News and Events
We will provide information about wildflower- and botany-related events, news, events, and activities.
We will provide general and regional information about Celebrating Wildflower-related hikes, artistic events, and programs. These may be hosted by the Forest Service or they may be hosted by other government agencies or organizations. Please refer to the host's link for contact information.
Celebrating Wildflowers News
Cheers to Butterflies
Posted May 13, 2013
Silverspot butterfly (U.S. Forest Service photo).
As the bartender drew pints of Silverspot India Pale Ale for the crush of people in the Pelican Pub and Brewery in Pacific City, Ore., recently, Michelle Dragoo, Siuslaw National Forest wildlife biologist, and Anne Walker, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, prepared to tell the story of the butterfly that inspired the event. About 50 people grabbed a drink and a snack then settled in to listen.
Read about the Oregon silverspot butterfly on the USDA Blog...
Great Basin Native Plant Selection and Increase Project 2012 Progress Report
Posted May 7, 2013
The Interagency Native Plant Materials Development Program outlined in the 2002 USDA and USDI Report to Congress, USDI Bureau of Land Management programs and policies, and the Great Basin Restoration Initiative encourage the use of native species for rangeland rehabilitation and restoration where feasible. The Great Basin Native Plant Selection and Increase Project was initiated to provide information that will be useful to managers when making decisions about selecting appropriate plant materials and technologies for restoration. The Program is supported by the USDI Bureau of Land Management's National Native Plant Materials Program and the Great Basin Restoration Initiative and administered by the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station's Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystem Research Program.
Read the Great Basin Native Plant Selection and Increase Project 2012 Progress Report (PDF, 8.9 MB)
Stories of Biodiversity on the Move, Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus)
Posted May 3, 2013
A Google Earth Tour is posted on YouTube describing the migration of monarch butterflies, and the people that help them out along the way. It was produced by Atlantic Public Media in cooperation with the Encyclopedia of Life. Producers: Eduardo Garcia-Milagros and Ari Daniel Shapiro.
See the Monarch Butterflies Migration Google Earth Tour…
Announcing the 2102 National Forest System Invasive Species Program Award Winners
Posted May 3, 2013
The Forest Service announced the recipients of the 2012 National Forest System Invasive Species Program Awards on March 12, 2103. Each year, these national awards honor individuals and groups for outstanding work against aquatic and terrestrial invasive species threatening the National Forest System. Awards were presented for excellence in partnership development, prevention, early detection and rapid response, innovative control and management, and landscape-scale restoration and rehabilitation.
Read the Forest Service correspondence announcing the winners (PDF, 204 KB)…
USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack proclaims National Pollinator Week and National Grassland Week
Posted May 2, 2013
In the northeast, forests with entirely native flora are not the norm
Posted April 30, 2013
Two-thirds of all forest inventory plots in the Northeast and Midwestern United States contain at least one non-native plant species, a new U.S. Forest Service study found. The study across two dozen states from North Dakota to Maine can help land managers pinpoint areas on the landscape where invasive plants might take root.
Read more about northeast forests with native flora…
Native Wildflowers and Bees of Western Montana
Posted April 17, 2013
Many of us enjoy the beauty of wildflowers, but we may not know their names or how to identify them. This basic guide will help you identify sixteen pairs of common native wildflowers and bees of western Montana that provide vital pollination services. In this this guide, a bee is paired with a flower it is most likely to visit, but it may visit other flower types as well. From early spring through the fall, look for these wildflowers and bees as you walk along forest and grassland trails.
This brochure was prepared and published by the U.S. Forest Service Lolo National Forest, Missoula, Montana. Text is by Susan Reel, design and native plant illustrations by Nancy Seiler, and bee illustrations by Steve Buchanan.
Native Wildflowers and Bees of Western Montana (PDF, 3.8 MB)
National Wildflower Week - May 19-25, 2013!
Posted April 11, 2013
USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack proclaimed May 19-25, 2013, "National Wildflower Week" (PDF, 311 KB)!
National Wildflower Week will kick off a season-long festival of events highlighting wildflower appreciation, education, interpretation, and restoration activities. The Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service, along with all of our partners who participate in the Federal Interagency Plant Conservation Alliance, will join together to celebrate the diversity of plants and plant habitats found on the Nation's public lands.
Moving Harper's Beauty Off Road
Posted April 3, 2013
Harper's beauty is a perennial lily with a solitary yellow flower and iris-like leaves and is listed as federally endangered (U.S. Forest Service photo).
The first week of March found a team of plant biologists down on their knees in a highway right-of-way in the Florida Panhandle searching for Harper's beauty, one of Florida's rarest native plants.
A perennial lily with a solitary yellow flower and iris-like leaves, Harper's beauty (Harperocallis flava) is listed as federally endangered and found in only three Panhandle counties, with most plants growing in the Apalachicola National Forest.
Volunteers from the U.S. Forest Service, its Southern Research Station, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Department of Transportation, and Florida Natural Areas Inventory were there to take the first step in a project to move the endangered plants from the roadside to a more secure home.
Read more about moving Harper's Beauty off road…