State & Chapter Events

Updated 3 March 2015
 

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State High Desert Siskiyou
Blue Mountain Klamath Basin South Coast
Cheahmill Mid-Columbia Umpqua Valley
Corvallis North Coast Willamette Valley
Emerald Portland William Cusick

State

NPSO State Board Election 2015
Candidates for state offices, along with brief résumés and the ballot, will be printed in the April Bulletin.
April 4, Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
State Board Meeting The next state board meeting will be hosted by the Siskiyou Chapter. Location will be forthcoming.
May 29-31, Friday-Sunday, 2015
NPSO Annual Meeting 2015 The Mid-Columbia Chapter will host the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Native Plant Society of Oregon in Hood River. The state board meeting will be held on Sunday. For details, visit http://www.npsoregon.org/2015mtg/ (Note: the website address listed in the February Bulletin is incorrect). Please monitor the website for updates to the field trips (as trips fill up, this will be posted), as well as for additions to the venue, merchandise, and resources pages. If you would like to help at the meeting, please let us know via email: annualmeeting@npsoregon.org.

Blue Mountain

For information on Blue Mountain Chapter call Jerry Baker,541-566-2244.
Meetings: The chapter will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, continuing on into next spring. All meetings will be in the Theater Room of The Prodigal Son Brewery in Pendleton.

Cheahmill

For more information, visit the chapter Web site, www.oregon-nativeplants.com. To be added to the e-mail list for upcoming programs and events, please contact ch_president@NPSOregon.org.
March 26, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Botanical Gems of Alaska. Dr. Steven Carpenter, author of Wildflowers of Marys Peak Meadows and Wildflowers of Bald Hill Meadows, will share with us the unique habitats and plants encountered on his two month long Alaskan adventure that covered over 7,500 miles. He will discuss the diversity of habitats he visited, from the vast Taiga forests to plant communities considered as subalpine in Oregon, with a focus on the most beautiful and interesting plants of each. He will also touch on current uses of plants by Native Americans of the region as well as how to find some of these special places on your own. Doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing, Meeting/Program starts at 7 pm. Location: Carnegie Room, McMinnville Public Library, 225 NW Adams St. (corner of Hwy 99W and SW 2nd St.). Parking lot entrances on Adams and 2nd. For more information contact: Lisa Blackburn, 503-538-3976 or blackburnlisag@gmail.com.
April 23, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Evolution of the Strawberry. Dr. John Syring of Linfield College will discuss his research on the diversity and origins of strawberries (Fragaria). From the amazing range of species in China to the recently discovered decaploid species here in Oregon, strawberries are becoming an emerging model system to study evolution, hybridization, and polyploidy. The talk will focus on the biology and ecology of this genus before exploring the origins of the commercial strawberry. Doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing, Meeting/Program starts at 7:00 pm. Location: Carnegie Room, McMinnville Public Library, 225 NW Adams St. (corner of Hwy 99W and SW 2nd St.). Parking lot entrances on Adams and 2nd Streets. For more information contact: Lisa Blackburn, 503-538-3976 or blackburnlisag@gmail.com.

Corvallis

For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact Jordan Brown at co_president@NPSOregon.org or 253-820-3934.
March 9, Monday, 7:30 pm
Meeting/Talk: The Study of Strawberries. Dr. Aaron Liston, director of the OSU Herbarium, will present his lab's research on the genus Fragaria. Oregon is a hotbed for strawberry evolution, and he will share results from studies of our native species. In addition, he is collaborating on a project in China, and will describe his collection trip to Sichuan for wild strawberries. Location: Avery House in Avery Park. For information, contact Jordan at 253-820-3934 or brownj@science.oregonstate.edu.

