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Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society

Focusing on native plants and conservation in North Idaho

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 December 9th

Annual Holiday Potluck

Our KNPS annual holiday potluck will be held at the Sagle Senior Center,
December 9 starting at 11:00 am. Please bring your holiday cheer and a dish to share.
For more information contact Jan Geren 208-263-7279


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.



Saturday, February 24th

 Cheryl Moody - Selkirk Mountain Caribou Recovery, Arboreal Lichen Collection Project

The South Selkirk Caribou International Technical Working Group, is an international group that is working to bring the mountain caribou herd back from the edge of extinction. In March of 2018 this group plans to capture any pregnant cows remaining in the herd and transport them to a secure rearing pen near Salmo, B.C. where they will be kept safe until their calves are born.  

As a part of this effort, the Selkirk Conservation Alliance will be collecting the arboreal lichens that are the animals native winter diet to transition the cows to a pelleted zoo ration after capture. In coming years, the Canadian Government may also augment the herd with additional pregnant cows from more robust caribou populations found in other parts of B.C. 

The presentation will be given by Cheryl Moody, who is the Executive Director of the Selkirk Conservation Alliance, based in Priest River. Ms. Moody graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from WSU in 1982, then moved to Alaska where she remained until 2015. During her time in Alaska, she worked seasonally for the USFS, USFWS, and other entities before starting her own wetland science and regulatory assistance consulting company in 1992. As a consultant, Cheryl oversaw the work of a variety of scientists conducting field evaluations mapping vegetation, soils, wetland, and wildlife habitat for large hardrock mine and energy development projects.

In June of 2015, she moved back to the Northwest and is now living on the NW side of the narrows of Priest Lake - and collects a lot of lichen!