State & Chapter Events

Updated 10 October 2014

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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


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. Details will appear in future Bulletins and online.

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.
October 29, Wednesday, 7 pm
Meeting/Talk: Lomatium Join us for the first in a series of fall/winter meetings. Mark Darrach will give a talk on Lomatium. Location: Theater room of The Prodigal Son, 230 SE Court Ave. in Pendleton. No-host food, drink and munchies available.
November 19, Wednesday, 7 pm
Meeting/Talk: Tribal Restoration Project. Olin Anderson will be presenting on a tribal restoration project on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Location: Theater Room at The Prodigal Son Brewery, 230 SE Court Ave., Pendleton. No-host food, drink and munchies available as needed.
December 17, Wednesday, 7 pm
Meeting/Talk: Umatilla NF Botany Program Joan Frazee, botany program manager on the Umatilla National Forest, will share program highlights and challenges in TES plants, invasive plants and native plants. Location: Theater Room at The Prodigal Son Brewery, 230 SE Court Ave., Pendleton. No-host food, drink and munchies available


For more information, visit the chapter Web site, To be added to the e-mail list for upcoming programs and events, please contact
November 20, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Wilderness Act at 50 Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with Bridget Callahan, wilderness campaign organizer for Oregon Wild. Celebrate past victories, explore the value of wilderness, and identify present and future obstacles to expand Oregon’s wilderness. Callahan will highlight the botanical treasures of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, an area that is host to Oregon’s highest concentration of rare plants, but is currently threatened by logging, mining, and illegal motorized vehicles. 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
January 22, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Ecological Studies of the Northern Oregon Cascades Jake Hurlbert will describe the ecology of the Cascades area, mostly from the Estacada drainage up to Mr. Hood. He will stress the relationship between the members of the Oregon biota, including mushrooms, plants, and a few insects. Hurlbert is a member of several mycological societies in the Pacific NW. Recently he developed eight regional biota studies of Oregon. 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


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact Jordan Brown at or 253-820-3934.
November 9, Sunday, 8 am
Field Trip: Mushroom Hike. Dr. Dan Luoma, long-time chapter board member and mycologist extraordinaire, will lead a mushroom-focused outing, destination to be determined. Bring a lunch, basket or bag, hiking attire, and be prepared for rain. Location: meet in Corvallis at the OSU parking lot SW of The Beanery on 26th and Monroe for carpooling and expect to be back in the late afternoon. For more information, contact Dan at 541-752-8860.
November 10, Monday, 7:30 pm
Meeting/Talk: Botanical Gems of Alaska. Dr. Steve 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. Location: Avery House in Avery Park. For information, contact Jordan at 253-820-3934 or
November 16, Sunday, 1 pm
Work Party: Avery House Native Plant Garden. Esther McEvoy, long time chapter board member and owner of the local Willamette Gardens native plant nursery, will be leading as we help get the garden ready for winter. We will focus on fall pruning, general clean up, and weeding. We'll also go through the process of taking hardwood cuttings and dividing some of the native plants for the spring garden sale and for people to take home. Snacks will be provided, but come prepared to work in the garden with gloves, some gardening tools if you've got them, and rain gear if necessary. Contact Esther at 541-754-0893 if you're interested, plan to come, or need more information.
December 8, Monday, 7 pm
Meeting: Annual Corvallis Winter Party! Come one, come all and join us for some holiday cheer and appreciation for another year with our native plants and enthusiasts. Please bring some digital images of your botanical adventures and a dessert to share with the group. Location: Loren and Flo will be hosting at their home, 3420 SW Willamette Ave., Corvallis. For more information, contact Loren at


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.
November 20, Thursday, 7 pm (new time!)
Program: Willamette Forest Roads Investment Strategy. Virtually everything that people value in our National Forests touches, at some point, the road system. The Willamette National Forest is working on developing a strategy that will be used to guide road management decisions in the future. Matt Peterson, road investment strategy team leader, will describe how the Forest Service is developing the investment strategy and how the public can continue to be involved. Meeting location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, see above for directions. For more information call Jenny at 541-225-6440.
December 18, 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. Meeting 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, 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, Melissa Schroeder
November 6, Thursday, 6:30 pm
Meeting: Monthly Chapter Meeting. Location: DOW 252 on the Oregon Tech campus. See the chapter website for more information and directions.
December 4, Thursday, 6 pm
Meeting: Holiday Potluck. Bring your favorite dish and an electronic copy of your favorite (up to 10) plant photos from 2014! Location: Klamath Falls Nature Conservancy office (226 Pine St.). See the chapter website for more information.


For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu.
November 20, Thursday, 7:30 pm
Meeting/Program: The Efforts of Mt. Adams Resource Stewards to Revitalize Rural Communities through Environmental Stewardship. Jay McLaughlin, executive director of Mt. Adams Resource Stewards (MARS), will present on MARS’ efforts over the past ten years 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 an MS in Forestry from Yale and has worked both as a forester and as an educator. Location: Room 1.366, Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles.

North Coast

This chapter is currently inactive and seeking new leadership. For more information, contact


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 the building at the south end of the upper plaza on Irving St. (not the door on 600 NE Grand Ave.). An attendant will direct you to the meeting room upstairs. Informal meeting is at 7 pm. Formal meeting and presentation begin at 7:15 pm.

November 13, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Forest Park: Portland’s Greatest Natural Resource. Biologist Marcy Houle will discuss the natural ecology of Portland’s Forest Park, one of the world’s largest urban parks and our nation’s only urban wilderness. Marcy has researched Forest Park for over 30 years and will highlight its history, detail the five things that make this park unique, and explain how we, as stewards, can protect its native plants and animals. Marcy will be selling her book, One City’s Wilderness: Portland’s Forest Park (3rd Ed). Meeting location: Metro building, see above for details. For information, contact Mary, or 503-288-4340.
December 11, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Member’s Party — Slide Sharing. Come with your electronic slides of native flora from Oregon and beyond for our annual year end celebration of the wildflower season. Bring holiday goodies to share. Non-members are welcome. Meeting location: Metro building, 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 2013, make a suggestion, or provide feedback regarding the field trip program please contact Sasha Joachims at:
November 20, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: The Owyhee Canyonlands. Discover the ecological, geologic, cultural, and recreational wonders of Oregon's "Grand Canyon" - the Owyhee Canyonlands. Corie Harlan, Oregon Natural Desert Association's Owyhee coordinator, will share photos, tips, and insights about one of Oregon's most remote and wild places. Corie is a native Oregonian with a background in environmental science, business, and communications. Refreshments at 6:45, meeting and program at 7 pm. Location: Southern Oregon University, Cascade Science Bldg. (the old Cascade Dorms), Room CSC 114. For more information contact Dave at 541-535-5355.
December 11, Thursday, 6:30 pm
Program: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Jeff Jones, professional wildlands photographer, will share his art and knowledge of the Arctic. This is our annual holiday season potluck with lots of goodies and surprises. Feasting begins at 6:30, program at 7 pm. Location: Talent Community Center, 208 E. Main, Talent. For more information contact Dave at 541-535-5355.

South Coast

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

Umpqua Valley

Visit for more information on chapter activities.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615 or Alexandra Ninneman at 503-391-4145.
October 28, Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 pm
Program: Chapter Meeting. We will hold a planning session to consider ideas for next year’s programs, field trips, and projects. Both members and non-members are encouraged to attend and offer ideas for programs and/or projects they would like the chapter to pursue. Location: Straub Environmental Learning Center, 1320 A Street NE, next to Olinger Pool, near North Salem High. For more information, call John Savage at 503-399-8615 after 7 pm.

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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