State & Chapter Events

Updated 28 February 2017

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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


April 1, Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
Board Meeting The next State Board meeting will be hosted by the Emerald Chapter in Eugene.
June 9–11 2017, Friday–Sunday
NPSO Annual Meeting 2017 Corvallis and Umpqua Valley Chapters will jointly host the NPSO Annual Meeting 2017 in Roseburg, with the meeting location at Phoenix School. A State Board meeting will be held on Sunday. Field trip descriptions and registration form are in this Bulletin. For additional information, visit

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. Parking lot entrances on Adams and Second Streets.
March 23, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Designing with Natives to Invite and Sustain Biodiversity at Home. In the face of habitat loss and species extinction, gardens—even small ones—can and ought to play a crucial ecological role in supporting vibrant and complex natural systems. Join Eileen Stark as she explains some basic design elements, ecological concepts, and maintenance practices for creating and enjoying functional, diverse, and humane spaces. Discover the region’s native plant communities and how they might find a home in your yard. The essence of a successful garden lies not only in its ability to look beautiful, but also in its ability to nurture wildlife that’s in danger of being lost forever. Location: Carnegie Room, McMinnville Public Library, see above for details.
March 25, Saturday, 10 am–noon
Work Party: Native Plant Garden at McMinnville Public Library. Volunteers are needed to help tend the native plant garden, which is over 20 years old now. No experience is required. You’ll learn to recognize local native plants—as well as weeds—while getting to know other NPSO garden crew members. Dress for the weather and bring gloves, bucket and gardening tools if you have them. Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details. For more information, contact Catie Anderson at or 503-435-2401.
April 29, Saturday at 10:00
Field trip: Deer Creek Nature Park 5.5 miles north of Hwy 18 on Gopher Valley Road. The park contains the largest wet prairie ecosystem in the lower Willamette Valley. Bring lunch to eat after tour of the wet prairie. For more information contact Dave Hanson at


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.
March 13, Monday, 7:30 pm
Program: Gardening for Birds and Insects—Think Ecological Diversity Bill Proebsting’s talk will aid our thinking about birds and insects in the garden by describing a systematic framework of basic ecological principles that are adaptable to any situation, from postage stamp-sized lots to acreage. They are also aesthetic, so you can grow a visually-pleasing garden as well. He will approach the topic from various perspectives, hoping that everyone can find something to apply to their particular situation and interest. Location: Cordley Hall at OSU, Room 2087.


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.
March 4, Saturday, 10 am–1:30 pm
Field Trip: Tour the South Meadow at Mt. Pisgah to View Early Seasonal Wildflowers Dave Predeek takes us on a walk to view flood plane restoration work and a disjunct population of Enemion stipitatum, dwarf rue-anemone, of the buttercup family. This is the only population of E. stipitatum in Lane County, with just 2 other populations in the Willamette Valley. Total walking distance is two miles. Dress for weather. Bring water and snacks. Location: Meet at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. From I-5, turn east at 30th Avenue in South Eugene and go two miles east on Seavey Loop Drive. For further information call Dave at 541-345-5531.
March 16, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Woodland Meadows and Steub-obst-Wiese—Traditional European Orchard Management for Oregon. Speaker Will McClatchey is a former professor of Botany, University of Hawaii, and a former VP for research at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. His research has focused on ethnobotany conservation and traditional cider-orchard management practices. He is now attempting to develop woodland meadows in South Lane County. Location: upstairs in the Stellaria Building, 150 Shelton-McMurphey Boulevard in Eugene, 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,

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
February 16, Thursday
Program: TBA. The chapter will meet with time, location, and program TBA. Watch for further information via email.


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.

