Kelseya, Our Quarterly Newsletter
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As of July 2015, the Montana Native Plant Society policy is to publish the preceding issue of Kelseya on the website as soon as the next issue comes out (i.e., the Summer issue will be on the website as soon as the Fall issue comes out, etc.). If you seek an earlier issue that is not on this page, it will be in the Kelseya Archive.
Current Issue (available on web shortly after the next issue is mailed) – V 35 1 Fall 2021. This Fall issue opens with numerous Field Trip reports from the Kelsey Chapter, Eastern-at-Large Group, Flathead Chapter, and Clark Fork Chapter; incoming Society President, Patrick Plantenberg outlined his goals to see more field trips, invigoration of the Society Committees, and developing more partnerships with other conservation-oriented groups; members are reminded to participate in the virtual annual meeting on the evening of October 10 – members will receive a Zoom link on email; In “Mapping a Rare Phlox species in the Hellgate,” Peter Lesica reports on recent work identifying Phlox missoulensis as a proper, very rare, species rather than a subspecies of P. kelseyi and how a mapping project is designed to help protect this sensitive species in the future; Elizabeth Bergstrom describes steps being taken by a working group associated with the Conservation Committee related to “Developing a Citizen Botany Program for Plant Species of Concern;” the 2022 Small Grant Application Period is announced; “Ferns and Forests will be the theme of the 2022 Annual Meeting to be held June 25-26 just north of Libby Montana; in the Gardener’s Notebook column, Kelly Chadwick shares historical, botanical, medicinal, and cultivation tips for Echinacea angustifolia.
Recent Issues –
V 34 4 Summer 2021. Peter Lesica’s article, “Plants Don’t Need Nerves” anchors this issue reporting recent research on how internal communication works in plants; with activities opening up following the pandemic closures, a number of chapter events are listed; 2021 election results are announced; an appreciation of outgoing Kelseya graphic designer, Eileen Chontos; a welcome to over 53 new members; an invitation for community scientists to help with Western Redcedar dieback research; Herbarium by Barbara M. Thiers is thoroughly reviewed by Arnold Thiem in a revised version first published in the Newsletter of the Nevada Native Plant Society – the book is a wide-ranging treatment of the history and value of the some 3,300 herbaria in the world today; Small Grant Reports include “Tell our History with Native Plants!” by Kathe A. Gabel that describes a new native plant garden built with support from MNPS and associated with the Huntley Project Museum and “Revitalizing Sweetgrass for the Fort Belknap Indian Community,” by Colette Work tells how a project to restore sweetgrass to an area near the powwow grounds has helped restore the land and the culture; in a “Gardener’s Notebook” article, Kelly Chadwick describes Penstemon fruticosus and its characteristics as a garden plant in Montana; and the President’s Platform article serves as a passing of the torch from out outgoing Society President, Gretchen Rupp to incoming President, Patrick Plantenberg.
V 34 3 Spring 2021. This Spring issue opens with a Small Grant Report on “Reestablishing Native Plant communities Post-herbicide in the Centennial Valley, by Claire Ols, Species Coordinator, Centennial Valley Association detailing how a Montana Native Plant Society grant helped with a project to reseed 10 acres with an area identified as high priority wildlife habitat with a mixture of native fescue and forb species; Beth Judy offers a celebration of Kelly Chadwick’s career as UM’s “Garden Manager” in, “The People Behind the Plants: UM’s ‘Plant Lady’ Retires,”; Robert Pal, newly appointed MNPS Board of Directors Vice-President is introduced – outgoing VP Ryan Quire stepped back due to other commitments; our outgoing Kelseya editor, Caroline Kurtz is also celebrated for her services to MNPS as she hands editing over to Scott and Jen Hintz Guse; Ben Deeble of the Big Sky Upland Bird Association offers, “What ‘firebirds’ Can Teach Us About Habitat”; wild lands management champion, Bill Gabriel is memorialized; 3 MNPS Small Grants are announced: K. William Harvey Pollywog Park Restoration, Experiencing the Prairies through Hopa Mountain’s Storymakers, and Montana natives and pollinators interpretive programs; in a “Conservation Corner” article, Peter Lesica and Elizabeth Bergstrom report on recent involvement by the committee on behalf of MNPS regarding how mining endangers the rare thick-leaved bladderpod in the Pryor Mountains as well as the conservation risks posed by HB 418 in the Montana Legislature; in the “Gardener’s Notebook” Leah Grunzke discusses how to use Chokecherry in native garden plantings; in her President’s Platform column, Gretchen Rupp outlines reasons to pay attention to the trees in our environment; and Paul Beck of the Clark Fork Chapter presents, “A Winter Field Trip” report on a Clark Fork Chapter trip aimed at shrubs and mosses in their winter form documenting a number of species seen.
