State & Chapter Events

Updated 13 December 2016

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


January 28, 2017, Saturday 10am-2pm
Board Meeting The next State Board meeting will be hosted by the Willamette Valley Chapter in Salem. Location: Straub Environmental Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Suite 107, Salem (in the Wool Warehouse at the Willamette Heritage Center).
June 9–11 2017, Friday–Sunday
NPSO Annual Meeting 2017 Corvallis and Umpqua Valley Chapters will jointly host the 2017 NPSO Annual Meeting in Roseburg, with the meeting location at Phoenix School. Look for more information in the February Bulletin.

Blue Mountain

For information on Blue Mountain Chapter call Jerry Baker,541-566-2244. To get on our email list, contact


For questions, or to be added to the Cheahmill Chapter's email list for reminders of upcoming programs and events, please contact the Cheahmill Chapter President at
Meeting and work party location:
Carnegie Room, McMinnville Public Library, 225 NW Adams St. (corner of Highway 99W and SW Second St.), McMinnville, Ore. 97128. Parking lot entrances on Adams and Second streets. Meetings start at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm. for socializing.
December 17, Saturday, 10 am–noon
Work Party: Native Plant Garden. Join NPSO volunteers tending the native plant garden at McMinnville Public Library. Dress for the weather and bring gloves, bucket, and gardening tools if possible. No experience is necessary; you will learn about the plants in the garden. For more information, contact Catie Anderson at or 503-435-2401.
December 17, Saturday Rescheduled for February 18th, Saturday, 1pm
Dedication: Native Plant Garden. NPSO garden crew members will place a memorial stone in the native plant garden at McMinnville Public Library to honor Susan Williams, a founding member of the Cheahmill Chapter, who died October 3. She helped design and plant this garden. For 22 years, she organized monthly work parties to tend the garden. A short ceremony will dedicate the garden to her memory; for the particulars, email Marna Porath at
January 26, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Roadside Vegetation Management. Kareen Sturgeon, Dave Hanson, Susan Aldrich-Markham, and Michal Wert will discuss Yamhill County's new roadside vegetation management plan. Yamhill County formed a group to assist the Public Works Department protect critical habitat for the endangered Fenders blue butterfly, its host plant Kincaid’s lupine, and many other species found along public roads. The resulting plan promotes managing roadside vegetation in a safe, efficient, economical and ecologically sound manner. There will be opportunity for others to identify roadsides needing protection. Social time at 6:45.
January 28, Saturday, 10 am–noon
Work Party: Native Plant Garden. Join NPSO volunteers tending the native plant garden at McMinnville Public Library. Dress for the weather and bring gloves, bucket, and gardening tools if possible. No experience is necessary; you will learn about the plants in the garden. For more information, contact Catie Anderson at or 503-435-2401.


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact
New Meeting Location: Cordley Hall at OSU, Room 2087. For more information contact or Louise Marquering, 541-753-0012.
January 9, Monday, 7:30 pm
Program: Lessons from Old Coastal Forests — Some Uses of Early Timber Cruise Data. Don Zobel, retired OSU ecology professor, has used early 1900s timber cruise data from two coastal counties to answer several types of questions: what were original tree species distributions, what factors appear to have caused them, how can we use that information now, and how could knowing a distribution help answer an anthropological question.


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.
New Meeting location: The Stellaria Building, 150 Shelton-McMurphey Boulevard, Suite 104, Eugene. Head east on West 3rd Avenue until it turns into Shelton-McMurphey Boulevard. Stellaria is inside Hummingbird Wholesale.
December 15, Thursday, 7 pm
Event: Holiday Social and Picture Show. Bring 10 to 12 digital photos and a snack to share if you wish. Come and socialize with others who share your interest in native plants. Location: The Stellaria Building, 150 Shelton-McMurphey Blvd., in Eugene just south of Skinner Butte. See above for details.
January 19, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Burning for Butterflies, Birds, and Blooms. Amanda Stamper, Oregon fire management officer for the Nature Conservancy, discusses the ecological role of fire in the Willamette Valley. She delves into the history of fire in the Valley and how prescribed burns are being used to restore and conserve native habitats. Amanda has worked in fire management on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and studied Natural Resources Fire Ecology at Oregon State University and the University of Idaho. Meeting Location: 150 Shelton-McMurphey Boulevard in Eugene just south of Skinner Butte. See above for details.


