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Bulletin of the

Native Plant Society of Oregon

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


Volume 32

Number 7

July 1999

ISSN 0884-599

In this issue

NPSO Field Trip Safety - Greg Stone

Berry Garden Events

NPSO Items for Sale

New Bulletin Editor

Leach Garden Events

Friends of the Oregon Flora Project

State News

July 30 - Aug. 1 Fri. - Sun.

Annual Meeting: The Emerald Chapter hosts the 1999 Annual Meeting in the high country of McKenzie Pass. Registration material in April Bulletin. For pictures/notes of meeting site, check our website: NOTE: There will be a construction project on Hwy. 20, east of Sweet Home (between House Rock and Lava Lake) from June 7 to Oct. 28, with 20 min. delays predicted. Be aware of this when planning your route to the Annual Meeting.

Aug. 1, Sun.

Board Meeting: On Sunday morning at the annual meeting.

Chapter News

Blue Mountain


Meeting: No meetings in the summer.



Meeting: No meetings in the summer.

July 3, Sat.

Work Party: We'll be planting trees at the new Native Plant Garden at the McMinnville Public Library, 2nd and Adams St. Meet at the library, 9 A.M. Call Mary Bryant, ( policy), for information, or Ruth Crawford, ( policy), for information if you plan to attend. or have questions.

July 10, Sat.

Work Party: We'll be planting shrubs and perennials at the McMinnville Library Native Plant Garden. Meet at the library, 9 A.M. Call, as above.

July 24, Sat.

Work Party & Field Trip: Deer Creek County Park. After we tour the site where Dichelostemma congestum, Tritelia hyacinthina, and Zygandenus venenosus may be blooming, we will harvest Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass) for seed. Meet at the park, 10 A.M. For more information, call Dave, ( policy).


July 12, Mon.

Meeting and Potluck Dinner: 7:30 P.M. Avery House, Avery Park, Corvallis. Discuss conservation issues and current projects in the Willamette Valley, on the porch of Avery House, weather permitting. Bring some tasty food to share. Call Steve Northway, ( policy), for information.

July 17, Sat.

Field Trip: Iron Mountain. Spectacular, botanically rich area west of Santiam Pass. Forest and meadow wildflowers will be the main attractions. 4-5 mi., moderate hike. Meet: OSU parking lot, SW of the Beanery, 26th and Monroe, Corvallis, 9 A.M. Call Dan Luoma, ( policy), for information. for more information.

Emerald (20th anniversary year)


Officers: Newly elected officers are: Marcia Cutler, president; Nick Otting, vice president; Dave Predeek, secretary; Phil Warner, treasurer.


Meeting: No meetings in the summer. We'll have our 20th birthday bash at our September meeting.

July 3, Sat.

Field Trip: Joint trip with Willamette Valley Chapter, which see.

July 18, Sun.

Field Trip: Iron Mountain bird and wildflower trip with Dan Gleason of Lane County Audubon and Bruce Newhouse of NPSO. Trip begins at 8 A.M. Bring lunch, water, binoculars, hand lens. Group size limited; pre-registration required. Call Diane Horgan, ( policy), for information.

July 25, Sun.

Field Trip: Spirit Lake. Join Oakridge resident Barbro McCree on this trip to wildflower heaven, located NE of Oakridge. Bring sun cream, mosquito repellent, lunch, sturdy shoes, clothing appropriate for the weather. Meet: S. Eugene H.S. parking lot, 8:30 A.M., or Middle Fork Ranger District (formerly Rigdon Dist.) parking lot, off Salmon Creek Rd., 9:30 A.M. For more information, contact Barbro McCree, ( policy), for information.

Aug. 19, Thurs.

Herbarium Work Party: 9 A.M. - Noon. LCC Botany Room, 109 Science Building, main campus. Each year a group of students and others get together to mount the pressed specimens collected throughout the year. Learn how to press and mount herbarium specimens and take accurate collection data. Gail Baker will give instruction and guidance. For more information, contact Gail ( policy).

High Desert


Meeting: No meeting until October.

July 13, Tues.

Field Trip: Oregon Atlas Project Survey -- Trout Creek Swamp. This will be one of our surveys to look at previously poorly-botanized areas, in order to develop information for the Oregon Plant Atlas Project. We will take several hours to key-out and identify plants in this marsh in the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes NF. All are welcome. Bring knee or hip boots. Meet: Deschutes NF Supervisor's Office parking lot, near Pilot Butte, 8:30 A.M., or Sisters Ranger District, 9 A.M. Call Katie Grenier, ( policy), for information.

July 17, Sat.

