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Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society

Focusing on native plants and conservation in North Idaho


  • to foster an understanding and appreciation of native flora and its habitats in the panhandle area of North Idaho,
  • to advocate the conservation of this rich natural heritage for future generations,
  • to encourage the responsible use of native plants in landscaping and restoration,
  • to educate youth and the general public in the value of the native flora and their habitats.








  About our logo:  Marilyn McIntyre, naturalist and artist, has created our colorful logo depicting the flower, leaves, and the fruit of the kinnikinnick plant.


Current Newsletter:

  (Jan/Feb 2019)


KNPS Presentations

The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society in conjunction with Sandpoint Parks and Recreation have monthly presentations at the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Avenue. The meetings are held from 9:45 - 11:30 AM. The meetings are held on the 4th Saturday of each month, January thru June and September thru November.


February 23, 2019

Don Gay: "Selkirk Grizzly Bear DNA project"

Since 2015, this project has been collecting grizzly bear hair in the Selkirk Mountains for DNA analysis from scent trees that bears rub on and at sites where they are attracted by a lure. The information is used to determine the minimum number of grizzly bears in the U.S. portion of the Selkirk Recovery area and if that number is approaching the numerical goal for recovery. Information collected also yields information on grizzly bear reproduction and gene flow with other recovery areas.

Don is a retired U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist. He spent time working on Kootenai, Deschutes, Fremont, and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests. He also served in Africa with the Peace Corps and completed international work with the Forest Service in Mali, Madagascar, and Gabon. Don lives in Naples, Idaho.


Mark your calendar

April 3 for Baxters Fundraiser