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Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society

Focusing on native plants and conservation in North Idaho

ZOOM KNPS Meetings

September 2020 Meeting


Mountain Goats: Living on the Edge ---YouTube Presentation

If you missed the live Zoom program on September 26, it is now available on the KNPS YouTube Channel. If you already saw it, please recommend it to a friend.

The guest speakers are Laura Wolf from Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Britta Mireley from Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

Laura Wolf has been a wildlife biologist with IDFG for 13 years. Based out of Coeur d’Alene, she works primarily with big game species such as deer, elk, moose, wolves, and mountain lions, but is most excited when she gets to work with mountain goats. She recently led the statewide Mountain Goat Management Plan for Idaho.

Britta Mireley is the Deputy Executive Director for FSPW. She talks about the FSPW’s Goat Ambassador Program – its successes and challenges in 2020 and looking ahead to 2021.

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October 2020 Meeting

Ecology and Silviculture of Subalpine Fir (Abies lasiocarpa)

The guest speaker is Chris Schnepf, Professor and North Idaho Extension Educator in Forestry for the University of Idaho.

Program description: Subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) is found throughout the western United States. It is most commonly associated with high-elevation forests, but it has an adaptive advantage anywhere it gets cold, so it is also commonly found at lower elevations in colder areas (e.g. along streams or in frost pockets). Subalpine fir is a beautiful, unique tree that many Idahoans cherish, in part, because of the places it tends to grow – in high elevation forests where we love to recreate.

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November 2020 Meeting

A Vascular Flora of the Selkirk Mountains of Bonner and Boundary Counties, Idaho

If you missed the live Zoom program on November 28th, it is now available on the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society YouTube Channel. If you already saw it, please recommend it to a friend.

The guest speaker is Harpo Faust, M.S. student at the Stillinger Herbarium, University of Idaho, Moscow.

Harpo Faust 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.

Program description: 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.

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January 2021 Meeting

Whitebark pine: Current status and threats that led to proposed protections under the Endangered Species Act

If you missed the live Zoom program today, it is now available on the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society’s YouTube Channel. If you already saw it, please recommend it to a friend.

The guest speaker is Christy Cleaver, U.S. Forest Service Plant Pathologist

About the speaker: Since 2015, Christy Cleaver has been a Plant Pathologist in Coeur d’Alene with the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Health Protection, which monitors forest diseases and insects, conducts forest health evaluations, and provides management guidance, training, and conservation education. Christy received B.S. degrees in Forest Biology and Natural Resource Management and an M.S. in Ecology, with an emphasis in Forest Pathology, from Colorado State University. She has worked in forest pathology for 11 years in Colorado, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho with emphasis on white pine blister rust and high elevation white pines.

Program description: Whitebark pine, a critical component of high elevation ecosystems in the western U.S. and Canada, was recently proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The normally long-lived, stress-tolerant pine is declining throughout most of its range due to a combination of the introduced disease white pine blister rust, mountain pine beetle, fire, and climate change. Restoration efforts are ongoing and include a National Whitebark Pine Restoration Plan. Learn how you can help protect whitebark pines.

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February 2021 Meeting

Ferns of North Idaho

The guest speaker is Derek Antonelli, Calypso Chapter of Idaho Native Plant Society

About the speaker: Derek Antonelli (a retired US Air Force officer) is the president of the Calypso Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society (INPS) serving the Coeur d'Alene area. He leads the North Idaho Rare Plant Working Group for INPS. Derek is a charter member of the Pend Oreille Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalist Program serving the Sandpoint area. He is an amateur botanist who has been studying and collecting plants for 40 years.

 Program description: Ferns are a fascinating and diverse group of plants. In many ways they are very much like the flowering plants we are all so familiar with, but they have some striking differences. Derek Antonelli with the Idaho Native Plant Society will cover the natural history of this group of plants and describe anatomical features that make the group special. This knowledge will make identifying ferns a whole lot easier. Northern Idaho, with its higher levels of precipitation, has the highest diversity of fern in the state. Derek will show photos of a number of these ferns and fern allies.

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March 2021 Meeting

Kaniksu Land Trust: Conservation and Education

If you missed the live Zoom program on March 27th  it’s now available on the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society’s YouTube Channel. If you already saw it, please recommend it to a friend.

The guest speakers are Katie Cox and Regan Plumb from the Kaniksu Land Trust.

About the speakers:

Katie is the Executive Director of the Kaniksu Land Trust. She received her B.S. in Education from the University of Idaho and Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington. Katie has focused her professional life in the fields of Education and Architecture, with a particular interest in building community. For the last decade she has had her own architecture practice, while also wearing many hats in volunteer roles, most notably her work as co-chair of the Pine Street Woods capital campaign. The threads of Katie’s life have woven together her deepest passions – a love of the Idaho landscape, teaching and learning, bringing people together, and spending time outdoors. This makes her the ideal advocate for Kaniksu Land Trust.

Regan is the Conservation Director of the Kaniksu Land Trust. A native of eastern Washington, she settled in the Inland Northwest with her young family in 2007. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Colorado College and an M.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming. She has worked on wildlife issues in multiple states and across a spectrum of fauna, has directed restoration work for the National Park Service, and is a certified science teacher. Regan has led the land conservation efforts of Kaniksu Land Trust across far north Idaho and northwest Montana since 2013. Her professional and personal interests have always shared the common thread of conservation and responsible stewardship.

Program description: Katie and Regan talk about Kaniksu Land Trust’s Conservation and Education and programs. They explain how they make a nature connection for young students and guide us through a typical enrichment program. They discuss KLT’s collaboration with the Kalispel Tribe for tree and plant identification and introduce their sister Community Forest, Indian Creek, which is beautifully managed by the Kalispel Tribe. They also present their most recent venture into rotational grazing and the impact that has had not only on Pine Street Woods, but our community as well.

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