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Spring 2009 Minnesota Plant Press ~ Minnesota Native Plant Society Newsletter

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 Minnesota Plant Press 
Te Minnesota Native Plant Society Newsletter
Volume 28 Number 2Spring 2009
Monthly meetings
Thompson Park Center/DakotaLodgeThompson County Park 360 Butler Ave. E.,West St. Paul, MN 55118651-552-7559 (kitchen)
The Minnesota Native Plant
Society meets the rst Thursday
in October, November, December,February, March, April, May, andJune. Check at www.mnnps.orgfor more program information.6 p.m. — Social period7 – 9 p.m. — Program, Society business
In this issue
President’s column ...................2 New lifetime member ...............3
 Northeld citizens’ park ............4 New mnnps website .................4
 New members .........................5Wild River State Park ...........5Field trips ................................6Dutchman’s breeches ...............7
June 4 plant sale .......................7
May 7: ”Making a Floral Atlasfor the Shakopee MdewakantonSioux Community,”
Victoria Ranua,environmental assessment specialistfor the SMS Community;
Solanum rostratum
 (buffalo bur).
June 4:
“Western PrairieFringed Orchid: an EnigmaticallyDeclining Species,”
 by NancySather, DNR ecologist;
Annualplant sale.Oct. 1: Program to beannounced.
Unregulated oodplains:good for plants, people
by Beth Nixon, MNNPS Conservation Committee chair 
Adaptation to the greater powers of the Earth has made numerous native
 plant species, anthropomorphically, look forward to the oods of spring
for their livelihood. Rivers still unregulated enough to escape their banks
in the spring nourish oodplains and backwaters with the spring ush
of the land’s meltwaters. Viewed from Google Earth, unregulated river 
oodplains stand out as a prominent signature of oodplain forests — chockfull of native plant species in balance with the annual ooding ritual.Up close, oodplains present themselves with tall forests of silver maple
with elm, ash, cottonwood, and often laced with riverbank grape vines.Underfoot, carpets of herbs rise and fall on an annual basis, surviving on
the nourishment of spring oods.These oodplains welcome ooding, and people who nd these
unregulated places learn to appreciate the power and beauty of the spring
ritual. Conservation of these unregulated rivers and oodplains shows what
could be done for people trapped in harm’s way, where rivers run regulated
and oodplains are nonexistent.You can advocate for programs for conserving and restoring oodplains.
Through the federal Emergency Watershed Protection easement option,
lands with a history of ooding can be preserved. The Nature Conservancy’s
Upper Mississippi River Program is a focal point of their ambitious three-year-old Great Rivers Partnership. Top priorities include the Root River 
and areas tributary to the St. Croix River.Although there are several altered oodplains, such as the Red River 
Valley, which no longer are havens for native plant species, many large
and small oodplains still abound throughout Minnesota. Foremost is
the granddaddy, the Mississippi,at several recreation sites. A sitenot to miss is the McCarthy LakeWildlife Management Area atKellogg, near one of the Society’s
favorite eld trips, Weaver Dunes.
Further upstream, and north of the Twin Cities, is the MississippiRiver Islands SNA near Elk River.Then there are the lower CannonRiver Turtle Preserve SNA, the
Continued on page 3
MNNPS website
For current information about
Society eld trips, meetings and
other events, check the website:www.mnnps.orgThe site also contains all of thenewsletters since 1982, committeecontacts, and a variety of volunteer opportunities.
MNNPS Boardof Directors
President: Scott Milburn
Vice President: Shirley MahKooyman,
Derek Anderson
, board member,derek.anderson@mnnps.org
Ken Arndt,
 board member, eld
trip chair, ken.arndt@mnnps.org
Michael Bourdaghs
, boardmember, michael.bourdaghs@mnnps.org
Angela Hanson
, board member,angela.hanson@mnnps.org
Elizabeth Heck 
, board member,
webmaster, elizabeth.heck@mnnps.
Dylan Lueth,
board member,dylan.lueth@mnnps.org
Beth Nixon,
 board member,conservation committee chair,
Erika Rowe
, board member,erika.rowe@mnnps.org
Russ Schaffenberg,
 boardmember, russ.schaffenberg@mnnps.org
Treasurer: Ron and CathyHuber,
Linda Huhn,
coordinator, 612-374-1435
Secretary: Andrés Morantes,
Field Trips:
Historian-Archives: RoyRobison,
Technical or membershipinquiries:
 Minnesota Plant Press
Editor:Gerry Drewry,
Minnesota Native Plant Society’s purpose
(Abbreviated from the bylaws)
This organization is exclusively organized and operated for educational and scientic purposes, including the following.
Conservation of all native plants.1.Continuing education of all members in the plant sciences.2.Education of the public regarding environmental protection of plant3.life.Encouragement of research and publications on plants native to
Study of legislation on Minnesota ora, vegetation, ecosytems.
Preservation of native plants, plant communities, and scientic and
6.natural areas.Cooperation in programs concerned with the ecology of natural7.resources and scenic features.Fellowship with all persons interested in native plants through8.
meetings, lectures, workshops, and eld trips.
