Otero (Alamogordo)


President: Helgi Osterreich

Vice Presidents: Elva Osterreich

Treasurer: Nancy Brooks

Chapter Representative: Judy Allen

Membership Secretary: Sarah Cerra

Secretary: Jennifer Gruger .

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 Elva Osterreich, echoofthedesert  “at” yahoo.com, 575 443-4408, or Helgi Osterreich, hkasak “at” netmdc.com, 575 443-3928.  More information will be available by the beginning of each month.

January 21. Cooking demonstration by Jim Hastings (The Gringo Gourmet):  “Cactus Cuisine”.  2 pm, at First Presbyterian Church, 14th Street and Oregon, in Alamogordo.

February 11. Presentation by Dr. Patrick Alexander: “Botany from Boeing”.  11 am at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1010 16th Street in Alamogordo.

March 18.  Field trip on Indian Wells Trail.  Meet at 9:00 am in the uppermost parking lot of the New Mexico Museum of Space History. (The trail starts there.)  Bring water and snacks, wear hiking shoes.

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