Events & Field Trips


Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of most months at 6PM, Room 310 in the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas, Roseburg.
Come join us for interesting native plant conversation, field trip planning, and presentations. Always open to the public and all NPSO members. We encourage you to become a member of NPSO but you do not have to be a member to attend our Chapter field trips and most other events.

Field trip questions call: Neal Hadley 541-679-8889
For other NPSO questions call M.A. Hansen 541-863-8111, Neal Hadley, chapter president, or Donna,541-459-2821 e-newsletter,Facebook,website editor.

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU CALL M. A. HANSEN 541-863-8111 TO CONFIRM YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND ANY OF UMPQUA CHAPTER'S SPONSORED FIELD TRIPS AND TO BE SURE THE SCHEDULE HAS NOT CHANGED. We often have to change date on short notice due to bloom and weather unpredictability

Meet place for NPSO sponsored field trips is the large parking lot between the Douglas County Library and behind Douglas County Courthouse (west side of Fowler St., near Deer Creek) and plan to carpool or travel in caravan mode. Those carpooling should plan to share gasoline expenses. Alternate meeting places north or south of Roseburg can be arranged. Starting time varies depending on travel time to the destination.

You will be asked to read and sign a NPSO Waiver of Liability and Indemnification Agreement.
Field Trips:

We are looking for field trip leaders. If you know these areas please step up and help out. We can arrange more outings and field trips if we have more people participating at the planning level. Our field trips are mostly easy to moderate walkabouts to see what wildflowers (some endangered) are blooming in spring and summer. There are endless wildflower viewing destination in and around Douglas County and several worthy of repeating.

You are not expected to know the wildflowers you are seeing on these outings and with the many field guides available and the help of NPSO members,
half the fun is looking them up so you know them next time you see them.
As the time approaches for field trips, we will have more details on the website and Facebook.
Please call if you have any questions or you can participate as a leader or just to suggest a trail we might like,
and please be sure to call to verify any changes in the schedule.


Also find up to date information on Facebook at

The Native Plant Society of Oregon invites you to attend the

June 9,10,11 in ROSEBURG, OR
The Umpqua Valley and Corvallis Chapters are happy to host the 2017 Annual Meeting in the beautiful “Land of Umpqua” and we hope you can join us in experiencing this wildflower-rich area.

Douglas County is situated at a “botanical crossroads” between the California Floristic Province and the Vancouverian Floristic Province. This, combined with particular geological formations, leads to high plant diversity in the county. Many species are near their northern or southern range limits and several species are endemic to the county.

The “Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua" will be our botanical landscape for the 2017 Annual Meeting, June 9-11, 2017.
The meeting location, Phoenix Charter School, is situated on the Diamond Lake Highway (138), east of the downtown area .
Students at Phoenix School are often involved in habitat restoration and other community projects (

Only paid up NPSO memberships for 2017 are allowed at the conference. Members from all chapters throughout Oregon are invited to attend. (A printable Registration Form is included in this packet.) So don’t delay, conference and field trips are only 27 days away!!

If you are not a current member, now is a good time to join. (A membership form is also included in this packet) or you can join on-line at Join as a family for $35.00 if you and one other person within the same family are planning to attend.
Deadline for priority registration at reduced cost is May 7th. ($15.00 after May 7 fee is $ 25.00) Since you are getting this information past that May 7 early registration deadline and you want to attend the conference, Umpqua chapter will reimburse you the $10.00 difference. Given the potential for a very high snowpack this year, some fieldtrips may have alternate destinations (similar to the 2005 meeting).

Contact Information
Corvallis Chapter President, Judi Sanders,
Umpqua Valley Chapter President, Neal Hadley,

Submit Registration Payment: Make your check payable to Corvallis Chapter, NPSO. Mail check and registration form to: NPSO c/o Louise Marquering, 1640 NW Woodland Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330

Registration Questions
Louise Marquering: (541) 753-0012, or
Dan Luoma: (541) 752-8860,

Field Trips

Bring water and lunch, sturdy shoes, sunglasses and be prepared for any weather. Hikes may be changed if necessary.


