Melissa Amberson: email
Treasurer—Tina Ayers: email or
Presentations/FieldTrips- Barbara Phillips: email or
Regular chapter meetings and
evening presentations are held at 7:00pm
on the 3rd Tuesday of each month between March and October. New
are held at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on the corner of
San Francisco St and Cedar Ave, north of the hospital. These events are
free and open to the public.
trips are usually on the Sunday following the presentation and are
announced via e-mail and in the newspaper. Unless otherwise announced,
meet at the OneAZ Credit Union parking lot,
southwest corner of Butler and Beaver, at 8:00 a.m. Come prepared with
sun protection and/or rain protection, water, snacks, food, and car or
gas money for carpooling. For more information, e-mail contact Barbara
Phillips by email or call her
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CHAPTER 2017 SCHEDULE
Zack Zdinak: Flagstaff
illustrator Zackery Zdinak propagates Asclepias sp. in his native plant garden,
and makes specimens available for research. Zack has devoted his life to
the love of wildlife and nature, catching frogs and snakes in Connecticut
as a child, and later as a peripatetic Wildlife Biologist, Fire Fighter
and Interpreter with US Fish & Wildlife, National Forest and National
Park Services in Utah and Arizona. In 1998, Zack founded Life Drawing
& Education, providing products and services for environmental
education, interpretation, and science inquiry programs. He has designed,
illustrated and managed interpretive media projects for parks,
campgrounds, arboreta, public schools, and non-profit clients in several
The Pearson Building on the Museum of
Northern Arizona’s Research Campus is across from the main campus off HWY
180. A map of the campus can be found here: https://musnaz.org/about/buildings-and-campus/
Arizona Native Plant Society Flagstaff
Chapter meetings are free and open to the public.
Photo credit: Showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)
by Max Licher.
Dr. Randall W.
Scott: The Genus Brickellia
Randy teaches in the
Department of Biological Sciences at NAU. He is currently working on a
monograph of the genus Brickellia (Asteraceae),
a genus of 90 to 100 species found primarily in the southwestern United
States and Mexico. Initial molecular and morphological analyses are
underway involving species from the western US, and a treatment for Flora
North America has been completed. Randy also lends a hand wherever he is
needed at the Deaver Herbarium, such as
identifying many of the unknown Asteraceae received by the herbarium,
filing newly mounted specimens, giving tours, and whatever else comes up.
Randy's research and teaching focuses primarily on plant systematics,
biogeography, and floristics.
Pearson Hall on the Museum of Northern
Arizona’s Research Campus is across from the main campus off HWY 180. A
map of the campus can be found here: https://musnaz.org/about/buildings-and-campus/
Arizona Native Plant Society Flagstaff
Chapter meetings are free and open to the public.
Photo credit: Brickellia grandiflora by Max Licher
Susan Holiday: Cactus of the Flagstaff Area
but painful to the touch” describe cacti. Usually thought of as plants of
the hot desert, cacti occur in northern Arizona too. This talk will give
an overview of how to identify cactus and some of the ways these plants
are utilized by people. There will be handouts including a key and
pictures and an edible cactus treat or two.
Susan Holiday is a student of botany and a
retired secondary science teacher with a master’s degree in Teaching
Biology. She published a flora of Tsegi Canyon
as a master's degree project, co-authored a flora of Homolovi
State Park, and co-authored floristic treatments of Fumariaceae
(now part of Papaveraceae) and Hydrangeaceae of Arizona. She has also completed studies of the
Opuntia cactus of Betatakin Monument, Walnut
Canyon Monument, and the Flagstaff area.
The meeting will be at the Powell Building of
the Research Campus at the Museum of Northern Arizona. To get there turn
on Winding Brook road off Hwy 180 where the sign is for the Peaks and
turn left on Research Center Road. A map of the campus can be found here: https://musnaz.org/about/buildings-and-campus/
Arizona Native Plant Society Flagstaff
Chapter meetings are free and open to the public.
Photo credit: Scarlet hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus coccineus)
by Anthony Mendoza.
Saturday, May 20, 8:00am-noon
Trip: Weeding at Picture Canyon with Susan Holiday.
Susan Holiday will be leading a one-hour botany
walk at Picture Canyon and then participants can choose to join the City
of Flagstaff Open Space Program volunteers as they remove the invasive
weed horehound (Marrubium vulgare) from the Rio de Flag
Meet at the Credit Union at Butler and
Beaver at 8:00 to arrange carpooling to Picture Canyon.
What to bring:
- Appropriate sun protection (hat,
sunscreen, long-sleeve shirt, etc.)
- Sturdy shoes
- IF you have them: Work gloves, shovels,
wire cutters (not required, we will provide some on site)
Kids are welcome to participate ages 10
and up accompanied by an adult.
Snacks and coffee will be provided at the
Tuesday, June 20
Rink: The Genus Penstemon
Penstemons are considered the
iconic Four Corners flower, and there are many species in the Flagstaff
area. Glen will tell us about his current project classifying Penstemon, which have recently
been moved from Scrophulariaceae
botanist Glenn Rink is out in the field most days of the year, collecting
plants for various agencies—or just for fun. He is currently documenting
flora of the southern Colorado Plateau area, focusing especially on the
Kaibab Plateau. Glenn collaborated with Max Licher
on revisions of Cyperaceae
for Arizona and New Mexico. He is an Associate Curator at NAU's Deaver Herbarium.
