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March 29, 2014

Eriogonum Society/INPS Annual Meeting

Initial Announcment
The 2014 Eriogonum Society meeting will be centered in Twin Falls, Idaho, giving us the opportunity to explore the botanical and geological wonders of the middle Snake River Plain, including the Bennett Hills and Gooding City of Rocks, the South Hills (southern Sawtooth National Forest), and the Craters of the Moon. This will be a joint meeting of the Eriogonum Society and the Idaho Native Plant Society, giving us the opportunity to make new friends and take advantage of the cumulative knowledge of some of Idaho's most accomplished professional and amateur botanists.

Meeting Dates
The meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22, with an optional post-meeting tour of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Fish Creek Canyon on Monday, June 23.

Other details
Other details such as lodging information (hotels and campgrounds), registration, meals, classes, field trips, and meeting schedule are provided on the Eriogonum Society's website (see below).

Please visit the Eriogonum Society's website to register for the joint meeting. www.eriogonum.org.

Posted by Editor at 04:52 PM

October 10, 2013


The 26th Idaho Rare Plant Conference has been postponed due to the uncertainty associated with the partial government shutdown. We hope to reschedule for February, so please watch for upcoming information.

We will be contacting those who had already registered. I apologize for those who had made travel and other plans. I hope that all of you can join us for the rescheduled date.

Please continue to check the INPS web page (http://www.idahonativeplants.org/rpc/Conference.aspx) for information. I also encourage you to become familiar with the rare plant electronic forum (link on the INPS web page) as a way to review and share information on rare plants before the conference. Contact me for additional information.

Again, I am very sorry for the inconvenience.


Beth Corbin

Posted by Editor at 09:40 PM

April 06, 2013


It's officially native plant appreciation week (April 28, 2013-May 4, 2013).
Read the Governor's Proclamation.

Native Plant Week

Posted by Editor at 06:06 PM

April 15, 2012

Go Native!

It's time for the 2012 Pahove Chapter Native Plant Sale.

Saturday, April 28th

10am - 1pm

Location: MK Nature Center, 600 South Walnut, near downtown Boise.

The Pahove Chapter of INPS invites you to Celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day by planting wildlife friendly vegetation that is well adapted to the Treasure Valley's soil and climate.

There will be no waiting line for entering the sale this year giving buyers more time to browse.

Choose from a wide selection of native plants and talk to knowledgeable botanists about the best fit for your yard.

Your purchases help support the Idaho Native Plant Society and the MK Nature Center.

Check the 2012 Plant Availability List for plant species being offered for the very first time.

Are you an INPS Member? If so, you get a chance to shop early!

Join us for the Members-Only Sale on Friday, April 27th, 5-7pm

If you don't already belong to INPS or your membership has lapsed, you may renew or become a member at the Friday sale.

See the Join INPS page for membership dues rates.

Sorry, we can only accept cash and checks.

Questions? Call Susan 867-6188

Posted by Editor at 09:47 PM

November 20, 2011

RPC: 2011 Conference Results

Click here

Posted by Editor at 01:20 PM

October 16, 2011


Michael Mancuso, a Boise botanist, will lead a field trip to monitoring and conservation sites in the Boise Foothills on Thursday, October 20th.

Details of the field trip will be announced on Wednesday at the Rare Plant Conference.

Posted by Editor at 03:10 PM

September 25, 2011


October 18: Kick-off Social. 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
The Reef, 6th & Main, Hemingway Room. No host drinks, appetizers, dinner.

October 19: Rank Calculator Demonstration & Rare Plant Assessments.

---------------7:45 am - 5:00 pm Idaho State BLM Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Sagebrush Room. Statewide session in the morning, regional break-out sessions in the afternoon.

---------------Potluck Dinner. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut.

October 20: Field Trip: Rare Plant Monitoring & Conservation Efforts in Boise Foothills. Details TBA. Led by Boise botanist Michael Mancuso.

Please complete this form and email to INPS.treasurer@gmaildotcom or mail to INPS Rare Plant Conference, P.O. Box 9451, Boise, ID 83707

The Registration Form is also located under the Rare Plant Conference link (on the left).

Posted by Editor at 05:17 PM

September 11, 2011


Save the Date!

Idaho Native Plant Society Conference (scaled down Rare Plant Conference)

When: October 19 –20, 2011

Where: BLM Idaho State Office—Sagebrush Room

What: Rare Plant List Update and Boise Front Field Trip

To all INPS members:

Before our conference, we need a list of plant species to discuss and rank (using the NatureServe Rank Calculator) as a group. Criteria for species to rank include the following (in order of priority):

1. Plants for which there is significant new information (including species to be newly added to the INPS list).

2. Plants with considerable information stored in "gray matter'' (i.e. the
brains) of people who are on the verge of retiring, changing jobs, or otherwise becoming less available for dialogue.

