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Graduation Date

Fall 2022

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)

Degree Name

Environmental Studies

School or Department

Environmental Studies


This portfolio ties together concepts from the disciplines of ethnobotany, botany, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). It draws on themes of native plant preservation and restoration as well as ethics of plant collection and public education regarding the native flora of Montana and the broader Interior Northwest. It is my intention to explore the many ways humans connect with plants and how they may inform our sense of place, and to provide education about the benefits of native plants so people may feel more inclined to protect them and live in right relationship with the natural environment. Overall, this portfolio aims to illustrate how learning about plants can foster a broader understanding of ecology, culture, history, and place.


native plants, Montana native plants, plant education, ethnobotany, honorable harvest, ethics, wildcrafting, plant collection, TEK, culturally significant plants

Subject Categories

Environmental Studies

Creating Connections to Landscapes and Cultures through the Plants of Montana and the Interior Northwest