Emerald

Visit the Emerald Chapter Web site to learn more about the latest chapter events, plant lists and botanical information about Lane County plants and the people who love them.
Meeting location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, 2411 Martin Luther King Blvd. Turn off MLK Blvd. onto Scout Access Rd. across from Autzen and take the first left into the parking lot. The meeting room is on the right side as you face the building.
March 19, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Eugene Natural Areas through the Seasons. For the past decade, Eugene botanist Ed Alverson has been making weekly visits to photograph Eugene natural areas, choosing a different site every calendar year. For each year-long project, Ed selected 15 to 30 scenes to re-photograph every week. The resulting time series provide a view of seasonal charges over the year for a wide variety of habitats. Ed will present a selection of his photo sequences, describe his techniques, and discuss the value of repeat photography for natural history and conservation purposes. Location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, see above for directions. For more information call 541-349-9999.
April 16, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: The Flora of Oregon Is Coming It's been more than a half-century since a flora for our state has been published and the first volume of Flora of Oregon by the Oregon Flora Project (OFP) is now in press. Linda Hardison, OFP Director, will present highlights (and low points) in the twenty year journey to publication, give a preview of the book's content, and present what's next on the horizon for OFP. Location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, see above for directions. For more information call 541-349-9999.

High Desert

For information, visit the High Desert Chapter website www.highdesertnpsoregon.org, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email highdesertnpso@gmail.com.
May 5, Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Program: Oregon’s Geobotany Stu Garrett, our former chapter president, will introduce us to geobotany. Oregon’s diverse plant life is a result of its diverse geology. Join us as we explore the wide variety of Oregon’s botanical treasures and learn how they relate to the spectacular landscape that surrounds us. From the stupendous floods of northern Oregon to the glacial sculpting of the ice ages to the dramatic lands of lava, we will learn about some of Oregon’s rarest plant species and consider the story of some of its most common ones. Location: Brooks Room, Bend Downtown Library, 601 NW Wall St.

Klamath Basin

For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: http://klamathbasinnps.com or contact the chapter president, Melissa Schroeder kb_president@npsoregon.org
March 5, Thursday, 6:30–7:30 pm
Meeting/Program: Local Soil Surveys. Klamath Falls NRCS Soil Scientist Chris Gebauer will provide an overview of on-going soil survey work, some unique soils found in the area, and correlations between soils and ecological sites. Chapter meeting to follow. Location: Oregon Institute of Technology Campus, DOW Center for Health Professions Room 252.
April 2, Thursday, 6:30-7:30 pm
Meeting/Program: Lava Beds National Monument Lichens. Self-trained naturalist and local lichenologist Steve Sheehy will talk about lichens of Lava Beds National Monument, including a slide show. Chapter meeting to follow. Location: Oregon Institute of Technology Campus, DOW Center for Health Professions Room 252.
April 4, Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
Field Trip: Lava Beds National Monument Lichens. Self-trained naturalist and local lichenologist Steve Sheehy will lead a field trip to see lichens of Lava Beds National Monument. Advanced registration (free) is required, see chapter website for details. Due to park regulations, this field trip is limited to 11 people. Location: Meet at the Monument visitor's center. Carpools can be arranged from Klamath Falls. Nominal entrance fee to the Monument required.

Mid-Columbia

For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu at mc_president@npsoregon.org
March 19, Thursday
Program: TBA please watch your email for announcements.

April 16, Thursday, 7 pm
Meeting/Program: The Efforts of Mt. Adams Resource Stewards to Revitalize Rural Communities through Environmental Stewardship (Rescheduled from November 20) Jay McLaughlin, executive director of Mt. Adams Resource Stewards (MARS), will present on MARS’ efforts to grow a stewardship economy, conserve working forestlands, collaborate on forest restoration initiatives, and promote more sustainable forest management practices. These efforts have largely focused on the Mt. Adams region, and include the recent acquisition of the Pine Flats Tract adjacent to Conboy National Wildlife Reserve. Jay has a Master’s degree in Forestry from Yale and has worked both as a forester and as an educator. Location: Room 1.362, Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles.

North Coast

This chapter is currently inactive and seeking new leadership. For more information, contact vice-president@npsoregon.org.

Portland

If you would like to receive the semi-official Chapter e-mail newsletter, The Calochortus, e-mail Don Jacobson.
Facebook: Take a look at our Facebook page. Native Plant Society of Oregon-Portland-Chapter. It will have the most up-to-date information on hike and other events as well as great plant pictures.

