Kelseya, Our Quarterly Newsletter
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Current Issue (available on web shortly after the next issue is mailed) – V 32 3 Spring 2019. “Montana’s Arboretum – Part 2” opens this edition of the Kelseya and completes the description of this feature of the UM campus written by Beth Judy with a brief description of each of the eight forest regions and other collections accompanied by a map; this year’s small grants award announcement describes the three projects awarded: native plant purchases for an Outdoor Education Center and Demonstration Garden in Kalispell, travel expenses for surveys of Plant Diversity in Bedrock Meadows of Northwestern Montana, and specified support expenses for a Yaak Valley Weed Control and Huckleberry monitoring project; in the President’s Platform, Gretchen Rupp summarizes some fascinating research quantifying the relative masses of various life domains including the dominance of plant life on earth at about 80% of the total; plenty of information on the Annual Meeting is also reported on the Society Website; Denise Montgomery of the Calypso Chapter tells about a recent program on botanical illustration presented by Jane Fournier of Kelsey Chapter;and Peter Lesica of the Clark Fork Chapter tells some of the important differences that exist among paintbrushes related to the type of host a plant has parasitized in, “Not All Paintbrush Hosts are Created Equal” along with a reading list; and lots of Society program plans and information.
Recent Issues – Kelseya v 32-2, Winter 2019. In this issue’s first article, “Montana Has a State Arboretum: Do you know about it,” Beth Judy documents the history and current status of Montana’s official arboretum on the University of Montana campus; in her “President’s Platform” Gretchen Rupp profiles lifetime Montana Native Plant Society member, Bonnie Heidel’s, take on what it is like to be a professional botanist; Matthew Stewart describes the joy of searching for and discovering rare native plants in, “Orchids and Thistles: The fun of a Botanical Treasure Hunt;” and the Gardener’s Notebook column talks about starting native plants from seed indoors over the winter.
32 1, Fall 2018. Annual Meeting Field Trip Reports on trips to Kleinschmidt Lake by Peter Lesica, Sieben Ranch Wetlands by Klara Varga, and the Granite Butte Proposed Research Natural Area by Steve and Karen Shelly open this issue; Klara Varga also summarizes an intrepid and laugh-filled Indian Meadows Reconnaisance through downfall to a wetland where 2 species of Drosera were observed. She promises another trip another summer; Pat Mcleod reports on 2 Western-at-Large field trips to St. Paul Lake and on the Callahan Trail near Troy, which both had good attendance and lots of fun botanizing; Peter Lesica and Annie Garde document the Outstanding Service Award given to Kelseya editor Caroline Kurtz for her good work bringing us our newsletter 4 times a year; in her “President’s Platform” column, Gretchen Rupp gives a succinct argument if favor of the joys and values of being a well-rounded naturalist in our world; in “Gardener’s Notebook,” Denise Montgomery offers a description of Western Coneflower, Rudbeckia occidentalis Nutt. along with tips for cultivating this flower in your garden; in “Combatting Plant Blindness,” Caroline Kurtz passes on information from Emily Roberson of the Native Plant Conservation Campaign about the increasing difficulty of people not being educated about plants and the reduction of resources in both the academic and governmental settings regarding plants in nature; and also plenty of chapter and state society news.
V 31 4, Summer 2018. This issue’s lead story is a Small Grants Report by Valley of Flowers Chapter member Jeff Copeland, “Appraising the Crown Jewel,” which describes the historical and ecological background of Bozeman’s Burke Park and vegetation surveys showing changes over the years. This report certainly has implications for all Montana urban wildland parkland to which we might be all advised to attend; Andrea Pipp asks, “Does Montana Need a Statewide Rare Plant Strategy?” with an article that outlines the background of the question and documents a process just beginning to address the question in detail; Society President Gretchen Rupp shares her, “Thinking about Plants and Fire” with an appeal for looking at the outcome with a more scientific approach that the more common view of a coming apocolypse; Joe Elliott, “aspiring” Montana bryologist offers a primer on “Montana Peat Mosses,” to get you started on sphagnum sensibility; and Kelseya editor, Caroline Kurtz begins a new regular feature column on native gardening with a piece about gardening with Wild Hollyhock, Illiamna rivularis.
V 31 3, Spring 2018. In “Lichens under the Lens,” Denise Montgomery of the Valley of Flowers Chapter reviewed in great detail information presented in a hands on program by Andrea Pipp, program botanist for the Montana Natural Heritage Program; in “Congratulations to 2018 Small Grant Winner,” Betty Kuropat announces the 2018 grantee; Society President, Gretchen Rupp, presents a detailed report on this year’s Plant Conservation Conference in her monthy “President’s Platform” column and urges even nonprofessional members to become plant sleuths and promising future information on the basics of doing that; Peter Lesica sorts out complexities of monoecious and dioecious characteristics in a fun rundown on, “The Sex Lives of Plants: A Primer; in a small grant report, Mirabai McCarthy, Associate Professor of Plant Biology, Flathead Valley Community College tells about, “Promoting Botanical Literacy in a Mountain Community”; and in another Small Grant Report, Heidi Fleury, Conservation Coordinator for the Lake County Conservation District documents the “Lake County Rainbow Drive Park Restoration Project.”
