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.
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; email@example.com or visit facebook.com/MNPSClarkForkChapter/events for a map and details.
Thursday October 10, 6:30 pm. The State of Montana Arboretum, which is the University of Montana Campus, has the largest collection of different woody plants in Montana. Take an evening stroll through this arboretum with UM horticulturalist Kelly Chadwick and visit some old and new woody friends. Meet in The Root directly north of Main Hall and south of our Montana Native Botanic Gardens. Note the earlier time.
Thursday November 14, 7:00 pm. Prior to European settlement The Northern Great Plains was home to many millions of prairie dogs that altered the grasslands and the animals they supported. Join Kristy Bly, wildlife biologist for the World Wildlife Fund, who will tell the story of North America’s Prairie Dog Ecosystem. North Valley Library, 208 Main Street, Stevensville. Note different venue.
December 12 6:30 pm. Our annual Christmas potluck will again be held in the Del Brown Room in Turner Hall on the UM Campus on the northwest side of the Oval. Parking will hopefully be available west of the Gallagher Bldg. in lots or on the streets off of Arthur and Connell. Bring plates, utensils, and a dish to share. Alcoholic beverages are okay! Don’t forget to bring a few of your favorite digital wildflower photos from the summer. Call Peter (728-8740) or Kelly (258-5439) if you have questions.
Monday January 13, 7:00 pm. Climate is one of the most important factors determining where a plant will or won’t grow. Come and hear Kelsey Jensco, lead author of Montana’s Climate Assessment, explain our climate and what can be expected from climate change. This will be a joint meeting with Montana Audubon, Rm 123 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus (note the different day and place).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org); phone: 970 227 4745.