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


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.
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.


For more information, visit the chapter Web site, To be added to the e-mail list for upcoming programs and events, please contact
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
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


For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact Jordan Brown at or 253-820-3934.
October 12, Sunday, 1–4 pm
Work Party: Avery House Native Plant Garden. We'll focus on fall pruning and making divisions of some of the native plants to pot up for the spring garden sale. Come prepared to work in the yard with gloves and some gardening tools. Snacks will be provided! Contact Esther at 541-754-0893 if you're interested, plan to come, or need more information.
October 13, Monday, 7:30 pm
Talk: Plant Communities of Florida. NPSO member Carolyn Kindell will take us on a tour of Florida's major plant communities, rare plants, and a history of land conservation and management in the state. She will discuss and have on hand a copy of the Atlas of Florida Biodiversity, published in 2011. Location: Avery House in Avery Park For information, contact Jordan at 253-820-3934 or


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.
October 16, Thursday, 7 pm (new time!)
Program: 50 Native Trees and Shrubs for Northwest Gardens. Photographer and author Mark Turner will draw on his work in the new field guide, Trees & Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest. Learn to go beyond Oregon-grape, kinnikinnick, and red-osier dogwood in your garden. Learn the strengths (and weaknesses) of both evergreen and deciduous species. Including locally adapted trees and shrubs can save you money on your water bill while making your yard more attractive to wildlife. Meeting location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, see above for directions. For more information call 541-349-9999.
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.

High Desert

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

Klamath Basin

This chapter has recently become active. For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: or contact the chapter president at


For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu.
October 16, Thursday, 7 pm
Meeting/Program: Trout Lake Restoration Project. Keyna Bugner and Carolyn Wright of the Natural Areas Program, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will describe the Trout Lake restoration project. The goal of the project is to improve habitat for the rare Oregon spotted frog and sandhill cranes. The presentation will give an overview of the history of the project and future plans to continue the work. A Saturday field trip to the Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve will provide in-person exposure to this project (see below). Location: Room 1.366, Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles.
October 18, Saturday, 10 am
Field Trip: Trout Lake Restoration Project. Keyna Bugner will give a tour of the Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve and its habitat restoration. We’ll have lunch on site or in Trout Lake if the weather is bad. For those who want to see more of the site, we’ll have the option of walking the interpretive trail after lunch. Location: meet at the Forest Service Office in Trout Lake at 10 am or at the Hwy 14 park-and-ride (west of the Hood River Bridge) at 9:20 am. Group size limited to 15. Pre-registration required; contact Keyna Bugner, or 509-925-0906, for details and to register.

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.

October 15, Wednesday, 9 am (Portland) 10 am (Stabler)
Field Trip: Lichens of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Andrea Ruchty, botanist for the Mt. Adams Ranger District, will lead us on a trail near the Wind River Forest Service Work Center in Stabler, Wash. We will learn to identify some of the major lichens in the lush forest, as well as their role as indicators of air quality. Bring a hand lens. You will find a lichen key in Pojar & MacKinnon’s Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, but McCune and Geiser’s Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest has the best detailed coverage. Contact Nancy Chapman at for exact meeting places and to sign up.
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.


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:
October 14, Tuesday, 7 pm
Program: In Praise of Woody Diversity. Join us for a presentation by Mark Turner, a professional photographer who collaborated with botanist Ellen Kuhlman on the recently published Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest. This is a special joint meeting with the Siskiyou Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. Meeting location: Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, Lidgate Hall, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. 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,
October 23, Thursday
Program: Autumn Meeting. The chapter will meet in Bandon. Specific time, location, and speaker to be determined. For more information contact Alexis Brickner at 860-878-2049 or

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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