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NPSO Logo Bulletin of the Native Plant Society of Oregon

Dedicated to the enjoyment, conservation, and study of Oregon's native vegetation.

September 1998

Volume 31 · Number 9

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State News

July 30th Aug. 1, 1999

Annual Meeting: The 1999 Annual Meeting will take place in the high country of McKenzie Pass, and will be hosted by the Emerald Chapter. Mark your calendars! More information coming soon.


Board Meeting: In Corvallis, in late January or early February. Details later.

Chapter News

Blue Mountain


Meeting: No meetings until October.


Sept. 14, Mon.

Meeting: 6 P.M. Avery House, Avery Park, Corvallis. Members and friends are all invited to our Chapter's annual BBQ/Pot Luck kick-off of another season of monthly meetings. Bring something to barbecue and a dish to share. For more information, call Justen Whittall, ( policy).

Help Wanted: Our Chapter has begun some long term restoration projects and we could use as much help as possible working with rare plants in the Corvallis area. No experience is necessary, but enthusiasm is appreciated!


Sept. 12, Sat.

Field Trip: To Hemlock Butte wet sedge meadow and Swift Creek meadow at the n.w. edge of the Diamond Peak Wilderness to collect Shasta red fir cones, find Gentianopsis simplex and ripe huckleberries. Optional hike up Hemlock Butte 0.7 mi. - moderate difficulty - for grand views of Diamond Peak and Mt. Yoran. Meet: S. Eugene H.S. parking lot, 19th & Patterson, 8 A.M. Bring lunch, water appropriate footwear. Call Charlene Simpson,( policy), for more information.

Sept. 28, Mon.

Meeting: 7:30 P.M. Room 110, Science Building, main campus, Lane Community College, Eugene. "Getting Acquainted with the Indiana Dunes." Dr. Glen Cole, former curator, Chicago's Field Museum, will talk and show slides of some interesting dune communities, including prairie remnants and oak savannas.

Oct. 26, Mon.

Meeting: 7:30 P.M. Room 110, Science Building, main campus, Lane Community College, Eugene. "Mushrooms and Other Fungi in Oregon." Ankie Camacho, Oregon State University and LCC mycologist, will talk about mycological diversity, with particular attention to a survey of fungi at McDonald-Dunn Research Forest.

Nov. 23, Mon.

Meeting: 7:30 P.M. Room 110, Science Building, main campus, Lane Community College. Trevor Taylor, graduate student in Environmental Studies & Biology, U.O., and recipient of an Emerald Chapter research grant, will describe his Fisher Butte and Rose Prairie project, "Long-term effects of prescribed fire on west Eugene wetlands."

High Desert

Sept. 29, Tues.

Meeting: 6:30 P.M. Stu Garrett's house, 21663 Paloma Dr., Bend. Our annual planning/potluck meeting. Bring your favorite dish. Beverages provided. Call Stu,( policy) eves., for questions.

Oct. 20, Tues.

Meeting: 7:30 P.M. Central Oregon Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend. Members' slide night. Bring 12 of your favorite, recent sides to share. Call Stu Garrett,( policy) eves., for questions.

Klamath Basin

Sept. 15, Tues.

Meeting: 7-9 P.M. Room to be announced, Owens Hall, OIT, Klamath Falls. First meeting following summer break. Speaker to be announced. Chapter members can plan on being contacted by e-mail or post card in the first week of September, with details. Begin to think about a mushroom field trip, early to mid-October. For information or with questions, call David Lebo, ( policy), or e-mail


Sept. 2, Wed.

Meeting: 7:30 P.M. Mosier School. Some Oregon Department of Agriculture folks will give a talk on the ecological impact of introduced weeds.

Oct. 7, Wed.

Meeting: 7:30 P.M. Mosier School. Susan Nugent, District Botanist, Hood River Ranger District, will tell us about conservation projects involving Suksdorfia violacea and a popular rock-climbing destination.

North Coast


For information on the North Coast Chapter, call Christine Stanley, ( policy).


Sept. 6, Sun.

Field Trip: It is time for our annual huckleberry feasting along the trails of Mt. Hood, as John R. Davis, USFS, shows us his "secret" berry patches. It was a lot of fun last year, but let's remember to bring gallon jugs this year so we can save a few of those tasty berries for later. Good discussions on forest management too. Date may change, due to peak berry time. Leave Portland, 8 A.M. Please call Greg Stone,( policy), to confirm.