Friday field trips depart from the Douglas County Library Parking Lot
Saturday and Sunday depart from the Phoenix School Parking Lot


1. Beatty Creek ACEC/RNA
This area represents an excellent example of serpentine pine savanna at the north end of the Klamath Mountains Ecoregion. Soils derived from serpentine rock have chemical and physical properties that make plant growth difficult. This area has been recognized for its rich concentration of plants tolerant of these harsh soils. Species to be found on the serpentine rocks here include Bolander’s onion (Allium bolanderi), Klamath rockcress (Arabis subpinnatifida), Douglas monkey flower (Diplacus douglasii), and California sandwort (Minuartia californica). Other wildflowers to enjoy include grass widows (Olsynium douglasii var. douglasii), wayside aster (Eucephalus vialis), spring gold (Crocidium multicaule), yellowleaf iris (Iris chrysophylla), and Henderson’s triteleia (Triteleia hendersonii var. hendersonii). Moderate off-trail hiking. Forty-five minute drive from Roseburg. Leader: Ken Carloni, Umpqua Community College biology professor.
Arabis subpinnatifida by Joyce Eberhart

2. Bilger Ridge
We will enjoy many interesting serpentine plants such as Calochortus coxii (crinite mariposa lily, named for Marvin Cox who was one of the leaders of this trip in 2005) and Sisyrinchium hitchcockii (Hitchcock’s blue-eyed grass). We may also have time to visit an Umpqua mariposa lily (Calochortus umpquaensis) site near Tiller. Easy-to-moderate off-trail hiking. 1-1/4 hour drive from Roseburg. Leader: Aaron Roe, botanist with the Roseburg BLM office.

3. Callahan Ridge
This is a visit to the expansive meadow on Callahan Ridge to view a diverse variety of “serpentine” endemic plant and fern species that include the Umpqua mariposa lily (Calochortus umpquaensis) and Hall’s violet (Viola hallii). Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus ssp. kincaidii) is also present in a low narrow saddle underlain by “granitic” substrate. See panoramic views of the Western Cascade Range to the east and the Klamath Mountains in every other direction. Easy-to-moderate hiking. 1-1/2 hour drive from Roseburg. Leader: Linda Vorobik

4. Cedar Springs Mountain
We will wander among amazing serpentine plants and geologic features while hunting for the northernmost range of the elusive Lewisia leana (quill-leaved lewisia). We’ll also look for Phacelia peckii (Peck’s phacelia) and Arabis subpinnatifida (Klamath rockcress). A two- hour drive from Roseburg, high clearance recommended. Moderate to difficult hike, bring plenty of water. Leader: Dana York, former USFS botanist.

5. Cougar Bluffs
Forest wildflowers such as Phlox adsurgens (woodland phlox) and stunning rock garden species such as Gilia capitata (bluefield gilia), Penstemon cardwellii (Cardwell’s penstemon), Penstemon rupicola (pink rock penstemon), Sedum divergens (spreading stonecrop) and Sedum oregonense (creamy stonecrop) are sure to please. Easy-to-moderate hiking. 1-1/2 hours from Roseburg, high clearance recommended. Leader: Richard Helliwell, USFS botanist.

6. Fall Creek Falls
This hike will look at typical lichens, mosses, and plants of the western Cascades. This field trip will focus on lichens and bryophytes and will likely visit other sites in the area. Susan Creek is a nearby BLM park featuring Tioga Bridge spanning the scenic North Umpqua River, accessing the North Umpqua Trail system on the opposite bank. The rock outcrops along the river's edge hold a variety of aquatic lichens and bryophytes including the rare "donut moss" Scouleria marginata. The trail system goes through beautiful old-growth forest containing many trees well over six feet in diameter. Short easy hiking. 45-minute drive from Roseburg. Leader: Scot Loring

7. Hemlock Lake
Enjoy a scenic short hike around Hemlock Lake and see a great variety of flora such as Eurybia radulina (formerly Aster radulinus, rough-leaved aster), Penstemon cardwellii (Cardwell’s penstemon), and Castilleja pruinosa (frosted Indian paintbrush). Also includes stops of botanical interest on the way along Little River Rd. 1-1/2 hour drive from Roseburg. Moderate hiking. Leader: Kelly Amsbury, ODA botanist (retired).