Sunday, June 25, 8:00
Plant-Pollinator field trip to
Mt. Elden with Paige Chesshire
trip on the Rocky Ridge Trail (FS Trail #153). Paige Chesshire
of the NAU Plant-Pollinator Project will lead us on this rocky path over
rolling terrain through a forest of ponderosa pines interspersed with
stunted Gambel oaks and gnarled alligator
junipers. A number of hardy shrubs and ground-hugging desert plants are
also found on this arid south slope of the Dry Lake Hills. This will
be a casual, two-mile hike (four miles round-trip). Paige will teach
those who are interested how to gather data for her project using iNaturalist. If you'd like to learn, bring your
carpool, meet at the OneAZ Credit Union at the
corner of Beaver and Butler at 8 am. Bring the usual sun protection,
water, snacks, and if you're interested in iNaturalist,
Tuesday, July 18
Mike Rotter: From
will talk about his research, the diversity of monkeyflowers (Erythranthe, formerly Mimulus), and taxonomic
changes in the genus. This will be another in this year's series
of talks about genera and families, a timely topic in this era of
Rotter is an NAU graduate student in Biological Sciences. His research
interests include the evolutionary ecology of plant-insect interactions.
credit: Seep monkeyflower (Erythranthe guttata) by Patrick Alexander
The weekend of
field trip with Mike Rotter
Mike will lead a field trip to
a riparian area on the weekend following his talk. The walk will
highlight the unique relationship between plants and insects. Details will
be announced closer to the date. Come to Mike's talk or check
the online Arizona Daily Sun Calendar for more
Tuesday, August 15
Cheryl Lynn Miller: The NAU Centennial Forest
Arizona University’s School of Forestry and the Arizona State Forestry
Division coordinate in managing the 47,500-acre Centennial Forest to
provide research and education opportunities, reduce the risk of
wildfire, and provide ecosystem services such as clean water, carbon
storage, wildlife habitat, timber, and livestock forage.
Lynn Miller, Centennial Forest Manager: Cheryl Miller is a
professional land manager holding a Bachelor of Science in Forestry with
a minor in biology from NAU. In the past 16 years with the NAU
Centennial Forest she has administered thinning, forest restoration, and
public engagement projects.
Saturday, August 19, 8:00am
Field trip to Rogers Lake County
Natural Area with Cheryl Miller
will lead us on a tour of a restoration project she administered in
2011-2012. It is the biggest full restoration treatment in northern
Arizona, and has recovered quite nicely from the first round of tree
cutting. Cheryl's team also installed some very interesting demonstration
areas of varying forest densities. We will end with lunch at the aspen
enclosure under the ramada built by the County.
carpool, meet at the OneAZ Credit Union at the
corner of Beaver and Butler at 8 am. Bring the usual sun protection,
water, and your lunch.
Tuesday, September 19
Dr. Paul Minnis: The Ancient, the Ugly, and the Nearly Invisible
The long history of the
complex relationships between people and plants in U.S. Southwest and
northern Mexico is more than fascinating; it also can be useful! Plant remains
recovered from archaeological sites help piece together this story,
despite the fact that the remains are often exceptionally small and
sometimes seem just plain ugly.
Paul Minnis, Professor of Anthropology
Emeritus, University of Oklahoma. Paul Minnis'
research focuses on archaeology, prehistoric ethnobotany, cultural
ecology and sociocultural evolution, and the prehistoric biodiversity of
the southwest US and northern Mexico.
Tuesday, October 17
Dr. Lawrence E. Stevens: The Plant Communities of Springs
Larry Stevens is an
evolutionary ecologist and the Coordinator of the Museum of Northern
Arizona’s Springs Stewardship Institute, which is dedicated to improving
understanding and stewardship of springs ecosystems. He also serves MNA
as the Curator of Ecology, and is the Senior Ecologist for Grand Canyon
Wildlands Council, a conservation organization in Flagstaff. He is a
long-time Colorado River whitewater guide, and served as Ecologist for
Grand Canyon National Park (1988-1994). He has conducted extensive
research on southwestern biogeography, conservation ecology, endangered
and non-native species biology, as well as springs, riverine, wetlands,
and dam ecology and management.
Northern Arizona University, Deaver Herbarium
We are looking for dedicated
volunteers to help mount pressed specimens for the permanent collection.
No experience necessary, training will be provided. No reply needed, just
show up and join a fun group.
Work sessions will take place
every first and third Thursday of the month at 1:30 to 3:30pm in the Deaver herbarium in the Biological Sciences Bldg on 617 S, Beaver Street. The herbarium is
located in room 314 on the south side of the third floor.
