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The Montana Native Plant Society hosted the 11th Plant Conservation Conference on March 30-31, 2022 via Zoom.
The full proceedings are available here.
Presentation titles and presenters:
The Future Climate and Distribution of Plant Species in Montana – Bruce Maxell
Climate Change Monitoring Above Treeline: Baby Steps in the Anaconda Range – Jessie Salix
Monitoring Changing Ecotones in Wetlands – Dave Hanna
Southern Margin Populations: Looking for Early Signs of Global Warming – Peter Lesica
Western Bumblebee Sampling Initiative – Tabitha Graves
Monitoring for the Effects of Climate Change on Plants and Pollinators – Laura Burkle
Insights on GLORIA Sites – Martha Apple
Challenges and Strategies for Long-term Plant Monitoring – Brian Smithers
Hager Lake Fen Monitoring: Sixty Years of Change – Derek Antonelli
The USA-NPN: A National Network for Collecting, Storing, and Sharing Phenology Information – Erin Posthumus
Challenges and Strategies for Implementing Volunteer-based Rare Plant Monitoring – Wendy Gibble & Walter Fertig
Montana’s New Threat Tracking System – Andrea Pipp
Thank you to our sponsors:
Montana Native Plant Society
The mission of the Montana Native Plant Society is to preserve, conserve, and study the native plants and plant communities of Montana, and to educate the public about the value of our native flora.
Montana Natural Heritage Program
The mission of the Montana Natural Heritage Program is to be Montana’s source for reliable, objective information and expertise to support stewardship of our native species and habitats, emphasizing those of conservation concern.
U.S. Forest Service
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forest and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
This is a biennial project of the Montana Native Plant Society. The 10th Conference was held in 2018 in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service & the Montana Natural Heritage Program. Montana’s biennial Plant Conservation Conference treats emerging issues in applied botany for managers, scientists, students, and plant enthusiasts. The first day of the 2018 meeting was a symposium on Montana’s threatened plants, including the potential ESA listing of whitebark pine and the delisting of water Howelia. Abstracts for the presentations are available in the 2018 Conference Proceedings. The 2020 Conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also prevented a hoped for rescheduling. See you in 2022.
For information about threat rankings and a taxonomial update, see the threat assignment page.
From time-to-time the Conservation Committee considers conservation issues associated with public policy and communicates their concerns and recommendations to the appropriate agencies or officials. Here are links to copies of letters sent over the years on these issues.
MNPS Comments on ESA rule change 20200921 Please note that this comment was originally submitted as an email as linked. When no confirmation was received, the comment was reformatted as a letter linked here: Comments on ESA rule change as letter
Letter to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks regarding distinguishing between native prairie management east and west of the continental divide and for including species of concern explicitely in the plan being developed.
Joint letter from the Montana, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah Native Plant Societies to the USDA Agricultural Research Service expressing concern with the introduction of non native plant species in the Western United States dated 1 August 2013
Proceedings of the 4th Montana Plant Conservation Conference (pdf), Feb 28-March 1, 2006, Helena, MT
Letter to Custer National Forest (2005) Wild horse trespass on research natural area on Custer National Forest (pdf)
Letter re: Plum Creek Lands (2005) Congressional appropriations to acquire Plum Creek lands in the Swan Valley (pdf)
Letter re: Forest Service (2004) A letter recommending that road building be limited because roads facilitate invasion by noxious weeds (pdf)
Letter re:NRCS Conservation Security 2004 Effect of NRCS Conservation Security Program on Great Plains prairie conservation (pdf)
Letter re:NRCS Herbicide (2004) Should NRCS fund herbicide application through their Environmental Quality Incentives Program (pdf)
Letter re:Weed Plan Comments (2004) Comments on the proposed revisions to the Montana Weed Management Plan (pdf)
Letter to Department of Natural Resources (2004) re: Firewise Landscaping brochure and invasive species. (pdf)
Letter re: Forest Service Rules 2003 Proposed changes to rules mandating protection of biological diversity on national forest lands (pdf)
Native Plant Conservation is a key part of the Montana Native Plant Society Mission. A Conservation Committee leads in identifying and acting on issues and programs for the conservation of native plants.
Here is a link to the national Center for Plant Conservation at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Society Positions on Conservation
Through the work of the Conservation Committee, the Montana Native Plant Society takes positions on plant conservation issues and comments on public land management plans relating to the conservation of native plants. Click on Conservation Issues to open a page linking to documents on which the Society has taken a position.
Plant Species of Concern
Links to a page with information on threats to species, threatened species, and a program to identify important plant areas for habitat and species protection.
Also, be sure to read “Montana’s Threatened Plants Need Your Help,” by Peter Lesica in the Spring 2009 Issue of the Kelseya.
Montana Citizen Botany: Andrea Pipp of the Montana Natural Heritage Program on January 26, 2022 presented a proposed framework to unite people with Montana native plant conservation needs. A copy of the proposed framework is in PDF format is available here. The Program video may be viewed at this link.
Montana Plant Conservation Conferences
MNPS Sponsors a Plant Conservation Conference on a biennial basis. For all the information on these conferences including links to the proceedings, please click to the Conservation Conference Page.
