V 5, No. 1, Fall 1991 – “The Rattlesnake Experience,” by John Pierce describes his method of documenting the flora of the proposed Rattlesnake Wilderness and the mounting technique he used to make a publicly accessible collection of the plants for the public library; Society President, Angela Evenden discussed the interagency process for development of a natural areas network emphasizing approximately 9 different sorts of natural areas; “Yew Bark Collection Position Appealed,” discusses many issues related to the collection of Yew bark for taxol purposes and appeal of a categorical exclusion decision related to allowing such collection; a “Bits and Pieces” collection of small notices includes inter alia information on the demise of David Douglas while doing fieldwork in Hawaii and the finding of a still green 17-million-year-old magnolia leaf in Idaho; field trip reports include recounts of trips to Kirk Hill, gardens around Polson and Ronan, explorations in the Big Timber area, Packer Meadows, St. Mary’s Peak, Shoo-Fly Meadows, and Mt. Siyeh; and Judy Hoy updates earlier observations on the occurrence of vagrant lichens in Western Montana.
V 5, No. 2, Winter 1992 – In a “Profile of Montana’s Uncommon Plants,” Jan Nixon describes, “Jove’s Buttercup… Giant of the Plant World”; a reprinted newspaper article reports, “Howellia aquatilis Proposed for Listing as and Endangered Species; “Conservation Bullets,” from the Conservation Committee discuss wetlands protection, endangered species act renewal, toll-free pesticide info, Montana Wilderness Bill, recycling hotline, and Audubon Saves Ancient Cedar Grove; Ruth Unger offers, “Successful seed Collecting Tips for Natives”; “Knapweed as a Cash Crop,” is an interesting little reprint on what would seem an unlikely problem; and Richard Prodgers reports on, “Unusual Species Found on Reclaimed Coal Mine Sites.”
V 5, No. 3, Spring 1992 – “Montana’s Most Diminutive Alpine Plants,” by Douglas N. Reynolds gives adaptive and ecological accounts of several alpine annuals including Koenigia islandica, Polygonum minimum, and Gentiana tenella – with references for further reading; while not a native plant, St. John’s Wort is considered by Kim Erica Schleicher in a “Montana Medicinals” article; “Yellow is the Color of Spring,” by Peter Lesica documents his observations on the relative abundance of yellow flowers in early spring and offers a pollinator related hypothesis for the phenomenon; and the Hoskins Lake and Wolf-Weigel Research Natural Areas in the Kootenai National Forest are described.
V 5, No. 4, Summer 1992 – Loren Bahls advances our knowledge of some small cogs and wheels in: “A Bouquet of Algae: Plant Diversity and Water Quality in Montana’s Streams”; “In Memoriam: Arthur Cronquist, 1919 – 1992”includes two compelling biographical sketches of the great botanist; Robyn Klein helps answer: “Astragalus americanus, A Healing Plant?”; and in “Big Trees under the Big Sky,” Steve Chadde and Steve Arno document the revitalization of Montana’s Big Tree Register and include a list of the champions and also species with no records.