8. King Mountain Rock Garden ACEC
King Mountain Rock Garden is a wonderland of stunning small rock garden type plants that are able to make a niche in seemingly inhospitable, rocky habitat. We’ll look for Penstemon anguineus (Siskiyou beardtongue), P. azureus (blue beardtongue), P. rupicola (rock penstemon), Viola hallii, V. nuttallii, Phlox diffusa (spreading phlox), P. adsurgens (woodland phlox), Silene hookeri (Hooker’s pink), and S. lemmonii. Easy-to-moderate hiking. 1-3/4 hours from Roseburg, high clearance recommended. Leader: Chris Rush, USFS botanist (retired).

9. Limpy Rock RNA, Steamboat Falls, and Apple Creek CG
Participants will be treated to an excellent tour of the Ragged Ridge-Dry Creek Loop to learn about mycotrophic plants and see unusual and endemic flora such as Kalmiopsis fragrans (fragrant kalmiopsis), Asplenium septentrionale (grass fern), and Sarcodes sanguinea (snow plant). Moderate. Wear high-topped boots for scrambling off-trail on rocky slopes at 4000'. 1-1/2 hour drive from Roseburg, high clearance recommended. Leader: Dan Luoma.

10. Lookout Mt
Hikes to great viewpoints like the open summit of Lookout Mountain don’t come much easier than this. A rainbow of colorful flowers decorates the gravelly top and cliffs along the edge and attracts butterflies on sunny summer days. A small creek by the bottom of the spur road and other roadside open areas nearby provide plenty of unusual plants as well. There’s balsamroot, Phacelia verna (spring phacelia), lots of Fritillaria glauca (Siskiyou missionbells), and a grand show of annuals and bulbs (text courtesy of Tanya Harvey). Moderate hiking. 1-1/2 hour drive from Roseburg, Leader: Bruce Waugh.

11. North Bank Habitat Management Area (BLM) and Popcorn Swale Preserve (TNC)
First we’ll visit the Popcornswale Preserve near Wilbur in North Douglas County and then drive to the North Bank Habitat Management Area. We’ll look for Plagiobothrys hirtus (rough popcornflower) at two wet meadow prairies in Oak woodlands, also Sidalcea cusickii (Cusick’s checkermallow), Limnanthes douglasii (Douglas meadowfoam), and unique prairie grasses and graminoids. Easy hikes (with water resistant boots). 15-30 minute drive from Roseburg. Leader: Susan Carter, botanist with the Roseburg BLM office.

12. Tahkenitch Dunes - Threemile Lake
This is our only coastal field trip. See estuaries, deflation plains, beach dune plants, tideland and forest flora in the Coast Ecological Province. Plants such as Phyllospadix torreyi (Torrey's surfgrass), Zostera marina (marine eel “grass”), Lathyrus littoralis (silky beach pea), and Abronia latifolia (yellow sand-verbena) may be encountered. The last two wildflowers are not recorded from the area on the Oregon Plant Atlas, so finding them would help better document their distribution. Bring binoculars to scout for Sidalcea hendersonii (Henderson’s checker mallow) while crossing the Umpqua River estuary. On the return trip, a stop will be made at the Elkton Community Education Center, time permitting. About 1-1/2 hr. drive from Roseburg. Easy to moderate hiking. Leader: Marty Stein, USFS botanist.

13. Twin Lakes
The area is one of the jewels of the North Umpqua and it is worth seeing the stunning clear blue lakes and giant old growth trees regardless of the bloom. Boykinia major (large boykinia), Eriogonum umbellatum (sulphur buckwheat), Leptosiphon nuttallii (Nuttall’s linanthus), and Piperia unalascensis (Alaska rein orchid) are among the great diversity of wildflowers to be seen there (description courtesy of Tanya Harvey). About an hour drive from Roseburg. Three to four miles of hiking, easy to moderate. Leader: Sam Friedman, USFWS botanist.

14. Pyramid Rock
Pyramid Rock is one of a number of large rocks that pop out of the otherwise largely forested Western Cascades. It has one of the few populations of Columbia lewisia (Lewisia columbiana) south of the Columbia Gorge. Other rock garden plants include cliff paintbrush (Castilleja rupicola), spring phacelia (Phacelia verna), cliff penstemon (Penstemon rupicola), and Sierra cliffbrake (Pellaea brachyptera). About a two-hour drive from Roseburg, high clearance required. Easy to moderate short hike. Leader: Tanya Harvey.

