posted: Apr 10, 2016

Spring flowers are blooming so it is time to hit the trail with.... the just published

Palouse Prairie Field Guide: An Introductory Guide to Native Plants, Agricultural Crops and Invasive Weeds for the Curious

By Dave M. Skinner, Jacie W. Jensen and Gerry Queener

The Palouse Prairie Field Guide was conceived to help people identify many of the plants found in the prairie regions of Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana. This includes the Palouse Prairie, Rathdrum Prairie, Zumwalt Prairie, and Camas Prairie.

It took approximately a year for the guide to come together. We, Dave Skinner, Jacie Jensen and Gerry Queener, met once or twice a week, and started with the wealth of information Dave accumulated throughout his career. It was a process of all thoroughly loved with a lot of laughs and discussions on what should and would be included in the Field Guide.  Dave was able to review most of the proofs before he passed away January 28th.  The guide is dedicated to Dave and he is greatly missed.

Included in the Field Guide are the most common native plants of the Palouse Prairie, as well as the working agricultural fields. Near the end of the book are some "invasive non-native” plants that inhabit the region.

The guide uses introductory language and is organized first by color of the plants, second by family name and thirdly by common name. Scientific names are introduced with phonetic spellings. The guide is complete with photographs courtesy of various contributors and illustrations by young Moscow, Idaho artist Julianne Bledsoe, and is compact and practical in size and structure.

The Field Guide was made as a "carry along with you” book. The spiral binding and pocketable size (4” wide X 8.5” tall) should encourage the curious to include it on even the briefest of walks. Suggested Retail price -$23.95

Locations for purchasing the Palouse Prairie Field Guide as of April 1st:
Aunties Bookstore, Spokane
The Well-Read Moose, Coeur d’Alene
Main Street Books, Colfax
Four Star Supply, Inc.. Colfax
And Books Too!, Clarkston
Patt’s Garden Center, Clarkston
Blue Lantern Coffee House, Lewiston
The Shop at the Barn, Uniontown
Four Star Supply, Inc. Pullman
Pullman Chamber of Commerce
Bookpeople, Moscow
UI Vandal Store, Moscow and Boise
Spence Hardware, Moscow
Marketime Drug, Moscow
Historical Museum at St. Gertrude
Nez Perce National Park Visitor’s Center, Spalding
 Online at Thorn Creek Native Seed Farm

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