State & Chapter Events

Updated 29 October 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


January 2018
State Board Meeting, Corvallis The next state board meeting will be in January at the OSU campus in Corvallis.
June 1–3, 2018 Friday–Sunday
NPSO Annual Meeting 2018 The next Annual Meeting will be co-hosted by the Portland and High Desert Chapters. Please note the date change: June 1–3, Friday–Sunday, in Prineville.

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.
November 16, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Inventory of Roadside Vegetation in Yamhill County This summer, using a geographic information system, two interns from Oregon State University mapped native plants, invasive plants, and erosion on Yamhill County roadsides. Students Russell Barlow and Declan Pizzino will present the results of this project, with Susan Aldrich Markham, a lifetime NPSO member and also a member of the county’s Roadside Vegetation Management Technical Advisory Committee. Based on their findings, learn how vegetation along local roadsides could be improved and how interested citizens can help by reporting significant populations of native plants. Note this November meeting is on the third Thursday, instead of the usual fourth of the month. Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details.
November 18, Saturday, 9–11 am
Work Party: Native Plant Garden. Notice the new earlier time, which is proving to be popular. New volunteers are welcome. This demonstration garden needs only a couple hours work around the Carnegie Building by a congenial crew each month. Bring gloves, bucket, and gardening tools if you have them. Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details. For information, contact Catie Anderson, or 503-435-2401.
There will not be a chapter meeting in December.


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.
December 11, Monday, 6:30 pm
Meeting: Winter Celebration and Slide Show. Come with a snack to share as we socialize. Bring 15 slides to show and plan to limit sharing to ten minutes. For information call 541-753-0012 or 541-752-7558 or email judi.sanders@ Location: home of Loren Russell, 3420 SW Willamette Ave, Corvallis.
January 8, Monday, 7:30pm
Talk: Collecting Seeds from Native Plants Jon Anderson, former owner of Seven Oaks Native Plant Nursery, and current director of Jonny Native Seed, will talk about collecting seeds from native plants. When, when, how, cleaning, techniques, and the dos and don'ts as he shares his experiences. Learn how to collect native seeds to enhance your own garden. For information call Louise at 541-753-0012 or e-mail Judi at judi.sanders@


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: We will meet at the Amazon Community Center for our monthly programs. Address: M.L.I. room, Building C, 2700 Hilyard St., Eugene
November 18, Saturday, 6:30 pm
Program: Meadow Restoration on the Middle Fork District. Botanist Molly Juillerat of the US Forest Service will focus this talk on maintaining meadow species and plant diversity. Come see how the Middle Fork is restoring meadows to encourage and diversify plant and animal species. Molly began her career with the National Park Service. She worked as a botanist at Crater Lake and then in Hawaii. She has also worked for the BLM in Oregon and Willamette National Forest. Location: M.L.I. room, Building C of the Amazon Community Center at 2700 Hilyard in Eugene. For more information call 541-954-5334.


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,
November 4, Saturday, noon–3 pm
Field Trip: Fungi of the Forest. Carla Cole will lead a fall hike through second growth woods of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Park to see fungi. Raingear highly recommended. Location: meet at the entrance to the Fort Clatsop visitor center by the main parking lot. Contact Carla Cole,, for more information.
December 5, Tuesday, 5 pm
Potluck: Slide Show and Snacks. Our annual ‘what we saw’ slide show for 2017, plus what we are looking for, and trip plans for 2018. Bring your images on a jump drive to share and potluck snacks. Location: Lewis & Clark National Park, Fort Clatsop Visitor Center, Netul Room. Contact Carla Cole,, for more information.
February 24, 2018, Saturday, 7 pm
Lichen Night Hike, Lewis & Clark National Historic Park.

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


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.

November 9, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Seed Collection of Pollinator Plants in Mt. Hood National Forest. Michael Krochta of Bark, a grassroots organization committed to the restoration and preservation of Mt. Hood NF, will give us the background of the group and how they work with the USFS botanists to collect seeds of native pollinator plants to replant and restore pollinator habitat on Mt. Hood. Location: TaborSpace at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St, see above for details.
December 14, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Members Annual Holiday Slide Show and Potluck. No regular program is scheduled, but every member with flower photos from their travels can show them off on the big screen! Bring a potluck item to share (choose from a beverage, main dish, salad, or dessert) and bring on the cheer! Location: TaborSpace at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St, see above for details.


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 2018, make a suggestion, or provide feedback regarding the field trip program, please contact Julie Spelletich at: Join us on Facebook at:
November 16, Thursday, 7 pm
Talk: Fish and Flora. The Rogue Valley is known for many wonderful things—great recreation, excellent food and drink, and beautiful scenery everywhere you look. To a specific set of people, the Rogue Valley is also known for salmon and steelhead fisheries as well unique flora. Alexis Brickner of the Rogue River Watershed Council (and NPSO) will talk about why fish need native plants and vice versa. She will explore the importance of vegetation around our streams and lakes, how it relates to declining fish populations, and what is being done in the Rogue basin to restore native ecosystem services. Refreshments at 6:45 pm, meeting and program at 7:00. Location: Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information contact Alexis, or 860-878-2049.
December 14, Thursday, 6 pm
Holiday Potluck: Plant People and a Native Sense of Place. This is our annual holiday season potluck with lots of goodies and surprises. Feasting begins at 6:00 pm, program at 7 pm. Thomas Doty, a local native storyteller, will tell traditional and original stories as we eat. Please bring a potluck dish, table service (plate, silverware, glass, cup), food donation for the Talent Food Project, and packets of seeds to contribute to the native plant seed exchange. Free and open to the public. Location: Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main, Talent.

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.

Willamette Valley

For program information, contact John Savage at 503-399-8615
November 9, Thursday, 6–7 pm
Program: The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful—the Many Facets of Diatoms. What is the size of a speck of dust, filters water, and provides us with every fifth breath we breathe? Answer: tiny algae plants known as diatoms that build ornate glass shells of silica. NPSO member Rob Kimmich will discuss the role of diatoms in environmental assessment, their benefits, a toxin they can produce, and a particular species that has become a major nuisance in streams around the world. Rob has been studying diatoms intensely over the past seven years. He moderates a diatom forum and contributes to the Diatoms of the United States online resource. Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door. Open to the public, no reservations required. Location: Eco Hub, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street, Salem. For more information, call 503-779-5227 or email

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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