15. Roseburg area habitats Friday afternoon or Sunday morning only.
Explore the Umpqua's lowland valley and oak savannah flora in near-by areas with our local chapter's student of medicinal botanicals. Look for elegant calicoflower (Downingia elegans), tiger lilies (Lilium columbianum), larkspurs (Delphinium species), and rough popcornflower (Plagiobothrys hirtus). The Veteran’s Administration oak savannah will be a major stop. A trip to the herbarium at the Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History may be included. (Easy). Leader: Rod Trotter.

16. Wolf Creek Falls (Fri./Sun. only)
Nestled among the big trees in an old-growth forest, this 1.2 mile trail leads to a cascading two-tier waterfall that plummets 75 feet into a pool. A variety of open rock face (i.e. Delphinium menziesii, Mimulus guttatus) and forest growing flowers (i.e. Maianthemum stellatum, Prosartes hookeri) are to be seen. About a 45 min. drive from Roseburg, easy to moderate short hike. Leader TBA.

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Umpqua Valley and Corvallis Chapters, Native Plant Society of Oregon
2017 Annual Meeting Registration Form
June 9–11, Roseburg, Oregon
Please register by May 7, 2017 (postmarked). No refund after June 1.
Name(s): _____________________________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________
City, State:_______________________________ Zip: ___________ Phone: ________________
E-mail: ________________________________
Registration Fee: (postmarked by May 7) _____ People @ $15.00/person = $_________
Late Registration (May 8 or later) _____ People @ $25.00/person = $_________
Friday Evening Supper (optional) _____ People @ $24.00/person = $_________
Saturday Sack Lunch (optional) _____ People @ $13.00/person = $_________
Lunch, choose 1 item per person: Ham wrap ____ Turkey wrap _____ Veggie wrap ____
Saturday Banquet _____ People @ $26.00/person = $_________
Buffet includes meats, veggies, salads, fruits, bread, and dessert
Sunday Breakfast/Brunch (optional) _____ People @ $15.25/person = $_________
This will be covered for board members attending the board meeting
TOTAL ENCLOSED = $_________
Field Trip Preference: Saturday Field trips are briefly described in this issue of the Bulletin. More information may be found on the Annual Meeting web site ( Please select 3 trips and number 1 to 3 with 1 as your top choice. If more than one person is using this form, each person should initial their numbered preference.
___ Beatty Creek ACEC* ___ Limpy Rock RNA
___ Bilger Ridge ___ Lookout Mt.
___ Callahan Ridge ___ North Bank MA, Popcorn Swale*
___ Cedar Springs Mt. ___ Tahkenitch Dunes - Threemile Lake trails
___ Cougar Bluffs ___ Twin Lakes
___ Fall Creek Falls ___ Pyramid Rock
___ Hemlock Lake ___ Roseburg area habitats*
___ King Mt. ACEC ___ Wolf Creek Falls (Fri./Sun. only)
Field trips with a * will also be offered as options on Fri. afternoon and Sun. morning.
• Write in Friday afternoon field trip __________________ and/or a Sunday morning field trip: ____________________
• Make your check payable to Corvallis Chapter, NPSO.
• Mail check and this form to: NPSO c/o Louise Marquering, 1640 NW Woodland Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330
• Optional: Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for written confirmation & map.
• Questions? Louise Marquering: (541) 753-0012, or
Dan Luoma: (541) 752-8860, Complete Liability Waiver and return with this form.
(Before returning this form, please photocopy for your own records.)