3. Plants currently ranked G1-G2/S1-S2 and for which Idaho has the lead.

For each species to rank, substantial information will need to be compiled before the October 19th meeting, so a Species Lead will be assigned to each. The species nominator may well be the Species Lead, but does not have to be. When we see the list of nominated species, we'll pare it down(if needed) to 10-20 species we can tackle, and figure out regional groups for the meeting.

Please send nominations to me (ecorbin@blm.gov) by September 16, with a brief description of why each is a priority.

Thanks much!


Posted by Editor at 12:47 PM

June 10, 2011


Annual Meeting information:The Loasa Chapter is hosting the 2011 INPS Annual Meeting at the City of Rocks National Reserve and at the adjacent Castle Rocks State Park, both headquartered at Almo, in southcentral Idaho.

Our gathering on June 24–26, 2011, affords great opportunities to observe native
flora in a large variety of habitat types and unusual rock formations popular with climbing enthusiasts.

INPS received a welcome letter from Wallace Keck, Superintendent of City of Rocks
National Reserve and Park Manager for Castle Rocks State Park. In addition, Wallace and his staff have created a facebook profile at https://wwwdotfacebookdotcom/CastleRocksStatePark to which they have been posting daily photos of wildflowers in bloom, all neatly identified. They
now have over 75 different photos posted at their 2011 wildflowers album! There is also much information and many maps posted at their websites
http://parksandrecreationdotidahodotgov/parks/castlerocksdotaspx and http://wwwdotnpsdotgov/ciro, including a 1995 complete annotated checklist of vascular plants.

If you have not already sent in your reservation form please do so immediately, as we need it to arrange for the Saturday dinner and to plan for camping.

From Interstate 84 take exit 216 (Declo); go south on Idaho 77 south through
the small town of Declo across old US hwy 30, and on south through the town of Albion to the Conner Creek junction, then turn right (southwest) on through Elba and to the south side of Almo. The visitor center in Almo will be on the left (east) side of the road. Maps are available there at any time, but the center closes at 4:30pm.

Our evening programs will be at the Ranch House unit of the Castle Rocks State Park,
northwest of Almo, on the Big Cove Road (2800 S). This road is about 2 miles north of Almo, on the Elba-Almo road. Go west on the Big Cove Road for less than 2 miles to the Ranch House. If we have inclement weather, we will meet in the Park warehouse southeast of the Visitor Center in Almo. This warehouse also includes a large conference room in the upper floor.

2-5pm – Registration for the INPS annual gathering will be at the Visitor Center in Almo, in order to provide you with a pass to the State Park, to direct you to camping, and to get a tally of those going on the North Fork Circle Creek tour tomorrow (see below) to arrange for shuttles. For those arriving later, registration will continue at the Ranch House. We suggest you arrive early, to take advantage of the Visitor Center before it closes at 4:30pm.

--6pm – Dinner with grilled sausages for the group, at the Ranch House. Sausages, buns, condiments, paper plates, and napkins will be provided. Please bring your own utensils and beverages. Also, please bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert to share.

--7pm -- Wallace Keck, Superintendent of the National Reserve and Manager for the State Park, will give us an orientation of the area. As he is very knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, and geology of the area, he will be able to answer many questions.

SATURDAY: 9am – Meet for the field trips
Almo Creek wetlands and adjacent sagebrush-grass and pinyon-juniper types within the Ranch Unit of Castle Rocks State Park: This unit has a good network of trails and interesting microclimates adjacent to the many granite monoliths used by rock climbers. The wetlands area has uneven footing but the walk is otherwise fairly easy, generally within a mile of the facilities at the ranch house. Meet at the Ranch House and walk from there.

North Fork Circle Creek drainage: This would involve a shuttle to the upper edge of the drainage, within the City of Rocks National Reserve, and walking four miles downhill through several habitat types to the Circle Creek Overlook. This trail would provide the best opportunityto see a variety of habitat types plus superb vistas, but there are no facilities along the way. We are expected to be gone from 9am to 2pm; be prepared for this. Those wishing to catch the shuttle at the Visitor Center should meet there at 8:30am; all others will meet at Bread Loaves
on the west side of the National Reserve. This is the ideal trip, as it will be lead by Wallace Keck, Park Manager, and goes through the greatest variety of habitat types.