Meeting Location: The Portland Chapter meets the second Thursday of most months in the Metro Building at 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland. Enter from NE Irving St. on the north side of the building and walk across the upper plaza to the entrance (not the door on 600 NE Grand Ave.). An attendant will let you in and direct you to the meeting room upstairs. Meetings and programs begin at 7 pm.

March 12, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Botanical Art: through History and Today. Botanical artist Janet Parker will present an historical overview of botanical art, past, present, and even local. She will answer such questions as: Why did the accurate depiction of plant forms disappear for hundreds of years? What botanical artist had a thriving career in the court of Louis XVI and survived the French Revolution to become Empress Josephine’s official artist? She will have some of her own botanical art on display, and will offer cards for sale by the Oregon Botanical Artists. Meeting location: Metro building, see above for details. For information, contact Mary, alphiesmith@comcast.net or 503-288-4340.
March 15, Sunday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Field Trip: Catherine Creek. In the premiere early flower spot in the Gorge we will search for grass widows, yellow bells, prairie stars, toothworts, several desert parsleys, early glacier lilies and others. Easy walking to 5 miles with 800 ft. gain. This will be a joint hike with the Suksdorf Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. Location: meet at the Catherine Creek trailhead at 10 am or carpool from Gateway Park and Ride at 8:30 am. Approximate return time to Portland is 4:30 pm. Drive 120 miles round trip. To sign up or for more info contact Ron Klump, 360-576-1968 or ronklump55@comcast.net.
March 21, Saturday, 1–3 pm
Field Trip: Nob Hill Nature Park. Join the Friends of Nob Hill Nature Park and NPSO for an easy, stroll through Nob Hill Nature Park (NHNP) to view trillium and fawn lily in an area currently undergoing restoration. NHNP is a small oak woodland perched on a basal bluff that overlooks the Columbia River. Poison oak is common - long pants and long sleeves are suggested. This event is on, rain or shine. Location: Meet at the city of St. Helens’ wastewater treatment facility across from the park. Allow about 45 minutes drive time from Portland. Directions from Portland: take Hwy 30 north about 30 miles. At the WalMart in St. Helens, turn right on Gable Rd. Bear right on Plymouth St. and keep bearing right until you see the wastewater treatment plant on the right. There is plenty of parking across from the park’s main entrance. A plant list is available by request by calling trip leader, Caroline Skinner, at 503-248-9719. For day of event only, call 503-349-8586.
April 9, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Wildflowers of Zion National Park Botanist Ginny Maffitt will show photos of Penstemon and other wildflowers of rarely visited areas in Zion and part of the Mojave Desert sand dunes. There she found several species closely related to ours in Oregon, such as maiden hair fern and shooting star, as well as the same species of red mimulus found in southern Oregon. Join her on this digitally guided tour, which was sponsored by the American Penstemon Society. Meeting location: Metro building, see above for details. For information, contact Mary, alphiesmith@comcast.net or 503-288-4340.
April 10, Friday, 12–2 pm
Field Trip: Hoyt Arboretum, Conifer Hike. Join Hoyt Arboretum Curator Martin Nicholson for a 2 mile hike through the arboretum's conifer collection to hone your NW conifer ID skills. From Douglas fir to Brewers spruce the Hoyt collection has an almost complete set of conifers that we see hiking through our natural areas. Location: meet at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center at noon, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd. Accessible by MAX using the Washington Park Stop or Trimet Bus #63. For more information contact Martin Nicholson at martin.nicholson@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4475.
April 11, Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
Field Trip: Lacamas and Round Lakes near Camas, Wash. Easy hike of about a 2.5 mile loop around lake front, forested slopes, and flowered meadows. Hope to catch camas and avalanche lilies in bloom in the oak balds. This is a joint hike with the Suksdorf Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. Co-leaders are Don Hardin and Ron Klump. To sign up for the hike or for more info contact Ron Klump, 360-576-1968 or ronklump55@comcast.net.
May 2 and 9, Saturdays, 9 am–4 pm
Field Class: Learn to Use a Botanical Key. This two day class at the Johnson Creek Watershed Council building and Camassia Natural Area will be taught be Brent Miller. For more information and to sign up for the class, contact Nancy Chapman at chapmannj@comcast.net.

