EMMETT • If you’ve hiked in Idaho’s rangelands or forests and wondered what grasses, plants or forbs you saw along the way, a new full-color “Backpack Guide to Idaho Range Plants” might provide the answers.
The 170-page, spiral-bound guide includes information from previous editions of a guide to “Idaho Range Plants,” but it’s the first edition to be printed in color. That makes a big difference when you’re trying to identify flowering plants.
The book provides a detailed guide to identifying 69 plant species frequently seen throughout the state.
Produced by the University of Idaho Rangeland Center and the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, the seventh edition was a collaborative project involving UI students, faculty, alumni and friends of the UI Rangeland Center. Proceeds from the book will go to the UI Rangeland Center student internship program.
The $15 guide is available on the IRRC website: http://idrange.org/store/books/backpack-guide-to-idaho-range-plants. Since the book was released earlier this year, 700 copies have been sold.
“We’re very excited that the book has been so well received,” Gretchen Hyde, executive director of IRRC, said in a press release. “Whether you are an outdoor recreationist, educator, rangeland professional, rancher or curious (about) the wide array of plants found in Idaho’s diverse landscapes, this guide is a great resource to add to your day pack, backpack, vehicle or reference library.“
It provides a guide to the plant community eco-regions in Idaho, detailed drawings of how to differentiate between forbs, shrubs, grasses, sedges and rushes, and the basics on how to identify grasses, forbs, leaves and shrubs.