April 19, Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm
State Board Meeting
The next State board meeting will be in Hood River, sponsored by the Mid-Columbia Chapter. Take some time afterwards to enjoy Blossomfest; for information visit http://hoodriver.org/events-festivals/chamber-events/blossom-fest.
June 6 - 8, Friday - Sunday
NPSO Annual Meeting
The 2014 Annual Meeting will be sponsored by the Cheahmill Chapter. Join us for a coastal weekend in and around Cannon Beach. Meeting headquarters will be at Surfsand Resort. The Saturday banquet will include a keynote address by ecologist Kathleen Sayce. Registration and field trip information is in this Bulletin and online at www.npsoregon.org/annualmeeting.html. For information on student scholarships, contact Lisa Blackburn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on Blue Mountain Chapter call Jerry Baker,541-566-2244.
At the moment, Blue Mountain chapter is still dormant. For additional information, contact Jerry Baker at 541-566-2244.
For more information, visit the chapter Web site, www.oregon-nativeplants.com. To be added to the e-mail list for upcoming programs and events, please contact email@example.com.
March 27, Thursday, 7 pm
Talk: Ecology and Geology of the NW and its Effect on Miller Woods.
Learn about regional ecology in the context of a wonderful, local conservation area. James Riedman, property manager of the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District's Miller Woods, will present on the landscape of the NW with special attention to the natural beauty of Miller Woods. 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 Streets. For more information contact: Luke Westphal, 971-388-9200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions, information on upcoming events, or to be on the Corvallis chapter e-mail list, contact Kevin Weitemier at co_president@NPSOregon.org or 208-921-0827.
March 10, Monday, 7:30 pm
Talk: Know Your Enemies: Invasives in Benton County.
Crystal Durbecq and Heath Keirstead of Benton Soil & Water Conservation District will discuss identification and control of invasive plants of concern in Benton County (and some that haven't arrived yet). They will also share information on which ones to report and how to report them! Location: Avery House in Avery Park. Contact Kevin, 208-921-0827, for more information.
March 22, Saturday, 8 am - 3:30 pm
NPSO Table: Insights into Gardening.
This event was rescheduled from February, due to snow. Corvallis NPSO will be staffing a table at Insights into Gardening, a day-long seminar offering practical, hands-on learning for home gardeners and gardeners-to-be. You will find plenty of ideas to make your gardening easier, more enjoyable, and more successful. Raffles, exhibits, and books for sale by Grass Roots will be available. Pre-registration is $30, $35 at the door. Information: www.extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/insights.
April 14, Monday, 7:30 pm
Talk: Ecology of Mangrove Swamps around the World.
Dr. Boone Kauffman is our speaker for April. Location: Avery House in Avery Park. Contact Kevin, 208-921-0827, for more information.
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.
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.
March 20, Thursday, 7:30 pm
Meeting/Talk: The Delta Ponds Habitat Enhancement Project
Lauri Holts, a natural resources coordinator with Eugene's Parks and Open Space Division, gives a presentation on this project, completed in 2012 to provide critical rearing habitat for juvenile Chinook salmon. The presentation will include a brief overview of the historic and pre-project conditions and will describe the City's efforts to establish a diverse native plant community and control invasive species, including the most recent invader, the aquatic Uruguayan primrose-willow (Ludwigia hexapetala). Location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, see above for directions. For more information, call 541-349-9999.
April 17, Thursday, 7:30 pm
Meeting/Talk: Growing More than Plants at the Friends of Buford Park Nursery.
Jason Blazar gives a presentation on the purpose, scope, and scale of native plant material production in the Mt. Pisgah area. Jason has been the stewardship coordinator of Friends of Buford Park (FBP) since November 1999. His talk includes context within the FBP stewardship program, purpose, scale, production, marketing, ethno botanical projects, educational opportunities, and an opportunity for the NPSO Emerald Chapter to consider partnering to develop a pollinator demonstration garden at the nursery. Location: Conference Room at Lane County Mental Health, see above for directions. For more information call 541-344-8377.
This chapter has recently become active. For information, visit the High Desert Chapter website www.highdesertnpsoregon.org
, Facebook page: 'Native Plant Society of Oregon: High Desert Chapter', or email email@example.com.
