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Botany 2015 Update Montana Natural Heritage Program

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Presentation by Botany Program Manager, Andrea Pipp, on Botany Program updates in 2015 at the Montana Natural Heritage Program's annual partners meeting at Montana Wild in Helena, Montana on December 7th, 2015.

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Botany 2015 Update Montana Natural Heritage Program

  1. 1. To collect & maintain reliable & comprehensive data on Montana’s native botanical species…. mtnhp.org
  2. 2. 6847 8660 10101 10967 74232 76941 5600 6410 7015 7475 6301 7710 376 458 489 525 502 502 0 10000 20000 30000 40000 50000 60000 70000 2008 2009 2010 2011 2014 2015 NUMBER All Botanical Observations SOC/PSOC Occurrences Number of SOC/PSOC
  3. 3. MONTANA IS HOME TO… 2013 Checklist of Montana’s Vascular Plants 2,571 vascular species 435 exotics 2,314 natives http://mtnhp.org
  4. 4. VASCULAR PLANTS “STATUS UNDER REVIEW” 417 PLANT SPECIES • Disputed State rank or not ranked • Status is not common, not rare, but is unknown • Reviewing 42 plants (10% of back-log) • Funding: Department of Agriculture • Project is bringing in data, populating field guide • Project creates a defensible State rank
  5. 5. Coefficient of Conservatism (C-) Values • Funding: MTDEQ • C-value: - reflects plant’s tolerance to disturbance & affinity to a specific, unimpaired habitat. - basic unit to compare land parcels, gauge restoration, & monitor wetland projects. • 2015: 1,412 plants assigned C-value • 2016: 312 plants to be assigned a C-value
  6. 6. TEACHING Boosting people’s skills in identifying wetland plants. Funding: MTDEQ 2015: 5 classes 2016: 3 beginner 2 intermed.
  7. 7. Spalding’s Catchfly - Threatened 2015: data on 6 populations to build long-term trend monitoring for CSKT
  8. 8. Shoshonea pulvinata – G2G3, S2, BLM Sensitive Funding: BLM Long-Term Demographic Monitoring: • 7 years of monitoring between 1991 – 2015 • Trend Report due late Feb. 2016
  9. 9. Funding: Swan Ecosystem Center & Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program & USFS Goals: • Synthesize data on 220 Water Howellia ponds • Analyze long-term monitoring studies • Analyze persistence in context of manmade disturbances from 1978-2015. • Produce a peer-reviewed scientific paper & summary report for USFS Management Water Howellia - Threatened
  10. 10. 132 LIVERWORTS HORNWORT 328 MOSSES
  11. 11. Populating Moss Field Guide & Botany Database Photographs & Species’ Profiles populated for: • 58 of 328 mosses (18%) • 19 of 71 SOC / PSOC mosses (27%) Consortium of PNW Herbaria: • 6,127 Montana Moss & Liverwort Observations
  12. 12. MTNHP Database: 639 spp Documented in MT: 1,074 spp Student Intern: • Update MTNHP checklist • Update nomenclature • Begin bringing in data
  13. 13. Didymo Coming Soon: • 152,073 MTDEQ diatom observations • 87 Didymo observations • Herbarium observations

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