Letters from the West

Boise botanist gives lichens collection to Boise State

Nationally recognized Boise botanist Roger Rosentreter is always doing public service work now that he has retired from Idaho’s Bureau of Land Management. He lectures across the West on fire, rangelands and home protection, to sage-grouse habitat in Idaho. He’s teaching Fish and Game biologists about what forbs sage grouse prefer.

Now he's making a living donation to Boise State University. Rosentreter has donated his lichens collection to BSU's herbarium.

Rosentreter has collected lichens for more than 40 years. Now, they’re part of Boise State’s living, vibrant collection at the Snake River Plains herbarium, serving researchers world-wide. The collection will build on decades of research and discovery taking place at BSU and around the world.

BSU officials said Rosentretter’s donation will help, Boise State contribute to the kind of research that’s protecting and healing our planet—tracking climate change and pollution rates.