March 9, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Invasive Forest Pests in Oregon. Invasive forest insects cause extensive damage that negatively impacts our environment and economy in Oregon. Brandy Saffell with the OSU Extension Service in the Metro region will introduce two high-priority pests, the emerald ash borer and the Asian long-horned beetle. She and others are working to keep these insects out of Oregon forests and will provide tips on how to identify them and report sightings. She will also share information about the Oregon Master Naturalist Program. Meeting location: Copeland Commons, TaborSpace, Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, see above for details. Contact: Mary at or 503-288-4340.
March 11, Saturday
Hike: Crawford Oaks at Columbia Hills State Park. We’ll search for blooming grass widows, Lomatium gormanii, Lomatium laevigatum, Dodecatheon conjugens, Fritillaria pudica, and Balsamorhiza careyana, among others. If we don’t find Lomatium columbianum in bloom, we’ll make an additional stop nearby to see them. Hike length about five miles on trails and cross country with 500 ft. gain. For information, contact Paul Slichter, 503-661-3292 or
March 18, Saturday, 1–3 pm
Field Trip: Nob Hill Nature Park in St Helens. This will be an easy, low-key stroll through Nob Hill Nature Park (NHNP) to view fawn and chocolate lilies and more in an area currently undergoing restoration. NHNP is a 6.6-acre oak woodland perched on a basalt bluff overlooking the Columbia River. Poison oak is common off well-maintained trails; long pants and long sleeves are suggested. This event is on, rain or shine. Pre-registration not needed. Location: NHNP is 30 miles north of Portland, off Hwy 30 in St Helens. Meet at the city’s wastewater treatment facility across from park at 1 pm. Directions from Portland: take Hwy 30 north, past Scappoose. At the WalMart in St Helens, turn right on Gable Rd. Go toward the river. 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. Information: day of event, call 503-349-8586. For a plant list, call trip leader Caroline Skinner at 503-248-9719.
March 31, Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Field Trip: Catherine Creek. The premiere early flower spot in the Gorge, where we will search for grass widows, yellow bells, prairie stars, toothworts, several desert parsleys, and others. Easy walking route to five miles with 800 ft. gain. 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 is 120 miles round trip. To sign up for the hike or for more information, contact Ron Klump at 360-619-8892 or
April 8, Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
Field Trip: Lacamas and Round Lakes near Camas, Wash. Easy hike, 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. To sign up for the hike or for more information, contact Ron Klump, 360-619-8892 or
April 13, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: The Alpine of North America, the Last Region Still without Major Human Influence. The North American alpine biome is found at higher elevations above the timberline in the southern Sierra and Rocky Mountains and becomes lower in elevation farther north in the Sierra, Cascade, and Rocky Mountains. It is also situated in the most northern peaks of the Appalachian Mountains of New England and Chic-Choc Range of the Gaspe' Peninsula of Quebec, Canada. Learn from botanist Dennis W. Woodland how plants have developed survival adaptations in this harsh biome. The flora and ecology of each of these geographical regions will be discussed, with many lovely alpine species illustrated. Meeting location: Copeland Commons, TaborSpace, Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, see above for details. Contact: Willow at or 503-358-5848.
April 15, Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Field Trip: Memaloose Hills. Wildflower hike in the east Gorge, moderate, 5–6 miles, 800 ft. gain. This hike is jam-packed with flower species, including the rare violet suksdorfia and big shows of balsamroot. It also boasts a pioneer road, basalt formations, and views of the Columbia River and Cascade peaks. Located just east of the town of Mosier, this hike was a favorite of Russ Jolley. 140 mile round-trip drive. Co-leaders Beth Magnus and Clarice Johnston. Contact Clarice to sign up and receive carpool information: Departure time 8:30; return to Portland approximately 4:30.


