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Treasurer—Tina Ayers: email or
Presentations/FieldTrips- Barbara Phillips: email or 928-853-3355
Regular chapter meetings and
evening presentations are held at 7:00pm
on the 3rd Tuesday of each month between March and October. New
are now at the Pearson Hall on the Museum of Northern Arizona’s
Research Campus, across from the main exhibit building off HWY 180. A
map of the campus can be found at: https://musnaz.org/about/buildings-and-campus/. These events are free and
open to the public.
are usually on the Sunday following the presentation and are announced
via e-mail and in the newspaper. Unless otherwise announced, meet at
the Arizona State Credit Union parking lot, southwest corner of Butler
and Beaver, at 8:30 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 2016 SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 22*
Vera Markgraf: Flowers of the Atacama Desert
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
Tuesday, May 17
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.
Emily Palmquist: 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.
Gary 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
Field Trip to Pumphouse
Wash led by Ana Novak.
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
Scott 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.
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.
Northern Arizona University,
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
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
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 contact Shannon
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
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
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 2015 SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 29
Trip: Focusing on Flame
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
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 Flagstaff.
Tuesday, May 19
Friederici: The Hardest Issue in the World:
Climate Change and the Future of Southwestern Plants and Places
Friederici 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
Trip: Slide Fire site – Debbie Crisp
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
Tuesday, June 16
W. Keith Moser: Fort Valley Experimental Forest
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
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.
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 more sustainable.
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
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.
Whitham 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:
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
Busco: Students for Sustainable Living Garden (SSLUG) at Northern Arizona
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
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
Remke: Biological soil crusts
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.
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
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 already blooming.
Tuesday, April 15
Prince: Flora of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
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.
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,
Tuesday, May 20
Patterson: How to Propagate Native Plants of the Colorado Plateau
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 cuttings.
Field Trip: Tour of the NAU research greenhouse
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
Olmon and Susan Lamb: Nature’s Notebook
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 and decision-making.
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.
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
Sunday, June 22
Trip: PAPAZ field trip to Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve
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
Markgraf: Botanical Assessment of Springs in Coconino County
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
Saturday, July 19
Trip: Hoxworth Spring – Vera Markgraf
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
Olmon: Common Grasses of the Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands
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 pinyon-juniper woodlands.
Sunday, August 24
Trip: Common Grasses of the Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands at Logan’s Crossing.
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
Lamb: Common Grasses of the Ponderosa Forest
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.
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
Trip: Grasses at The Arboretum at Flagstaff – Susan Lamb
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*
Wendy C. Hodgson: Pre-Columbian Agaves in Southwestern United States: A
New Way of Looking at Species and Their Cultural Landscapes
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
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
This is the second Tuesday of the month, not the third, which is our
usual meeting date.
Verde Valley Agaves – Dr. Wendy C. Hodgson
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.
*Groups 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 lost tourists.
*Members 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
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
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.