Parking near the NAU campus is very difficult, but the Mountain Line #10 bus
stops right in front of the building. For more information visit
website or contact session organizers Gisela Kluwin
of Northern Arizona
The Museum of Northern Arizona
is looking for dedicated volunteers to assist in the curation of herbarium
specimens including identifying specimens, mounting pressed specimens,
filing pressed specimens into the herbarium, and georeferencing
specimens. The Museum is also looking for volunteers to help plant, weed,
and prune the native plants in the Colton Research Garden, at the Colton
House, and around the Museum grounds. For more information, please
contact Museum botanist, Kirstin
Arboretum at Flagstaff
The Arboretum at Flagstaff 2016
OPEN volunteer dates from 10am to 2pm each Saturday: January 23, February
6, February 20, March 5, March 26, April 2, April 9, and April 23.
Anyone looking to earn volunteer service hours and learn something about
plant cultivation is welcomed to join us! Interested volunteers must RSVP
with the date they plan to attend to: Shannon
Sorrell, and Gayle Nance.
The plan for each scheduled date
is as follows:
Arrive at the Arboretum at 10am and plan to work until 2pm. Meet
Horticulture staff at the main greenhouse-the building with the blue roof
which is a short walk north towards the San Francisco Peaks from the main
parking lot. Volunteers should always dress in layers for outdoor work
(even though some or all members may be working indoors in the
greenhouses with us on certain dates). Everyone is encouraged to bring a
personal refillable water bottle and snacks with them. We will provide
all tools, gloves, instructions, etc. necessary for work projects.
Everyone will sign in on our volunteer forms so we can be sure to
document your service hours & generous contributions towards the
Arboretum at Flagstaff! You will be working with Gayle Nance,
Horticulturalist, & Hailey Sherwood, Horticulture staff. Feel free to
Benjamin with questions or for organizing
logistics in preparation for your service dates.
Flagstaff Seed Library
The Grow Flagstaff Seed Library
is looking for volunteers to help create seed packets to add to the
growing seed library. For more information, please contact Jackee
Atlas Project of Arizona
There are several plant ongoing
plant atlas projects in northern Arizona. The Plant Atlas Project of
Arizona (PAPAZ) is a statewide partnership between the Arizona Native
Plant Society, Grand Canyon Trust, Desert Botanical Garden, Northern
Arizona University, Museum of Northern Arizona, and the U.S. Forest
Service to document the diversity and distribution of Arizona’s flora.
For more information, see the Plant Atlas
Project website or contact Kirstin
Weed Warrior Activities
The AZNPS Flagstaff Chapter will
join forces with the Grand Canyon Trust, Master Gardeners, and other
local organizations to tackle the enormous weed problem along Fort Valley
Road between the Fire Station, Trust's headquarters, Pioneer Museum and
the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Invasive plant species tend to be
aggressive, to outcompete native plants for resources and space, and to
decrease biodiversity. Diffuse Knapweed, Kochia, Bull Thistle (below), Cheatgrass and many other species are present
throughout our project focus area. Together we can work to remove them
and increase the chances for native grasses and flowers to flourish.
There has already been major improvement at the Pioneer Museum, and
native species are filling in among the native grasses. However, there is
still more work to do. Details about these projects are on the Grand
Canyon Trust's website. Please come
out and join local weed warriors and plant enthusiasts for one or all
three workdays of weed removal, exercise, and fun. Please contact Dorothy Lamm with questions or just register
at the website. See you there.
There are other wonderful volunteer opportunities sponsored by the Grand
Canyon Trust listed on this website also. They are in Northern Arizona
and Utah, plus Grand Canyon National Park also announces its Vegetation
Crew projects on the Trust website.
Bull Thistle in seed––beautiful but BAD.
(Photo/Caption submitted by Dorothy Lamm)
CHAPTER 2016 SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 22*
Dr. Vera Markgraf: Flowers of the Atacama
Vera Markgraf will be giving a presentation on
the trip she and Kimberly Hansen took in the fall of 2015 to see the
blooming of the flowers in the Atacama desert, South America. This event
only happens every 18 years or so when there is rainfall in the desert
due to an El Nino event.
Dr. Markgraf earned her PhD in 1968 and an honorary PhD
in 2008 from the University of Bern in Switzerland. She has done
extensive field work in Latin America collecting sediment cores from
lakes and bogs for paleoenvironmental research,
contributing many articles and books on late Quaternary environmental and
climate change. Now adjunct faculty at NAU, she has held research and
teaching positions in universities in Switzerland, France, Australia,
Colorado, and Arizona.
will be no field trip this month.
is the fourth Tuesday of the month, not the third, which is our usual
Kristin Haskins: Monitoring Edaphic Endemics of the Verde Valley
Dr. Haskins received her B.S. and M.S.
in Biology at the University of Kentucky and completed her Ph.D. in plant
ecology at Northern Arizona University in 2003. Since 2006, Dr. Haskins has
been the Director of Research at The Arboretum at Flagstaff. The Research
Department currently participates in three areas of work: recovery of
rare plant species, restoration of disturbed habitats, and research in
native plant ecology and horticultural practices. Much of the work that
Dr. Haskins has conducted since joining The Arboretum culminated in the
publication of a co-edited volume in 2012, entitled “Plant Reintroduction
in a Changing Climate: Promises and Perils.”
Field trip to Verde Valley Botanical
Join us as we stroll through the Verde
Valley Botanical Area and admire many different rare and sensitive
species while learning about on-going long-term monitoring projects.
