State & Chapter Events

Updated 14 August 2014

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


October 18, Saturday, 9:45am - 2pm
State Board Meeting The next meeting of the NPSO State Board will be in Eugene; details TBD.
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.


For more information, visit the chapter Web site, To be added to the e-mail list for upcoming programs and events, please contact
September 25, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Floral Explorations; the Owyhee Mountains of Oregon and Slopes of Hell’s Canyon of Idaho Join Ginny Maffitt in a whirlwind tour of the floral highlights of several sections of the inscrutable (read hard-to-reach) Owyhee Mts. of eastern Oregon, followed by one day’s drive up the Idaho slopes of Hell’s Canyon of the Snake river. This tour was led by the American Penstemon Society last year. Ginny is the acting botanist for the nearby Tualatin Refuge National Fish and Wildlife Refuge as well as an amateur naturalist for many groups that visit there. 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
October 23, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Beach Grass Invasions and Their Influence on Dune Ecosystem Functions and Services. Dr. Sally Hacker, professor of ecology at Oregon State University, will explore how beach grass invasions have changed the dynamics of dune ecosystems and the protective services they provide. Dr. Hacker’s research explores the structure, functions, and services of communities experiencing major plant invasions. 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.


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.
September 18, Thursday, 7 pm (new time!)
Program: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Gold Standard for Protecting Our Most Important Natural Treasures. Bridget Callahan, wilderness campaign organizer at Oregon Wild, will tell us how this landmark offers a special opportunity to celebrate past victories, consider the value of Wilderness, and explore current campaigns to expand Wilderness protections in Oregon. We will highlight the Crater Lake Wilderness proposal, and explore the Kalmiopsis wildlands, both of which are currently threatened by logging, mining, and off road vehicles. 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
August 22, Friday
Field Trip: Explore Swampy Lake Fen. Rick Dewey of the US Forest Service will be our guide at this relatively unexplored fen; we could make some new finds! Wear rain boots or shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Visit for details.

Klamath Basin

This chapter has recently become active. For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: or contact the chapter president at
September 13, Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm
Field Trip: Botany of Upper Klamath Lake. Led by Mel Schroeder, we will look at riparian, wet prairie, emergent, aquatic species, algae and their habitats and discuss wetland restoration. There will be short/easy hikes to a couple of locations. Muck boots or waders are recommended but not necessary. Location: meet at Henzel Park along Upper Klamath Lake. To get to Henzel Park, take Highway 97 north about 15 miles, turn left onto Modoc Point Rd. and drive about 7 miles to the park. From there we will carpool to The Nature Conservancy’s Williamson River Delta Preserve and the BLM’s Wood River Wetlands. For information, contact Mel Schroeder at, or 541-273-0789 x4.


For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu.
September 18, Thursday, 7:30 pm
Meeting/Program: Review of Progress in Planning May 2015 Annual Meeting. Program will be announced via e-mail. 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.

August, Date and Time TBD
Field Trip: Boulder Lake/Bonnie Meadows.v his hike in the Mt. Hood National Forest will likely be in late August. For more information, check the NPSO website, Portland Chapter, or contact Roger Brewer, or 503-789-5027. The hike to Boulder Lake is short and easy. From there we will continue towards Bonnie Meadow (5 miles RT, 1,100 ft. elevation gain) but may not get all the way. If huckleberries are ripe, we will stop along the trail to pick some. Driving time from Portland is about 1:45.
September 11, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: 50 Native Trees & Shrubs for Northwest Gardens. Professional photographer Mark Turner will give a program on our Pacific Northwest native woody plants. Timber Press has just published Trees & Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest, by Mark and professional botanist, Ellen Kuhlmann. The book will be for sale at the program. Meeting location: Metro building, see above for details. For information, contact: Mary at or 503-288-4340..
October 4, Saturday, 9 am
Field Trip: Abies ("True" Firs) Hike. Led by Rick Shory, who has worked throughout the West as a Forest Service botanist. A little known botanical quirk: All the species of "true" fir (Abies) in the Northwest grow around Government Camp, on the southwest slope of Mt. Hood. Learn how to distinguish the various species of Abies and tell them apart from other genera of trees. Location: we will leave at 9 am from the NW corner of NE Pacific St. and NE 99th Ave. near Gateway MAX station. Or meet near Government Camp at 10:30 am. Contact Rick Shory, or 503-253-8100 to sign up and get location details. Round-trip from downtown Portland, about 140 miles.
October 9, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: The Siskiyous: Highlighting Over 20 Areas. NPSO member Jake Hurlbert will show photos and discuss the plants, mushrooms, and insects that he has documented for his Southern Cascade Ecological Study. The habitats in southern Oregon include Bigelow Lake, Dutchman Peak, Grizzly Peak, Wagner Butte, Mt. McLoughlin, and Upper and Lower Table Rocks. Meeting location: Metro building, see above for details. For information, contact Mary, 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:
September 18, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Challenges in Native Seed and Plant Production. Join us for a program by Amy Bartow of the USDA NRCS Corvallis Plant Materials Center. Location: TBA (see Siskiyou Chapter e-news for an update) Refreshments at 6:45 pm, meeting and program at 7 pm. For more information, contact: Dave at 541-535-5355.

Umpqua Valley

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Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615 or Alexandra Ninneman at 503-391-4145.
August 21, Thursday, 7-8:30 pm (class), August 23, Saturday (field trip)
Program: Oregon Conifers. Rich Swartzentruber, biology teacher at North Salem High School, will teach a class on how to identify and locate Oregon’s 30 native conifer trees. The time and location of a Saturday, August 23, field trip will be announced during the class. Location: Straub Environmental Learning Center, 1320 A St. NE, next to Olinger Pool, near North Salem High. The class costs $5 and the field trip $10. Both are open to the public. Registration is required. Please call 503-391-4145 or contact to register.

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.
Volunteer Opportunity:
Our chapter continues to work on weeding and re-vegetating Gangloff Park in La Grande. If you would like to help, call 541-963-0477.
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