Native Plant Society of Oregon
Waiver of Liability and
Indemnification Agreement

Thank you very much for coming on an NPSO field trip! The following agreement is necessary for the well-being of NPSO and all field trip participants. We appreciate your understanding.
1. I understand that I am solely responsible for my own safety at all times. I acknowledge that my participation in any Native Plant Society of Oregon (NPSO) field trip is purely voluntary, and I understand that some parts of the field trips may be hazardous and may result in the damage or loss of my property or in my injury.
2. I agree to take full responsibility for my own medical needs. I am aware that trips require physical outdoor activity and have certain risks inherent with exposure to nature and natural processes. I certify that I have no health or physical problems which would interfere with my participation.
3. I understand that horseplay, roughhousing, shoving, contact sports, or other such activities are not appropriate and not allowed on NPSO trips.
4. I agree to stay with the group. If I need to vary for any reason, I will do so only with the permission of the leader.
5. I understand that transportation to the beginning of the trailhead or field site is not part of any NPSO-sponsored activity. Although NPSO suggests carpooling to save gas and reduce pollution, I agree that if I carpool, it is an independent activity organized by myself and other individuals on our own initiative and at our own risk.
6. I hereby agree for myself and for my heirs, representatives, agents and assigns, that I will not hold the NPSO liable. I will waive and release any claims, demands or actions against them, for any damages to or loss of my property, or for my illness, injury or death, which results from or arises in connection with any NPSO field trip other than that which results from gross negligence.
7. The persons and organizations covered by this agreement are:
• NPSO, its officers or members, and
• Any other participant(s) in field trips including any people invited by any NPSO member(s), and
• Any of the agents or employees of the above persons and organization.
8. In addition, I agree to indemnify the above people for any claims made against them on my behalf or otherwise, as a result of any damage to or loss of my property, or as a result of my injury or death, resulting from or arising in connection with the NPSO field trips, other than that which occurs as a result of the gross negligence of that person(s).

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Schedule of Events

Friday-Sunday, June 9-11, 2017

Friday 1:00 to 4:30 pm
Meet up at 12:30 pm Optional short field trips in the afternoon.
Gather at the Douglas County Library; corner of Diamond Lake Blvd & Fowler St. (Parking on both side of Fowler Street). Meet field trip leaders in the library parking lot.

4:30 to 5:30 pm Registration check-in at Phoenix School 3131 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg, OR
Registration opens after the field trips return.

5:30 to 6:30 pm Social hour
No-host wine and beer bar.
Open to all attendees.

6:30 pm Presentation
Dr. Ken Carloni, Biology Professor at Umpqua Community College.
Ken will address “Taking Back the Firestick: Humans, Fire, and Becoming Indigenous”. Registration for the dinner is optional.
All are welcome to attend the presentation.

What time? Dinner
Reservation Required.
Food service will be provided by the Culinary Arts Program of Phoenix School. Organic foods and local ingredients will be used as are available (some from the school’s garden). Students participate via the school’s Cooperative Work Experience course.

Friday Supper: Chips and Salsa, Snack Mix, Cheese and Crackers, Full Potato Bar and Full Salad Bar, Carrot Cake and Fresh Fruit cups with Fresh Whip Cream.
Beverages: Flavored Water, Hot Coffee, Hot Tea, and Ice water at every event

8:30 am First Set of Field Trips Depart from Phoenix School. Meet leaders in parking lot.
See Field trip descriptions. Pick up prepared up lunch if pre-ordered on reg form before departing.

9:00 am Second Set of Field Trips Depart
See Field trip descriptions. Pick up prepared lunch if pre-ordered on reg form before departing. (Including trips to Beatty Creek, Fall Creek, North Bank, and Roseburg area habitats.) Meet leaders in parking lot.

4:30 pm Dinning Hall Opens
Hall is open for socializing and visiting vendor tables. Silent auction to benefit the Oregon Flora Project.

5:00 pm Social time,
No-host bar opens for wine and beer sales Phoenix School cafeteria

6:00 to 9:00 pm Dinner
6:15 Seating and general announcements

6:30 Buffet opens
Food service will be provided by the Culinary Arts Program of Phoenix School. Organic foods and local ingredients will be used as are available (some from the school’s garden). Students participate via the school’s Cooperative Work Experience course
Saturday Banquet: Caprese Skewers, White bean Puree on Leaves, Ham and Basil; Pinwheels, Pulled Pork and Pulled Chicken with Toppings, Roasted Veggies Green Salad, 5 way Kale Salad, Sourdough Bread, Lemon Bars and Fresh Fruit Cups.
Beverages: Flavored Water, Hot Coffee, Hot Tea, and Ice water at every event

7:30 Acknowledgments and installation of officers and board members. Silent auction ends.

8:15 Keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin Weitemier, Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing at OSU. “Sleuthing Species Splits and Spreads”. The technology of DNA sequencing allows us to investigate the history of plant species in ways that were impossible just a few years ago. These insights can tell us about important conservation concerns, such as if two populations might really be separate species, or whether a species has spread or declined in the past, and what that might tell us about its future. This presentation will describe how scientists are using this powerful technology, with examples from Oregon native plants.
9:15 Wrap-up and final announcements, pay and pickup silent auction items.