Common Ground: Grand Canyon region as a floristic transition zone.
The Grand Canyon region is situated at
the boundaries of three of the four North American deserts and has long
been noted for harboring unusually high numbers of plant species and
unique species assemblages. Using upland vegetation data from the
southern portion of Grand Canyon-Parashant
National Monument and riparian vegetation data from the Colorado River
through Grand Canyon National Park, this talk will cover the floristic
communities found in these study areas and how these communities exhibit
the transitional nature of the Grand Canyon region in regards to
Emily Palmquist is a plant
ecologist/botanist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Grand Canyon
Monitoring and Research Center. She
received her B.S. in Environmental Science at Carroll College in
Waukesha, WI and her M.S. in biology at Northern Arizona University in
2010. She specializes in aridland plant
ecology, plant taxonomy, and biogeography of plant distributions. Since
2011, she has been working in the Grand Canyon region in a variety of
roles, including grazing assessments and long-term vegetation monitoring.
Her current projects focus on the impact of dams and controlled floods on
the composition and dominance of riparian vegetation on the Colorado
River below Glen Canyon Dam and patterns of floristic change.
Tuesday, July 19
Alpert: Insect versus plant survival on the Colorado Plateau
Insects play a major role in the survival of certain
plants, both during seed dispersal and pollination. Plants provide
herbivorous insects with a food source for growth and reproduction as
well as nectar, sap, and other secretions. We will discuss a few case
studies on the Colorado Plateau that illustrate the complexity of these
interactions. We will also discuss the unintended consequences of
disrupting the natural order of events.
Dr. Gary Alpert is an Associate at the
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University and a Research
Associate at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Currently Dr. Alpert is
working with the USGS and the NPS on the terrestrial arthropods of the
Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and on a three year research study
with Walnut Canyon National Monument to conduct an All Taxa Biological
Sunday, July 24
Trip to Pumphouse Wash led by Ana Novak.
Ana Novak will lead a wildflower
walk in upper Pumphouse Wash, on the western edge of Kachina
Village. This moist and shady canyon sustains a number of interesting
riparian species as well as a rich ponderosa understory. The hike will be
a round-trip of approximately one mile each way, on a level but uneven
dirt trail with some brief ups and downs. Please be prepared with sun
(and possible rain!) protection, water, and snacks.
Carpooling is recommended. To carpool,
meet at the OneAZ Credit Union at the corner of
Beaver Street and Butler Avenue at 8:40 am. To join the hike at the
trailhead, drive south on I-17 and take Exit 333. Turn right into Kachina Village and right again at the t-intersection
onto Kachina Trail. Take the first left onto
Ancient Trail and continue for about one mile. Turn left into the dirt
parking lot just past the water treatment plant. The walk will begin at 9
Ana M. Novak, MS, is a long-time member
of AZNPS (and former Chapter President!). She is a Lab Coordinator
and Biology instructor at CCC, and a 23-year resident of Kachina Village.
Nigel Sparks: Native Plant Propagation
Using native plants for landscaping
is beneficial to pollinators and birds. Native plants are used to the
extremes in environment here in Northern Arizona and use less fertilizers
and water to grow. Nigel will explain how to propagate native plants from
both seed and cuttings. He will also explain how to choose a plant that
will survive in different types of soils and microenvironments found in
the area around Flagstaff.
Nigel Sparks is the
owner of Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed here in Flagstaff. He has
extensive experience in propagation and landscaping with native plants.
Saturday, August 20
Plant walk led by Susan Lamb Bean
On our walk of about three miles round-trip to Skunk
Canyon, we will see plant communities in a number of microclimates
created by different soils and solar aspects. We will walk on unimproved
trails and disused Forest Service roads, so be prepared for walking on
uneven terrain and for short stretches up- and downhill.
Logistics: Our walk will begin on private
land just off Lake Mary Road. Meet to carpool or to follow the lead car
at 8:30 am on Saturday, August 20, at the OneAZ
Credit Union, 321 South Beaver (corner of Beaver and Butler). Be prepared
for warm and/or rainy weather with sun protection and water. Trail snacks
Writer/naturalist Susan Lamb keeps an
almanac of over 200 plants that flower along the route of our walk.
Photo credit: Tom Bean
Ron Coleman: Wild Orchids of Arizona
and New Mexico
Ron Coleman will present
his talk “The Wild Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico,” which is based on
his 2002 book of the same name. Ron will discuss the orchid species that
grow wild in Arizona and New Mexico, covering blooming season, habitat,
and distribution. Within the United States, several of these orchids are
found only in Arizona and New Mexico.
Ron is a student of the native orchids of
the United States, specializing in the wild orchids of the Southwest. He
is the author of over 40 orchid articles that have appeared in the
Orchids, The Orchid Digest, Fremontia, Selbyana, and Madrano. Two
wild orchid species are named after him, and he has described two new taxa. Ron is the author
of The Wild Orchids ofCalifornia, published in 1995 and The Wild Orchids of Arizona
and New Mexico, published in 2002. He co-authored the orchid treatment in
Arizona Rare Plant Field Guide prepared by the Arizona Rare Plant
was co-author of two orchid genus treatments
in the Flora of North America, Vol 2, published in 2002. Ron wrote major
portions of the orchid treatment for the new Jepson Manual Flora of
California published in 2012.
