Minnesota Native Plant Society’s purpose
(Abbreviated from the bylaws)
This organization is exclusively organized and operated for
educational and scientic 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 to4.Minnesota.
Study of legislation on Minnesota ora, vegetation, ecosytems.
Preservation of native plants, plant communities, and scientic 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.
MNNPS Boardof Directors
President: Scott Milburn
Vice President: Shirley MahKooyman,
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Historian-Archives: Roy Robison,
Technical or membershipinquiries:
Minnesota Plant Press
by Scott Milburn
The Society elected three new board members at the annual meetingin March. These new members, Dr.Peter Jordan, Mike Lynch, and OttoGockman, are all new to the board.A small write-up of these threeindividuals will be included in thenext
.We had our annual symposiumat the Bell Museum on March 26th.
This was our fth year at the Bell,
and I would like to thank the folkswho helped out. The event was verywell attended, with more than 150 people present. It is my hope tokeep the current committee together for the 2012 symposium. A topichas yet to be decided, but we will bereviewing the evaluations soon for possible ideas.Another item handed out thisyear was a questionnaire regarding
a ve-year strategic plan for the
Society. The last few questions werein regards to exploring the idea of donating Welby Smith’s recent
Treesand Shrubs of Minnesota
book toevery public high school in the state.The majority of the responses werevery positive, and the Board will be exploring this possibility over the next year. This will not be aninexpensive endeavor, but it would be a great long-term investment inour youth.Counter to that proposal was arecent amendment to House BillHF1010 which would allow for logging of oak and walnut trees atFrontenac and Whitewater state parks. As of now, this amendmentwas removed from the bill, but itcould reappear. It raises questionsabout short-sighted political
maneuvering in difcult economic
times.Those who care about naturalresources need to be diligentlyreading the amended items that endup in proposed legislation. Thisamendment to allow logging mighthave passed through the House hadit not been publicized in the news.I hope that as a Society we can be the ones shedding light on theseissues and raising awareness. Wehave the ability through our blogand Facebook page, but we needresponsible members to take theinitiative and to help keep us allinformed.2
Changes in the board
Dr. Peter Jordan, Mike Lynch,and Otto Gockman will replace three board members whose terms expirein June. Derek Anderson and RussSchaffenberg recently resigned.