8:15 am Breakfast
Breakfast for those who pre-ordered on the registration form.

Food service will be provided by the Culinary Arts Program of Phoenix School. Organic foods and local ingredients will be used as are available (some from the school’s garden). Students participate via the school’s Cooperative Work Experience course.

Sunday Breakfast/Brunch: Orange Juice, Veggie Tray, Mini Quiche, Fresh Muffins, lndv. Yogurt, Wheat Bagel with cream cheese and peanut butter.
Beverages: Flavored Water, Hot Coffee, Hot Tea, and Ice water at every event

9:00 am to 1:00 pm NPSO Board Meeting at Phoenix School.
Open to all attendees, all are welcome. Optional short field trips will be offered.

9:00 am to 1:00 pm (or earlier) Optional Field Trips
1.Beatty Creek, 2. North Bank, 3.Roseburg area habitats, and 4.Wolf Creek Falls.
Meet leaders in parking lot at Phoenix School.

END OF CONFERENCE, looking forward to next year already


June 3 9:30 am – 4 pm
Cougar Bluffs, North Umpqua River

Chapter members Rod Trotter and Neal Hadley are inviting you to tag along as they explore the area around Cougar Bluffs. Cougar Bluffs tops out at 4700' elevation above the North Umpqua River up Wright Creek Road. There should be good early season upper elevation forest wildflowers such as Phlox adsurgens (woodland phlox) and stunning rock garden species such as Gilia capitata (bluefield gilia), Penstemon cardwellii (Cardwell’s penstemon), Penstemon rupicola (pink rock penstemon), Sedum divergens (spreading stonecrop) and Sedum oregonense (creamy stonecrop) are sure to please. Easy-to-moderate hiking. 1-1/2 hours drive from Roseburg, high clearance recommended. Leader: Rod Trotter. More info contact Neal Hadley 541-530-3953.

May 13, Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Field Trip: Looking for wildflowers up the North Umpqua Highway
Join us for a wildflower tour including stops at Steamboat Cr. campground, along Ragged Ridge to see Kalmiopsis, and interesting plants along Illahee Rd. Dan Luoma is coming down from Corvallis to lead this trip. Dan grew up in the area and is one of the volunteer botanists that help at the Glide Wildflower Show every year.
(ORIGINAL description was incorrect. We will not be going to see the Dog Creek caves due to a gate closure.) Sorry for any confusion. I think you would agree any trip up the North Umpqua River in spring is a great outing.

April 29 & 30, Saturday and Sunday,
Community Event. Glide Wildflower Show
Be sure to save this date. It is also Native Plant Appreciation week. We think this is the “Pacific Northwest’s Premier Wildflower Show”. Folks come from around the world just for this show. Don’t miss it, you won’t be disappointed. It will give you a better appreciation for the diversity and beauty of our own native flora. Be sure to visit our NPSO booth. The event is at the Glide Community Center. Native plants will be for sale beside the annex provided by ECEC Native Plant Nursery. Information:

May 6, Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm
Community Event. Master Gardeners Plant and Garden Expo
Douglas County Fair Grounds I-5 exit 123. This has to be the biggest plant sale in town. Vendors fill the building with everything gardening. You are bound to find something you like. Stop by our booth and say hello and pick up a free native plant (supply limited.) Members are available to answer your questions about NPSO, landscaping and restoration. We have a lot of reference material to share. Come see what a leaf and flower look like under the microscope.

Sunday April 9, 9 am - 3 pm THIS FIELD TRIP HAS BEEN POSTPONED we will reschedule when the weather is better.
Field Trip: Ford’s Pond in Sutherlin and other sites between Sutherlin and Roseburg.
The City of Sutherlin partnered with the Friends of the Ford’s Pond on a grant application to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Jim Houseman has been working toward developing a park there for some years now. We can move forward and make Ford's Pond a place to safely recreate, reflect, relax, recharge, create family memories, study nature....Next on the city’s to-do list is finding a landscaping architect through bid proposals. We are planning to continue a native plant survey there and we will also explore other sites close to Roseburg for early April wildflowers. See paragraph above for field trip meeting place.