March 11, Tuesday, 6:30 - 8 pm
Program: Spring Meeting.
Join us to discuss 2014 field trips and other activities. Light refreshments will be served. Location: Brooks Room at the Bend Downtown Library, 601 NW Wall St.
April 26-27, Saturday-Sunday
Field Trip: Glide Wildflower Show.
We will visit the Glide Wildflower Show and botanize on the west side of the Cascades, with an overnight campout on the 26th. If interested in camping, contact Susan Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 20-21, Friday-Saturday
Event: Central Oregon Wildflower Show.
The High Desert Chapter is working on this wildflower show, to be held at the Sunriver Nature Center (www.sunrivernaturecenter.org). Volunteers will be needed to “harvest” specimens, help ID, and be on hand to answer questions during the two-day show. To help, please contact chapter vice president Susan Berger at email@example.com.
This chapter has recently become active. For information, visit the Klamath Basin Chapter website: http://klamathbasinnps.com
or contact the chapter president, Melissa Schroeder meljschroeder[at]gmail.com
Thursday, March 6, 6:30 pm
Meeting/Talk: BOPU: what's that?
Missy Anderson, a botanist with the Fremont-Winema National Forest will lead a talk on Botrychium pumicola or pumice grapefern. B. pumicola is a rare and unique fern in the family Ophioglossaceae that is endemic to Central Oregon. Come and learn some interesting facts about the ecology and management of this rare plant! Chapter meeting will follow the presentation.
Thursday, April 3, 6:30 pm
Meeting/Talk: Decline of the Bellinger's wooly meadowfoam
Johanna Blanchard, BLM botanist with the Klamath Falls Resource area will lead a talk on Limmanthes floccosa ssp. bellingeriana, or Bellinger's wooly meadowfoam. This small annual herb is known from only a few populations in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Johanna will discuss the ecology of the species, including habitat, plant associations, and how to distinguish it from other co-occurring meadowfoam species. Additionally, she will talk about the species decline, it's major threats, and the upcoming monitoring plan for the season.
For information on the Mid-Columbia Chapter, contact Sara Wu
March 20, Thursday, 7 pm
Program/Meeting: The Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC).
For over 30 years, ORBIC has been the steward of information regarding the locations and statuses of rare species in Oregon. Lindsey Wise, biodiversity data manager, will provide an overview of the program and its value. She will show examples of records for rare plants found in the Gorge and discuss how NPSO members and others can help maintain and update this important resource. Location: Room 1.366, Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles.
April 17, Thursday, 7 pm
Program/Meeting: Early Detection and Rapid Response to the Worst Weeds of the Columbia Gorge.
Cyndi Soliz, partnership specialist, Skamania County Noxious Weed Program and vice-president of the Cape Horn Conservancy, will provide an introduction to the “Worst Weeds of the Gorge” as designated by the Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area (CGCWMA). The CGCWMA consists of 25 land management organizations that coordinate activities to address invasive weeds across their jurisdictions within the Gorge. Their approach promotes Early-Detection-Rapid-Response (EDRR) strategies, with an emphasis on prevention. Location: Room 1.366, Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles.
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 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.
March 13, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Conserving Oregon’s Environment: Breakthroughs That Made History.
Past Sierra Club Director Michael McCloskey will discuss his new book, Conserving Oregon’s Environment, with a slide show. He will tell the story of some 80 accomplishments to advance conservation in Oregon, including Oregon’s Endangered Species Act, on which Oregon’s Native Plant Society took the lead, and explains why Oregon is seen as a national leader. He will be selling and signing copies of his book. Meeting location: Metro Building, see above for details. Contact: Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-288-4340.
March 18, Tuesday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Field Trip: Catherine Creek.
The premiere early flower spot in the Gorge is where we will search for grass widows, yellow bells, prairie stars, toothworts, several desert parsleys, early glacier lilies, and others. Moderate walking to 5 miles with 800 ft. elevation gain. Drive is 120 miles round trip. For more information contact Angie Moore at 503 292 2093 or MLM@teleport.com.
March 28, Friday, noon - 2 pm
Field Trip: Hoyt Arboretum, Conifer Hike.