Sept. 8, Tues.

Meeting: 7 P.M. First United Methodist Church, 1838 Jefferson St., Portland. The subject area of the program is not certain, but a river will probably run through it.

Sept. 20, Sun.

Field Trip: Sauvie Island. Easy hike to Crane Lake and Warrior Point for a talk by Melissa Darby on wapato. Other blooms are sure to be found along the shores. Meet: 10:30 A.M., in the big parking area at the east end of the Sauvie Island bridge (on the island). For more information, call Greg Stone,( policy).


Sept. 17, Thurs.

Meeting: It's time for our annual fall potluck. Please bring slides and a dish to share with the group. We'll meet at the upper duck pond in Lithia Park at 6 P.M. for dinner, and at 7:30 in room 171 of the Science Building at SOU in Ashland for the slide show and meeting. For more information, call Jennifer Beigel at( policy).

South Coast


For information on the South Coast Chapter, call Bruce Rittenhouse, ( policy).

Umpqua Valley

Sept. 10, Thurs.

Meeting: 7 P.M. Room 310, Douglas County Courthouse, Roseburg. Lee Grover will present a slide show on desert plants.

Sept. 19, Sat.

Field Trip: A trip to Old Man Camp. Meet: BLM parking lot, 777 Garden Valley Rd., Roseburg, at 8 A.M.

Willamette Valley

Sept. 3, Thurs.

Working Meeting: To discuss field trips and programs for the coming year. Meet at Wilbur Bluhm's home in Keizer, 5 P.M. This is a potluck dinner meeting and open to all interested Chapter members. For more information, call Walt Yungen,( policy), evenings.

Sept. 19, Sat.

Field Trip: Breitenbush Lake and Meadows, on a ridge at the summit of the Cascade Mountains, between Mt. Jefferson and Olallie Butte. A spectacular area for fall color, scenery, and possibly late wildflowers, including the mountain bog gentian (Gentiana calycosa var. calycosa). Moderate hike. Leader: Wilbur Bluhm,( policy). Meet: North end of South Salem K-Mart parking lot, 7:30 A.M.

Sept. 21, Mon.

Meeting: 7 P.M. Room 225, United Methodist Church, 600 State St. NE, Salem. Refreshments at 6:45, program at 7:00. Topic to be announced. Call Ed Myers,( policy), for more information.

William Cusick


Meeting: No meeting in September.

President's Message

We held a Board meeting in La Grande, Oregon on August 8, 1998. At this meeting, we approved the formation of a new chapter of the NPSO, in McMinnville, Oregon. It will be known as the Cheahmill Chapter. The name is taken from an Indian tribe that occupied the area in earlier times. Heather Laub, our secretary, will be leaving to visit Australia for six months and will not be available for the next Board meeting. I am seeking a volunteer to take notes at our next Board meeting which is scheduled for late January or early February in Corvallis, Oregon.

Mike Fahey, President

The Cheahmill Chapter


As noted above, a new chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, the Cheahmill Chapter, has been formed. It will hold its first meeting on Thursday, September 24, starting at 7 P.M., at the McMinnville Water Reclamation Facility in McMinnville, Oregon.

At this meeting, Ed Alverson, Willamette Valley Stewardship Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy, will present a lecture/slide show on the "Ecological History of the Willamette Valley," focussing on Willamette Valley prairies, restoration and conservation planning.

The Chapter's president is Kareen B. Sturgeon, Professor, Biology Department, Linfield College. She can be reached at 1135 Winterwood Loop, McMinnville, Oregon 97128. Her telephone number is ( policy). Or one can contact her by fax at ( policy), and by e-mail at


NPSO Items for Sale


Oregon's Rare Wildflower Poster depicts Punchbowl Falls and three of the Columbia River Gorge's endemic wildflowers. Text on the back describes the natural history of the Gorge and the mission of the NPSO. Available from Stu Garrett, 21663 Paloma Dr., Bend, OR 97701 ( policy). Individual may order posters at $12 each, plus $3 per order for shipping. Posters are mailed in tubes. Chapter treasures may contact Stu for wholesale prices to chapters.

