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Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society

Focusing on native plants and conservation in North Idaho


  • to foster an understanding and appreciation of native flora and its habitats in the panhandle area of North Idaho,
  • to advocate the conservation of this rich natural heritage for future generations,
  • to encourage the responsible use of native plants in landscaping and restoration,
  • to educate youth and the general public in the value of the native flora and their habitats.








  About our logo:  Marilyn McIntyre, naturalist and artist, has created our colorful logo depicting the flower, leaves, and the fruit of the kinnikinnick plant.


Current Newsletter:

  (Jan/Feb 2018)


The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society in conjunction with Sandpoint Parks and Recreation have monthly presentations at the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Avenue. The meetings are held from 9:45 - 11:30 AM.


Saturday January 27th


Biscuitroots of the genus Lomatium have confused naturalists and ethnobotanists ever since the Corp of Discovery first tasted shap-el-lel bread in the fall of 1805. This slide presentation will explore some of the many aspects of the genus, with a particular focus on Plateau tribal use and north Idaho species collected by John Leiberg in the late 1800s.

Spokane-based teacher and naturalist Jack Nisbet is the author of several books that explore the human and natural history of the Intermountain West. His books cover topics ranging from flora and fauna to histories of the map maker David Thompson and naturalist David Douglas. For years Nisbet has been befuddled by the variety and habits of our native biscuitroots, but he likes to look for them anyway. His essay book Visible Bones won awards from the Washington State Library Association and the Seattle Times. While researching David Thompson, Jack participated in canoe brigades, presentations, four documentary films, and a major museum exhibit.

Nisbet’s recent focus on the naturalist David Douglas resulted in The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest, which the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association named as one of their 2010 Books of the Year. Since then Nisbet and his wife Claire have curated a museum exhibit at the Washington State History Museum built around Douglas’s journeys through this region.

He grew up in North Carolina and graduated from Stanford University. He and his wife live in Spokane with their two children.

Sponsored by KNPS and Friends of Scotchman Peaks.