Past Meetings

2007 Meetings

December 2007:

Henderson regular meeting (December 3rd). Third annual NNPS Christmas Pot Luck. Please bring photos to share with the group. We will also have an update on the poster, will be announcing the results from the elections, and discussing next years events and activities. The more the merrier!!

Reno regular meeting (November 1st). Steve Caicco, botanist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Reno, will give a presentation on East African Ecosystems. This will have an emphasis on the Afro-alpine flora of central Kenya.
Henderson regular meeting (November 5th). Nancy Hall, from the Friends of Gold Butte, will talk about the restoration work that in going on and the challenges facing the Gold Butte area. Adriane Zacmanidis, from Friends of Nevada Wilderness, will be giving a presentation on her non-profit organization and what they are doing to protect wilderness in Nevada. We will also discuss the poster and be holding elections for the southern Chairperson positions, so please make every effort to attend.

Henderson regular meeting (October 1st).
Reno regular meeting (October 4th). Larry Taylor and Gary Monroe will present Botany, Geology, and Topography of 2007 NNPS field trips. Anyone else with photographs from the 2007 season is welcome to join in! (If you will need any special projection equipment contact Jim Morefield 775-684-2902 or Arnold Tiehm 775-329-1645 well ahead of time).
September 2007:

Reno regular meeting (September 6th). NNPS President Ann Pinzl will be giving a presentation on her trip earlier this year to the Amazon. There will be slides, focusing on the botany of that area..
Henderson regular meeting (Monday September 10th). Ann Pinzl, NNPS president will give a talk on her latest adventures in the Amazon. The title of her presentation is: Visiting the Amazon: A Personal Account. She will share her photos of the region, the people, and of course, the flora.
July 2007:

Henderson regular meeting (July 2nd). We will be having a follow-up to May's poster meeting. Fred Edwards will give the group a status report on the poster development progress. We encourage everyone to come and participate in poster development.
June 2007:

Henderson regular meeting (June 4th). John Brinda from UNLV will be giving a presentation and workshop on the mosses found in Southern Nevada and surrounding areas. He will bring live specimens for our examination and identification.
May 2007:

Reno regular meeting (May 3rd). Annual member slides show. All members are invited to display their native plant slides, particularly from NNPS field trips. Please contact John Reid at (714) 457-3149 beforehand if you are planning to display slides at this meeting.
Henderson regular meeting (May 7th). Fred Edwards will lead the group through selecting plants to be included in the poster and other items related to the poster. Sharon Schaffer has been selected as the artist for the poster and she will be bringing some of her work for our group to view. If anyone would like to join the poster sub-committee, please contact Sonja.
April 2007:

Henderson regular meeting (April 2nd). Pat Leary, co-author of The Flora of the Spring Mountains of Clark and Nye County, Nevada, will host a workshop looking at a specific family or genus (to be announced, due to lack of rainfall).
Las Vegas, Rare Plant Committee meeting (April 3rd). Nevada Rare Plant Workshop in Las Vegas, with Ash Meadows field trip April 4th. Contact Jim Morefield (775-684-2902; jdmore [at] heritage [dot] nv [dot] gov) or Kate Walker (702-515-5408; kcwalker [at] fs [dot] fed [dot] us) for more information.
Reno regular meeting (April 5th). Eric Peterson of the Nevada Native Heritage program will give a presentation on native lichens in Nevada.
Southern Nevada (April 21st). International Earth Day. We will be having a booth at the Summerlin Earth Day, located at Summerlin Centre Community Park, 1800 South Town Center Drive (between Sahara and Charleston), Las Vegas. The event will feature live musical entertainment, interactive displays, children’s environmental art and learning activities, food, and exhibits.
March 2007:

Reno regular meeting (March 1st). Bruce Eisner of the California Tahoe Conservancy will discuss his agency's Lands Acquisition program, in which small parcels of land are acquired and restored to native vegetation, with limited public usage as parks, picnic areas, etc.
Henderson regular meeting (March 5th). Julie Draper will be giving the group a follow-up presentation to her 2005 presentation on cotyledons of the Mojave Desert.
February 2007:

Reno regular meeting (February 1st). Jenny Francis of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District - California Area, and Sue Donaldson of the Nevada Resource Conservation District - Reno/UNR Area, will be our co-speakers. The topic will be the Invasive Weeds Programs of both agencies.
Henderson regular meeting (February 5th). Fred Edwards, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will present Rare plant conservation in Southern Nevada. Synopsis: overview of the Endangered Species Act and how it fits into the larger conservation picture, opportunities for public involvement and considerations for shaping the future of rare plant conservation in Southern Nevada.
January 2007:

Reno annual Board Meeting (Thursday, January 25th). Dinner and refreshments will be provided. The meeting will be held at Arnold Tiehm’s house; please notify him if you plan on attending, 775-329-1645, atiehm [at] unr [dot] edu

2006 Meetings

December 2006:

Henderson regular meeting (December 4th). 2nd Annual Holiday Potluck.
Reno 3rd annual Christmas potluck (December 7th).