Photo: Fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa). Credit: Elroy
Anderson: Coconino Imagineering
Coconino County is a leader in
the region for preservation of open space. This was evident by the
passage of a special tax in 2002 (CPOS) to buy and protect open space,
greenways and parks. The special tax has now expired, large tracts
of land have been protected, and now the County will need to decide if
there is a will to continue this effort. Our first task will be to define
our unique open space system. Next, we will need to explore methods to
preserve our system. His presentation will be oriented toward our future
efforts and opportunities.
Scott Anderson has been working
for Coconino County as the Natural Resource Manager for approximately 9
months. Prior to working in Flagstaff, Scott worked with the Riparian
Institute and the Parks and Recreation Department in the Town of Gilbert.
CHAPTER 2015 SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 29
Field Trip: Focusing on Flame
This March event will be a
special, docent-led tour of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s dramatic
exhibit of photographs taken during the Slide Fire of May 2014 that burned
for ten days in some of Oak Creek Canyon’s most rugged terrain. The tour
will introduce us to this devastating event in preparation for two
upcoming programs in May: “The Hardest Issue in the World: Climate Change
and the Future of Southwestern Plants and Places” by NAU Professor Peter Friederici, and a field trip to the Slide Fire site
itself with U.S. Forest Service Botanist Debbie Crisp.
Meet at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday,
March 28th, at the Historical Front Lobby inside the southwest-facing
doors of the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 North Fort Valley Road, in
Tuesday, May 19
The Hardest Issue in the World: Climate Change and the Future of
Southwestern Plants and Places
is a science journalist and an associate professor in the School of
Communication at Northern Arizona University, where he studies how the
media and members of the public talk about climate change. Climate change
represents a huge threat to southwestern species and ecosystems. Yet in
our public sphere it's hard even to get some people to acknowledge that
it might be happening—let alone do anything about it. Why is this issue
so hard to grasp? Rooted in contemporary social science research, this
presentation will take a look at why climate change represents such a
challenge at the political and even psychological level.
Saturday, May 23
Field Trip: Slide Fire site –
Visit a Slide Fire location with
Coconino Forest Botanist Debbie Crisp. Debbie has a Bachelor of Science
in Biology and a Master of Science in Forestry, both from NAU. She is the
Coconino National Forest Botanist, and a member of several Burned Area
Emergency Response Teams to evaluate post-fire conditions, including the
Slide Fire team. There are always lots of interesting things to see in
fire areas that we don’t find at any other time.
Tuesday, June 16
Dr. W. Keith Moser: Fort Valley
Keith Moser is the Scientist in Charge (SIC) of the Fort Valley
Experimental Forest. A Research Forester for the Rocky Mountain Research
Station, Keith researches the adaptive capacity of Forest and Woodland
ecosystems to new and variable weather and disturbance. He is especially
interested in the connection between ecological processes and policy and
management actions. The Fort Valley Experimental Forest was established
in August 1908 as the first Forest Service research facility in the U.S.,
and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is still a
field and laboratory site of major importance for research into forest
Tuesday, July 21
Scott Anderson: Wetlands are Wetlands
This program will focus on
natural and created wetlands and the value of each. Scott will talk about
a created riparian preserve in Gilbert as well as the results of the May
30 Bioblitz at Pumphouse Wash, and how we may
possibly work to tie Pumphouse and Kachina
wetlands together as continuing habitat and education tools.
Scott Anderson has been Natural
Resource Manager for Coconino County since 2014. Prior to working in
Flagstaff, Scott worked with the Riparian Institute and the Parks and
Recreation Department in the Town of Gilbert, Arizona for 13 years and
managed the Gilbert Water Ranch riparian preserves. These preserves have
been studied and copied by communities around the world seeking to be
Saturday, July 25
Field trip: Pomeroy Tanks — Glenn Rink/Max Licher.
We will visit this interesting natural wetland where lilies grow at the
head of Sycamore Canyon.
Tuesday, August 18
Dr. Thomas G. Whitham: Genetic solutions to
climate change, invasive species, and biodiversity loss using the
Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA).
SEGA is a system of 10 gardens
along an elevation gradient in northern Arizona that ranges from desert
to alpine forest. By planting the same plant species and genotypes in
different environments, scientists can identify which ones perform best
and are most likely to survive changing conditions. This approach
requires the participation of scientists from climate science, ecology,
genetics, engineering, and informatics.
is a Regents’ Professor of Biology at NAU. He is a pioneer in community
and ecosystem genetics. His research focuses primarily on community-level
understanding of the consequences of plant genetics and climate change on
foundation plant species and their dependent communities. Foundation
species that serve as model study systems for this research include
cottonwoods and pines.
Sunday, August 23
Field trip: SEGA site near Sunset Crater — Tom Whitham.
Coordinator: Susan Lamb.
We will visit this well-established unit of the Southwest Experimental
Garden Array to learn how it can inform scientists and the public about
the effects of climate change and possible mitigation measures.
