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President-Doug Ripley, email

Vice President- vacant

Secretary-Deanna Sanner, email

Treasurer- Pat Sullivan, email

We have monthly programs on the 3rd Friday of each month from September through May at 5:00 p.m. in the Cochise County Community Development Office conference room, 4001 Foothills Dr. (corner of Highway 92 and Foothills), Sierra Vista. The Chapter has established a Facebook website where much useful information about the chapter and its members is posted.



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Friday December 19, 2014: Holiday Members’ Night

This program will consist of short presentations by individual members on their botanic adventures during 2014. Please contact Doug Ripley (, 520-909-3132, if you would like to make a presentation. Following the meeting we will enjoy holiday refreshments.


Friday, January 16, 2015: Ron Coleman, Botanical Author and Photographer, “An Orchid and the Copper Mine”

Ron Coleman is the regional authority on the native orchids of Arizona and New Mexico. The author of several native orchid books and numerous contributions to various botanical journals and floras, he has explored, photographed, and described native orchids throughout the Southwest. His presentation will describe his experience providing input regarding the extremely rare orchid Hexalectris colemanii to the environmental assessment process for the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains. He will also report on the impact that the environmental review had on the orchid.


Friday, February 20, 2015: Steve Buckley, University of Arizona and the National Park Service, “Seed Collection in the Madrean Archipelago”

Steve Buckley is involved with botanical research at the University of Arizona and the National Park Service. The collection of native seed to support restoration efforts is of increasing importance as numerous ecological stressors impact public lands. Widespread and systematic seed collection broadly samples the genetic diversity that is critical for effective restoration strategies, especially in the face of climate change. Crews across the Madrean Archipelago are collecting seed for restoration efforts on both agency and private lands with high conservation value. Seed collection directly translates into more flexibility for land managers in how they design restoration treatments because it expands the availability of plant materials.

Volunteer Opportunities  

Wildflower/Butterfly Garden

The chapter-sponsored wildflower/butterfly garden at the Sierra Vista Library is doing well, and some additional plants were added this summer. The goals of this project are to build a display garden that exemplifies Sierra Vista’s emblem of the hummingbird and echoes our surrounding natural environment and connection to the San Pedro watershed.

The next project, which will be completed shortly, is to erect a display board or kiosk that will explain the purpose of the garden, describe the advantages of developing a native plant garden, and provide information about the Arizona Native Plant Society. If you would like to donate a little of your time to expanding and maintaining the garden, please contact Doug Ripley by email or phone-520-909-3132.


The Cochise County Herbarium is a fully functioning herbarium with mounted plant specimens, mostly from AZ and NM with a few from Sonora, CA and UT. The Sky Islands and San Pedro River contribute to the unique habitats found in Cochise County and the CCH is a repository for plant species from these areas, reflecting the variation and diversity present in Cochise County and surrounding areas. The herbarium is a great resource for online identification. The volunteer staff can always use help with identification and mounting the thousands of specimens that have not been catalogued. Please contact Cecile Lumer at the herbarium by email or call 520-458-8278 ext. 2172. or  520-432-4294.


Plant Atlas Project of Arizona (PAPAZ) Update

On Saturday, August 10, 2013, twenty-two “Budding Botanists” participated in PAPAZ training at the University of Arizona Herbarium on the UA campus in Tucson. Sponsored jointly by the Tucson and Cochise Chapters, this training provided a general orientation to basic botany, including history, terminology, nomenclature, taxonomy and systematics, classification, evolution, Arizona biodiversity, and an introduction to the morphology of several of the largest flowering plant families found in Arizona. The course concluded with a discussion and demonstration of plant preservation practices and herbarium management procedures.

On the following day, participants traveled to one of two new PAPAZ study sites: in the Dragoon Mountains in Cochise County and Bear Canyon in Pima County. There the participants were introduced to field collecting procedures and began making collections in support of the ongoing floristic study of those areas. This effort was the first of its kind to be conducted in Southern Arizona and complements a number of other very successful PAPAZ programs that have been underway for several years in Northern and Central Arizona.

We anticipate a follow-up PAPAZ course will be conducted before the end of the year in Southern Arizona. There is also a new study site in Santa Cruz County. Stay tuned if you would like to participate in this interesting program through which you can make an important contribution to the understanding of the Arizona flora and have a lot of fun.

To learn more, visit or contact Ries Lindley by email or phone at 520-882-6202.


August 22-24, 2013: Chiricahua Workshop-Southwestern Research Station

This year’s August field trip to the Chiricahua Mountains yielded over 200 species to 21 participants, who hailed from four different chapters. The bloom was richest in the high altitudes, but field trip diversity included plants from the high Chihuahuan desert to the montane forest at the top of the mountain range. Explorers spent an entire morning just ferreting out plants of the Paradise cemetery. Generous assistance was provided by area residents P.D. Hulce, leading the trip to his private paradise in the mouth of Horseshoe Canyon, and by Dave Jasper who lead the trip on the gorgeous upper trail at Rustler’s Park. Elaine Moisan led a great trip to the Paradise Cemetery on that sunny and wonderful last day. The Southwestern Research Station provided great accommodations, delicious food, a lovely picnic area for wine sipping and a lab for the plant ID workshop.

For the list of species seen, click here. Sue Carnahan's photo collection is here. Ries's photo album is here.

A group picture taken from the Crest Trail above Rustler's Park.

     Blue grama                             Bisbee beehive cactus              Cardinal catchfly


August 31-Sept 2, 2012 Botany Trip/Workshop in the Chiricauhuas

The Tucson and Cochise Chapters sponsored a three-day field trip to the Chiricahua Mountains over Labor Day Weekend.  The event, which we hope will re-establish an AZNPS tradition of holding an annual extended field trip to the Chiricahua Mountains, was held at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal. The group explored the Ash Spring Trail and Barfoot Park. Native plant presentations were held in the evening. For a more detailed report of the trip, click here. For a photo report, click here.

Barfoot Park in the Chiricahua Mountains

Cochise Past Events/Activities

Members of the Cochise and Tucson Chapters participated in a trip to the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society in Santa Cruz County on October 13, 2011.  At the Ranch Dr. Linda Kennedy conducted a grass identification workshop followed by a field trip on the Ranch to observe many of the native grasses identified in the class.


Dr. Linda Kennedy, Director of the Members of the Appleton-Whittell grass workshop

Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch,

National Audubon Society, conducting

a native grass identification workshop