Reno regular meeting (November 2nd). Mark Ellis - Margaret Williams Research Grant recipient - will talk on his work with the Las Vegas buckwheat, Eriogonum corymbosum var. nilesii.
Henderson regular meeting (November 6th). Von Winkel a Restoration Ecologist will speak on the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, Clark County, Nevada.

Henderson regular meeting (October 2nd). James Morefield, President of the Nevada Native Plant Society, will speak on Rare Plants and the Nevada Native Plant Society.
Reno regular meeting (October 5th). David Polivy of the Sierra Business Council (SBC), Truckee, CA, will talk on the agency’s regional approach to planning for the future of the Sierra Nevada region. Founded in 1994 and based in Truckee, California, the SBC views environmental quality as key to the Sierra Nevada’s economic prosperity, and natural resource conservation as essential to building regional wealth. SBC is a resource for business leaders, government officials, conservation groups and other decision-makers seeking solutions to local and regional challenges.
September 2006:

Henderson regular meeting (Tuesday September 5th). Moved due to holiday. Seth Shanahan, Southern Nevada Water Authority, will present Botanical Inventory and Ecological Restoration Projects along the Las Vegas Wash, Clark County, Nevada.
Reno regular meeting (September 7th). Mark Vollmer will give tips on photography.
July 2006:

Henderson regular meeting (July 10th). Rescheduled from the 3rd to accommodate the 4th of July weekend. USGS Ecologist Todd Esque will present "The Joshua Tree: Is our Mojave Desert Icon in trouble?".
June 2006:

Henderson regular meeting (June 5th). Members will bring in slides and digital photos for a presentation of this year's spring wildflowers. As always, members are encouraged to bring in plant specimens for identification and general botanical appreciation.
May 2006:

Henderson regular meeting (May 1st). David Charlet, Professor of Biology with the Community College of Southern Nevada will give a presentation on The Iranian Flora and Vegetation from a Nevada Botanist's Perspective.
Reno regular meeting (May 4th). Members' Photographs.
April 2006:

Henderson regular meeting (April 3rd). Patrick Leary, Professor of Biological Sciences at the Community College of Southern Nevada will present Recognizing the Poaceae of the Spring Mountains: a Workshop to Learn the Salient Features for Identifying Our Common Grasses.
Reno, Rare Plant Committee meeting (April 6th). Nevada Rare Plant Workshop in Reno. Contact Jim Morefield (775-684-2902; jdmore [at] heritage [dot] nv [dot] gov) for more information.
Reno regular meeting (April 6th). Anna Thompson, botany instructor at the Feather River Community College, will speak on Botanizing with Fossil Plants, or PaleoBotany.
Southern Nevada (April 22nd). International Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to help with NNPS participation.
March 2006:

Reno regular meeting (March 2nd). A speaker from the The Sierra Business Council will talk on The New Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and Development vs Preservation in Sierra Valley, Sierra/Plumas Counties, California.
Henderson regular meeting (March 6th). James Andre, Botanist with University of California's Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center will present The Mojave Desert: A Floristic Frontier in a Conservation Black Hole.
Henderson (March 10th-12th). Community College of Southern Nevada Native Plant Sale.
Las Vegas (March 25th). Annual UNLV Native Plant Sale.

February 2006:

Reno regular meeting (February 2nd). Ann Bollinger, Graduate Student at UNR will give a talk on Vegetation Recovery and Trends after Wildfire on Public Lands in the Orovada Area (northern Humboldt Co.).
Henderson regular meeting (February 6th). Matt Brooks, Research Scientist with US Geological Survey, will give a presentation on Invasive Species and Wildfire Research in the Mojave Desert.
Reno Field Trip Committee meeting (February 9th). The field trip planning committee will meet, and consume a potluck dinner, the evening of February 9th to create the field trip schedule for 2006. If interested in attending, please contact Bonnie Larsen at 972-0583. John Reid has agreed to be field trip chair with Bonnie this year, and Janet Bair will be keeping the meeting notes on her laptop. We look forward to a productive meeting and a great potluck dinner.
January 2006:

Reno annual Board Meeting (Thursday, January 26th). Dinner and refreshments will be provided. The meeting will be held at Arnold Tiehm’s house; please notify him if you plan on attending, 775-329-1645, atiehm [at] unr [dot] edu
Henderson. No meeting planned for January.