Field Trip: Glaze Meadow and Black Butte old-growth stands. This area, at the foot of Black Butte, is one of the most scenic in the Deschutes NF. We will see the rare Peck's penstemon, hike through old-growth ponderosa pine stands, and explore the now ungrazed meadows. Beavers use the riparian areas along Indian Ford Creek. Maret Pajutee, USFS ecologist for the Sisters District, will tour us through the area and tell about restoration projects. East, 4 mi. walk. Meet: Pilot Butte in Bend, 8:30 A.M., or Sisters Ranger District parking lot, 9 A.M. Call Stu Garrett, ( policy), for information.

July 18, Sun.

Field Trip: Juniper Hills Preserve. The Nature Conservancy has recently acquired an 18000-acre preserve, east of Post, Oregon, along the Crooked River. The preserve protects native grasslands, ponderosa forests and juniper woodlands. We will help to control young, invasive junipers that are expanding into grassland ecosystems. Call Stu Garrett, ( policy), for information.

July 24, Sat.

Field Trip: Canyon Creek Meadows. Another Cascades classic. Reid Schuller, a superb botanist and probably the most knowledgeable person on the wildflowers of these meadows, will lead this 4 mi. R.T. hike, with 500 ft. elev. gain. The meadows are located in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness at the base of Three-Fingered Jack. Meet: USFS Sisters Ranger District parking lot in Sisters, 9 A.M. (NOT IN BEND). Limit 12, due to wilderness travel. Call Reid, for pre-registration. Don't just show up! ( policy

Aug. 14, Sat.

Field Trip: Broken Top Volcano. This is our annual trek to view the spectacular scenery and alpine wildflowers in the high Cascades west of Bend.. 6 mi. R.T., moderate to strenuous hike, with 1700 ft. elev. gain. Mostly off-trail hiking through the Three Sisters Wilderness, so number limited to 12. Pre-registration required. Call trip leader Stu Garrett, ( policy), for information.

Aug. 21, Sat.

Field Trip: Three-Fingered Jack area. Difficult, 12 mi. R.T. hike up toward Three-Fingered Jack, with a short, steep, cross-country trek downhill, to connect with a loop trail that will pass three nice lakes. Bring a swimsuit and we can cool off in the last lake if the weather is warm. Meet at the Bend J.C. Penney parking lot, 9:30 A.M. Wilderness travel limits trip to 12, so call Sierra Club leader, Alison Hamway, ( policy), for information, for details and registration.

Klamath Basin


Meeting: No meetings in July or August.


July 7, Wed.

Meeting: 6:30 P.M. Our annual potluck at Jerry Igo's beautiful home in the heart of the Columbia Gorge's oak woodlands, 6 mi. SE of Mosier. For directions, write Jerry (P.O. Box 603, Mosier, OR 97040) or call Barbara Robinson ( policy), for information.

Aug. 4, Wed.

Meeting: 7 P.M. At the beautiful home of Stuart and Mildred Chapin on the bluff overlooking the Columbia at 464 SW Eyrie Rd., White Salmon. Steve Northway, Corvallis Chapter president, will give us a presentation on monarch butterflies and other pollinators, the fascinating ways in which plants and pollinators are adapted to each other, and how their Chapter is restoring habitat to help pollinators survive. Call Stuart Chapin,( policy), for information.

Sept. 1, Wed.

Meeting: 7:30 P.M. Discovery Center Theatre, The Dalles. Rhoda Love will Share her research on "The Long, Happy Life of Louis F. Henderson," a remarkable plant collector in the Northwest who lived quite a while in the Hood River area.

North Coast


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


July 11, Sun.

Field Trip: Sheep Canyon, Mt. St. Helens. How about old-growth noble fir, the fragrance of lupines, the subtle orange agoseris, yellow creamy penstemons, and a great view of the rim for lunch? Hike about 6 mi. R.T., with 1200 ft. Elev. gain, to highest point at 4,600 Ft. If you are unfamiliar with the trail, you are encouraged to call the trip leader. Leave 8:30 A.M., Garteway 99th Ave. Park & Ride, SE corner of parking lot. (I-84 east to exit 7, turn right immediately onto NE 99th). Second mtng. place, Yale Reservoir Recreation Site, 9:45. Call Carroll Dubuar, ( policy), for information.

July 13, Tues .

Meeting: 7 P.M. First United Methodist Church, 1838 Jefferson St., Portland. Skip Haak will speak about the process of obtaining a permit for impacting wetlands and factors considered when preparing a mitigation plan to offset impacts. He'll relate this to a restoration project at Clairemont Wetlands. (July 18 related field trip.)

July 18, Sun.

