V 17, No. 1, Fall 2003 – “Native Plants and Agriculture… Can they Co-Exist?” by Helen Atthowe; “Dr. Rumely Honored by MNPS,” by Pat Plantenberg; a conservation report, “Montana’s National Forests… Natives and Weeds”; “Did Native Americans have use for Algae?” by Johan F. Dormaar; and a notice about a rare penstemon, P. lemhiensis previously unrecorded in the Pioneer Range having been found on an annual meeting field trip.
V 17, No. 2, Winter 2004 – “Agropyron by Any Other Name is Still a Wheatgrass” by Peter Lesica and Matt Lavin offers a great summary of the reasons botanical nomenclature seems to be in constant flux these days; in “Green Wheatgrass: Reclamation Savior or Ecological Demon,” Garth Wruck discusses the risks of wide introduction of non native species as rangeland saviors using the recent example of green wheatgrass; Kathy Lloyd penned a review of Graham Nicholls’s book Alpine Plants of North America while James K. Agee discusses, Whitebark Pine Communities: Ecology and Restoration by Tomback, Arno, and Keane; Andy Kukolax introduces his wonderful little book, Ultralight Wildflower Guide to the Central Montana Rocky Mountains; in “Fall in the Flathead,” Maria Mantas sells native plant hiking in the fall; James R. Habeck offers a biographical sketch of the University of Montana’s first botany professor in, “Joseph Edward Kirkwood: Early Montana Plant Explorer”; and Betty Kuropat reports on the water howellia interpretive signs posted near Holland Lake in “Powerful Glaciers form Tiny Wetlands for Fragile Flowers.”
V 17, No. 3, Spring 2004 – “Tree Planting Group Makes Commitment to Native Plants” by Janet Ellis; an announcement of the Montana Plant Life website that describes its creator, Jan Hjallmarsson; a book review by Bonnie Heidel of A Region of Astonishing Beauty written by Roger L. Williams that covers the history of early botanical exploration in the mountain west; plus a full complement of Society news.
V 17, No. 4, Summer 2004 – “Trillium ovatum in Western Montana – Implications for Conservation,” a small grants report by Tarn Ream reports fascinating life cycle facts about this beautiful spring wildflower; a moving description of the type specimens collected in Montana on the Lewis and Clark expedition that were on display in Helena; “Asters Retreat to Eurasia,” by Robert Dorn, reprinted from the WNPS newsletter Castelleja describes classification changes within the traditional Aster genus with discussion of Eucephalus, Ionactis, Oreostemma, Symphyotrichum, and Almutaster with references.