Emery Canyon: This field trip involves a minimum amount of walking—a riparian area and a hillside are alongside the road. This option allows the opportunity to drive to other sites within the area, and we will always be close to the cars. We will meet at the Bread Loaves Campground turnoff.
Be prepared: All field trips will require plenty of water and sun protection. Packing a light lunch is advisable.

SATURDAY EVENING – 6pm – meet at the Ranch House for the annual meeting, dinner, and a special speaker: Dr. Stephen L. Love, Research Professor and Superintendent of the University of Idaho Research and Extension Center at Aberdeen, will speak to us about the buckwheats of Idaho and their use in landscaping.

SUNDAY- Field trips are optional; let us know if you are interested. Please remember that checkout time at the campgrounds is 1pm.

Posted by Editor at 10:59 PM

March 26, 2011

Support Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign by exploring the W. Little Owyhee River

Join supporters of Oregons Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign, the Native Plant Society of Oregon, and the Idaho Native Plant Society for a four-day adventure into the West Little Owyhee River June 9th-12th!
A group of aspiring, professional and retired botanists are getting together to explore this remote stretch of Wild and Scenic River canyon for rare and sensitive plant species over the course of three days and three nights. We plan to establish a base camp at Anderson Crossing and venture both up and down-canyon and into the neighboring playas in search of species like Owyhee sage (Artemisia papposa), Owyhee River stickseed (Hackelia ophiobi) and Shockley's Ivesia (Ivesia schockleyi )
No prior botany experience required! Self supported camping gear and some experience in the backcountry is needed-- car camping is an option.
Space is limited, so please contact the Oregon Owyhee Canyonlands Coordinator Chris Hansen at 541-709-1576 or chansen at onda dot org to reserve your spot today.

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Posted by Editor at 03:56 PM

Hike the canyons of Leslie Gulch to celebrate National Trails Day

On June 4th 2011, the Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign will be sponsoring a family hike into the canyons of Leslie Gulch to celebrate National Trails Day! Both families and individuals are encouraged to join us as we explore the fascinating rock formations of a SE Oregon gem. Bring a sack lunch, water and a spirit of adventure---carpooling available. Space is limited, so please contact Chris Hansen at 541-709-1576 or chansen at onda dot org to reserve your spot today!

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Posted by Editor at 03:53 PM

December 23, 2009

Native Flora Workshop March 23-24, 2010

Idaho State University, Wood River Room, Pocatello, Idaho

The Sah-Wah-Be Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society is pleased to sponsor the 1st Idaho Native Flora Workshop. Co-hosts include: The Idaho Museum of Natural History, Ray J. Davis Herbarium, and the Idaho State University Department of Biological Sciences.

Theme: Back to Basics in Field Identification

Held in alternate years between Idaho Rare Plant Conferences, this workshop provides opportunities to learn more about our native flora and to network with fellow native pant enthusiasts and professionals. All plant aficionados who want to learn more about native plants in Southeast Idaho and improve their field identification skills are encouraged to attend. Professional botanists from Southeast Idaho and surrounding states will speak on topics of local interest and lead the workshops.

Tentative Conference Schedule:

There will be a no host social on Monday evening, March 22 from 6:30-8:30 pm for anyone coming in early at, Portneuf Valley Brewing, 615 S. 1st Ave.

The conference will start Tuesday, March 23, with registration and poster submissions starting at 8:30am. Presentations by professional botanists on different aspects of native flora common to Southeast Idaho and surrounding states promise to be educational and interesting.

On the evening of the 23rd we will hold our dinner banquet. This is a great opportunity to socialize with botany friends of old, as well as make new acquaintances. Our scheduled speaker is H. Wayne Phillips who will present Wild Orchids of Montana and Idaho. The banquet will be just down the hall from the conference at the Pond Student Union Ballroom. The banquet is open to all conference attendees, INPS members and their guests.

Included in the Wednesday morning session will be a presentation by NatureServ on how they rank plant species followed by a panel discussion on the same topic from professional ranking botanists from Idaho and surrounding states

Wednesday afternoon there will be keying workshops on the Tribes of Asteraceae and the Tribes of Poaceae. Each session will last 2 hours from 1:00-3:00pm and from 3:00-5:00pm. Sessions will run concurrently.

