State & Chapter Events

Updated 26 January 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 28, 2017, Saturday 10am-2pm
Board Meeting The next State Board meeting will be hosted by the Willamette Valley Chapter in Salem. Location: Straub Environmental Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Suite 107, Salem (in the Wool Warehouse at the Willamette Heritage Center).
June 9–11 2017, Friday–Sunday
NPSO Annual Meeting 2017 Corvallis and Umpqua Valley Chapters will jointly host the NPSO Annual Meeting 2017 in Roseburg, with the meeting location at Phoenix School. Look for more information and a registration form in the March Bulletin.

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.
January 26, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Roadside Vegetation Management. Kareen Sturgeon, Dave Hanson, Susan Aldrich-Markham, and Michal Wert will discuss Yamhill County's new roadside vegetation management plan. Yamhill County formed a group to assist the Public Works Department protect critical habitat for the endangered Fenders blue butterfly, its host plant Kincaid’s lupine, and many other species found along public roads. The resulting plan promotes managing roadside vegetation in a safe, efficient, economical and ecologically sound manner. There will be opportunity for others to identify roadsides needing protection. Social time at 6:45.
January 28, Saturday, 10 am–noon
Work Party: Native Plant Garden. Join NPSO volunteers tending the native plant garden at McMinnville Public Library. Dress for the weather and bring gloves, bucket, and gardening tools if possible. No experience is necessary; you will learn about the plants in the garden. For more information, contact Catie Anderson at or 503-435-2401.
February 18th, Saturday, 1pm
Dedication: Native Plant Garden. This event has been rescheduled twice due to weather and other issues. NPSO garden crew members will place a memorial stone in the native plant garden at McMinnville Public Library to honor Susan Williams, a founding member of the Cheahmill Chapter, who died October 3, 2016. She helped design and plant this garden. For 22 years, she organized monthly work parties to tend the garden. A short ceremony will dedicate the garden to her memory. Location: meet in the Carnegie Room of the library.
February 23, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: How Soils Affect Plant Growth. Most people only have a vague idea of what soil is and how it works. James Cassidy of OSU will describe how elements in the soil influence our native plants. You will learn more than you ever thought possible from this lecture: the reason you are alive, what nutrients are, and how soil stores water and nutrients. Program starts at 7 pm; doors open at 6:45 for socializing. Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details.
February 25, Saturday, 10 am–noon
Work Party: Native Plant Garden. The Native Plant Garden at McMinnville Public Library requires a garden crew working only a couple of hours a month to keep it “tamed.” Join us to prune, weed, and otherwise tend the garden. Dress for the weather and bring gloves, a bucket and gardening tools if you have them. Location: McMinnville Public Library, see above for details. For more information, contact Catie Anderson at or 503-435-2401.


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.
February 13, Monday, 7:30 pm
Meeting/Program: Growing Native Plants in the Home Garden. Joyce Eberhart, a senior faculty research assistant at OSU in Forestry and Crop and Soil Science, will discuss growing native plants in the home garden. She will share photos from her gardens and discuss selecting plants and designing a landscape. She will also share her favorite books and websites for identifying, selecting, and planting native species in the garden. New Location for 2017: Cordley Hall, Room 2087 on the OSU Campus. If you have questions or need more information, contact Judi Sanders at or Louise at 541-753-0012
February 25, Saturday, noon–4 pm
Work Party: Native Plant Garden. Come help with winter clean-up, pruning, and plant divisions. Location: Avery House in Avery Park. Contact Esther for more information at 541-754-0893 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.
New Meeting location: The Stellaria Building, 150 Shelton-McMurphey Boulevard, Suite 104, Eugene. Head east on West 3rd Avenue until it turns into Shelton-McMurphey Boulevard. Stellaria is inside Hummingbird Wholesale.
February 16, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Oregon Native Plant Pollination Biology. Brian Dykstra explores the diverse interwoven stories of native plants and native plant pollinators. He discusses his own research on the rare serpentine endemic, the golden inside-out flower, Vancouveria chrysantha, and highlights many other interesting pollination stories in Oregon. Meeting location: Upstairs in the Stellaria Building, 150 Shelton-McMurphey Boulevard in Eugene, see above for details. For more information, go to
March 4, Saturday, 10 am–1:30 pm
Field Trip: Tour the South Meadow at Mt. Pisgah to View Early Seasonal Wildflowers Dave Predeek takes us on a walk to view flood plane restoration work and a disjunct population of Enemion stipitatum, dwarf rue-anemone, of the buttercup family. This is the only population of E. stipitatum in Lane County, with just 2 other populations in the Willamette Valley. Total walking distance is two miles. Dress for weather. Bring water and snacks. Location: Meet at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. From I-5, turn east at 30th Avenue in South Eugene and go two miles east on Seavey Loop Drive. For further information call Dave at 541-345-5531.


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,

Watch our Facebook page for specifics on these and other chapter activities.

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
February 16, Thursday
Program: TBA. The chapter will meet with time, location, and program TBA. Watch for further information via email.


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.

February 9, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Sometimes to Save a River You Have to Buy It. The Western Rivers Conservancy has been working to conserve and protect lands on more than 48 rivers in eight western states. This presentation by Jim Cox, director of donor relations, and Josh Kling, assistant program director, will focus on river acquisitions in Oregon and Washington, with information on native plants of interest around these areas. Meeting location: Copeland Commons, TaborSpace, Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church. See above for details. Contact: Mary at or 503-288-4340.
March 9, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Invasive Forest Pests in Oregon. Invasive forest insects cause extensive damage that negatively impacts our environment and economy in Oregon. Brandy Saffell with the OSU Extension Service in the Metro region will introduce two high-priority pests, the emerald ash borer and the Asian long-horned beetle. She and others are working to keep these insects out of Oregon forests and will provide tips on how to identify them and report sightings. She will also share information about the Oregon Master Naturalist Program. Meeting location: Copeland Commons, TaborSpace, Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, see above for details. Contact: Mary at 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 2015, make a suggestion, or provide feedback regarding the field trip program please contact Julie Spelletich at: Join us on Facebook at:
February 16, Thursday, 7 pm
Program: Siskiyou Botanical Areas and Stewardship. Jeanine Moy will discuss rare plant species of the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains and examine a few of the 130 designated botanical areas created to protect our rare plants. Learn about ways to participate in a community of stewardship for these special places. Jeanine Moy is a passionate naturalist and educator with a degree in Applied Ecology from Cornell University. She is outreach director for the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and manages the Adopt-a-Botanical Area Program. 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.

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
February 2, Thursday, 6 pm
Nature Talk: Alpine Flora of Turkey and Israel. Join Roger Brewer, past president of the Portland Chapter, for a presentation on Turkey's central mountains and Israel's Mount Hermon and Hula Valley. The talk will include photographs of these scenic areas and their flora. Learn about plants that look similar to Oregon species, as well as many that are new and unique. Co-sponsored by the Willamette Valley Chapter and the Straub Environmental Center. Location: Eco Hub at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem. Open to the public. Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door.

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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