Select Garden Plants Carefully to Conserve our Native Plants
Voluntary Guidelines for Selecting Horticultural Plants
Most plants used in horticulture and agriculture are not native to this continent. The vast majority of these introduced plants serve their purpose and benefit humankind without problem; however a few escape cultivation and become invasive. Indeed, deliberate introductions, such as tamarisk, Dalmatian toadflax, and leafy spurge, are the single most common source of naturalized exotic plant pests in the United States. Invasive exotic plants pose a threat to Montana’s native plant communities as well as our two most significant industries: agriculture and tourism. Many nursery professionals and landscapers are aware of the problem and would like to avoid introducing invasive plants. These guidelines were developed by the Montana Landscape and Nursery Association and the Montana Native Plant Society. They are VOLUNTARY, meant to help nursery professionals and landscapers with recommendations regarding the selection of horticultural material.
Concerned about exotic introductions?
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has introduced many Asian and European plants for agricultural purposes. Some of these plants, such as tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) have become serious weeds. ARS recently introduced a perennial Kochia even though Kochia scoparia is a serious weed of wheat fields in Montana. ARS scientists are required to do extensive research to make sure that biocontrol insects do not harm native or agricultural systems, but there are no such requirements for introducing non-native plants. MNPS will partner with native plant societies from other western states to attempt to pressure ARS to seriously consider the possibility that their introductions can go bad and to focus more on native plants rather than introductions. If you would like to help with this issue, contact our conservation co-chairs Peter Lesica and Elizabeth Bergstrom. See text of joint letter sent August 1, 2013 here.
V31-1, Fall 2017. Catherine Cain tells about the challenges and rewards for the Calypso Chapter’s median garden in Dillon, in “Reflections on Developing an Urban Native Plant Garden; in “On the Edge,” Libby Knotts reviews the successful annual meeting held south of Lambert in June; this year’s “Exploding Battery Hike” to the Cody Lake Fen and nearby areas is described by Jon Reny; in her “President’s Platform” essay, new Society President, Gretchen Rupp, sets a theme for bolstering Society Membership, especially the need to continue to attract younger members; in “Cushion Plants: Community Status Report,” Peter Lesica describes recent results from observations of permanent plots established cooperatively between the Missoula Parks and Recreation Department and the Clark Fork Chapter in 2007 to monitor the condition of native cushion plant communities found there; Peter Lesica also reports on “A Lifetime of Achievement: Brian Martin Receives 2017 Award”; the issue also includes a review of Montana’s Pioneer Botanists by Patricia Holmgren and A Window into the Steppes by Madeline Mazurski; and a reflection on the life of Jerry DeSanto, 1928-2017 that appeared in the Hungry Horse News on July 26, 2017 is reprinted in this issue along with a personal remembrance of gratitude to Jerry by MNPS board secretary, Rachel Potter.
V31-2, Winter 2018. In the issue opening article, Jesse Salix tells about how her interest in “Dying with Native Plants,” has led to a series of Calypso Chapter workshops sharing these skills; in the “President’s Platform” column, MNPS Board President Gretchen Rupp winter message is to get out there and enjoy native plants in the winter, attend chapter events, and use your imagination to create some events of your own – great advice on a cold winter day; in their Small Grant Report, Christine McManamen and Cara Nelson report new information they discovered regarding native plant germination on restoration sites following pesticide use in an article called, “Fine-Tuning Native Plant Community Restoration at Weedy Sites”; in “New Books,” Matt Lavin serves up a detailed positive review of Intermountain Flora Volume 7: Potpourri: Keys, History, Authors, Artists, Collectors, Beardtongues, Glossary, Indices; in an article reprinted from the Chinquapin, the Newsletter of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society, Lytton John Musselman describes, “Cattail Cuisine” and gives instruction for preparing male and female inflorescences into food treats; and chapter news and events for winter.
V31-3, Spring 2018. In “Lichens under the Lens,” Denise Montgomery of the Valley of Flowers Chapter reviewed in great detail information presented in a hands on program by Andrea Pipp, program botanist for the Montana Natural Heritage Program; in “Congratulations to 2018 Small Grant Winner,” Betty Kuropat announces the 2018 grantee; Society President, Gretchen Rupp, presents a detailed report on this year’s Plant Conservation Conference in her monthly “President’s Platform” column and urges even nonprofessional members to become plant sleuths and promising future information on the basics of doing that; Peter Lesica sorts out complexities of monoecious and dioecious characteristics in a fun rundown on, “The Sex Lives of Plants: A Primer; in a small grant report, Mirabai McCarthy, Associate Professor of Plant Biology, Flathead Valley Community College tells about, “Promoting Botanical Literacy in a Mountain Community”; and in another Small Grant Report, Heidi Fleury, Conservation Coordinator for the Lake County Conservation District documents the “Lake County Rainbow Drive Park Restoration Project.”
V31-4, Summer 2018. This issue’s lead story is a Small Grants Report by Valley of Flowers Chapter member Jeff Copeland, “Appraising the Crown Jewel,” which describes the historical and ecological background of Bozeman’s Burke Park and vegetation surveys showing changes over the years. This report certainly has implications for all Montana urban wildland parkland to which we might be all advised to attend; Andrea Pipp asks, “Does Montana Need a Statewide Rare Plant Strategy?” with an article that outlines the background of the question and documents a process just beginning to address the question in detail; Society President Gretchen Rupp shares her, “Thinking about Plants and Fire” with an appeal for looking at the outcome with a more scientific approach that the more common view of a coming apocalypse; Joe Elliott, “aspiring” Montana bryologist, offers a primer on “Montana Peat Mosses” to get you started on sphagnum sensibility; and Kelseya editor Caroline Kurtz begins a new regular feature column on native gardening with a piece about gardening with Wild hollyhock, Illiamna rivularis.