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UNPS 2021 Calendar of Events

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UNPS sponsored events
Date of the event Day of week Time Event description Contact(s) for further information
June 2, 2021
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter virtual meeting. Speaker: Dr. Steven Kannenberg. Topic: Why is the most drought tolerant tree in the west dying? Pinyon-juniper woodland health in the face of a multi-decade megadrought. For Zoom meeting details, contact Marc.

Marc Coles-Ritchie
May 22, 2021
Sat
9am-1pm
Logan Canyon 3rd annual weed pull. Co-sponsored event. See link for more information and contacts. 3rd Annual Weed Day (Logan)
April 14, 2021
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter virtual meeting. Speaker: Dr. Walter Fertig. Topic: Stalking Rare Wildflowers of Cedar Breaks. For Zoom meeting details, contact Marc.

Marc Coles-Ritchie
Mar. 2, 2021
Tue
9am-4:00pm
Annual Utah rare plant meeting for the first time held virtually; open to the public, federal, state, local agencies, private consultants, and anyone interested in rare Utah flora are welcome to attend or present; requires advance registration.
More information and on-line registration

Marc Coles-Ritchie


Dec. 9, 2020
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter virtual meeting. Speaker: Dr. Paul Alan Cox. Topic: The Orchid and the Missile. For Zoom meeting details, contact Marc.

Marc Coles-Ritchie
Nov. 12, 2020
Thu
7pm
Virtual Annual Meeting including a presentation by Bill Gray (Utah's Giant Duniper* Forest). Zoom meeting details sent to our distribution lists. (*Dune junipers!)

Kipp Lee
April 1, 2020
Wed
CANCELLED
SL Chapter meeting has been cancelled due to public health concerns.

Marc Coles-Ritchie
Mar. 4, 2020
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting at REI, 3285 E. 3300 So., Wasatch Room, Salt Lake City, Utah
Presentation by Thomas Meinzen, a biologist with Grand Canyon Trust. Topic: "Fighting for flowers: the dangers of commercial honeybee permitting on public lands" Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public.
SL Chapter page
Mar. 3, 2020
Tue
8am-4:00pm
Annual Utah rare plant meeting on the U of U campus; open to the public, federal, state, local agencies, private consultants, and anyone interested in rare Utah flora are welcome to attend or present; requires advanced registration via link below or see contact phone number; submit presentation or poster abstracts by Feb. 21 to Marc
More information and on-line registration

Location is the same as last year: Natural History Museum of Utah, Swaner Forum (5th Floor), 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT
Posters/abstracts/info:
Marc Coles-Ritchie


Feb. 5, 2020
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting at REI, 3285 E. 3300 So., Wasatch Room, Salt Lake City, Utah
Presentation by Neal Dombrowski of Red Butte Garden. Topic: "Native Plants in Horticulture and Botanical Gardens" Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public.
SL Chapter page
Jan 8, 2020
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting at REI, 3285 E. 3300 So., Wasatch Room, Salt Lake City, Utah
Topic: "Shooting Great Plant Photos in the Field." Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public.
SL Chapter page
Dec 4, 2019
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting at REI, 3285 E. 3300 So., Wasatch Room, Salt Lake City, Utah
Presentation by Dr. Stan Kitchen, US Forest Service Shrub Lab. Topic: "Pinyon-Juniper Communities in Utah." Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public.
SL Chapter page
Nov 23, 2019
Sat
1pm-4pm
(annual meeting)

10:30am-12:30pm (ranking meeting)
UNPS annual meeting of the members and New World potluck, hosted by the Salt Lake Chapter (1pm-4pm)

Location: Red Butte Garden (classroom, upstairs from lobby - no garden admission is required)

Speaker: Dr. Mikel Stevens (professor of plant and wildlife sciences at BYU)
Topic: Upcoming publication of The Heart of Penstemon Country: A Natural History of Penstemons in the Utah Region, co-authored by Dr. Stephen Love.


