The Spring Board meeting was held in Bozeman at the Holiday Inn and Gran Tree Inn on February 25. This will be the site of the 2017 Montana Green Expo. The board toured both facilities to view the Gran Tree where the Expo Trade Show will be held and the Holiday Inn where the seminars and meals will be held. Following the tour the meeting was called to order in the Board Room at the Holiday Inn. The minutes of the previous meeting and financials were reviewed and approved. The proposed budget for 2016 was approved. Jyl reported we have received four new members in February. Jyl also reported that Sylvan Nursery would like to donate to the scholarship fund in memory of one of their employees who recently passed away. Donna Rise from the Montana Department of Agriculture met with the Board to review the proposed nursery fee legislation for the 2017 Legislative Session. The Board spent considerable time discussing ideas for the 2017 Expo. Due to lack of participation in the Plant ID exam at Expo, it was decided to eliminate the Plant ID exam at future Expos. That exam will continue to be held at the Fall Tour in addition to an exam in September in Bozeman. It was decided to hold the 2018 Expo in Missoula. The following day a Strategic Planning meeting was held with Shawn Clouse facilitating the meeting. Four Past Presidents attended to contribute ideas in addition to the current MNLA Board of Directors.