State & Chapter Events

Updated 27 January 2016
 

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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

State

January 30, Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
State Board Meeting Cheahmill Chapter will host our winter meeting. Location: Carnegie Room of the McMinnville Public Library, 225 NW Adams St. (corner of Hwy 99W and SW 2nd St.) Parking lot entrances on Adams and 2nd Streets.
April 23, Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
State Board Meeting Umpqua Valley Chapter will host our spring meeting. Location: Douglas County Natural History Museum, Roseburg.
July 15–17, 2016, Friday–Sunday
Annual Meeting 2016 Emerald Chapter will host the 2016 NPSO Annual Meeting on a private forested 46 acre property near the majestic McKenzie River, a fifty-minute drive from Eugene. Location: McKenzie River Conference Center, Rainbow, Oregon. For the most current information, visit the annual meeting website, http://emerald.npsoregon.org/2016mtg.

Blue Mountain

For information on Blue Mountain Chapter call Jerry Baker,541-566-2244.
February 10, Wednesday, 7 pm
Meeting: Details TBA. Location: theater room of the Prodigal Son Brewery and Pub, 230 SE Court Avenue in Pendleton. Contact Bruce Barnes, 541-377-2634 for details.
March 9, Wednesday, 7 pm
Meeting: Details TBA. Location: theater room of the Prodigal Son Brewery and Pub, 230 SE Court Avenue in Pendleton. Contact Bruce Barnes, 541-377-2634 for details.
Stay tuned for field trips beginning in April.

Cheahmill

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 ch_president@NPSOregon.org.
January 28, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Naturescaping. Join us for a presentation and discussion on naturescaping, using native plants to enhance landscapes for beauty and wildlife. Clay Wesson brings knowledge gained previously as manager of the native plant nursery at Miller Woods, along with his current work in environmental consulting. He will share practical tips to help others reach their goals and present ideas to approach landscaping by incorporating more native plants. Doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing, meeting/program starts at 7:00 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 Streets. For more information contact Lisa Blackburn, 503-538-3976 or blackburnlisag@gmail.com.
February 25, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Extreme Rarity and Conservation Efforts to Preserve Hawaii’s Native Plants. The Hawaiian Islands are perhaps the most remote and isolated oceanic islands on earth, and are often referred to as the extinction capitol of the world. Dr. Ed Guerrant, director of the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank and Plant Conservation Program at Portland State University, will briefly describe the flora and some of the many ways people and organizations are recovering and preserving Hawaii’s native plants. Doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing, Meeting/Program starts at 7:00 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 Streets. For more information contact: Lisa Blackburn, 503-538-3976 or blackburnlisag@gmail.com.
March 24, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Green Streets, Planting Design and Concepts for Urban Stormwater Management. Mark Akimoff, environmental program technician with the City of Keizer, will discuss removing pollutants with vegetated stormwater facilities, such as rain gardens, with a look at some of the native plants used in the facilities. Doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing, Meeting/Program starts at 7:00 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 Streets. For more information contact: Lisa Blackburn, 503-538-3976 or blackburnlisag@gmail.com.

Corvallis

For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact Jordan Brown at co_president@NPSOregon.org or 253-820-3934.
February 8, Monday, 7:30 pm
Meeting/Presentation: Caterpillars up Close. Dr. Jeffrey Miller, an entomologist and emeritus professor at Oregon State University, will share some insight into the larval life stage of butterflies and moths. He will touch on how caterpillars function, some of their interesting adaptations for avoiding predation, their basic natural history with a focus on food-plant relationships, and the role of caterpillars in the environment within the context of global biodiversity and conservation. Please note this meeting is not in the usual location: Cordley Hall, room 2087, on the Oregon State University campus. For more information contact Jordan Brown at 253-820-3934 or brownj@science.oregonstate.edu.
February 13, Saturday, 8 am–4 pm
NPSO Table: Insights into Gardening. The Corvallis NPSO Chapter will have an exhibit table at Insights into Gardening, a day-long seminar offering practical, hands-on learning. The event is hosted by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and is a great place to learn more about all things related to gardening. Cost: $33–40. Location: LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus. For information, visit extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/insights.
March 6, Sunday, 1–5 pm
Work Party: Avery Park. Spring is coming, time to clean up the native plant garden. Come prepared for the weather and bring clippers, gloves, trowel and small shovel. Location: Avery Park, Corvallis. For information, contact Esther McEvoy at 541-754-0893.
March 14, Monday, 7:30 pm
Meeting and Presentation: Wildflowers of Northern Arizona. Join Dan Luoma and Joyce Eberhart as they recreate exploring the spectacular wildflowers and landscapes of northern Arizona. From 5,000 ft. near Boynton Canyon and Secret Mt. to the highest reaches of the San Francisco Peaks there was tremendous variety in bloom. Views from Walnut Canyon National Monument and the Grand Canyon are also included. Location: Avery House in Avery Park. For more information contact Jordan Brown at 253-820-3934 or brownj@science.oregonstate.edu.

Emerald

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.
February 18, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Getting To Know the Biscuitroots — Lomatium Botany, Ecology, and Human Relationships. "Biscuitroot", "cous", "Luksh", "wild celery", "desert parsley." These are just a few of the names used for the diverse species of the Lomatium genus, which covers a vast area of western North America. Heron Brae will dive into the identification, ecology, range, and historical and contemporary uses of Lomatium in our region, informed from Heron's own first-hand experience as a botanist and wild food forager. Pictures, stories, and tasty samples make this an experience for everyone to enjoy, beginner and seasoned botanist alike. Location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, see above for directions. For more information call 541-521-3964.
March 17, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Costa Rica — Magical Forests, Flowers, Birds, and Frogs. Costa Rica offers natural history enthusiasts a huge variety of unique places to explore. Gail Baker and Clay Gautier will share photos and stories of their adventures in five different Costa Rican natural reserves. These include the cloud forests of Monteverde, tropical wet forests at La Selva, open paramo of Los Quetzales National Park in the Talamanca Mountains, coastal jungle of Corcovado National Park on the OSA Peninsula, and premontane wet forest at Las Cruces on the Panamanian border. Location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health. See above for directions. For more information call 541-521-3964.

