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322 East Front Street
Boise, ID, 83702
United States


Providing the knowledge and technology required to improve the availability of native plant materials for restoring diverse native plant communities across the Great Basin.



Accepting abstracts for poster presentations

Alexis Malcomb

Smithsonian Botanical Symposium
May 20, 2016
Washington, D.C.

Space is limited. The abstract deadline is April 13th. There is no registration fee to attend the Symposium, but attendees must register online. Visit the website or email for more information.

“Bats, Bees, Birds, Butterflies and Bouquets: New Research in Pollination Biology”
Presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
In collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden
Supported by the Cuatrecasas Family Foundation

The act of pollination, transferring pollen from one flower to another, remains one of the most ecologically important interactions between plant and animal. It allows plants to produce seed and reproduce, and it provides pollen, nectar and other rewards to the animals that visit the flowers. Pollination is a keystone function of most terrestrial ecosystems, and an estimated 87 percent of flowering plants depend on animal pollination. Plant-pollinator interactions have led to the evolutionary diversification of major groups of both plants and animals. A diverse plate of foods for humans is a result of pollination as well: one out of every three bites of food we eat is the result of an animal pollinating a plant. Yet recent evidence shows that pollinator abundance and diversity is on the decline. What does the threat to the health of pollinators hold for the future of native plant populations and agriculture? Will plant and pollinator populations adapt to a changing climate, invasive species, and habitat loss?

The 14th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, hosted by the Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden, will highlight current research in pollination biology, from plant physiology and ecology to evolution and animal behavior. New approaches to the study of plant-animal interactions may provide promise to safeguard biodiversity both here in the U.S. and around the world. The invited speakers will cover a wide range of approaches to illustrate the challenges in plant-pollinator relationships in a rapidly changing world.

Confirmed Speakers
Sam Droege - USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Candace Galen - University of Missouri
Matthew Koski - University of Virginia
Tatyana Livshultz - Drexel University
Nathan Muchhala - University of Missouri-St. Louis
Robert Raguso - Cornell University
David Roubik - Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


Program Schedule:
Friday, May 20             
  9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Lectures and Discussion, Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History
  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Closing Reception and poster session, United States Botanic Garden

USDA Announces $260 Million Available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Alexis Malcomb

USDA is now accepting proposals for Fiscal Year 2017 RCPP funding. Pre-proposals are due May 10. For more information on applying, please visit the RCPP website.

On March 11th, 2016, agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of up to $260 million for partner proposals to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.

The funding is being made available through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) innovative Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Applicants must be able to match the federal award with private or local funds.


Webinar: Insects affecting native seed production

Corey Gucker

Insects affecting native seed production
Thurs 24 March, 12:00 Pacific/1:00 Mountain
Bob Hammon, Entomology/Agronomy Extension Agent, Tri River Extension Area, Grand Junction, CO, presents.
Register here

Native plants grown in monoculture for seed production are vulnerable to a variety of insect pests. Adding economics to an IPM formula that does not consider that when these plants grow in a wildland situation can turn a defoliator, stem borer, or seed predator, from an insect that fits into a complex native ecosystem into a seed production problem. This talk will focus on insects that have been seed production problems over the past two decades on the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin.

The Riparian Condition Assessment Tool (R-CAT) website

Corey Gucker

The Riparian Condition Assessment Tool (R-CAT) website is now available at:

The R-CAT website describes and provides access to the project deliverables (GIS products and maps) developed for three associated projects and funding sources including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Utah Endangered Species Mitigation Fund (ESMF), and Pittmman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (PR) funds and ELR funding from CHaMP, ISEMP and the Tucannon. The R-CAT website describes what funds were used to generate what products, the intended uses of each of these data products, their limitations and the proposed future work to extend the usability of these products.

The website also includes descriptions and access to the following tools: the Valley Bottom Extraction Tool (V-BET), Riparian Vegetation Departure (RVD) from historic condition tool, Riparian Vegetation Conversion Type (RVCT) tool, Riparian Condition Assessment (RCA) tool and Riparian Recovery Potential (RRP) tool. These stream network tools provide Utah statewide coverage and are provided at both the statewide and Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) regional level. The CRB data will be hosted on this site as well. Please look for it in the coming weeks

 The riparian area assessment products, housed at the R-CAT website, provide consistent and spatially extensive insight on the distribution, condition and recovery potential of the state’s key wildlife habitat, and will provide a means for planning and prioritizing riparian management and restoration actions on a statewide scale.

Creators are looking forward to receiving feedback regarding the R-CAT website and the data contained there. This website is almost a “living entity” so look for additional data, maps and “bells and whistles” in the coming days, weeks and months.

New Interactive Online Mapping Tool Unveiled

Alexis Malcomb

“USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the University of Montana and other partners have used Google Earth Engine to build a new interactive online map tool that, for the first time, combines layers of data to better target invasive species that are damaging habitat and rangeland. The tool was built as part of USDA’s ongoing Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) and presents geospatial data covering a 100 million acre landscape in eight western States.

 Terrell Erickson, director of NRCS’ Ecological Sciences Division, unveiled the new mapping tool today at the Sagebrush Conference in Salt Lake City. Now available at, this first version of the tool currently allows farmers, ranchers, conservationists and other partners to analyze data on the encroachment of conifers and cheatgrass on key rangeland.”

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Call for Papers/Posters - Natural Areas Conference on Climate Change

Alexis Malcomb

Natural Areas Association is  inviting submissions of oral presentations (20 minutes max, PowerPoint only), poster presentations (poster session will be Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.  w/ posters no larger than 4 × 4 ft.), and student presentations (enroll during the abstract submission process) on these topics related to the overall conference theme, Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words To Action. All presenters must register for the Conference. Abstracts are due by May 2.

Students: we offer special registration rates and the opportunity to room share at the conference. You can also enter the presentation competition for cash prizes, and contact Jodi Vandermyde about applying for John W. Humke Student Scholarship.