President’s column
by Scott Milburn
 We are coming off another successful symposium, our fourthconsecutive year focusing on a region of Minnesota. This year a great
roster of speakers explored the often underappreciated Tallgrass Aspen
Prairie. Over 130 people attended the all-day event. I would like to thank our speakers, including Rhett Johnson, Nancy Sather, Robert Dana, Cary
Hamel, Russ Reisz, Donovan Pietruszewski, Laura Reeves, and Ross Hier.
Most of them made the trek down from the Northwest, including Cary andLaura who came all the way from Manitoba. I would also like to thank thesymposium committee for their time and effort. This year’s committeehad two new members, with Erika Rowe taking charge of much of the planning and Angela Hanson coordinating the catering. It is also importantto point out how gracious the Bell Museum of Natural History has been tohost us the past several years.As keepers of our natural history, the Bell Museum serves an importantrole in educating the public. The Bell is the state’s repository of Minnesotaanimal and plant life. Anyone visiting the Bell will notice the beautifuldioramas depicting the Minnesota landscape with the prominent fauna and
ora. As you may already know, the Bell Museum is seeking funds for a
new facility as part of the 2009 capital bonding request. This request for funds is not new. Last year’s request was denied through a line-item veto.This funding request will likely face similar scrutiny from those who haveopposed it in the past, with the economic decline making things that much
more difcult. The purpose and mission of the Bell is in line with ours, and
we have an opportunity as individuals to show our support. I encouragethose who feel strongly about this to contact their local representatives,
including the Governor’s ofce.
In other news, the board has three new members replacing myself,
Peter Dziuk, and Shirley Mah Kooyman. The new members are Angela
Continued on page 4
Mike Bourdaghs
MPCA Wetland Biologist MikeBourdaghs is another one of thenew crop of recently elected boardmembers. He has been with the
MPCA since 2004, working on
techniques to measure wetlandquality by looking at how wetlandnative plant communities respondto human-caused disturbances.
Mike had his rst real exposureto the state’s ora during a summer 
internship on the Kabetogama
Chamberlain Woods SNA on theMinnesota River, and numerous
other fascinating examples of oodplain natural communities
throughout the designated Wild andScenic Rivers.
Visit a oodplain, appreciatethe native plants and their complex
natural communities, and noticethe associated animals. Imaginethe possibilities for reclaiminglandscapes and watersheds complicitin devastating human disasters, andthen do something about it.
Continued from page 1
Angela Hanson
The Society’s new boardmember, Angela Hanson, has beena MNNPS member since she wascultivating her plant knowledgewhile studying ecology at theUniversity of Minnesota. Sincethen, she interned with the DNR’sPrairie Care Program (with Societymember Dave Crawford), the
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux
Community’s Land Department,and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. She now worksfull time for the City of Burnsville’s Natural Resources Department,where she is involved with programsranging from wildlife managementto water quality improvement toecological restoration and publiceducation.Angela lives in SouthMinneapolis. Her other passionsinclude photography, gardening,sailboat racing, and ridingmotorcycles. One of her motorcyclesis currently having native plants painted on it.Angela looks forward to her involvement with the board and theSociety’s unique blend of native plant proponents. She hopes toattract, inspire, and compel newand younger audiences to sustain or 
even expand the Society’s concern
and enthusiasm for native plantsand their habitats.
Derek Anderson
Derek Anderson is one of thenewer members of the Minnesota Native Plant Society. He has been amember for several years and looksforward to serving on the board.Derek grew up in northwesternWisconsin, where he developed aninterest in the outdoors and plants. Hespent a good deal of time on the St.
Croix River and the numerous parks
located along the river. This interestled Derek to go to the Universityof Wisconsin–Superior, where heobtained a degree in botany. Hisearly work and interests focused onthe forested plant communities of northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.Derek started working with theMinnesota Department of Natural
Resources in 2004. While he started
with northern forests, he now primarily focuses on the prairies of southern and western Minnesota.The majority of his work within theDNR is centered on the recoveryefforts of the plants listed asfederally endangered or threatened(Minnesota dwarf trout lily, western prairie fringed orchid and prairie bush clover). More recently, he hasstarted surveying the counties of south central Minnesota as a part of the Minnesota County BiologicalSurvey.
Introducing newMNNPS board members
Peninsula and never looked back.While he has over 10 years of 
 professional botanical experience,
Mike freely admits that he has a lotto learn. That is what led him to theMNNPS just over a year ago.Mike currently resides inMahtomedi and spends most of histime helping his wife raise a toddler.During breaks in the action he enjoys brewing beer, playing hockey, andthinking about canoe trips to come.
David Johnsonis new lifetimehonorary member
by Ron Huber 
At the April 2 meeting, DavidJohnson was awarded an HonoraryLife Membership for his many yearsof dedicated service to our Society.David was born in West Virginia but has lived in numerous placesaround the country. After completinghis computer science degree at theUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison,he and his wife, Susan, moved toMinnesota. David recalls collectingseeds as a youngster. Later, he taughthimself how to grow tropical orchidsand native plants from seed. Heserved as treasurer and membershipsecretary for the Orchid Society of Minnesota.David discovered the MNNPSwhen he saw the display board. Heand Susan joined in 1998, and Davidvolunteered to keep membershiprecords. He also became treasurer in 1999. He developed several
complex computer programs
to handle the membership data.Recently, David made some long-
awaited changes, modernizing and
streamlining the database. He thenturned those duties over to others, but he continues to volunteer his
computer programming expertise
on an “as needed” basis.

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