Saturday, April 1, 9 am - 3 pm
Field Trip: Severt Iverson County Park and Tenmile Creek.
Iverson park has served as a rest stop and a gathering for weddings and anniversaries and peaceful walks for 50 years. In April 2016 we joined up with John Hunter and Friends of Iverson Park to enjoy a stroll in the pristine woods and continue a plant identification survey. In the short time we were there we roughly identified 42 plant species including trillium ovatum, Erythronium oregonum and fairy slipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa). Join us for a return trip to enjoy this park and explore Tenmile Creek that runs through it. It's just a few miles out Coos Bay Wagon Road from Lookingglass.

Saturday, March 18 9 am to 3 pm
Field Trip: Early spring wildflowers in
Olalla Creek watershed
Ted Schattenkerk will lead us to Upper Olalla Road south of Tenmile, Oregon to view the first wildflowers of spring including: Oregon fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus hallii), gold star (Crocidium multicaule), baby blue-eyes (Nemophila var. atomaria), rosy plectritis (Plectritis congesta). We will make several stops along Olalla Creek. Easy walking on this trip.

Sunday, March 26, 9 am to 3 pm
Field Trip: Explore Beatty Rock and Beatty creek
in the lower Cow Creek watershed.
This is one of our favorite spots.
We will explore along lower Cow Creek Road to examine the California sword fern (Polysticum californicum), spring phacelia (Phacelia verna), a rare moss (Pseudoleskeella serpentinensis), and the fairy slipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa). The first stop is at the mouth of Beatty Creek some 8 miles up paved Cow Creek Road. There we will amble about on Beatty Rock, and afterwards, hike a short ways up a brushy streamside trail crossing a geologic contact to view some serpentine-tolerant plant species. The second stop is 1.8 miles further down the Cow Creek Road at the BLM Island Wayside. Anticipate climbing on sloping mossy (slippery) rock for viewing ferns as well as hiking a quarter mile along a streamside trail with short steep pitches (moderate strenuous effort). Ride sharing is encouraged.

We have scheduled a landscape work party for Saturday, February 25 from 10 am until 2 pm at the Hickory Street native plant garden and also at Fir Grove Park in Roseburg . We have entered into an agreement with the city of Roseburg Parks to enhance the landscaped area within Fir Grove Park near the Betty Long Unruh Theater with more northwest native plants. Several species will be blooming this spring and summer. We will be planting 70 shrubs, perennials, and ground cover at the two sites. If you are interested in helping, please phone or text Donna Rawson 541-643-0364 or If you don't have time to help, stop buy for more information about the Native Plant Society.

2016 Schedule
3-26 Beatty Ck.
4-2 Bland Mtn. w/ Audubon
4-9 Iverson Park
4-30 Eight Dollar Mtn.
5-21 Callahan Meadows
5-29 Bilger Ridge (date changed (lily is blooming early).
6-4 Ford's Pond and Sutherlin popcorn flower
6-11 Walk and talk around Yoncalla Mill pond
6-18 King Mtn.
6-25 Port Orford area

Field Trip: Bland Mountain Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher/California Towhee, Saturday, April 2 2016
The Landscapes: The southwest slope of Bland Mountain, outside of Days Creek, Oregon, is an excellent mid-elevation example of serpentine habitat in Southern Douglas County. A meandering service road leads up the east side of Bland Mountain. After parking, we will have a short hike on a BLM side-road through a shaded and cool mixed conifer and Madrone-Oak woodland to the unique southwest slope of Bland Mountain. This slope is dominated by serpentine plants and a massive patch of ceanothus, mixed in with some oak trees.

Field Trip: Explore “serpentine” fens at Eight Dollar Mountain, Saturday, April 30 2016 8 am – 7pm
Rough & Ready Botanical Wayside in the Illinois Valley, southern Oregon
We will be visiting the Thomas Jefferson Howell fen and Mike’s fen situated on the southwest flank of Eight Dollar Mountain near Selma, Oregon. There, we will investigate the feeding habits of the insectivorous cobra lily (Darlingtonia californica) and butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris) as well as view other serpentine endemic plant species such as Hall’s violet (Viola hallii) and Howell’s mariposa lily (Calochortus howellii). Our journey continues down the Redwood Highway to the Rough & Ready botanical wayside located just outside of O’Brien in the Illinois Valley.