Tuesday, September 15
Students for Sustainable Living Garden (SSLUG) at Northern Arizona
The SSLUG garden was founded by
NAU graduate students in the Sustainability Program in 2007 to create community
and share teachings about how to best garden sustainably and organically.
Over the years, the garden has grown to include 1/2 acre of cultivated
edible, native and other beautiful and useful plants grown with a variety
of sustainable techniques. A large collection of milkweeds for monarchs
was added this year to the pollinator garden. Jan Busco,
Coordinator, is an environmental horticulturist, consultant and author of
Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens and Co-Author of First
Gardens: How to get Started In Southwestern Gardening. She received her
BS in Horticulture from Cal Poly Pomona and her MS in Forestry from NAU
in 2005 with a concentration in ecological restoration.
Join Jan on a walking tour of SSLUG Garden. Meet at the Arizona State
Credit Union, corner of Butler Avenue and South Beaver at 8:30 AM to
carpool to the SSLUG Garden on the south end of the NAU campus. You'll
visit the Pollinator Garden, the Joel Olson outdoor classroom, and
diverse planting beds containing native and useful plants cared for with
a variety of sustainable landscaping techniques.
Tuesday, October 20
Michael Remke: Biological soil
Michael Remke is a graduate
student in Dr. Matthew Bowker's Laboratory at NAU in the Forestry Department
and President of the Forestry Graduate Student Association. Mike is a
very engaging and dynamic speaker.
Disturbances to desert ecosystems
are resulting in increased wind and water erosion of soils across the
Colorado Plateau and Great Basin. Spring wind events transport desert
dust to the mountainous regions of Colorado and Utah where the dust is
deposited on snowpack. There are serious implications of this process to
plants, biological soil crusts, and to the ski industry.
CHAPTER 2014 SCHEDULE
Neil Chapman: Impact of 4FRI on the
Our speaker will be the Nature
Conservancy's Neil Chapman who will speak about the impact of 4FRI on the
forest understory, and the in-cab GIS technology co-developed by TNC and
the logging industry to adapt to more complex thinning requirements while
providing better monitoring of forest thinning prescriptions. A great
start to our 2014 meetings!
Field trip: Picture Canyon – Susan Holiday
Picture Canyon Natural and
Cultural Preserve was purchased by the City of Flagstaff in 2012. The
area includes many Sinagua pictographs and a
deep canyon with a waterfall. Susan Holiday is conducting a floristic
inventory of the area as part of the Plant Atlas Project of Arizona and
will be leading the hike. Join us to see what spring wildflowers are
Tuesday, April 15
Amy Prince: Flora of the
Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
Amy Prince has been lover of
plants since she purportedly ate grass and picked every last prize tulip
from her neighbor's yard as a 2 year old in Texas. She has supported her
plant habit by working as a nurse for 23 years. During that time she has
volunteered and been occasionally paid for her work on the side as a
field botanist, herbarium assistant's assistant, research flunky, and
plant press mule. Most recently, she quit her full time nursing job to
become a graduate student in botany at Northern Arizona University. With
the help of a grant obtained by the Grand Canyon Trust, she is working on
a flora of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. When not peering at
cacti through a hand lens, she can be found traveling for medical mission
work, mushroom hunting, eating sushi, or rehabilitating her ragtag
collection of plants procured from dumpsters, clearance sales, and last
year's garden gone wrong.
Amy will provide an introduction
to the flora of the remarkable 280,000 acre Vermilion Cliffs National
Monument in Northern Arizona, home of the spectacular Coyote Buttes and
the sandstone formation known as "The Wave.” With a wide variety of
elevations and land forms, the monument contains diverse and interesting
plant life, including rare cacti, orchids, and euphorbias.
Tuesday, May 20
Phil Patterson: How to Propagate
Native Plants of the Colorado Plateau
Phil Patterson, NAU Research
Greenhouse Manager, will discuss his ongoing projects using native plants
in habitat restoration and common garden experiments while discussing
various techniques that he uses to propagate native woody plants from
Field Trip: Tour of the NAU
research greenhouse complex
Phil Patterson will give us a tour of the NAU research greenhouse
complex. The greenhouse complex (Building 79) is located on the NAU
campus south of the Walkup Skydome and south of
E. Pine Knoll Drive. We will meet at the greenhouse at 10 am.
Tuesday, June 17
Kirstin Olmon and Susan Lamb:
Kirstin and Susan will introduce
Nature’s Notebook, a national program in which amateur and professional naturalists
track local phenology: the emergence and blooming of plants and the
behavior of birds and other animals, including insects. The program
engages individuals, educators, and community groups in learning about
local plants and animals and contributing to science. These long-term
observations of plants and animals generate data for scientific discovery
Kirstin Olmon is a botany
research assistant at the Museum of Northern Arizona. She is the manager
of the McDougall Herbarium and curator of the living roof atop the Easton
Collect Center. She is a recent graduate of the botany master’s program
at Northern Arizona University and has worked as a field botanist for the
Diablo Trust’s Integrated Monitoring for Sustainability Program and the
Grand Canyon Trust.