V 31 2, Winter 2018. In the issue opening article, Jesse Salix tells about how her interest in “Dying with Native Plants,” has led to a series of Calypso Chapter workshops sharing these skills; in the “President’s Platform” column, MNPS Board President Gretchen Rupp winter message is to get out there and enjoy native plants in the winter, attend chapter events, and use your imagination to create some events of your own – great advice on a cold winter day; in their Small Grant Report, Christine McManamen and Cara Nelson report new information they discovered regarding native plant germination on restoration sites following pesticide use in an article called, “Fine-Tuning Native Plant Community Restoration at Weedy Sites”; in “New Books,” Matt Lavin serves up a detailed positive review of Intermountain Flora Volume 7: Potpourri: Keys, History, Authors, Artists, Collectors, Beardtongues, Glossary, Indices; in an article reprinted from the Chinquapin, the Newsletter of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society, Lytton John Musselman describes, “Cattail Cuisine” and gives instruction for preparing male and femail inflorescences into food treats; and chapter news and events for winter.
V 31 1, Fall 2017. Catherine Cain tells about the challenges and rewards for the Calypso Chapter’s median garden in Dillon, in “Reflections on Developing an Urban Native Plant Garden; in “On the Edge,” Libby Knotts reviews the successful annual meeting held south of Lambert in June; this year’s “Exploding Battery Hike” to the Cody Lake Fen and nearby areas is described by Jon Reny; in her “President’s Platform” essay, new Society President, Gretchen Rupp, sets a theme for bolstering Society Membership, especially the need to continue to attract younger members; in “Cushion Plants: Community Status Report,” Peter Lesica describes recent results from observations of permanent plots established cooperatively between the Missoula Parks and Recreation Department and the Clark Fork Chapter in 2007 to monitor the condition of native cushion plant communities found there; Peter Lesica also reports on “A Lifetime of Achievement: Brian Martin Receives 2017 Award”; the issue also includes a review of Montana’s Pioneer Botanists by Patricia Holmgren and A Window into the Steppes by Madeline Mazurski; and a reflection on the life of Jerry DeSanto, 1928-2017 that appeared in the Hungry Horse News on July 26, 2017 is reprinted in this issue along with a personal remembrance of gratitude to Jerry by MNPS board secretary, Rachel Potter.
V 30 4, Summer 2017. In, “Beautiful Nuisance: Yellowflag Iris,” Monica Pokorny, Jim Jacobs, and Jane Mangold describe this invasive wetland weed and discuss possible control measures; Gretchen Rupp reports on field trips taken by Valley of Flowers members to private lands conserved by the Montana Land Reliance and the interesting species observed there; Peter Lesica reviews, “Thirty Years of Native Plant Conservation,” efforts undertaken by the Montana Native Plant Society; and, as always, the newsletter includes other chapter news and events and some inspiring words from our outgoing President, Kathy Settevendemie.
V 30 3, Spring 2017. This edition’s opening article is a Small Grant Report by Andrea Pipp, Botanist with the Montana Natural Heritage Program entitled, “Exploring Mosses and Lichens in Musselshell County. The article details how the author assembled an impressive team of experts to document the populations of mosses, liverworts, and lichens on the Milton Ranch in Montana’s Musselshell County. The article describes the 40-year Milton Ranch program to foster biodiversity one their land and how the cataloging of these species adds greatly to the understanding of this part of the ecosystem and increases scientific knowledge for both the ranch and central Montana prairie country; Betty Kuropat of the Small Grants Committee documents the 4 awards for 2017; an upcoming book, Montana’s Pioneer Botanists: Exploring the Mountains and Prairiesedited by Rachel Potter and Peter Lesica is announced; in “Sagebrush Talk,” Peter Lesica reports on recent research into protective chemical communication in sagebrush populations; a new book by Cathy L. Cripps, Vera S. Evenson, and Michael Kuo, The Essential guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat, is reviewed by Frank Dugan, USDA-ARS Plant Introduction at Washington State University; and the issue also includes a great deal of timely news of the Society and Chapters.
V 30 2, Winter 2017. A 2016 Small Grant Report by Lisa Bickell of the Montana Natural History Center describes the Nature Adventure Garden built with the financial assistance of the Montana Native Plant Society; in a Conservation Update, PeterLesica describes the work of a coalition of Western Native Plant Societies to encourage the USDA Agricultural Research Service to develop native solutions for grassland restoration; a reprint article discusses, “The Redeeming Value of Weeds”; Rita Braun reviews a “New Glacier Field Guide,” Trees and Flowering Shrubs of Glacier National Park by MNPS members Shannon Kimball and Peter Lesica; and a review of Consider the Seed by Ellen Kehlmann of the Washington Native Plant Society is reprinted from the Douglasia; another reprint – this time from the Montana Natural History Center’s “Field Notes” series is “Gotta Like Those Lichens” by Kevin Murray of the University of Montana; and the Society and Chapter News of note.
Kelseya v 30 1V 30 1, Fall 2016. Western At-Large representative Jon Reny reports on another Fabulous Field Trip in the “Exploding Car Battery” series of hikes, this one to Geiger Lakes; Annual Meeting news includes articles on the Mount Haggin Extavaganza, Outstanding Service Award to Dave Hanna, and 2016 election results; Steve and Karen Shelly report on an extra field trip at the Annual Meeting to the Cattle Gulch Research Natural Area; Rachel Potter introduces an appreciation of University of Washington Botany Professor and Washington Native Plant Society founder Arthur Kruckenberg written by Dick Olmstead of UW; Small Grants Reports include, “A Place for Buzzing Minds,” by Trinity Pierce of the Montana Audubon Center and “Pollination and Wildfire,” by Michael Simanonok, PhD candidate, Department of Ecology, Montana State University; Gretchen Rupp describes a “Plant Foray out of Montana” into Yellowstone Park with Park botanist Heidi Anderson; Mark Shiltz and Clare Beelman submitted a report, “Small But Important,” about a visit to a water howellia site including information about the blooming biology of the plant; and Peter Lesica describes a range of “Sticky Plants” that can be found in Montana. There is also the normal share of Society news to be found.