2005 Meetings

December 2005:

Henderson regular meeting (December 5th). 1st Annual Holiday Potluck and Celebration. Please bring a dish to share with others, and members are encouraged to bring digital photos that we will run in the background during our meeting. We will also discuss our field trip schedule, so please bring your suggestions, your appetite and your good cheer!
Reno (December 14th). 2nd annual Christmas Potluck in conjunction with Death Valley Picture Night. Dinner at 5:30 in the lab room just across the court yard from the Herbarium at 920 Valley Road. Bring a dish, bring yourself, and bring your spectacular pictures and testimonials of Death Valley, 2005. Power point is not available in this room but slides would work fine. Or present on a lap-top, an old-fashion CRT station or, even more old fashion (but still very acceptable)- prints! This is an informal presentation. NNPS will provide turkey, gravy, dressing, and smashed potatoes. Call John Dyer for questions about food and pictorial presentation (775-677-2714 evenings, 775-689-7800, ext 124 days, or cell 775-848-0371).
November 2005:

Reno regular meeting (November 3rd). Annual Meeting to vote on new officers and Board Members. Terry Miller, Plumas National Forest, will speak on Management of Rare and Endangered Plant Species on the Plumas National Forest.
Henderson regular meeting (November 7th). Annual Meeting to vote on new officers and Board Members. Botanist Joey Betzler will give a presentation on Cactus and Succulents of the Desert Southwest: Mojave Desert, Northern Baja and Anza Borrego.
October 2005:

Henderson regular meeting (Monday, October 3rd). Author Brian Beffort will tell us about his new book, Afoot and Afield in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, a comprehensive guide to more than 100 hikes within a 3 hour drive of Las Vegas.
Reno regular meeting (October 6th). Rose Strickland and Dennis Gighlieri will speak on Eastern Nevada and Western Utah Water Wars.
Adopt-a-Wash Weed Pull (Clark Co., Saturday, October 8th). See Field Trips page for details.
September 2005:

Reno regular meeting (September 1st). Gary Monroe will speak about and show slides of Wild Flowers of the Spring Mountains, Clark County, Nevada.
Henderson regular meeting (Tuesday, September 6th). Please note that the September meeting will be held on Tuesday due to the Labor Day holiday. Elizabeth Hewitt of the Community College of Southern Nevada's Ornamental Horticulture Department will present The Role of Native Plant Propagation in Restoration Efforts at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
August 2005:

Henderson regular meeting (August 1st). Susan Potts will present Nevada Wilderness - Pictures, Places and People.
July 2005:

Henderson regular meeting (Tuesday July 5th). The July meeting will be held on Tuesday the 5th of July to avoid the Fourth of July weekend. Lesley DeFalco will present Seed Establishment in Disturbed Mojave Desert habitats: How Much Do Wind Dispersal and Granivores Matter in Restoration?
June 2005:

Henderson regular meeting (June 6th). Members will bring in slides and digital photos for a group presentation of this year's spring wildflowers. In addition, members are welcome to bring in plant specimens for identification and general botanical appreciation.
May 2005:

Henderson regular meeting (May 2nd). Dean Tonenna will demonstrate Native American uses of Native Plants.
Reno regular meeting (May 5th). Members' Slides.
April 2005:

Henderson regular meeting (April 4th). Kent Ostler will present a slide show of Wildflowers and Botanical Research at the Nevada Test Site .
Rare Plant Committee meeting (April 5th). Nevada Rare Plant Workshop in Las Vegas. Contact Jim Morefield (775-684-2902; jdmore [at] heritage [dot] nv [dot] gov) for more information.
Reno regular meeting (April 7th). Christy Malone will give a talk on Native plants in the landscape.
March 2005:

Reno regular meeting (March 3rd). Jim Seifert will give a presentation on How to grow plants from cuttings. NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION FOR THIS MEETING. This meeting will be held in the classroom next to the herbarium at 920 Valley Road. This is one building south of (toward the freeway) the current meeting place.
Henderson regular meeting (March 7th). Julie Proctor will present a photographic library representing a multitude of Mojave Desert plants from the cotyledon stage through flowering. Get ready to play "Guess That Plant!"
February 2005:

Reno regular meeting (February 3rd). Dr. Alan Gubanich will be speaking on the Wintering Birds of Northern Nevada, with references to the plants that they use in 'normal' years for food sources.
Henderson regular meeting (February 7th). Elizabeth Powell will give a presentation that will wet the botanical appetite of members preparing to view the Mojave wildflower extravaganza expected in spring 2005. In addition, members will bring in favorite, perplexing, and unusual plant specimens to share with others.
January 2005:

2005 NNPS Board Meeting (January 12th). This will held at Arnold Tiehm's house with dinner at 5:30 and the meeting commencing at 6:30. If you plan to attend please notify Arnold at 329-1645 or atiehm [at] unr [dot] edu.

