V 16, No. 1, Fall 2002 – “Range Extensions for Two Montana Plants” by Matt Lavin and Robyn Klein note new populations of Adoxa moshatellina and Trautvetterina caroliniensis var. borealis in the Little Belts and the Bridger Ranges respectively; “Of Moss and Men Revisited” by Joe Elliott recounts wonders of Scorpidium scorpioides and caddis flies; “Some Plants Like Fire – A Year of Post-Fire Observations” by Betty Kuropat reports observations of the aftermath of the Moose Creek Fire; “Annual ‘Exploding Car Battery’ Hike now includes flat tires” is a very model field trip report by Dennis Nichols; “Pursh’s Ultimate Irresponsibility” by Rhoda Love (Oregon Native Plant Society) follows up on Wayne Phillips’s articles in the two previous issues; a Big Sky Sketch “Showing Its True Colors… Red Osier Dogwood” by Bonnie Heidel; and a note on the MNPS outstanding service award recognizing the work of Drake Barton and Kathy Lloyd.
V 16, No. 2, Winter 2003 – In “Keeping Track – Notes on keeping an illustrated journal” Lynn Baldwin documents the fun and value of keeping an illustrated field journal; Conservation reports on several items: “The ‘Endangered’ Endangered Species Act,” “A Plant Success Story,” “Bill Filed to Remove Plants from ESA,” “MNPS Joins the Native Plant Conservation Campaign,” a sidebar on conservation facts, and “State Old Growth”; A review of Peter Lesica’s Flora of Glacier National Park by Shannon Kimball; “What Happened to the Lilies” by Robert Dorn describes reclassifications driven by new knowledge derived from molecular genetics and other observations; “Peter Lesica: Twenty years work culminates in the Flora of Glacier National Park by Dennis Nichols; “Mosses – Biological Antifreeze?” by Joe Elliott; and “About our President” an appreciation by Pattie Brown.
V 16, No. 3, Spring 2003 – “Who Says Plants Don’t Move” by Peter Lesica lets us know some ways they do; Conservation articles include “The Release of Three Native Plants Announced” i.e. seeds for reclamation and “Equal Protection for Plants” a letter by Peter Lesica; “Trillium ovatum in Western Montana – Implications for Conservation: a 2002 Small Grants Report” by Tarn Ream; A review of Sheila Morrison’s book, “The Magic of Montana Native Plants: A Gardener’s Guide to Growing over 150 Species from Seed” by Kelly Chadwick; a review of Arthur R. Kruckeberg’s “Geology and Plant Life: the Effects of Landforms and Rock Types on Plants” by Peter Lesica; and a Big Sky Sketch by Wayne Phillips on “Lewis’s Red Monkeyflower.
V 16, No. 4, Summer 2003 – “Line Creek Plateau Research Natural Area” by Steve Shelly; announcement of the official recognition of Spribille’s Groundsel; conservation articles include “Equal Protection for Plants… another view” a response to Peter Lesica’s letter in the previous issue and a discussion by Peter Lesica on “Montana’s Native Plant Society and Nursery and Landscape Association Team Up to Stop the Introduction of Invasive Plants; a review of H. Wayne Phillips’s, “Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition” by Joe Elliott; a field trip report by Clayton McCracken, “Trip to Bear Canyon, Pryors”; a Big Sky Sketchs, “Owl Clover Leads a Complex Life” by Jim Habeck; and a small fieldtrip report by Andrea Pipp on “Small things in the Rattlesnake.”