This is a newly formed chapter for the northern Oregon coast area. For more information, visit our Facebook page: NPSO-Filipendula Chapter, or contact Field Trip Chair Carla Cole,

Watch our Facebook page for specifics on these and other chapter activities.

High Desert

For information, visit the High Desert Chapter website, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email

Klamath Basin

For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: or contact the chapter president, Kim Elliott


For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu at
December 15, Thursday, 6 pm
Event: Holiday Social, Potluck, and Picture Show. Bring a dish to share and pictures of your year's botanical adventures and finds. Please note the earlier starting time and different location: The Dalles Art Center, 220 E 4th Street at the corner of 4th and Washington Sts, downtown. For more information contact Carolyn at 541- 506-5001.


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.

The Portland Chapter meets the second Thursday of most months. Meetings and programs begin at 7:00 pm. MEETING PLACE: Copeland Commons, TaborSpace at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland. Enter the church through the main door off Belmont and turn right to enter the room. Parking is available in the church lot on the NW corner of SE 54th and Belmont.

January 12, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Soil! --- What It Is & How It Works. It’s ALL about soil! Most people only have a vague idea of what soil is and how it works. You will learn more than you ever thought possible from this lecture: the reason you are alive, what nutrients are, and how soil stores water and nutrients. James Cassidy, OSU soil scientist, also discusses the connection between native plants of the Columbia Gorge and the soil they grow in. Meeting location: Copeland Commons, TaborSpace, Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, see above for details. Contact: Mary at or 503-288-4340.
February 9, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Sometimes to Save a River You Have to Buy It. The Western Rivers Conservancy has been working to conserve and protect lands on more than 48 rivers in eight western states. This presentation by Jim Cox, director of donor relations, and Josh Kling, assistant program director, will focus on river acquisitions in Oregon and Washington, with information on native plants of interest around these areas. Meeting location: Copeland Commons, TaborSpace, Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church. See above for details. Contact: Mary at or 503-288-4340.


To join the Siskiyou Chapter email list: Send an email, from the address at which you want to receive announcements, to No subject or message is required. You will get a confirmation email. If you would like to volunteer to lead a hike in 2015, make a suggestion, or provide feedback regarding the field trip program please contact Julie Spelletich at: Join us on Facebook at:
January 19, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Rimrock, Playas, Petroglyphs and Pronghorns — a Botanical Survey of the Playa Lakes of Hart Mountain and Sheldon Wildlife Refuges. Dr. Dennis Albert will focus on botanical surveys of playa lakes conducted during the spring and summer of 2012 and 2016. Dennis Albert is a research professor in the Horticulture Department at Oregon State University, where his research has focused on wetland restoration and native plant marketing. Dr. Albert wrote the Ecological Overview in the recently published Flora of Oregon, Volume 1. Refreshments at 6:45 pm, meeting and program at 7:00 pm. Location: Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information contact Dave at 541-535-5355.

South Coast

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

Umpqua Valley

Visit for more information on chapter activities or to be added to our email list. Check out our Facebook page, Not online? - call Donna Rawson 541-459-2821.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615 or Alexandra Ninneman at 503-391-4145.
January 12, Thursday, 6 pm
Program: Vanishing Landscapes — Saving Our Native Plants and Habitats. The Willamette Valley has lost more than 95% of its historic prairies, riparian, and savanna habitats in a mere 150 years. Lynda Boyer, restoration biologist and native plant manager at Heritage Seedlings Inc., will explain how to integrate native plants from these habitats into our garden designs and public spaces to support backyard pollinators, birds, and critters. Location: Eco-Hub on the first floor of the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE in Salem. Free and open to the public. For information, contact or call 503-302-4645.

William Cusick

Visit our Web site at 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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