Field Trip: Skip Haak, our July meeting speaker, will show us his project at Clairemont Wetlands. See a good example of mitigation in a developing urban area, while we visit with Ribes sanguineum, Rosa nutkana, Lupinus polyphyllus, Bidens cernua, maybe a few interesting amphibians, and some birds, so bring the binoculars. Also bring rubber boots and lunch. Leave: 9 A.M., Cedar Hills Shopping Center parking lot, east end. (Hwy. 26 west, take exit 69B, follow signs to Cedar Hills.) For more information, call Skip, ( policy), for information.

July 24, Sat.

Field Trip: Hawk Mountain. USFS botanist, Carol Horvath, will lead a 5 mi. ridge top hike though old-growth forest, interspersed with meadows. Elev. gain is 1,300 ft. (3500 - 4800). Hike is rated moderate by one local hiking book, and "more difficult" by the Forest Service. We will shuttle cars to both ends of the trail. We hope meadows will be at their peak, with displays of Castilleja, Achillea millefolium and others. Hike destination may change if another site seems promising. Bring enough water, rain gear, layers of clothing. Hiking boots encouraged. Limit 12. Pre-registration required. Register with Carol, ( policy).

Aug. 8, Sun.

Field Trip: Cloud Cap, Mt. Hood. Beth Magnus and Greg Stone will lead this beautiful trip. Details in next Bulletin, or call Beth, ( policy), for information.



Meeting: No meetings until September.

July 3, Sat.

Field Trip: Mineral Fork. Led by Rich Nawa, ( policy), for information. 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Call for meeting place. Moderately strenuous off-trail hike to Mineral Fork roadless area in the Chetco River watershed.

July 4, Sun.

Wildflower Show: In the gazebo near the band shell in Lithia Park in Ashland. The show begins when the parade is over, and continues into the afternoon. For more information, call Elaine Plaisance or Jim Duncan, at ( policy).

July 10 - 11, Sat. - Sun.

Field Trip: Youngs Valley. Led by Ron Pio. Moderate to strenuous hike, with overnight camp. Possible off-trail hiking and side hikes. Depending on the group, return 7 P.M., July 11. Pre-registration required. Call the Siskiyou Project, ( policy), for information.

Aug. 7, Sat.

Field Trip: Mt. Elijah/Bigelow Lake, Siskiyou Mountains (just south of Oregon Caves). Late summer wildflowers, wildlife, evening/night hike. Bring sack supper, flashlight, water, jacket. Leaders: Maria Ulloa ( policy), for information about wildflowers); Mary Bell ( policyfor information about wildflowers), Lee Webb ( policy), for information about wildlife). Meet: Illinois Valley Visitor Center, 201 Caves Hwy., Cave Junction, 4 P.M., return by 11 P.M. Moderate to difficult hike.

Aug. 8, Sun.

Field Trip: Rough and Ready, once again. Led by Mike Anderson. Return to Rough and Ready, this time to a low-water creek crossing to a Pleistocene bench (possibly the result of a cataclysmic glacial event). Here we'll visit an unusual, flat, narrow California pitcher plant fen, which meanders across the bench. The fen is home to the sensitive and seldom seen Oregon willow herb, which, along with other attributes, has the cutest darn stigma you'll ever see! Meet: Illinois Valley Visitor Center, 201 Caves Hwy., Cave Junction, 9 A.M. Easy, 3 mi. hike

Aug. 14, Sat.

Field Trip: Red Mountain (in the high Siskiyou Mountains). Led by Barbara Mumblo ( policy), for information. . Enjoy alpine wildflowers and the cool weather at high elevations in late summer. Meet: 9 A.M., USFS Star Ranger Station, 7 mi. south of Ruch on upper Applegate Rd.

Aug. 15, Sun.

Field Trip: Snorkeling in the East Fork Illinois River, 1-5 P.M. Led by Rich Nawa. Instruction for adults and children about snorkeling techniques in small streams. Learn to identify juvenile (3-8 in.) rainbow trout, coho salmon and cutthroat trout by their distinctive markings, behavior and habitat selection. Bring a mask, snorkel, sneakers and wet suit if you have one. Meet at the Siskiyou Project office, 9335 Takilma Rd.

South Coast


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

Umpqua Valley

July 8, Thurs.

Meeting: 6 P.M. Potluck dinner and monthly meeting, Hillcrest Vineyard, 240 Vineyard Lane (off Elgarose Rd.). Call Richard Sommer, ( policy), for information.

July 10, Sat.

Field Trip: Hike to Fairview Lookout on Bohemia Mtn. Meet: BLM parking lot, 877 Garden Valley Blvd., 8 A.M. Trip leader: Jack Stubbs. Contact Richard Sommer, ( policy), for information.