NOTE: PRIOR to the annual meeting, a Utah rare plant ranking meeting organized by the UNPS rare plant committee will be held in the same room from 10:30am-12:30pm. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend. If there is a specific taxon that you would like us to address (although any species can be brought up for discussion at the meeting), please let us know in advance to ensure that sufficient time is allotted to discuss it. The 2016-2019 Utah Rare Plant Master List can be found at https://www.utahrareplants.org/rpg_species.html. For additional questions or to provide feedback even if you can't attend the meeting, e-mail Robert Fitts or contact us at unps@unps.org.
Cathy King
or call 801-867-3595

Please bring a dish from the fall harvest to share, everyone welcome.
Nov 7, 2019
Thur
7pm
PLEASE NOTE: NOT ON THE USUAL DAY NOR AT THE USUAL LOCATION!
SL Chapter meeting at Red Butte Garden (classroom, upstairs from the front desk)
Vegetation of the Pando Clone Aspen Forest - presented by Marc Coles-Ritchie
SL Chapter page
Oct 2, 2019
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting at REI, 3285 E. 3300 So., Wasatch Room, Salt Lake City, Utah
Presentation by Greg Lee, Executive Director of Red Butte Garden. Topic: "Getting to know the Sunflower Family: Floral Biology and Chemical Ecology." Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public.
SL Chapter page
Sept 4, 2019
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting at REI, 3285 E. 3300 So., Wasatch Room, Salt Lake City, Utah
Presentation by Wayne Padgett about efforts to increase funding for botany work by federal agencies. Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public.
SL Chapter page
June 5, 2019
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting at REI, 3285 E. 3300 So., Salt Lake City, Utah
Topic: Where Do All The Wildflowers Go? Speaker: Joel Tuhy. Co-sponsored by The Nature Conservancy of Utah. Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public.
SL Chapter page
May 6, 2019
Mon
7pm
NOTE DIFFERENT DAY OF THE WEEK AND LOCATION!
SL Chapter meeting, Red Butte Garden classroom, SLC, Utah Topic: Cliffrose, Bitterbrush and Tree Rings. Speaker: Bill Gray. Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public (no admission applies).
SL Chapter page
Apr. 3, 2019
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting at REI, 3285 E. 3300 So., Salt Lake City, Utah
Topic: Interwoven: Juniper and the Web of Being Speaker: Kristen Rogers-Iversen. Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public.
SL Chapter page
Mar. 6, 2019
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting at REI, 3285 E. 3300 So., Salt Lake City, Utah
Topic: New Jordan River Nature Park. Speakers: Soren Simonsen, Matthew Utley and Anne Terry. Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public.
SL Chapter page
Mar. 4, 2019
Tue
9:30am-3:00pm
NatureServe Ranking System Seminar
Place: Red Butte Garden upstairs classroom. Lunch provided. Cost: free.
Robert Fitts


Feb 20, 2019
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting, Red Butte Garden classroom, SLC, Utah

Topic: Hand Pollinating the Dwarf Bear Poppy: Patching the Pollination Web? Speaker: Alyson DeNittis, UVU. Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public.
Bill Gray
Feb 6, 2019
Wed
CANCELLED
SL Chapter meeting has been cancelled due to bad weather.

Bill Gray
Dec 5, 2018
Wed
NO MEETING
There will be no December Salt Lake chapter meeting. Bill Gray
Nov 7, 2018
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting: Red Butte Garden classroom
Topic: Dr. Mitchell Power, Associate Professor of Geography at the U, and Curator of the Garrett Herbarium, will talk about his research into the history of fire in the Uinta Mountains. Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public.
SL Chapter page
Oct 27, 2018
Sat
1-4pm
40th anniversary UNPS annual meeting of the members and New World potluck, hosted by the Utah Valley Chapter

Location: Provo Library (Bullock Room)

Address/directions:
550 North University Avenue, Provo

Speaker: Dick Hildreth, one of the UNPS co-founders, will be joining us via Skype

Cathy King
or call 801-867-3595

Please bring a dish from the fall harvest to share, everyone welcome.
Oct 26, 2018
Fri
1-4pm
UNPS Rare Plant Task Force meeting at Monte Bean Life Science Museum at BYU, Provo, Utah. The meeting room will be two combined rooms, room 2015 and 2021 on the main floor in the southeast corner.
Input is welcome at any time and not just at this meeting.
Current list. The criteria for the ranking system can be found on page 14 here. To provide us with the input we need, see also the ranking form on page 15. The form does not have to be completed per se, but we need the outlined information in your communication to us and which can be provided at any time at unps@unps.org.
Robert Fitts

