Kelseya, Our Quarterly Newsletter
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Current Issue (available on web shortly after the next issue is mailed) –
V 33 2 Winter 2020. In, “A Lifetime of Learning with MNPS,” Kelseya editor Caroline Kurtz reports on an interview with a young couple in Livingston about their passion with Montana native plants and their reasons for choosing to become Lifetime Members of the Montana Native Plant Society; Society President Gretchen Rupp reviewed recommendations that would encourage younger members to be more active with the Society; Maria Mantas described, “A Group Effort: Current Steps Toward a Montana Plant Conservation Strategy,: in preparation for more work on this topic to be completed at the 2020 Plant Conservation Conference in April; a short article summarizes Iowa State University research on how, “Native Prairie Strips on Farms Benefit Soil, Water, Diversity”; “Winter Roses” are discussed in the “Gardener’s Notebook” column, and plenty of society winter news.
Recent Issues – V 33 1 Fall 2019. A “2019 Annual Meeting Roundup” reviews the Society Annual Meeting held in June in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan; at the meeting, Steve Shelly received a special achievement award covered in a report on page 3; Valley of Flowers chapter announces the next Annual Meeting to be held in the Centennial Valley July 3 to 5, 2020; the Small Grants Committee announces member changes and the call for proposals for next year’s grants; in the, “President’s Platform” Gretchen Rupp continues her discussion of the importance and challenges associated with attracting younger members into the Society; field trip reports include a trip to the Beartooth Plateau, one to gravel bars along the Bitterroot River, and to an unidentified site that was a, “Bitterroot Bonanza”; an article by Emily B. Roberson and Doug Tallamy argues that a simple thing we all can to do help address environmental problems it to plant natives; Cathie Jean announces an International Conference on Five-Needle Pines to be held in Missoula September 15-17, 2020 — watch for registration to begin in February 2020; Kathie Settevendemie reports on the use of Skunkbush as a native shrub for use in landscaping; and plenty of current Society news. Errata: on page 6, photo credits of annual meeting activies should have been credited to Andrea Pipp.
V 32 4 Summer 2019. The summer editions opens with a photo essay covering “Spring Beauties” seen on a Flathead Chapter trip to visit the unique flowa of Johnson Terraces; on her “President’s Platform,” Gretchen Rupp challenges Society Members to think through and reaffirm the purpose and mission of the Montana Native Plant Society so as to maintain our role as the leader in the “study, preservation and conservation of our native plants and pland communities”; “Passing the Torch” announces the retirement of Cathie Jean from a long run on the Society Board of Directors including her most recent service as Chair of the Membership Committee. Many thanks to Cathie for her dedicated service – Maria Mantas of the Flathead Chapter has taken over the leadership of the Membership Committee; an article reprinted from Science Daily reports how, “Trembling Aspen Leaves Could Save Future Mars Rovers”; and in the “Gardener’s Notebook.” Denise Montgomery of the Valley of Flowers Chapter, tells about growing Arrowleaf Balsamroot in the garden.
V 32 3 Spring 2019. “Montana’s Arboretum – Part 2” opens this edition of the Kelseya and completes the description of this feature of the UM campus written by Beth Judy with a brief description of each of the eight forest regions and other collections accompanied by a map; this year’s small grants award announcement describes the three projects awarded: native plant purchases for an Outdoor Education Center and Demonstration Garden in Kalispell, travel expenses for surveys of Plant Diversity in Bedrock Meadows of Northwestern Montana, and specified support expenses for a Yaak Valley Weed Control and Huckleberry monitoring project; in the President’s Platform, Gretchen Rupp summarizes some fascinating research quantifying the relative masses of various life domains including the dominance of plant life on earth at about 80% of the total; plenty of information on the Annual Meeting is also reported on the Society Website; Denise Montgomery of the Calypso Chapter tells about a recent program on botanical illustration presented by Jane Fournier of Kelsey Chapter;and Peter Lesica of the Clark Fork Chapter tells some of the important differences that exist among paintbrushes related to the type of host a plant has parasitized in, “Not All Paintbrush Hosts are Created Equal” along with a reading list; and lots of Society program plans and information.
Kelseya v 32-2, Winter 2019. In this issue’s first article, “Montana Has a State Arboretum: Do you know about it,” Beth Judy documents the history and current status of Montana’s official arboretum on the University of Montana campus; in her “President’s Platform” Gretchen Rupp profiles lifetime Montana Native Plant Society member, Bonnie Heidel’s, take on what it is like to be a professional botanist; Matthew Stewart describes the joy of searching for and discovering rare native plants in, “Orchids and Thistles: The fun of a Botanical Treasure Hunt;” and the Gardener’s Notebook column talks about starting native plants from seed indoors over the winter.
32 1, Fall 2018. Annual Meeting Field Trip Reports on trips to Kleinschmidt Lake by Peter Lesica, Sieben Ranch Wetlands by Klara Varga, and the Granite Butte Proposed Research Natural Area by Steve and Karen Shelly open this issue; Klara Varga also summarizes an intrepid and laugh-filled Indian Meadows Reconnaisance through downfall to a wetland where 2 species of Drosera were observed. She promises another trip another summer; Pat Mcleod reports on 2 Western-at-Large field trips to St. Paul Lake and on the Callahan Trail near Troy, which both had good attendance and lots of fun botanizing; Peter Lesica and Annie Garde document the Outstanding Service Award given to Kelseya editor Caroline Kurtz for her good work bringing us our newsletter 4 times a year; in her “President’s Platform” column, Gretchen Rupp gives a succinct argument if favor of the joys and values of being a well-rounded naturalist in our world; in “Gardener’s Notebook,” Denise Montgomery offers a description of Western Coneflower, Rudbeckia occidentalis Nutt. along with tips for cultivating this flower in your garden; in “Combatting Plant Blindness,” Caroline Kurtz passes on information from Emily Roberson of the Native Plant Conservation Campaign about the increasing difficulty of people not being educated about plants and the reduction of resources in both the academic and governmental settings regarding plants in nature; and also plenty of chapter and state society news.