A $35 registration fee ($15 for students) is due by February 28th. Registration submitted on March st or later will be $45 ($25 for students). Cost of the banquet will be $21.00 per person.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns, and thank you for your interest. Janet Bala, Organizing Committee (208) 282-2815 (work) (208) 317-3824 (cell)

balajane at isu dot edu

Posted by Editor at 08:50 AM

January 10, 2009

Pathways for Restoration and Conservation

A workshop for those seeking to improve, manage, and conserve their lands.

This workshop will focus on providing information to ranchers and small acreage landowners for conservation and restoration of their lands. Expert practitioners and scientists will be on hand to address issues and challenges landowners face to improve their lands. The workshop is jointly offered by the Idaho Society for Range Management (SRM) and the University of Idaho Department of Rangeland Ecology & Management.



Friday - January 16, 2009
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn - 3300 Vista Ave.
Boise, ID

Posted by Editor at 09:25 PM

October 25, 2008

24th Rare Plant Conference, February 2009

The 24th Rare Plant Conference will be Feb. 11 and 12, 2009, at Idaho Power, 1221 West Idaho Street, Boise. Our keynote speaker will be Del Wiens, who has conducted plant research in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Honduras, and many other exotic places around the globe.

The Rare Plant Conference is always a great chance to meet with friends and colleagues, and to learn the latest on rare plants of Idaho. The schedule is:

  • Tues, Feb 10:
    3:00pm - 5:30 pm: INPS board meeting -- MK Nature Center, 600 S Walnut St.
    6:30pm - 8:30 pm: social (no-host food + drinks) -- Red Feather Lounge, 246 N 8th St.

  • Wed, Feb 11:
    8:00 am - 8:30 am: registration, poster set-up -- Idaho Power, 1221 W Idaho St.
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm: welcome, species updates, posters -- Idaho Power, 1221 W Idaho St.
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm: banquet, Del Wiens' presentation -- Old Spaghetti Factory, 610 W Idaho St.

  • Thur, Feb 12:
    8:00 am – 8:30 am: second day registration, poster set-up -- Idaho Power, 1221 W Idaho St.
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm: presentations, posters, closing -- Idaho Power, 1221 W Idaho St.
    5:15 pm – 6:45 pm: dinner (no-host) -- TableRock BrewPub & Grill, 705 Fulton St.
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Polygonaceae keying workshop -- Rm. 248, Science & Nursing, Boise State U.

Registration details will be posted on the INPS website in December. In the meantime, we need folks to plan conference speakers, workshops, food, and other events. If youd like to help, attend our next planning meeting Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m. at the MK Nature Center, or contact Lynn Kinter, conference chair, at lkinter at idfg dot idaho dot gov or 208-287-2734.

Posted by Editor at 12:30 PM

January 09, 2006

Slickspot Peppergrass

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Lepidium papilliferum

Posted by Editor at 06:39 PM

September 09, 2005

Relocating Aase's Onion

Saturday, Sept. 24, 8:45 a.m
Ridley's Market, Boise, Idaho

[Rescheduled from June 18.] A new phase of the Hidden Hollow Landfill will displace several populations of Aase's onion, and Rod Burke has offered a new home for them at the IBG. Join fellow rare plant enthusiasts for 4-5 hours of roping the wily wild onion and really bring native plants "home" to future garden visitors. Meet at Ridley's Market (formerly Crane Creek Market) on Bogus Basin Road. Bring gloves, hats, shovels, trowels, sunscreen, water and lunch. For more information, contact Judy Ferguson at judy.ferguson at ch2m dot com.

Posted by Editor at 05:49 PM

April 16, 2004

Forest Service Dropping Endangered Species, Riparian and Archaeological Reviews

The Bush Administration continues to eradicate requirements and opportunities for public and scientific review of public lands management activities that may harm imperiled plant species and communities. The Administration is proposing to eliminate reviews by outside agencies, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the Environmental Protection Agency, of Forest Service projects that may threaten plants or their habitats. For more information on the Bush Administration's approach to science see the California Native Plant Society's web page on the topic:
http://www.cnps.org/federalissues/letters1.htm or http://www.cnps.org/federalissues/ click "Misuse of Science".

Also see the Union of Concerned Scientists report "Scientific Integrity in Policymaking" http://www.ucsusa.org/global_environment/rsi/report.html

Posted by Paul at 02:46 PM

March 17, 2004


Forwarded from the Plant Conservation Alliance.

The Utah Native Plant Society is pleased to announce the availability of an on-line rare plant guide for Utah which is in part intended to be an update to the 1991 Utah Endangered, Threatened and Sensitive Plant Field Guide. The URL is:


Tony Frates -- Utah Native Plant Society -- www.unps.org

Posted by Paul at 12:46 AM