Otero (Alamogordo)


President: Helgi Osterreich (575 585-3315) hkasak ‘at’ netmdc.com

Vice Presidents: William Herndon  (laluzlobo “at” gmail.com), and Elva Osterreich (echoofthedesert “at” yahoo.com)

Treasurer: Nancy Brooks (575 439-6874)  brooks_nancy ’at’ yahoo.com

Chapter Representative: Judy Allen kjallen1 “at” beyondbb.com

Membership Secretary: Sarah Cerra (575- 650-3596) scerra “at” nmsu.edu.

Secretary: Jennifer Gruger (505-710-2924) jengruger “at” gmail.com.

Chapter Reports

2015 Otero Chapter Report

2014 Otero Chapter Report

2013 Otero Chapter Report

2012 Otero Chapter Report

2011 Otero Chapter Report

2016-2017 Grants in Botany

The Otero Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico is offering up to $4000 in grants for the fall 2016 semester.  The grant(s) may be awarded to one person or split among several applicants.  Grant applications will be considered from New Mexico State University & New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology upper level undergraduates (juniors and seniors), as well as graduate students with career interests in botany, ecology, conservation biology or land management that includes a focus on plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert Ecoregion. Additional points will be awarded for projects occurring within the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico. Funds are intended to assist with the implementation of the student’s grant proposal.

  • See Application Guidelines for all requirements. Application Guidelines
  • Deadline for submission of complete application packet is 5pm Monday, November 14, 2016.
  • E-mail Dr. Helgi Osterreich: hkasak@netmdc.com for additional information or


Otero Chapter Activities 2016

For field trip information, e-mail or call  William Herndon, laluzlobo “at” gmail.com, 575 437-2555 or Elva Osterreich, echoofthedesert “at” yahoo.com, 575 443-4408, or Helgi Osterreich, hkasak “at” netmdc.com,  575 443-3928.  More information should be available by the beginning of each month.

January 23.  Talk by member Ben Begley on orchids of Kentucky.  Meet at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1010 16th Street, Alamogordo, at 11 a.m.

February 20.  Field trip to NMSU Herbarium.  Meet at the old Walmart (where Highways 54 and 70 meet), at 9 a.m.

March 19.  Field trip to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.  Meet at the ‘Y’ in Tularosa at 10 a.m.  Bring hiking shoes, snacks, and water.

April 2. Field trip to Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. Meet at the old Walmart at the intersection of Hwys 54 and 70, at 8 am. Bring water and snacks.

April 23. Annual Plant Sale in Alamogordo at Oregon and 10th Street, 8 am to 1 pm. If you can help at the sale, or help to transport plants, please notify Jennifer Gruger at jengruger “at” gmail.com, or (505) 710-2924.

April 30. Earth Day at the Alamogordo Zoo. The time slots when we will need help are: 9-12; 12-2; 2-4. If you can help at any of these times, please notify Jennifer Gruger at jengruger  “at” gmail.com, or (505) 710-2924.

May 7. Field trip to White Sands Missile Range. We will be meeting at Tula gate west of Tularosa at 8 am. The trip will be up to the Oscura Mountains with stops along the way, and end up on Hwy 380. I will send e-mails to our members as soon as I know for sure what will be needed. If you have questions, call Helgi Osterreich at (575) 443-3928, or e-mail at hkasak “at” netmdc.com.

June 4. Field trip to White Sands National Monument. Meet at 8 am at the old Walmart. Bring water, snacks, and hiking shoes.

July 9. Field trip to Holcomb Ranch (near Timberon). Meet at the SW corner of N. Florida and Hwy 82 at 8 am, and arrive in Timberon at around 9:30 am to meet a representative of the Holcomb Family Ranch. Bring water, hiking shoes, and lunch.

August 13. Field trip to Kathy Newton’s home in Cloudcroft. We will walk around in the area, and have lunch. Meet at the SW corner of N. Florida and Hwy 82 at 9 am. Bring water; will advise what to bring for lunch in a later letter to members.

August 24– 27. Otero County Fair. We will have a booth as usual. Please contact Jennifer Gruger (or any of the above) if you can help. We will send out a schedule ahead of the event.

September 10. Field trip to Hueco Tanks. Meet at the old Walmart on Hwy 54 at 8 am. Bring water, hiking shoes, hat and lunch.

September 22—25. NPSNM Annual Conference in Las Cruces.

October 8.  Field trip on Indian Wells Trail.  Meet at 8:30 am in the uppermost parking lot of the New Mexico Museum of Space History. (The trail starts there.)  Bring snacks, hiking shoes, water, and rain gear if necessary.

November 5.   Otero Chapter Annual Meeting at Beth Anne and John Gordon’s house in Laborcita Canyon.  Further information and a map will be sent out closer to the event.

December.  No activities.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a possibility that the dates for Holcomb Ranch and Hueco Tanks may change. Please read all your emails from me, or from William, or Jennifer! Thank you.

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