Filipendula

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, colecarla@yahoo.com.

High Desert

For information, visit the High Desert Chapter website www.highdesertnpsoregon.org, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email highdesertnpso@gmail.com.

Klamath Basin

For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: http://klamathbasinnps.com or contact the chapter president, Kim Elliott kb_president@npsoregon.org
February 4, Thursday, 6:30 pm
Meeting: An Update on Soil Survey Activities in Klamath County. Chris Gebauer will give an overview of on-going soil survey work in Klamath County, some unique soils found in the area, and correlations between soils, ecological sites, and plant associations. We'll discuss some soil temperature and soil moisture studies that are part of the soil mapping project, and look at some examples of andisols, spodosols, vernal pool soils, organic soils, and their associated vegetative communities. Location: DOW 251 (Dow Center for Health Professions) on the OIT campus.

Mid-Columbia

For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu at mc_president@npsoregon.org.
February 18, Thursday, 7 pm
Meeting: Potluck and Pics...Take Two! We got snowed out in December, but Members Night is back. In addition to the potluck — with a suggestion to bring cookies or a dessert — we will be sharing pictures with one another. This program will be part of the monthly chapter meeting. Location: Columbia Gorge Community College, Building 1, Room 1.362, 400 E Scenic Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. For more information, contact Billy Don, 503-515-1708 or bdmeme@gmail.com.

Portland

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. Meetings and programs begin at 7 pm. Beginning in January 2016 the Portland Chapter will have a NEW MEETING PLACE: TaborSpace at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland. We will meet in Muir Hall; enter the church through the main door off of Belmont between SE 54th and 55th, turn left and the room will be on your right. Parking is available in the church lot on the NW corner of SE 54th and Belmont.

February 11, 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, as well as California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. New meeting location, see above for details: Taborspace, Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, SE 54th and Belmont. Contact: Mary at alphiesmith@comcast.net or 503-288-4340.
March 10, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Native Conifers of Northwest Oregon. Join Ken Denniston as he uses photos and samples to show how to identify the native conifers of Northwest Oregon. Ken’s presentation will focus on a unique, staged approach to learning the conifers. It will include some simple ways to easily distinguish each conifer and some tricks to help everyone remember the differences. A field study of the conifers will take place at Hoyt Arboretum the Saturday following the program, details TBA. Meeting location, see above for details: Taborspace, Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, SE 54th and Belmont. Contact: Mary at alphiesmith@comcast.net or 503-288-4340.

Siskiyou

To join the Siskiyou Chapter email list: Send an email, from the address at which you want to receive announcements, to announce-join@siskiyou.npsoregon.org. 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: jspelletich@gmail.com. Join us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SiskiyouChapterNativePlantSocietyOfOregon.
February 18, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Alpine Flora of the Purcell Range Alex Maksymowicz will give a presentation on the alpine flora of the Purcell Range of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia. Interestingly, many of the plants in this region of mostly sedimentary rocks also grow on the volcanic rocks of the Cascades as well as Steens Mountain in eastern Oregon. Alex Maksymowicz, an active member of the Siskiyou Chapter, has been photographing wildflowers in the western U.S. for 40 years, led wildflower field trips for several organizations, and currently teaches classes on Southern Oregon Flora at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University. 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 sc_president@npsoregon.org
March 26, Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
Field Trip: Elliott State Forest. NPSO and Coast Range Forest Watch will lead a hike to identify native plant species, explore a healthy forest ecosystem, and take in the views along Palouse Creek. We will carpool to the trailhead and hike approximately 2 miles on easy terrain with one creek crossing. Please bring sturdy shoes, lunch, water, rain gear, and plant ID books, if you have them. Location: meet at 10 am at North Bend’s Bay Bridge Motel on Highway 101. For more information, contact Alexis at sc_president@npsoregon.org or Max at coastrangeforestwatch@gmail.com.

Umpqua Valley

Visit umpquavalleynativeplants.com for more information on chapter activities or to be added to our email list. Check out our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/UmpquaValleyNPSO. 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.
February 27, Saturday, 9 am–noon
Class: Looking Deeply at Plants by Drawing Them. Noted botanical illustrator and long-time NPSO member Aislinn Adams will lead an introductory class on drawing native plants with pencil. The class will feature demonstrations and useful exercises for persons of all skill levels. Bring a sketchbook, 2H and HB pencils, eraser, and a sharpener. Free and open to the public. Location: Straub Environmental Learning Center, 1320 A St. NE, next to Olinger Pool near North Salem High. Contact aislinn@aislinnadams.com for more information and to register or call John Savage at 503-399-8615 after 7 pm.
March 9, Wednesday, 7–8:30 pm
Program: Oregon Flora Project. Linda Hardison, director of the Oregon Flora Project, and Lynda Boyer, advisory board member and native plant manager at Heritage Seedlings, will provide a comprehensive overview of the Oregon Flora Project. The program will highlight use of the Project’s website and the new Oregon Flora app. It will also include a description of the recently published Flora of Oregon, Volume 1 — the first comprehensive and illustrated Oregon plant guide in over 50 years. The program is free and open to the public. Location: Straub Environmental Learning Center, 1320 A St. NE, next to Olinger Pool near North Salem High. For information, call John Savage at 503-399-8615 after 7 pm.

William Cusick

Visit our Web site at http://williamcusick.npsoregon.org 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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