Filipendula Chapter

Map showing location of Filipendula chapter

This chapter is newly formed. Please check out our Facebook page.

Following the 2014 NPSO Annual Meeting in Cannon Beach, Oregon, local botanical enthusiasts organized into a formal chapter. Activities are centered on Seaside, Oregon.

Named Filipendula, for the endemic shrub Filipendula occidentalis, Queen of the Forest, this chapter's range closely follows the distribution of this species. Centered on Clatsop County, it includes south Pacific County, just above the Columbia River, and Tillamook County to the south.

North coast plant communities include: Coastal dune grasslands, remnant dune prairies, sea cliffs, many types of wetlands, numerous riparian communities, including salt and freshwater tidal areas, extensive coastal temperate rainforest, and balds on a number of peaks, with wildflower meadows, rock gardens and rocky cliffs. This area is south of the continental ice sheets of the Pleistocene, and north and west of areas traditionally burned by native tribes. It has a lush and diverse ecology on a rugged topography. We continue to find new species, new plant communities and range extensions of species from other regions every year.

Typical outings include growing season hikes and paddle trips, and winter hikes to look at ferns, bryophytes and lichens. We also site list new areas for Lewis & Clark National Historical Park, and for North Coast Land Conservancy; both organizations were very supportive in starting this chapter.

During winter months, we have two meetings, a ‘what we found last summer’ meeting in late fall, and a ‘what we are looking for next year’ meeting in late winter. Details for both are posted on our Facebook page and in the NPSO Bulletin.

Communications are via Facebook (NPSO-Filipendula Chapter) and email. Use Facebook to talk to us about outings, post photos, and other events. Contact us via the NPSO chapter address, ( ). The coast is a resort area, we are accustomed to visitors from all over. Join us when you visit the north coast of Oregon or south coast of Washington, and don't forget your rain gear.