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MSU Plant Conservation Conference

April 11 - April 12

The Montana Native Plant Society (MNPS) will host the 12th Plant Conservation Conference on Thursday & Friday, April 11 & 12, 2024 on the campus of MSU in Bozeman.  Restoration is the theme.

Thursday, we’ll hear from our speakers and take a tour of the Indreland Audubon Wetland Preserve.  Friday will  be spent updating threats information for Montana’s Species of Concern. 


Speakers for the conference are:

    • Michael Butts, DNRC, Montana Native Seed Network; Developing a production hub at the DNRC Nursery to serve the surrounding ecoregions.
    • Justin Runyon, USDA-FS, RMRS; Assessing pollinator friendliness of plants and designing mixes to restore habitat for bees.
    • Christian Meny, MT Audubon Society Director of Conservation; About the Conservation Ranching Program.
    • Jessie Salix, USFS Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Botanist; Using biochar on forest soils and restoration success following fire.
    • Amanda Hendrix, USFS Northern Regional Botanist, will provide an update on the region’s seed increase program.
    • Jennifer McNew, USDI-BLM Botanist & Myrna DuMontier, Salish tribal teacher & traditionalist; Restoring purple camas within meadows.
    • Susan Wall, Herrera Environmental Consultants PWS Scientist; Restoring Dutchman wetlands and establishing an IPA.
    • Dr. Catherine Zabinski, MSU-Bozeman Plant & Soil Ecologist; Insights on using mycorrhizal fungi for restoration success.
    • Wendy Velman, USDI-BLM Regional Botanist for Montana and the Dakotas; Best practices for restoring grasslands.
    • Aaron Clausen, WWF Conservation Biologist and Project Manager; Restoring native plants at the Indreland Audubon Wetland Preserve and restoring grassland under the WWF sustainable ranching initiative.
    • Kelsey Molloy, TNC; Restoring 1,000 acres of grassland adjacent to the Bitter Creek WSA in Eastern Montana.


April 11
April 12
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Montana State University
Bozeman, MT + Google Map