President: Thomas Antonio (505-690-5105) tom ‘at’ thomasantonio.org
Chapter Representative: Carol Johnson (505-466-1303) gcjohnson ‘at’ comcast.net
Membership Chair: Joan West, joanwest1 ‘at’ yahoo.com
The 2011 Annual Meeting: Honoring the Past, Preparing for the Future was presented by the Santa Fe Chapter
Scheduled Events for 2015/2016
The Santa Fe Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM
We will now be meeting at Christ Lutheran Church, which is located in the triangle of Old Pecos Trail, St Michael’s Drive and Arroyo Chamiso @ 1701 Arroyo Chamiso. It is directly across the street from Fire Station #4.
Jan 21 Meeting: ” Impacts of wildfire on rare plants in the Gila and Lincoln National Forests” by Daniela Roth – Botany Program Coordinator NM Forestry. Ms. Roth spent 12 years in the backcountry of the Navajo Nation researching the status and distribution of rare plants for the Navajo Natural Heritage Program. She then worked for the USFWS on endangered plant recovery and conservation in southern Utah for 3 years before moving to New Mexico to become the new state botanist.
February 18 Meeting: “The Plight of Aridland Springs in NM ” byBob Sivinski – Former Botanist, New Mexico State Forestry Division, he managed the Rare and Endangered Plant Program for the state of New Mexico at the NM Forestry Division. He received the State Forester’s Award for 2005, designating him as the division’s employee of the year in recognition of his accomplishments, including the procurement of property to help protect and preserve endangered plants of Northern New Mexico.
March 18 Meeting: “Introduction and Evolution of Maize in Northern New Mexico” by Dr. Richard Ford – had a long and distinguished teaching career at the University of Michigan in anthropology and botany. As one of the preeminent ethnobotanists working today, he has contributed significantly to the understanding of how Native peoples in North American managed and utilized medicines, plants, foods, and cultural symbols.
April 15, 2015 Meeting: “Native Bees in New Mexico.” Karen Wright is a PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico. Her dissertation is on the evolution of diet breadth in Melissodes bees. She has worked for the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research program for over nine years. She has a BA in Biology and a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Delaware and a MS in Entomology at Oregon State University. She has been studying native bees in New Mexico for 15 years.
May 27, 2015 (note new date this meeting only) “The Tree Whisperer is In!” Years of drought have stressed even the best-tended trees and insect pests are taking advantage. Pinpointing the cause of decline in trees can be a tough job, and bringing trees back to health calls for a holistic approach. Joran Viers, Albuquerque’s City Forester and former Director of the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission will present an overview of problems faced by New Mexico’s trees and suggest approaches to helping our trees recover their vigor. Please come with all your questions and if possible with close-up and distance photos of your trees.
Santa Fe Native Plant Society Field Trip
Saturday, July 11th
Leader: Chick Keller
Time: 8:00 AM Departure
From: Car Pooling from K-Mart Parking lot, 1721 St. Michael’s Dr. Santa Fe, look for my Red F-150 Truck
To: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks off NM-22 Cochiti Pueblo
Entrance Fee: $5/ vehicle
Driving: 35 minutes South of Santa Fe, I-25 S to Exit 259 then to NM-22N
September 16 Dr. Thomas Antonio, President of the Santa Fe chapter of NPSNM and Associate Professor at IAIA will be speaking about his recent sabbatical in a talk entitled – “Flax, Manuka, and Kauri: New Zealand’s amazing plants”
October 21 Dr. Ken Heil lead author of the incredible book “Flora of the Four Corners Region” will be speaking on the plants of this region
November 18 Melanie Gisler, Southwest Program Director, Institute for Applied Ecology with be speaking on ” A promising future for native plants and pollinators in New Mexico”
December 6 Holiday Party
January 20 Steve Cary Steven J. Cary, Community Naturalist & Volunteer Coordinator Randall Davey Audubon Center & Wildlife Sanctuary
“Connections between native plants/caterpillars/birds”
February 17 Kathyn Kennedy US Forest Service- title TBA
March 23 – TBA
April 20 An overview by Larry Littlefield of the Littlefield and Pearl Burns’ new book, Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico”
Driving Directions to meetings
Take I-25 to Santa Fe.
Exit Old Pecos Trail.
Follow Old Pecos Trail to the “Y” formed by St. Michael’s Drive and Old Pecos Trail.
Bear left onto St. Michael’s Drive.
At the NEXT stoplight, turn right onto Arroyo Chamiso.
Go about 50 yards and turn right into our parking lot.
The Church is located directly across from Fire Station #4.