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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 2018)


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.


Saturday February 24th

Cheryl Moody - Selkirk Mountain Caribou Recovery, Arboreal Lichen Collection Project

The South Selkirk Caribou International Technical Working Group, is an international group that is working to bring the mountain caribou herd back from the edge of extinction. In March of 2018 this group plans to capture any pregnant cows remaining in the herd and transport them to a secure rearing pen near Salmo, B.C. where they will be kept safe until their calves are born.  

As a part of this effort, the Selkirk Conservation Alliance will be collecting the arboreal lichens that are the animals native winter diet to transition the cows to a pelleted zoo ration after capture. In coming years, the Canadian Government may also augment the herd with additional pregnant cows from more robust caribou populations found in other parts of B.C. 

The presentation will be given by Cheryl Moody, who is the Executive Director of the Selkirk Conservation Alliance, based in Priest River. Ms. Moody graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from WSU in 1982, then moved to Alaska where she remained until 2015. During her time in Alaska, she worked seasonally for the USFS, USFWS, and other entities before starting her own wetland science and regulatory assistance consulting company in 1992. As a consultant, Cheryl oversaw the work of a variety of scientists conducting field evaluations mapping vegetation, soils, wetland, and wildlife habitat for large hardrock mine and energy development projects.

In June of 2015, she moved back to the Northwest and is now living on the NW side of the narrows of Priest Lake - and collects a lot of lichen!