Join Hoyt Arboretum Curator Martin Nicholson for a 2 mile hike through the arboretum's conifer collection to hone your NW conifer identification skills. From Douglas fir to Brewers spruce the Hoyt collection has an almost complete set of the conifers that we see hiking through our natural areas. Location: Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., accessible by MAX using the Washington Park Stop or Trimet Bus #63. For more information contact Martin Nicholson at email@example.com.
April 8, Tuesday, 9 am
Field Trip: McCord Creek.
Early flowers at McCord Creek include Synthyris, Douglasia, and Oemlaria. This is an easy hike of about 3 miles round trip with 500 feet elevation gain. Driving is about 60 miles round trip. Be ready to leave at 9 am; call leaders for meeting location: Jan and Dave Dobak, 503-248-9242.
April 10, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Getting Close to Our Native Ferns.
Dr. David Wagner’s talk will emphasize looking at our native ferns with a fresh eye using some of the newer tools of technology. He has been using his compound microscope, LED lights, digital camera, and stacking software to make beautiful, close-up pictures of some of the smaller parts of ferns, both outside and inside. Meeting location: Metro Building, see above for details. Contact: Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-288-4340.
April 12, Saturday, 2-4 pm
Field Trip: Nob Hill Nature Park.
Join us in St. Helens for an easy stroll to view Trillium and fawn lily in an area currently undergoing restoration. Location: Meet at the city of St. Helens’ wastewater treatment facility across from the park. A plant list is available by calling trip leader, Caroline Skinner, at 503-248-9719.
Save The Dates!
May 3, Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm
Field Class: Penstemon Keying Workshop.
This workshop will be held at the home of the instructor. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Nancy Chapman at email@example.com.
May 10 and 17, Saturdays, 8:30 am - 4 pm
Field Class: Learn to Use a Botanical Key.
This two-day class at Tryon Creek State Park will be taught by Brent Miller. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Nancy Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join the Siskiyou Chapter email list: Send an email, from the address at which you want to receive announcements, to email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 13, Thursday, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Workshop: Exploring Oregon’s Native Plants.
Presented by Bear Creek Watershed Education Partners and the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society, this workshop is open to classroom teachers, informal educators, and anyone interested in sharing native plants with students. Stacy Moore of the Institute for Applied Ecology will present hands-on lessons to help your students explore native plants. She will share activities from the curriculum, From Salmonberry to Sagebrush: Exploring Oregon’s Native Plants. Location TBA, more details to follow.
March 20, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Poseidon to Zeus...a Geobotanical Romp from Low Tide to the Summit of Saddle Mountain.
Local author, geologist, and naturalist Don Begnoche will lead us on a virtual romp exploring the area around Cannon Beach. This talk will also be a great introduction for folks attending the NPSO Annual Meeting this year. Location: Southern Oregon University, Science Building, Room 171. Refreshments at 6:45 pm, meeting and program at 7 pm. Contact: Kristi: 541-941-3744.
For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615 or Alexandra Ninneman at 503-391-4145.
March 20, Thursday, 7 pm
Learn how to get started on your native landscape with Gail Gredler, horticulture instructor at Chemeketa Community College. She will define “native plants,” discuss their benefits and uses, explain which plants are suitable for home landscapes and where to purchase them. Details for a Saturday, March 22 field trip will be announced in class. Location: The Straub Environmental Learning Center, 1320 A Street NE, next to Olinger Pool and near North Salem High School. Cost: $5 per person for the class; $10 per person for the field trip. Registration is required; contact Michelle Cordova at 503-391-4145, or email@example.com.
March 27, 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 the State’s highest concentration of rare plants, but is currently threatened by logging, mining, and illegal motorized vehicles. Free and open to the public. Location: The Straub Environmental Learning Center, 1320 A Street NE, next to Olinger Pool and near North Salem High School.
April 4-5, Friday-Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm
Program: Erythronium Native Plant Festival and Sale.
Celebrate the earth’s reawakening and the exquisitely beautiful Erythronium oregonum (native lilies) blooming at Historic Deepwood Estate. Purchase a few native plants for your own garden, take a guided nature walk led by members of NPSO, or just come to enjoy a day outside and the special exhibits and informational booths. Location: 1116 Mission St. SE (12th and Mission) in Salem. Free parking is available off Lee St. For more information, call 503-363-1825 or visit www.HistoricDeepwoodEstate.org.