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:
March 12, Sunday, 9 am
Field Trip: Upper Table Rock. Join John Villella, a botanist with Siskiyou Biosurvey and member of the American Bryological and Lichenological Society and NPSO, to observe lichens, bryophytes, and terrestrial algae. This is a great time to visit Upper Table Rock as it is prime time for ephemeral bryophytes and terrestrial algae associated with the vernal pools on the top of the rock. Some lichen highlights include: vagrant forms of Xanthoparmelia and Dermatocarpon and local rarities such as Parmelina and Peltula. Also, there is a chance to observe early flowering wildflowers. Location: meet at the Upper Table Rock parking lot. For information and to register contact Julie Spelletich at 541-951-1744 or
March 16, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Montane Islands in a Desert Sea. Jan and Dave Dobak will give us a look at the flora of northern Nevada’s Ruby Mountains and Wheeler Peak, and California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. The Dobaks live and garden in Milwaukie, Oregon. They are avid worldwide travelers, photographers, and active members of several plant and garden organizations, including NPSO. 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.

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. New business meeting and program location: Room 310 in the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas, Roseburg.
Meeting place for field trips: The large parking lot between the Douglas County Library and Douglas County Courthouse (west side of Fowler St. near the creek). Please contact M.A. Hansen at 541-863-8111 (call or text) if you plan to attend any of our field trips.
March 18, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Early Spring Wildflowers in Olalla Creek Watershed. Ted Schattenkerk will lead us to Upper Olalla Road south of Tenmile to view the first wildflowers of spring, including: Oregon fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus hallii), gold star (Crocidium multicaule), baby blue-eyes (Nemophila menziesii var. atomaria), rosy plectritis (Plectritis congesta). We will make several stops along Olalla Creek. Ride sharing is encouraged. Bring lunch and dress for the weather conditions. Easy walking on this trip. See above for location and contact information.
March 26, Sunday, 9 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Explore Beatty Rock, a Monolithic Outcropping of Conglomerate in the Lower Cow Creek Watershed We will explore lower Cow Creek Road to examine the California sword fern (Polystichum californicum), spring phacelia (Phacelia verna), a rare moss (Pseudoleskeella serpentinensis), and the fairy slipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa). The first stop is at the mouth of Beatty Creek, where we will amble on Beatty Rock then hike a short way up a brushy streamside trail to view serpentine-tolerant plant species. The second stop is the BLM Island Wayside. Anticipate climbing on sloping, mossy (slippery) rock for viewing ferns as well as hiking a quarter mile along a streamside trail with short steep pitches (moderate strenuous effort). Ride sharing is encouraged. Bring lunch and dress for the weather conditions. See above for location and contact information.
April 1, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Severt Iverson County Park and Tenmile Creek. Iverson Park has served as a rest stop and a gathering for weddings, anniversaries, and peaceful walks for 50 years. In April 2016 we joined up with John Hunter and Friends of Iverson Park to enjoy a stroll in the pristine woods and continue a plant identification survey. In the short time we were there we roughly identified 42 plant species, including Trillium ovatum, Erythronium oregonum, and fairy slipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa). Join us for a return trip to enjoy this park and explore Tenmile Creek that runs through it. It's just a few miles out the Coos Bay Wagon Road from Lookingglass. Bring lunch and dress for the weather. See above for location and contact information.
April 9, Sunday, 9 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Ford’s Pond and other Sites between Sutherlin and Roseburg. The City of Sutherlin partnered with the Friends of the Ford’s Pond on a grant application to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Jim Houseman has been working toward developing a park there for some years now. Next on the city’s to-do list is finding a landscaping architect through bid proposals. We are planning to continue a native plant survey there and we will also explore other sites close to Roseburg for early April wildflowers. Bring lunch and dress for the weather. See above for location and contact information.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615
March 30, Thursday, 6–7 pm
Program: Ancient Places: People and Landscapes in the Emerging Northwest. Jack Nisbet, noted author and educator, will give a talk based upon his recent book, Ancient Places: People and Landscapes in the Emerging Northwest. A book signing with the author will follow the presentation. This nature talk is sponsored by the NPSO Willamette Valley Chapter, in partnership with the David Douglas Society and the Straub Environmental Center. Location: The Eco Hub, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, at the Willamette Heritage Center. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit 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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