page along with Reservation detail when they are available.
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Montana Native Plant Society
2018 Montana Plant Conservation Conference
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The Montana Native Plant Society will host the 11th Plant Conservation Conference on March 30-31 via Zoom, so save the dates. Presentation titles and presenters are provided below. The full proceedings will be emailed to members prior to the conference.
The Future Climate and Distribution of Plant Species in Montana – Bruce Maxwell
Climate Change Moniitoring Above Treeline: Baby Steps in the Anaconda Range – Jessie Salix
Monitoring Changing Ecotones in Wetlands – Dave Hanna
Southern Margin Populations: Looking for Early Signs of Global Warming – Peter Lesica
Western Bumblebee Sampling Initiative – Tabitha Graves
Monitoring for the Effects of Climate Change on Plants and Pollinators – Laura Burkle
Insights on GLORIA Sites – Martha Apple
Challenges and Strategies for Long-term Plant Monitoring – Brian Smithers
Hager Lake Fen Monitoring: Sixty Years of Change – Derek Antonelli
The USA-NPN: A National Network for Collecting, Storing, and Sharing Phenology Information – Erin Posthumus
Challenges and Strategies for Implementing Volunteer-based Rare Plant Monitoring – Wendy Gibble & Walter Fertig
Montana’s New Threat Tracking System – Andrea Pipp
This is a biennial project of the Montana Native Plant Society. The 10th Conference was held in 2018 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. The first day of the 2018 meeting was 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 2018 Conference Proceedings. The 2020 Conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also prevented a hoped for rescheduling. See you in 2022.
For information about threat rankings and a taxonomial update, see the threat assignment page.
From time-to-time the Conservation Committee considers conservation issues associated with public policy and communicates their concerns and recommendations to the appropriate agencies or officials. Here are links to copies of letters sent over the years on these issues.
MNPS Comments on ESA rule change 20200921 Please note that this comment was originally submitted as an email as linked. When no confirmation was received, the comment was reformatted as a letter linked here: Comments on ESA rule change as letter
Letter to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks regarding distinguishing between native prairie management east and west of the continental divide and for including species of concern explicitely in the plan being developed.
Joint letter from the Montana, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah Native Plant Societies to the USDA Agricultural Research Service expressing concern with the introduction of non native plant species in the Western United States dated 1 August 2013
Proceedings of the 4th Montana Plant Conservation Conference (pdf), Feb 28-March 1, 2006, Helena, MT
Letter to Custer National Forest (2005) Wild horse trespass on research natural area on Custer National Forest (pdf)
Letter re: Plum Creek Lands (2005) Congressional appropriations to acquire Plum Creek lands in the Swan Valley (pdf)
Letter re: Forest Service (2004) A letter recommending that road building be limited because roads facilitate invasion by noxious weeds (pdf)
Letter re:NRCS Conservation Security 2004 Effect of NRCS Conservation Security Program on Great Plains prairie conservation (pdf)
Letter re:NRCS Herbicide (2004) Should NRCS fund herbicide application through their Environmental Quality Incentives Program (pdf)
Letter re:Weed Plan Comments (2004) Comments on the proposed revisions to the Montana Weed Management Plan (pdf)
Letter to Department of Natural Resources (2004) re: Firewise Landscaping brochure and invasive species. (pdf)
Letter re: Forest Service Rules 2003 Proposed changes to rules mandating protection of biological diversity on national forest lands (pdf)
Native Plant Conservation is a key part of the Montana Native Plant Society Mission. A Conservation Committee leads in identifying and acting on issues and programs for the conservation of native plants.
Here is a link to the national Center for Plant Conservation at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Society Positions on Conservation
Through the work of the Conservation Committee, the Montana Native Plant Society takes positions on plant conservation issues and comments on public land management plans relating to the conservation of native plants. Click on Conservation Issues to open a page linking to documents on which the Society has taken a position.
Plant Species of Concern
Links to a page with information on threats to species, threatened species, and a program to identify important plant areas for habitat and species protection.
Also, be sure to read “Montana’s Threatened Plants Need Your Help,” by Peter Lesica in the Spring 2009 Issue of the Kelseya.
Montana Plant Conservation Conferences
MNPS Sponsors a Plant Conservation Conference on a biennial basis. For all the information on these conferences including links to the proceedings, please click to the Conservation Conference Page.
Select Garden Plants Carefully to Conserve our Native Plants
Voluntary Guidelines for Selecting Horticultural Plants
Most plants used in horticulture and agriculture are not native to this continent. The vast majority of these introduced plants serve their purpose and benefit humankind without problem; however a few escape cultivation and become invasive. Indeed, deliberate introductions, such as tamarisk, Dalmatian toadflax, and leafy spurge, are the single most common source of naturalized exotic plant pests in the United States. Invasive exotic plants pose a threat to Montana’s native plant communities as well as our two most significant industries: agriculture and tourism. Many nursery professionals and landscapers are aware of the problem and would like to avoid introducing invasive plants. These guidelines were developed by the Montana Landscape and Nursery Association and the Montana Native Plant Society. They are VOLUNTARY, meant to help nursery professionals and landscapers with recommendations regarding the selection of horticultural material.
Concerned about exotic introductions?
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has introduced many Asian and European plants for agricultural purposes. Some of these plants, such as tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) have become serious weeds. ARS recently introduced a perennial Kochia even though Kochia scoparia is a serious weed of wheat fields in Montana. ARS scientists are required to do extensive research to make sure that biocontrol insects do not harm native or agricultural systems, but there are no such requirements for introducing non-native plants. MNPS will partner with native plant societies from other western states to attempt to pressure ARS to seriously consider the possibility that their introductions can go bad and to focus more on native plants rather than introductions. If you would like to help with this issue, contact our conservation co-chairs Peter Lesica and Elizabeth Bergstrom. See text of joint letter sent August 1, 2013 here.