Siskiyou

To join the Siskiyou Chapter email list: Send an email, from the address at which you want to receive announcements, to announce-join@siskiyou.npsoregon.org. No subject or message is required. You will get a confirmation email. If you would like to volunteer to lead a hike in 2013, make a suggestion, or provide feedback regarding the field trip program please contact Sasha Joachims at: sasharain71@gmail.com.
March 19, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Table Rock Wildflowers, A Legacy of Beauty and Diversity. Over 200 species of wildflowers grow at the Table Rocks, some of which are depicted on the Table Rocks wildflower quilt. Molly Morison of the Nature Conservancy and Marcia Wineteer of the Bureau of Land Management will stitch together wildflower stories and relate how the botanical fabric of the Table Rocks inspired their organizations to provide special protection for it over 35 years ago. Refreshments at 6:45 pm, meeting and program at 7:00 pm. New Location: Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S Pacific Highway (Old Hwy 99) in Medford. The library is south of South Stage Road and between "All Natural Pest Elimination" and "Hemingway Vintage Homes." For information, contact Kristi: 541-941-3744.

South Coast

This is a newly formed chapter. For more information, contact the chapter president, Alexis Brickner at sc_president@npsoregon.org

Umpqua Valley

Visit www.umpquavalleynativeplants.com/ for more information on chapter activities.
March 14, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Coarse Gold and Olalla Creeks. Chapter member Ted Schattenkerk will lead us to Upper Olalla Road (County Road 38) south of Tenmile to view the first wildflowers of spring, including Oregon fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus hallii) and common western monkey flower (Erythranthe scouleri). Easy, short walks on gently undulating terrain. Expect poison oak and ticks. Bring appropriate foot gear and clothing for rain and cold; lunch, water, and a camera/tripod. An exhaustive plant list will be provided. Contacts: Donna Rawson, 541-459-2821 or donnar460@gmail.com; Ted Schattenkerk, 541-679-6953 or shadowchurch2@juno.com; or Larry Broeker, 541-680-3911 or lherzo7@gmail.com. Location: meet in the parking lot directly behind the Douglas County Library on the west side of Fowler St. at 9 am. Departure time 9:30 sharp. Car pooling is encouraged. Plan to share gas expenses.
April 4, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Beatty Rock and Beatty Creek Watershed. Johanna Blanchard and Aaron Roe, BLM botanists, will lead us along lower Cow Creek Road. Plants of interest: California sword fern (Polystichum californicum), spring phacelia (Phacelia verna), a rare moss (Pseudoleskeella serpentinensis), and the fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa). Anticipate climbing on sloping mossy rock as well as hiking 1/4 mile along a streamside trail with short steep pitches. Expect poison oak and ticks. Bring appropriate foot gear and clothing for rain and cold; lunch, water, and a camera/tripod. Recommended reading: “Beatty Creek Research Natural Area” by Susan Carter, in Kalmiopsis vol. 11, 2004. Contacts: Donna Rawson, 541-459-2821 or donnar460@gmail.com; or Larry Broeker, 541-680-3911 or lherzo7@gmail.com. Location: meet in the parking lot directly behind the Douglas County Library on the west side of Fowler St. at 9 am. Departure time 9:30 sharp. Car pooling is encouraged. Plan to share gas expenses. Alternate meet place for those living south of Roseburg, 1-5 exit 103 at the McDonald’s parking lot at 10:00 am.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615 or Alexandra Ninneman at 503-391-4145.

William Cusick

Visit our Web site at http://williamcusick.npsoregon.org or contact Susan Geer at 541-963-0477 or Emelie Montgomery-Jones at 541-963-3339 for updates and general information. Chapter notices and communications are done primarily through a Google group. Members are reminded to contact Susan or Emelie if they want to be added to the Google group, or if they do not have internet access and want to be contacted by phone for events.
 
 
 
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