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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:

  (Nov/Dec 2020)



KNPS Presentations

The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society in conjunction with Sandpoint Parks and Recreation have monthly presentations. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, KNPS’s meetings and programs will only be offered online via Zoom. The meetings are held on the 4th Saturday of each month, January through June and September through November.





A Vascular Flora of the Selkirk Mountains of Bonner and Boundary Counties presented by Harpo Faust

Saturday, November 28 at 10:00 am

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, KNPS’s November annual meeting and program on Saturday, Nov. 28, will again only be offered online via Zoom (registration info below). There will be NO in-person meeting at Sandpoint Community Hall. Following the annual meeting, our guest speaker will be Harpo Faust, M.S. student in Botany at the Stillinger Herbarium at the University of Idaho in Moscow. This program will be a live webinar, with opportunity to ask questions via Chat. It will also be recorded for later viewing on the KNPS YouTube Channel.

Harpo received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and worked as a seasonal botanist before starting her graduate degree at UI. Harpo is the recipient of this year’s Lois Wythe grant awarded by KNPS. Harpo is passionate about rare plants and hopes to continue to work as a botanist after she finishes her degree this winter.

Summary of the presentation: The Selkirk range is ecologically distinct, hosting an assemblage of boreal, coastal, Rocky Mountain and Columbia Basin floristic influences, with a rich geologic and glacial history that make for a diverse botanical flora. Before 2019, no comprehensive inventory of the vascular flora of the Selkirks had been conducted. During the past two summers, more than 4,000 unique vascular plants were collected over the 886 square mile study area. The study resulted in many interesting finds, including state and county collection records, and an updated inventory of nearly 95 plant families.

Preceding Harpo’s presentation, Ken Thacker, KNPS President, will lead us through our annual meeting, in which newly nominated members of the Board of Directors and amendments to the KNPS Bylaws will be approved.

Registration (required for attendance):

When the live webinar will occur?: Nov. 28, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

To register for the live webinar, go to this link or copy it into your web browser:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join Zoom on November 28th.

If you have questions about this or other KNPS programs, please contact Preston Andrews, Programs Coordinator, at


KNPS Online Programming Announcement, April 2020

With Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society programs cancelled for May and maybe even June, we thought we’d offer up some enticing online program options for our members and others interested in native plants and their landscapes. Here are four options on a wide range of interesting topics, including videos on soils, mushrooms, and native plant landscaping, and a digital exhibition about Rachel Carson and her revolutionary book, Silent Spring.

Friends of Scotchman Peaks WIlderness new weekly podcast series: Your Wild Place!

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilization by David Montgomery <>, Professor of Geology, Univ. Washington; lecture presented at Univ. British Columbia (2011) <> (57:41)

How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets <>, visionary, inventor and owner of Fungi Perfecti; lecture presented at Bioneers Conference (2006) <> (26:39)

Bringing Nature Home with Doug Tallamy <>, Professor of Entomology, Univ. Delaware and Rick Darke <> , native plant horticultural and landscape consultant; presented on Growing a Greener World with host Joe Lamp’l <> (25:34)

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a Book that Changed the World by Virtual Exhibitions, Mark Stoll (2012, updated 2020)











Landscaping with Native Plants in the Idaho Panhandle, a publication by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society, is available at the following area retailers for $19.95 (see link below).   First published in 2011, it is the resource for any home garden or large landscape project where the many benefits of native plants are desired. In addition to detailed material about the listed plants there is extensive information included to accomplish successful results.  This book has been made possible with grant support, largely from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation."

Books can be purchased here:

Landscaping with Native Plants in the Idaho Panhandle
Addendum Now Available Online Here


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