The Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society will host a talk by Dr. Jennifer Sorensen Forbey on sagebrush and how it factors into the Wood River ecosystem as a cornerstone component.

Although sagebrush is widely maligned as an unattractive plant, Forbey will demonstrate why it is an invaluable and fascinating asset.

“Sagebrush has many secrets about where it comes from and the battles it has had with the environment, plants, animals and humans,” Forbey said. “These secrets are held in the chemical fingerprints of sagebrush.”

Forbey is professor of biological sciences at Boise State University and has studied chemical interactions between plants and wildlife in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming, as well as abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Sweden and Norway.

This talk is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church on the corner of Second Avenue and Croy Street in Hailey. The area of the church where the talk will be held is accessible via Croy Street.

Visit idahonativeplants.org to learn more.

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