2004 Meetings

December 2004:

NNPS XMAS POT LUCK (December 23rd). This will be at 920 Valley Rd. (same place as November 2004 meeting) starting at 5:30. Bring a favorite Xmas treat and a potluck dish. In the spirit of Christmas and learning more about each other we are asking everyone to bring a batch of your family's favorite Xmas treats: tamales, stollen, gingerbread, etc. (and recipe to share). If your traditional item is a dessert, please bring a non-desert item as well so we can balance out the food pyramid at the buffet! RSVP: Christy Malone (784-1105 or unrherb [at] unr [dot] edu.
November 2004:

Annual meeting (November 4th). We will be electing new officers and at-large Board Members. Then Christy Malone will lead a panel discussion on Small Scale Propagation of Native Plants. This will be a hands on presentation that will include information, techniques, and methods for growing plants from seed. This presentation will take place in the classroom next to the herbarium at 920 Valley Road (look for signs). This is one building south of (toward the freeway from) the current meeting place. NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION FOR THIS MEETING. Gary Monroe will be bringing seeds for about twenty species of Penstemon. Any members with seed to exchange please bring it to this meeting. Seed envelopes will be available. Seed exchange will begin at 7 pm.
October 2004:

Regular meeting (October 7th). Rose Strickland and Dennis Ghiglieri will speak on Following in the steps of Ripley and Barneby. In 2001 they followed the 1944 route of Dwight Ripley and Rupert Barneby as described in Impressions of Nevada - the countryside and some of the plants - as seen through the eyes of an Englishman, by Dwight Ripley. Reprinted in NNPS Occasional Papers no 3.
September 2004:

Regular meeting (September 2nd). Ann Pinzl will talk on Papua New Guinea - Kaukau Anyone?
May 2004:

Regular meeting (May 6th). Member slides: Feel free to bring up to 20 slides to share with the group.
April 2004:

Nevada Rare Plant Workshop (April 1st) in Reno. Contact James Morefield (email: jdmore [at] heritage [dot] nv [dot] gov), phone 775-684-2902) for more information.
Regular meeting (April 1st). Jan Nachlinger will speak on Desert Islands: Highlights of Two Decades of Botanical Explorations in Nevada.
March 2004:

Regular meeting (March 4th). Bob Goodman will present a slide show about the Nature Study Area in Lemmon Valley entitled Swan Lake - The Backyard Treasure.
February 2004:

Regular meeting (February 5th). Rebecca Niell, UNR Graduate Student, will speak on Butterfly uses of native plants.
January 2004:

Annual Board meeting (Thursday, January 29th). All officers, Board members, and committee chairs are encouraged to attend, beginning 5:30 pm at Jerry Tiehm's house.

2003 Meetings

November 2003:

Regular meeting (November 6th). Peter F. Brussard, Department of Biology at UNR, will give us a talk entitled Butterflies, their food plants, and livestock grazing. Included in the talk will be a general introduction to butterflies, their larval food plants, and their adult nectar sources.
October 2003:

Regular meeting (October 2nd). Evert Broderick and Kim Powers will show us a photo chronicle of their recent trip to northern Ecuador. They spent time in a mid-elevation cloud forest as well as the paramo, a wind-swept, high elevation steppe covered with a unique and bizarre flora. A focus of the presentation is the deforestation of these regions and what one Ecuadorian foundation is doing to stop the damage
September 2003:

Regular meeting (September 4th). Alanah Woody, Collections Manager at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City will speak on Rock Art of Nevada. Rock art is engravings or paintings on stone and is found throughout the world. Nevada has a wide diversity of prehistoric and even some historic rock art ranging in age from as much as 10,000 years ago to historic times. It is found in a variety of settings and although many questions remain as to it's function or meaning, all agree that it has great artistic merit and the threat to it's preservation is on the rise.
May 2003:

Regular meeting (May 1st). Rich Rust, Biology Professor, will speak on Threesomes in the Plant World or Maximizing your Pollinators with Native Bees and other Friends.
April 2003:

Regular meeting (April 3rd). Paul Tueller, Environmental and Resource Sciences Professor, will talk on Nevada Plant Communities.
Nevada Rare Plant Workshop (April 1st, 9 am to 5 pm, Las Vegas). Contact Jim Morefield (jdmore [at] heritage [dot] nv [dot] gov or 775-684-2902) or visit for more information.
March 2003:

Regular meeting (March 6th). James Young and Charlie Clements, Agriculture Research Service in Reno, will talk about their new book, Purshia: The wild and bitter roses.
February 2003:

Regular meeting (Feb. 6th). Brian Beffort and Marge Sill, Conservation Director for Friends of Nevada Wilderness, will give a slide show on 18 new wilderness areas designated in southern Nevada.


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