NPSO Window Stickers are decals with NPSO's trillium logo in green over an opaque white background, for use inside car windows. Available from Stu Garrett, $1, minimum order five.

NPSO's Original Wildflower Poster depicts 13 Oregon wildflowers in a striking artist's rendition. Soon to be a collector's item. Available from Stephanie Schulz, 84603 Bristow Rd., Pleasant Hill, OR 97455, $5 each, plus $3 per order for shipping. Posters are mailed in tubes.

Conservation and Management of Native Plants and Fungi: Proceedings of an Oregon Conference on the Conservation and Mangement of Native Vascular Plants, Bryophytes, and Fungi. Edited by Thomas N. Kaye, Aaron Liston, Rhoda M. Love, Daniel L. Louma, Robert J. Meinke, and Mark V. Wilson, with a foreword by Reed F. Noss. Available from NPSO Conference Proceedings, 804 Jefferson Ave., La Grande, OR 97850. ( policy). $20 plus $5 for shipping for the first copy, $2.50 for shipping, each additional copy.

Book Review

Propagation of Pacific Northwest Native Plants, by Robin Rose, Caryn E. C. Chachulski, and Diane L. Haase. Oregon State University Press, Corvallis, 1998 (101 Waldo Hall, Corvallis, OR ( policy)). Illustrations. Index. viii + 248 pages. $21.95 (softcover).

From Acer to Xerophyllum, 135 species are presented in this treatment on propagation of Pacific Northwest native plants. The species are treated as forbs, grasses, shrubs, or trees.

The authors are staff of the Nursery Technology Cooperative, Department of Forest Sciences, Oregon State University. As such their interest is in providing information on natives since "native plants have been increasingly recognized as a crucial component of forest management...."

However, information in this book will be useful to nursery growers and other horticultural professionals, restorationists, reclamationists, wildlife and plant ecologists, environmental consultants, and landscape architects producing or using native materials, and to the serious amateur interested in propagating, growing, and using Pacific Northwest native plants.

The first chapter, on general propagation techniques, is co-authored by Tom Landis, Western Nursery Specialist, USDA Forest Service, Cooperative Forestry, Portland, Oregon and Diane L. Haase. The chapter's authors provide an overview, with suggestions, of seed and vegetative propagation, including techniques of seed collection, cleaning, and storage, presowing seed treatments, seed sowing and covering, stem and root cuttings, layering, division, graftage, micropropagation, and salvage.

Succeeding chapters address propagation specifics of individual species. In all, 29 forb, 21 grass and sedge, 58 shrub, and 27 tree species are discussed in considerable detail.

Format for the treatment of individual species is practical, useful, and often comprehensive. The discussion of each species begins with a detailed description of the plant. This is followed with information on the species' habitat and geographic range. Finally, a discussion of seed and vegetative propagation techniques, based upon literature searches, is provided. Line drawings for most species are useful with plant identification.

A unique feature is the list of references, in sidebars adjacent to the text, for each species. The references include both scientists and field practitioners. Should one wish to pursue further information the listing of each reference is in sufficient detail to do this. A glossary, defining terms used in the text, and with some illustrations, and a limited list of general references are included. The index provides easy search for specific plants, either by botanical or common name.

Above all, this is a practical reference manual for use in propagation and production of Pacific Northwest native plants. The plant descriptions will help in verifying a species. Information on habitat and geographic range is applicable to the ultimate use of these plants.

This book could be even more useful if its scope was broadened to include horticultural, landscape, restoration, reclamation, and other interests as well as those of forestry. This would expand the number of Northwest natives having use potential for additional purposes. Inclusion of additional species in each of the four categories, especially of forbs and adding bulbous plants, would be helpful.

Wilbur L. Bluhm, Willamette Valley Chapter

Keith Chamberlain

In Memory

Keith Chamberlain, founder and long-time president of the Mid-Columbia Chapter of NPSO, died quietly on the night of July 10 in his home near Mosier after a long illness. The devoted care of his foster son Don Marsh

allowed him to remain at home for his last year and a half. Born in Mosier August 13, l913, Keith earned a degree in agriculture from Oregon State U.and worked for Luhr Jensen in Hood River until he retired. He had a great

fascination with science and was knowledgable in many areas. For instance he studied geology at P.S.U. and later taught geology at Columbia Gorge C.C. He and his wife Mary were also enthusiastic artists.