Field Trip: Dog Creek Indian Cave cancelled
Field Trip: Callahan Meadows/Callahan Ridge Saturday 21 May 2016 8:30 am – 4pm
An expansive meadow hosting a multitude of serpentine endemics Tiller, Oregon. We will be visiting Callahan Meadows again this spring to view a diverse variety of “serpentine” endemic plant and fern species that include the Umpqua mariposa lily (Calochortus umpquaensis), Hall’s violet (Viola hallii), Waldo rock cress (Arabis aculeolata), serpentine scorpionweed (Phacelia corymbosa), serpentine stonecrop (Sedum radiatum ssp. cilosum), Indian’s Dream pod fern (Aspidotis densa), and serpentine sandwort (Minuartia cismontana). Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus sulphureus ssp. Kincaidii) is also present in a low narrow saddle underlain by “granitic” substrate.

Field Trip Bilger Ridge North Myrtle Creek watershed Cox’s mariposa lily
Join us for our annual field trip to Bilger Ridge for viewing the showy Cox’s mariposa lily (Calochortus coxii) as well as other “serpentine” tolerant plant species. We try to make this special (by permission only) trip each June. This gorgeous lily grows only in a few areas around Myrtle Creek so if you want to see it in person you should come with our group. The Bilger Ridge site is reached from Roseburg by travelling south on I-5 roughly 17 miles to Myrtle Creek Exit 108.

Field Trip Sutherlin Walkabout to look for popcorn flower at the rodeo grounds and around Ford’s Pond . Saturday, June 4, 2016 9 am We are planning to explore Ford’s Pond in Sutherlin and continue the native plant survey started in Dec 2015. With the collaborated help of the City of Sutherlin, Friends of Ford’s Pond and other groups, we want to help in the development of plans for a nice family friendly park everyone in the area will enjoy. We will be looking for the rare rough popcorn flower (Plagiobothrys hirtus) at a location around the rodeo grounds in Sutherlin and keeping a lookout for it at the pond. Come join us for a Sutherlin walkabout.

New field trip Yoncalla Log Pond June 11 2016 Saturday 7:45 am to 12:00 pm
Plant identification at Yoncalla Mill Pond. This event is hosted by North Douglas Betterment. A local group interested in showing residents as well as out of town visitors local attractions. Wendy Stevens, chapter member has conducted a plant inventory around the pond and will be leading this 1.3 mile stroll.

Field Trip ADDED Bilger Ridge North Myrtle Creek watershed Cox’s mariposa lily Sunday June 12 2016 9:30am – 3pm
Our first trip up the mountain was a bit early for this rare lily, so Ted has agreed to go back this Sunday We make this field trip to Bilger Ridge to view the showy Cox’s mariposa lily (Calochortus coxii) as well as other “serpentine” tolerant plant species. This gorgeous lily grows only in a few areas around Myrtle Creek so if you want to see it in person you should come with our group. The Bilger Ridge site is reached from Roseburg by travelling south on I-5 roughly 17 miles to Myrtle Creek Exit 108.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Blooms and Butterflies one day event in Elkton, Oregon
ECEC presents the annual Blooms & Butterflies Celebration, Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10-4. There will be a pulled pork taco lunch on the patio from 11:00 to 2pm and the Outpost Cafe will have (almost) anything else. Live music featuring Eugene band “Steel Wool” and Elkton’s “Décor’mm” will entertain visitors throughout the day. Summer student employees will lead visits through the butterfly flight room and native gardens with information on butterfly and hummingbird attractive plants. Scattered through the ECEC grounds are craft vendors and demonstration booths. The gift shop stocks crafts from local artists and garden- and historically- themed gifts. Plants from the ECEC nursery will be on sale. M.A. Hansen, Donna Rawson and Howell Estes will be at the NPSO booth. Stop by and say hello.15850 State Highway 38, Elkton, OR.. (541) 584-2692 http://www.elktonbutterflies

Field trip: King Mountain SUNDAY, June 19, 2016 8:30 am
Join us on a field trip to King Mountain. This area has never disappointed photographers, hikers or plant enthusiasts due to the variety of plant species. Plants that we expect to see include several species of Eriogonum, Sedum, Penstemon, Fritillaria and some unusual Phacellias and more. This is an easy stroll. Plan to join us. View photos of our prior trips there on our facebook page. We will meet at the Fowler St. parking lot in Roseburg at 8:30 am leaving promptly at .9:00am.