Susan Lamb is the local author of
over two dozen books on natural history. She originally came to northern
Arizona to serve as Desert View District naturalist at Grand Canyon
National Park, where she acquired a lasting curiosity and affection for
regional plant communities. Susan keeps a yearly almanac of over two
hundred native plant species in the Flagstaff area.
Sunday, June 22
Field Trip: PAPAZ field trip to
Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve
Susan Holiday will lead this
field trip to Picture Canyon, named for the hundreds of pictographs and
other archaeological remains that attest to at least a thousand years of
settlement here by the Northern Sinagua. A
modern urban-forest interface area, Picture Canyon is listed on the
National Record of Historic Places. In response to efforts by a group of
volunteers representing more than a dozen organizations, the City of
Flagstaff recently purchased 480 acres of the Picture Canyon area for
conservation. Plant lists developed by volunteers will be used by the
Arizona Archaeological Society for tours, and by other groups such as
Northern Arizona Audubon that use the Picture Canyon area.
Tuesday, July 15
Botanical Assessment of Springs in Coconino County
Dr. Vera Markgraf
earned advanced degrees at universities in Switzerland and Germany. She
has done extensive field work on riparian ecosystems in Latin America and
contributed to many articles and books on paleo-environments and climate
change. Now adjunct faculty at NAU, she has held research and teaching
positions in Switzerland, France, Australia, Colorado, and the University
of Arizona. Vera generously volunteered her expertise in plant
identification, geomorphology, and the vegetation dynamics of wetlands during
a recent, multiyear inventory of 200 springs on the Coconino and Kaibab
national forests. Vera will present on the botanical assessments of
springs in Coconino County.
Saturday, July 19
Field Trip: Hoxworth
Spring – Vera Markgraf
This beautiful restored complex
of springs and wetlands promises to be lush, green, and flowery in July.
The springs are a quarter-mile walk from the parking area on Forest Road
296, 10 miles southeast of Flagstaff.
Tuesday, August 19
Kirstin Olmon: Common Grasses of
the Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands
Botanist Kirstin Olmon will offer
an introductory evening program with an illustrated talk and hands-on
exercise in identifying specimens of our local grasses commonly found in
Sunday, August 24
Field Trip: Common Grasses of the
Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands at Logan’s Crossing.
Botanist Kirstin Olmon will lead
a field workshop on Common Grasses of the Pinyon-Juniper Woodland at
Logan's Crossing. The first twenty participants who pre-registered for
the field trip will receive handouts with illustrations and narrative
descriptions of each grass. Others are welcome to participate in the
field trip and will receive the handouts via email after the trip.
Tuesday, September 16
Susan Lamb: Common Grasses of the
Naturalist Susan Lamb will offer an introductory evening program with an
illustrated talk and hands-on exercise in identifying specimens of our
local grasses commonly found in ponderosa forests.
Susan Lamb is a member of the
Arizona Native Plant Society and serves on the Board of The Arboretum at
Flagstaff. She originally came to northern Arizona to serve as Desert
View District Naturalist at Grand Canyon National Park, where she
acquired a lasting curiosity and affection for regional plant
communities. Susan keeps a yearly almanac of over two hundred native
plant species in the Flagstaff area.
Saturday, September 20
Field Trip: Grasses at The
Arboretum at Flagstaff – Susan Lamb
Limited to twenty participants.
Register by calling The Arboretum at 928-774-1442. All field trip
participants will receive handouts with illustrations and narrative
descriptions of each grass.
Tuesday, October 14*
Dr. Wendy C. Hodgson:
Pre-Columbian Agaves in Southwestern United States: A New Way of Looking
at Species and Their Cultural Landscapes
Dr. Hodgson is Research Botanist
and Herbarium Curator at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona.
She is interested in the flora of the Southwest, particularly the Grand
Canyon region, rare and endemic plants, and systematics of Agave and
Yucca, including pre-Columbian agave cultivars. Wendy coordinated the
Cactus family treatment for Intermountain Flora and is head of the Cactaceae of Western U.S. project by Garden research
staff and research associates. She is an avid plant collector who strives
toward making high quality herbarium specimens.
The talk will focus on how the
importance of agaves to Mesoamerica’s cultures has distorted the plants’
role for cultures north of the U.S.–Mexico border. Pre-Columbian farmers
cultivated several species of agave in Arizona dating to at least A.D.
600 that have persisted in the landscape to the present. Most probably
they originated in northern Mexico and were traded as far north as the
Grand Canyon. Verde Valley is a region of intense agave cultivation,
having at least four of the five known domesticates. Landscapes and
plants should be viewed from a cultural, rather than “natural”
perspective that helps discern cryptic species and requires
*Note: This is the second Tuesday
of the month, not the third, which is our usual meeting date.
Verde Valley Agaves – Dr. Wendy
Our field trip in the Verde Valley will provide an opportunity to see
several of these “living” artifacts in situ, with further hypothetical
discussions of their origins and importance to people, as well as
questions about agave diversification and speciation in general.
CHAPTER SUMMER 2013 HIGHLIGHTS
The Flagstaff Chapter kept busy all
summer with volunteer projects and workshops.
