2020 Annual Meeting
Due to issues stemming from the COVID-19 Emergency, this year’s annual meeting is cancelled. The Valley of Flowers planners and MNPS Board are sad to have to do this, but it seems best for all given the seriousness of the emergency and uncertainty of its future. The next Annual Meeting will be held in 2021 hosted by the Flathead Chapter. Fortunately finding wide open spaces to enjoy native plants in Montana while practicing social distancing is a good alternative. Be safe, keep healthy.
The meeting had been planned to be held in the Centennial Valley of southwest Montana in early July. Nestled on the edge of the Continental Divide, the Centennial Valley, with unpaved road for 60 miles, this vast area of sagebrush steppe, grassland, forest, and riverine wetlands supports a strong network of public and private conservation lands. Our venue was to have been the J Bar L Ranch, a holistically managed cattle and guest ranch situated on the north side of the valley. The J Bar L worked to create a comfortable encampment for the meeting. For venue details and photos visit https://www.jbarl.com/. Driving time to J Bar L from: Missoula = 4 hours; Bozeman = 3.5 hours; West Yellowstone = 2 hrs.
The Centennial Valley is also home to the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, the Centennial Sandhills Preserve, and the Centennial Valley Association, which strives to preserve traditional ranching as a way of life, and to maintain quality open space, habitat, water quality, and migration corridors as they exist today for future generations.
The 2019 Annual Meeting Lodgepoles under Living Skies was held June 21-23, 2019. It was hosted by the Montana Native Plant Society, Kelsey Chapter and The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan at Cypress Hills InterProvincial Park in Saskatchewan. This was our first truly international meeting and we expect will result in a future joint meeting in Montana with our Saskatchewan and Alberta neighbors.
Annual Meeting Photos
Click on the Caption at the bottom of the following pictures to go to photos from past annual meetings shared by generous annual meeting participants. Please enjoy the pictures and respect the talents and work of the photographers – i.e. please don’t steal their work.