An excellent self-taught botanist with an interest in plants all over the Northwest, Keith will be remembered by many of us for the wonderful field trips he led. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to explore out-of-the-way places. He was not fond of trails, and a hike with him was often an adventure to places unknown where he had stumbled on an unusual

flower. On one exploration on The Dalles Mt. he rediscovered the rare buttercup Ranunculus reconditis, which was thought to be extinct. On his eightieth birthday he said he wanted to show me a good flower spot high on the northeast slope of Mt. Hood, and he easily cross-countried up the mountain with me trying to keep up. Some of Keith's favorite places were

Hellroaring Meadows and Little Mt. Adams, Grassy Knoll, South Prairie Bog, the ridge west of Dog Creek Falls, the Shaniko and Deschutes area, Bald Butte, and the Kreps Ranch property west of Catherine Creek in the Gorge.

Keith was generous with his knowledge through his field trips, and through

beautiful slide shows in which we saw his skill as a wildflower photographer. He was also very generous in other ways. Throughout his

life he contributed archeological and fossil finds to O.S.U. and other institutions. For instance, he was the first to find a buffalo skull in Eastern Oregon, showing there had in fact been some buffalo in the area, and this was donated to a university. He had inherited about half a mile of Columbia River shore east of Mosier, and was delighted to sell it to the

Forest Service and see it become public land when the Gorge Scenic Act was passed. Two years ago he donated an extensive collection of books including a complete set of Hitchcock, and also some unusual Indian artifacts, to the new Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. His eagerness to contribute to the world enriches us all, and he will continue to be an inspiration to all that knew him.

Barbara Robinson, Mid-Columbia Chapter

A Volunteer's Story

Have you enjoyed a trip to New Zealand lately? Are you familiar with the plants of Durango, Mexico? Go around the world without leaving Oregon. Volunteer at the OSU Herbarium and you will see specimens galore without breaking a sweat. I learned how to prepare museum mountings in about an hour and saw species I'll never have a chance to see otherwise. It's soothing. It smells great. And everyone is kind and helpful. Call Barbara Wilson at ( policy) to volunteer.

Susan Yamanaka

Willamette Valley Chapter

Conference on Ecological Restoration

The Northwest Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration will hold a conference, "Ecosystem Restoration: Turning the Tide," in the Sheraton Hotel, Tacoma, Washington, on October, 28-30, 1998. There will be pre-conference short courses and field trips on October 27. If registered by September 23, the fee is $185 for SER members, $225 for non-members. Late fees are: $225 (member), $265 (non-member). Other fee options are available. For a free brochure, with registration details, call ( policy), or ( policy).

Mt. Pisgah Needs Volunteers

The Mt. Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene needs volunteers to act as nature guides for elementary school children in fall ecology tours at the Arboretum.

If you love nature and would enjoy sharing that love with children, come help support this vital program. Volunteers receive free natural history training and educational materials and are required to lead a minimum of one morning tour per week (October 1 - November 13).

Orientation begins September 10. For information or an application, call the Arboretum's Education Manager, Fran Rosenthal, at( policy).


We are pleased to announce the Oregon Vascular Plant Checklist: Asteraceae. Composed by Kenton Chambers and Scott Sundberg, it is a compilation of all native and naturalized Oregon plants in the sunflower family. Have you just keyed a difficult yellow composite and you wonder if it is know from Oregon? Now you can look it up in the Checklist and find out if your plant is confirmed from the state. Perhaps you've just discovered a new state record, or maybe you just took the wrong key lead! And to help you find the new names of familiar plants, we also have provided a cross-reference list with the Flora of the Pacific Northwest. This checklist is a major step towards developing a comprehensive Flora of Oregon. Please send a request for your copy to the address in the box. Your donations help cover the cost of printing and mailing, and are greatly appreciated by this volunteer project. Those who have previously contributed to the Flora project may include an additional donation, but it is not required.

Please send checks to:
Dr. Scott Sundberg
Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology 2082 Cordley Hall
Oregon State University
Corvalis, OR 97331-2902

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