Willamette Valley


Meeting: No meetings in the summer.

July 3, Sat.

Field Trip: Bohemia Meadows and Fairview Peak. These are twin mountains, SE of Eugene, each just under 6,000 ft. elev. Meet: S. Salem K-Mart, leave 7:30 A.M. We'll meet Emerald Chapter members at LCC, just off I-5 in Eugene, about 8:45. Hikes to the tops of the mountains are of moderate difficulty, but each is relatively short, starting from a common saddle between the two. Bring lunch, water, appropriate clothing. Call trip leader Wilbur Bluhm, ( policy), for information.

July 17, Sat.

Field Trip: Rooster Rock Meadows in the Table Rock Wilderness area, east of Molalla. Claire Hibler, BLM botanist, will lead this 2 mi. hike up to the meadows which are sure to be filled with a beautiful show of wildflowers. Leave, 8 A.M., BLM parking lot, corner of Commercial and Fabry Rd. SE. Call Claire, ( policy), for information.

Aug. 14, Sat.

Field Trip: To Nasty Rock, at the headwaters of the Molalla River in the Cascades. Marilyn Lowery, BLM botanist, will lead this late season hike along an established trail through mature forests and rocky openings, up to the rocky pinnacle of Nasty Rock. Rock garden plants, scenic vistas and the rare Gorman's aster will be seen on this trip. Leave, 8 A.M., BLM parking lot, corner of Commercial and Fabry Rd. SE. Call Marilyn or Claire, ( policy), for information.

William Cusick


Meeting: No meetings in the summer.

NPSO Items for Sale

Oregons 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, ( policy), for information. 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 Original Wildflower Poster depicts 13 Oregon wildflowers in a striking artist’s rendition. Soon to be a collector’s item. Available from Stephanie Schulz, ( policy), for information. $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 Management 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, ( policy), for information. SALE PRICE: $5 , plus $2.50 for shipping.

NPSO Field Trip Safety

This year, on one of the Portland Chapter's field trips, a participant suffered a broken ankle. This prompted a meeting of the Chapter's officers on field trip safety, and put the topic on the agenda for the upcoming State Board meeting.

Here are some ideas we are discussing: Concerning the "IMPORTANT NOTE TO FIELD TRIP PARTICIPANTS," that appears in each issue of the Bulletin, should it be moved, highlighted, or otherwise emphasized, so it will be more noticeable? We might want to make pre-registration a requirement of more trips, so that participants must speak to the trip leader. Perhaps it would be a good idea to hold a meeting of all chapter field trip leaders at the start of the hiking season, to discuss safety and first aid, and to hand out packets containing complete first aid kits, sign-in sheets, disclaimers, and maybe even providing a cell phone for every outing. If you have any ideas, or would like to discuss field trip safety, please call me ( policy), for information.

Greg Stone, Portland Chapter

New Bulletin Editor

As this issue of the Bulletin was being finished, a new editor appeared. He is energetic, enthusiastic and computer literate, and he has done work on the newsletters of environmental organizations. Chapter program and field trip chairs, and anyone else submitting material to the Bulletin, should send it -- promptly, of course -- to: Richard Greenough, ( policy), for information.

Berry Garden Events

These are a few of the upcoming events at The Berry Botanic Garden, 11505 SW Summerville Ave., Portland, Oregon 97219, 503-636-4112.

Fri., July 9, 9 A.M. to Noon. Plant portraiture (techniques of photography, bring your own camera and film) Members $15, non-members, $18. Limit 15.

Sat., July 17, all day: Native Plants, banana slugs and ice cream.

Sat., July 17, 10 A.M. to Noon. Native Plants, Gifts of Healing. Members $5, non-members, $8. Limit 24.

Tues., Sept. 21, 10 A.M. to Noon. The Endangered (and Extinct) Plants of Portland. $5. Limit 20.

Sat., Sept. 25, 10 A.M. to Noon. The Orchids of Costa Rica and How to Grow Them. $5. Limit 20.

Leach Leach Garden Events

The following events will take place at the Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, Oregon, 503-761-9503. All programs begin at 7 P.M. , and cost $12.50 for members of Leach Garden Friends, $15 for non-members.

July 14: Water Ways - responsible gardening for water quality.

July 21: Birds of What Feather? - just what are those birds you've attracted to your garden.

July 28: Open House: guided tours, with refreshment and entertainment.

August 4: Wild Times with Thyme - taking herbs from the garden to the kitchen.

August 11: The Nature of Botanical Illustration - explore the detail and elegance of this ancient form of garden art.

August 25: Cool Containers - ideas to brighten the cool and fall and winter months.

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