The Idaho Rare Plant Conference (RPC) is generally held every other year, and is organized by INPS along with various agencies (such as Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, etc.), academics, consultants, and others interested in Idaho’s rare plants.
It is an opportunity to learn about rare plants, share information, and network with others of similar interests.
Updating the INPS Rare Plant List, based on new information, is a substantial portion of the RPC. In addition, there are usually a number of talks/presentations on rare plants, conservation issues, or related topics. Dinners (either banquet or informal gatherings) along with conference breaks and poster session offer opportunities to renew or make new botanical acquaintances. Sometimes a field trip has been part of the RPC.
Rare Plant List and INPS Rare Plant Working Groups
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The 27th Rare Plant Conference took place February 10-11, 2016 at the Washington Group Plaza, 720 Park Blvd. in Boise.
The Idaho Rare Plant Conference aimed to be informative with scientific presentations and panel speakers, professional with opportunities to make connections with fellow plant enthusiasts, and exciting.
Packard’s milkvetch, Astragalus cusickii var. packardiae, was our highlighted species, but we discussed many other rare and interesting plants during the conference.
Past Conferences and Keynote Speakers
- 2014—Barbara Ertter, Consumers’ Guide to On-line Floristic Data—2014_RPC_Agenda
- 2011—No Keynote Speaker, Focus on Rare Plant List Update—RPC2011_Agenda
- 2009 — Del Wiens, Plant Associations of Africa
- 2007 — George Wuerthner, WILDFIRE A Century of Failed Forest Policy
- 2006 — Bob Moseley, Plant Conservation in the Tibetan Borderlands
- 2005 — Bruce Welch, Countering Misinformation Concerning Big Sagebrush