The Clark Fork Chapter serves the greater Missoula Area and west-central Montana.
For more information check the Chapter Facebook Page, which has field trip details and maps and photos, more on the UM Native Plant Garden, and so on; it’s really the best up-to-the-minute info we have; or contact our president:
329 S. 4th West
Missoula MT 59801
Project Budburst Information is at the bottom of the page
Interested in Native Plant Landscaping in our area? Click here
Here is a link to a page featuring the Lackshewitz – Preece Montana Native Botanic Garden on the University of Montana Campus
Programs (Held 2nd Thursday of the month (with exceptions), Field Trips, and Events.
July 20-21. High Altitude Flowers in the Snowcrest Range (near Dillon)-Wayne Phillips, Leader Overnight trip (if desired) with a Saturday afternoon hike for those who arrive by noon, and a Sunday morning hike for all. These hikes will provide tremendous wildflower diversity, from the sagebrush up to the alpine on the summit of Sunset Peak (10,581′). Going all the way to the summit may or may not be part of hikes. But for those in shape the summit is easy to reach in a walk up type climb. Registration required. To register contact: Paul Buck – (970) 901-2418, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information visit facebook.com/MNPSClarkForkChapter/events including a map and details.
Saturday, August 10. Late Summer wildflowers of the Montana-Idaho Divide – Peter Lesica, Leader Hike the Lost Creek Trail with Peter Lesica up to just below the Montana/Idaho Divide. It is a 50-mile drive from Missoula on I-90 and a 12-mile drive on gravel road to the trailhead. It is 3 mile hike with 1800 ft vertical one way. Meet at MacKenzie River Pizza parking lot (I-90 & Grant Creek Rd. at 9:00 am). There is a 20-person limit. Email email@example.com to sign up. Visit facebook.com/MNPSClarkForkChapter/events for a map and details.
Saturday, September 21, 9:00 am. – Trees of the Bitterroot Valley, Bass Creek Trailhead – Steve Arno, Leader View a variety of native trees including some big old growth conifers, and observe the effects of fire exclusion and recent restoration forestry using Rx fire. The view and discussion of different trees involves only a half mile of very easy walking with time to concentrate on discussion. This site is accessible via a paved road and is only about 45 minutes driving time from Missoula. Meet at the west side of the Shopko parking lot (South and Reserve) at 8:15am to carpool. Contact: Paul Buck – (970) 901-2418; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/MNPSClarkForkChapter/events for a map and details.
Don’t forget to check out the Clark Fork Chapter Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MNPSClarkForkChapter/events), the State MT Native Plant Society Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/MTNativePlantSociety).
Events could be canceled due to weather. Hikes typically proceed at a leisurely pace. Please bring adequate food, water, sunscreen, a hat, and be prepared for Montana’s unpredictable, inclement weather. No pets please!
Clark ForkChapter members enjoy a robust schedule of hikes every year.
Here a few members relax in the midst of searching for mushrooms.
(Peter Lesica photo)
* Camera Geek trips are designed with ample time for photography and exchanging camera tips and techniques.
A nationwide initiative by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), The Chicago Botanical Garden, and others, Project Budburst allows citizen scientists (e.g., students, naturalists, gardeners) to enter observations of the timing of flowers and foliage into an online database to help create a national picture of the effects of our warming climate on plants. The project operates year-round so early and late-blooming species around the country can be monitored throughout their lifecycles. UM professors Carol Brewer and Paul Alaback are collaborators on the project; MNPS member Paul is the project’s lead scientist nationally. Project Budburst is looking for Native Plant Society members and others to volunteer in monitoring when plants come out in the spring. This involves selecting one or more plants near your house-in a park or somewhere you walk regularly–then noting the day leaves and flowers first appear and leaves first change color in the fall. Observations on Mt. Sentinel would be particularly valuable. Last year over 4,000 volunteers participated nationwide! Budburst is particularly interested in observations of widely distributed plants such as chokecherry, serviceberry, red osier dogwood, garden lilacs and others. You can register to collect data at http://budburst.org or contact Paul Alaback (email@example.com); phone: 970 227 4745.