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Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society Program

The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society program, “Floristic Quality Assessment of Terrestrial Landscapes” presented by Dr. Gerould Wilhelm, Director of Research at the Conservation Research Institute, will take place Saturday, May 21th at 10:00 a.m. The program will be presented via Zoom to both an in-person audience at the East Bonner County Library’s main branch (1407 Cedar Street, Sandpoint) and on Zoom. Coffee and treats will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. for in-person attendees. The program will also be recorded for later viewing on the KNPS YouTube Channel. The program is co-sponsored by East Bonner County Library District and Sandpoint Parks & Recreation, and is free and open to the public.

Registration is required to attend the program by Zoom. To register, go to this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAofuyurT4iG9BiCfru2qhk65Vi80_LfW5t

About the program:
In the evaluation of landscapes, a critical question is the contemporary ecological health of the vegetation it supports. There are some landscapes that bear sufficient remnants of soil, vegetation, and associated organisms that any significant change in their stewardship or ecological character would render them irreplaceably destroyed. The doctrinal advice in the National Environmental Act of 1969 asks Americans to evaluate the degree to which any impact is “irreversible or irretrievable.” Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) is a tool that enables us to accommodate that directive. One of the principal aspects of the FQA is the assignment, by trained botanists, of a Coefficient of Conservatism to each vascular plant, so that each species is given an equal franchise at informing us about the integrity of its habitat. FQA also enables us to monitor and evaluate attempts to rehabilitate partly managed systems and the progress of landscape restoration, as well as to predict whether a landscape would be irreplaceably destroyed by development.

About the speaker:
Dr. Gerould Wilhelm is a foremost botanist, research taxonomist, and educator. After an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology at Florida State University, and a stint as a conscript in the Army, he joined the staff of the Morton Arboretum, in Lisle, Illinois, in 1974. He received his Ph.D. in Botany in 1984 at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He co-authored the definitive flora Plants of the Chicago Region, and recently completed the Flora of the Chicago Region, a Floristic and Ecological Synthesis, with wildlife biologist Laura Rericha. He currently is working on the lichens of the 53-county Southern Lake Michigan Region. He is noted for his development of the Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) methodology, which has become widely adopted for use in at least 34 states and provinces.

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May 21 2022
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9:45 am

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Sandpoint Library
1407 Cedar St. Sandpoint, Idaho
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Native Plant Society
Email
programs@nativeplantsociety.org
Website
http://nativeplantsociety.org/
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May 21 2022
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Time

9:45 am

Location

Sandpoint Library
1407 Cedar St. Sandpoint, Idaho
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Organizer

Native Plant Society
Email
programs@nativeplantsociety.org
Website
http://nativeplantsociety.org/
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