2018 Annual Meeting

2018 Annual Meeting

July 20-22

Registration is now open! You may download the mail-in registration form here. The online registration form is here. There is a $10 per person registration fee to cover incidentals and to support the scholarship fund. To pay online, go to the membership page, and select annual meeting.

Gear up for the 2018 annual field meeting!  This year finds us on the western side of the state in the Wyoming Range, north of Kemmerer and east of Cokeville. Our home base will be Hams Fork Campground, in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. We are delighted that Orval Harrison, author of “History of Star Valley: Natural, Cultural, and Economic” will be our main speaker for Saturday night, July 21.  He has titled his presentation the “History and Flora of the Wyoming Range,” which will highlight its scientific exploration, geography, and natural resources.  Adding to this great weekend, Sherel Goodrich will be our main guide to Green Knoll and will lead us to beautiful tall-forb communities with dominants such as Ligusticum filicinum and Osmorhiza occidentalis.  On Friday, when you arrive, we are pleased to offer a visit to Big Spring at your leisure.

This will be a rustic weekend without electricity or the usual amenities. Hams Fork Campground is a first-come, first-serve campground with 13 sites, two vault toilets, and potable water. Several people are planning to arrive early to occupy campsites for WYNPS. There are no other close-by campgrounds, but dispersed camping is allowed in the National Forest (for those who think pit toilets are for softies). In addition, there are several motels in Kemmerer, which is about 40 slow miles away.

A map of the area is available here, and a species list for the entire Kemmerer District of the Bridger-Teton Forest is available here (thanks to Sherel).

Tentative Schedule

Friday, July 20

Check in at Hams Fork Campground after noon.

Informal visits to Big Spring, hosted by Martina Keil, Bridger-Teton NF Botanist. Big Spring is about 6 miles west of Hams Fork Campground. A short walk from the parking area and across the West Fork of the Hams Fork gets you to large spring that tumbles down a hillside. Along the river are great willow bottoms with a suite of wetland understory plants—walk in a willow wonderland!

Saturday, July 21

9 am All day hike to Green Knoll, Sherel Goodrich, leader. Sherel is Retired Botanist, Ashley National Forest, Utah

Green Knoll is located about 5 road miles from Hams Fork Campground. Roads are ok to good in dry weather and more or less passable with some wet weather in 4 wheel drive vehicles. We will spend the entire day on a single stop at Green Knoll where there is lots of room for parking off the rather infrequently used road. There are about 10 sites on the knoll where studies have been set up. These are all within 0.4 miles of each other. With about 1.5 miles of walking we can make a round trip to all these sites in one day. There will be time for discussion and minimal travel time. Some of the study sites have photos dating back to 1957. Look forward to seeing many special plant communities, including Lomatium bicolor with heavy plowing by pocket gophers, Ligusticum filicnum (tall forb), Osmorhiza occidentalis (tall forb), Artemisia tridentata var. spiciformis/Ligusticum filicinum, Geranium viscosissimum, Graminoid without pocket gopher activity. A plant list for this area is available here.

Dinner on your own, or join the communal dinner.

7 pm    Orval Harrison, “History and Flora of the Wyoming Range.” The history portion will be oriented toward scientific exploration, geography, and natural resources.

Sunday, July 22

7 am    Annual business meeting

9 am   TriBasin Divide. Co-leaders: Julie Kraft, Supervisor, Sublette County Weed and Pest; Karen Clause, Range Management Specialist, NRCS; and Jill Randall, Terrestrial Habitat Biologist, Wyoming Game and Fish.

Join Julie, Jill, and Karen on Sunday for a car trip to LaBarge Meadows and Tri-Basin Divide area heading north on USFS roads (leaving at 9am). We will visit sagebrush, aspen, and meadow communities while keeping our eyes open for impromptu stops along the way and once we leave the forest boundary heading home. Participants will have the opportunity to visit a recent burn from 2012 in the area.  There will be multiple options for departure, depending on what direction is “home” for participants.

Also on Sunday, should you be going south:

Charmaine will be leading an informal excursion southward to visit some unusual species. More information to come!