Individuals interested in ranking a plant of interest may contact Robert Fitts for data from the Utah Natural Heritage Program (801-518-3550, e-mail). This data set does not have exact points, but is close enough for ranking purposes.
Oct. 3, 2018
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting at REI, 3285 E. 3300 So., Salt Lake City, Utah
Topic: UFO Night. Leader: Bill Gray. Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public. Send Bill Gray your UFO's at least one week, preferably more, prior to the meeting.
SL Chapter page
Sept 12, 2018
Wed
5pm
40th anniversary potluck picnic celebration and retreat, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Spruges Campground, Group Site. Sponsored by the Salt Lake Chapter.
Feel freel to arrive as early as 2pm for a wildflower hike with Bill Gray. Main dish will be provided along with utensils, etc. but feel free to bring a dish to share (dessert, appetizer or side dish). Campground is location 1/2 mile past market 11 in Big Cottonwood Cnayon. Turn right into the campground, continue to the right and follow the loop that says campsites 1-38. Group Reservation #1 will be on the immediate left. Handicap accessible.
Cathy King
or call 801-867-3595

June 6, 2018
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting at REI, 3285 E. 3300 So., Salt Lake City, Utah
Topic: Wildflowers with more than one color
Speaker: Joel Tuhy of The Nature Conservancy’s Moab Field Office
Meeting is open without charge to all members of the public
Co-sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, Utah Chapter
Bill Gray
May 19, 2018
Sat
9am-1pm
1st Annual Logan Weed Day
Sponsored by the Logan Ranger District of the UWC National Forest, Bridgerland Audubon Society and the Utah Native Plant Society
Location: 2.5 miles up Logan Canyon at Milepost 463.7, US 89 and Canyon Road, at Second Dam
Wear protective clothing, gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, stury footwear, water.
Lisa Thompson
801-625-5850
Dave Wallace
425-750-5913
Hilary Shugart
May 2, 2018
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting
NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION THAN USUAL!
Location: Salt Lake Main Library, 210 E. 400 S. Conference Room A
Speaker: Marc Coles-Ritchie
Topic: Mountain Goats in the La Sal Mountains
Bill Gray
April 28, 2018
Sat
10am-3pm
Utah Valley Purge Your Spurge plant exchange event
Sponsored by the Utah Valley Chapter of the Utah Native Plant Society and Provo Parks & Grounds Operations
Location: Rock Canyon Trailhead, 2620 N. 1450 E. Provo
Exchange a bag of spurge for a small native plant
NOTE: wear protective clothing including long sleeves, gloves, and eye protection when removing Myrtle Spurge.
Utah Valley Chapter of UNPS
April 21, 2018

April 19, 2018
Sat

Thu
9am-noon

6-9pm
Native Plant Propagation Workshops
Dale Adele Young Teaching Greenhouse,1390 N 800 E, Logan, Utah
Cost: $30 UNPS members/Master Gardener; $35 all others
Fee includes printed workbook, various seeds and planting material
Register/pay
or call 435-752-6263 or e-mail JayDee Gunnell
Steve Ripple

co-sponsors: UNPS Cache Chapter, Cache Master Gardeners, USU Cache County Extension
April 5, 2018
Thur
8:30am-11:30am
Co-sponsored event with the Natural History Museum of Utah: Dalmatian Toadflax weed pull. See link for more information. Let Neal Dombrowski know if you are planning to attend. Urban Habitat
April 4, 2018
Wed
7pm
SL Chapter meeting at REI, 3285 E. 3300 So. Salt Lake City, Utah
Speaker: Bruce Pavlik
Topic: The Four Corners Potato: Conserving an ancient food from southern Utah
Bill Gray

Wild fuchsia 09/27/08 Tony Frates

Other events

Other upcoming events
Date of the event Day of week Time Event description Contact(s) for further information
May 22, 2021

April 24, 2021
Sat
(both days)
9:30am-noon
(both days)
May 22: "Purge the Spurge" Y at Mountain Trailhead along Bonneville Shoreline Trail to Slate Canyon Trailhead. Bring your gloves and shovel and join our effort to clear myrtle spurge from the area. Please register at conserveutahvalley.org (see link at right) under "Events."

April 24: Earth Day 2021 Slate Canyon. Join us for immediate improvement of the Slate Canyon Trailhead. Provo City Parks, Conserve Utah Valley, Monte L. Bean Museum and UVU host volunteer trailhead improvement, weed removal, landscaping and citizen science project to document a species list for Slate Canyon.
More info and registration

Contact for both events:
Kristina Davis


Eriogonum umbellatum 6/19/08 Tony Frates