V 34 2 Winter 2021. “Celebrating the Spirit of Volunteerism” is the theme of the Winter 2021 Kelseya. The front page and a two page feature in the middle of the newsletter highlight a number of our MNPS volunteers with a focus on how their interests have led them to support our Society in a wide variety of ways. All of this is, of course, done with the hope that others with an interest in Montana’s native plants will be inspired to step up and volunteer in a way that is meaningful to them with a mutual benefit to all. Society President, Gretchen Rupp, underscores the value of volunteerism in the Society with a review of work being done at the state board level to review our organization with an eye to improving how we organize to support out mission and keep our vitality as the world changes and challenges the status quo. Regular newsletter features this month also include the announcement of the call for small grants proposals, information about the Annual Meeting for 2021 including a Yaak Attack, chapter meeting plans, calls for members to nominate people for outstanding service, leadership, or the like, and a call for new state board leadership candidates. A Small Grant Report by Paulette Epple describes a Sacajawea Audubon Society “Plants for Birds Garden” at Story Mills Community Park in Bozeman built with MNPS assistance. Peter Lesica and Elizabeth Bergstrom review the busy year that 2020 was for conservation organizations in Montana with specifics as to what MNPS through its Conservation Committee has been able to accomplish. Kelly Chadwick offers a memorial for a long-time Clark Fork Chapter volunteer, Ginny Deneve. Last, but not least, is a wonderful appreciation of long-time Flathead Chapter member Malcolm Thompson written by Anne Morley.
V 34 1 Fall 2020. For the Covid-19 Summer, the Clark Fork Chapter reported on, “A Trip to Cliff Lake” with 8 masked participants led by Peter Lesica to this beautiful lake on the Montana-Idaho border; the Flathead Chapter reported on plans toward a 2021 Annual Meeting in the Yaak area of far northwest Montana; Society President, Gretchen Rupp reported on a survey conducted by the Board of Directors who see both strong Society membership growth but less apparent interest in leadership and other active volunteer participation and conducted a survey to learn more about member interests along these lines; an MNPS founding member, Virginia Vincent is the subject of a remembrance by Peter Lesica along with an article reprint, “Fire Lookout on Stark Mountain,” by Virginia Vincent; Matt Lavin contributes, “The Future of Montana Grasslands: A Stable Isotope Analysis of Herbarium Specimens” relating to ecosystem-level changes in plant productivity; Robert L. Wooley of the Calypso Chapter shares thoughts on plant name changes in, “Taxonomical Meanderings: Western Wheatgrass”; in Gardener’s Notebook, Caroline Kruckeberg Clemans discusses Rubber Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) in landscaping; and an article reprinted from the “Native Plant Conservation News” discusses research showing a positive role for native plants in healthy human immune systems.
V 33 4 Summer 2020. To begin this issue, an article by Matt Lavin asks, “Exotic perennial grasses are abundant in Montana. Is that OK?” and offers an interesting approach to an answer; Tait Sougstad pens, “A Plug for iNaturalist,” suggesting more MNPS members should submit their photos to what is a valuable platform offering relevant opportunities to those interested in native plants; A small grants report by Claire Walpole covers, “Native Plant Conservation in the Yaak Watershed,” while another tells how the Flathead Conservation District demo garden is off to a great start; Cathie Jean’s long service to MNPS is celebrated with an outstanding service award; Dotted Blazing Star, Liatris punctata is treated in a Gardener’s Notebook article by Denise Montgomery; and Andrea Pipp and Ralph Scott present an update on their project to revise Montana’s winter shrub field guide and asks for help with photosof selected species next winter.
V 33 3 Spring 2020. A Small Grant report opens this issue with an article on “Bedrock Meadows: A Remarkable Habitat Type in Northwestern Montana,” by Viktoria Wagner and Ricarda Paetsch; with publication in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic came announcements of program cancellations at state and chapter level; in her “President’s Platform” column, Gretchen Rupp underscores the conservation part of our society’s mission in the face of what many recognize as “plant blindness” seemingly widespread even within the broader conservation community; Anne Garde documents the four small grants awarded by MNPS this year; Peter Lesica offers some thoughts on, “Why do Leaves Have Different Shapes?”; and in the Gardener’s Notebook, Linda Iverson reviews the “Pasqueflower” as a garden candidate. Inserts with this issue include 2020 MNPS Budget, MNPS Raffle Insert, and MNPS Ballot 2020.
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.
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.