Here are some of the highlights:
*Tuesday talks and Sunday walks
included talks about climate change, floras of the Verde Valley and the
Upper Basin, field trips to the Verde Valley, Flagstaff area and Upper
Basin of the Grand Canyon. Meetings are being given education credit time
for Master Gardeners and we are collaborating with that entity.
*Plant Atlas Project of Arizona (PAPAZ) volunteers have collected
specimens in the Upper Basin and have began a
new project at Elden Pueblo and Picture Canyon. These specimens are being
mounted at the Deaver Herbarium and the Museum
of Northern Arizona this winter.
have been organized to go to Grand Canyon on day-trips and on over-night
camping trips to assist the National Park's Vegetation Program with
planting, mulching and weeding at the new Visitor's Center at Mather
Point, working in the expansive nursery, gathering seeds, and helping
have weeded at the Pioneer Museum for the fourth year in a row, and have
finally brought diffuse knapweed under control. This work is in
collaboration with Master Gardeners, Museum of Northern Arizona and Grand
Canyon Trust. We will go after more knapweed next year. Weeding has also
happened at Riordan State Park and on Hwy 180.
*AZNPS and Master Gardeners
sponsored two beginning native plant/invasive weed workshops at the
office of the County Agricultural Extension agent, which were very
enthusiastically received by attendees. These will be offered again in
2012 Native Plant Garden Showcase
The Flagstaff chapter's 2012 Garden Showcase was the most successful
ever! Over fifty people attended the July 25th potluck and preview of
nine gardens that participated this year. Based on the number of maps
sold, at least 120 people took the self-guided tour on July 29th,
learning and sharing strategies with fellow gardeners about water
conservation, successful cultivation of native plants, and attractive
Local botanist Dr. Gwendolyn Waring earned the Flagstaff's Premier Native
Plant Garden Award of 2012 for her inspired design and
implementation of a 100% native plant garden at the entrance to Buffalo
Park. Gwen's vision became a reality through the efforts of volunteers,
donors, and organizations coordinated by Kelly Burke of the non-profit
Grand Canyon Wildlands Council. The
garden is a mini-arboretum, a teaching garden with labeled plants
organized by the biomes present in the park: basalt outcrop, ephemeral
wetland, and prairie. At last, a worthy entrance to Flagstaff's most
treasured public space!
Native Plant Garden Contest
The Flagstaff Chapter held its
2011 Native Plant Garden Contest and Public Tour in August. Our
annual Extravaganza Awards Ceremony was Wednesday evening, August 10.
The public tour of all the gardens on Sunday, August 14, was the
highlight of the event: a chance to share the gardens, tell
stories, and exchange advice with other gardeners from the community.
Visitors tour Tom and Susan Bean’s
garden during Arizona Native Plant Society Garden Tour on a rainy summer
afternoon in Flagstaff.
Susie Bailey, gardener and
organizer at Hozhoni during the Arizona Native
Plant Society Garden Contest. Hozhoni has been
developed as a labor of love dedicated to the clients. Flourishing , yet
water-wise, gardens are tucked into every outdoor space and offer
beauty, color, and scent and comforting reminders of home.
Sandra and Marty Martinez in
their backyard garden, Arizona Native Plant Society Garden Contest. Marty
Martinez had a beautifully designed edible landscape with
amazingly-productive containers and raised beds producing vegetables,
herbs, and flowers throughout the growing season. Conservation features
included raised beds with water-retaining soil, hardscaping, and
rainwater barrels, densely planted according to square-foot gardening
principles. The Phoenix
Home and Garden Magazine will feature the Martinez garden
in an upcoming issue, Spring 2012.
Arizona Native Plant Materials Program
The Arboretum at Flagstaff and the
Museum of Northern Arizona will have many volunteer opportunities for
AZNPS members to become involved in various aspects of the Northern
Arizona Native Plant Materials Program at each institution. The Museum
and The Arboretum will be working in conjunction with the Forest Service
over the next several years to accomplish the main objectives of this FS
funded project: to locally collect, process and store seed; to construct
six 10 ft X 30 ft
seed beds to cultivate and increase native forbs; to establish 5 acres as
increaser field plots; to acquire equipment to collect and process native
seeds; to provide training on seed collection, processing and storage;
and to work cooperatively to develop local native species lists targeting
early seral stage species that will become "restoration
US Forest Service Volunteer
During the winter months, the Coconino NF botanists could use help with
plant identification, mounting specimens, and databasing
our small FS herbarium. Please contact Debbie Crisp.
Northern Arizona Native Seed
In conjunction with the
aforementioned Museum, Arboretum, and Forest Service effort, a new
working group has formed to address the need for seeds for restoration
projects. The Northern Arizona Native Seed Alliance (NANSA) meets
bi-monthly. The group is comprised of more than 20 people from just as
many national, state, educational, and non-profit organizations. NANSA
was inspired by and is being modeled after a more regional group with a
similar mission, the
Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program (CPNPP). If you would like more
information on NANSA, or would like to get involved, please contact Patty West of the NAU Landsward Institute (formerly the Ecological
Monitoring & Assessment Program).
National Forest Webpage
Find information on recent
projects, native plants, noxious weeds and useful links to other
websites. Visit their website to learn more.