Chapter Field Trips
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location(s) of each meeting. Directions to each
January 9, 2019 (Tacoma) (7pm)
A fun evening of member sharing: trips, thoughts and botanical observations.
Coffee, tea and juice provided. Bring a snack or treat to share.
Monday, January 14, 2019 (Olympia) (7pm)
Stalking the Wild Umtanum Buckwheat: Adventures in Rare Plant Hunting
Walter Fertig, State Botanist for the Washington Natural Heritage
Program in the Department of Natural Resources.
Walter was previously botanist for the Wyoming Natural Heritage Program,
head of the vegetation program at Grand Staircase-Escalante National
Monument and assistant curator of the Arizona State University Herbarium.
He has a masters and doctorate in botany from the University of Wyoming.
Monday, February 11, 2019 (Olympia) (7pm)
CANCELLATION AND RESCHEDULED FOR:
FEBRUARY 18, 2019 (OLYMPIA) 7pm
The Mopheads of Mount Rainier, a Photographic Study of Anemone occidentalis
This talk will focus on the Western Anemone/Pasqueflower,
a very popular flower, primarily because of the wonderful curious mopheads
when it goes to seed.,
with David Giblin, the herbarium’s
collection manager. He developed and maintains
Flowers of Rainier
which features over 250 species and 10 wildflower hikes.
Donovan is a volunteer with the UW Herbarium, and co-author of the
wildflower guide, Alpine Flowers of Mt. Rainier
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Dr. Gary Chastagner
Turkish Delights—the Search for the Perfect Christmas Tree
Gary Chastagner, a noted WSU plant
pathologist, with a PhD from UC Davis, has worked on bulb diseases,
procedures for controlling the virus Phytophthora ramorum,
and in recent years, Christmas tree
diseases and post-harvest quality. He has been on a
world-wide search for the perfect Christmas tree; ones that look good and
hold their needles from harvest through the holiday season. He will share
his search with us.
Monday, March 11, 2019 (Olympia) (7pm)
Dr. Jerry Franklin
Biodiversity in Forests
Dr. Franklin is co-author of
Conserving Forest Biodiversity, Creating a
Forestry for the 21st Century, Salvage Logging and Its Ecological
Consequences, and Towards Forest Sustainability.
He's a great speaker and story-teller with a holistic approach to forest
practices, the NW Forest Plan and related policies, global warming, fire
management, threats to our forests by invasive species, and the status and
treatment of northern spotted owls by taking out barred owls, plus more.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 (Tacoma) (7pm)
Controlling Pytophrthora Ramora: A model program at Bloedel Reserve
Darren Strenge is the botanist at the Bloedel
Reserve, a botanical garden on Bainbridge Island. He splits his time between
caring for the moss garden and managing their pest and disease control
program, including overseeing the ramorum blight control measures. Darren
also writes gardening articles for the Kitsap Sun newspaper and
West Sound Home & Garden
Monday, April 8, 2019 (Olympia) (7pm)
Eileen M. Stark
Native by Design: Gardening to Invite and Support Biodiversity
Eileen Stark is the author of Real Gardens
She is the book’s author
and main photographer. She is an ecological landscape
designer, writer and photographer who provides consultations and design
services in the Portland metro area.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (Tacoma)
Challenges for a Landscaper—the All Native Garden
John Sullivan will be talking about the
challenges he faced in developing an all native garden. As lead designer for
Olympic Landscape, a family owned landscaping company near Tacoma, John
brings over 40 years of experience to landscape design creating beautiful,
and unique outdoor living and gathering spaces and specially-themed gardens
Monday, May 6, 2019 (Olympia)
Special Program - Era of Mega Forest Fires by Paul Hessburg, PhD.
Recital Hall of The Evergreen State College
(south on I-5 past Olympia. take exit 104 onto Highway
101. In three miles take the Evergreen State College exit. follow signs to
Megafires—wildfires over 100,000
acres—has become one of today’s most pressing and complex problems.
Communities, homes, businesses, even our lives and way of life are
threatened. This presenta-tion is a 60-minute multi-media presentation and
discussion based on the research of Paul Hessburg and his team. It provides
a powerful look at what we need to do to change how forests are managed and
what we need to do be prepared for the future.
The speaker Paul Hessburg, a Research
Ecologist with Pacific Northwest Research Station, US Forest Service, has
studied historical and modern era forests of the Inland West for the last 32
years, and published extensively in leading national and international
journals. His work documents large changes in forest conditions and how
these changes, along with climate change, have set the stage for large and
severe wildfires. For his significant contribution to fire and landscape
ecology, Paul was awarded the Forest Service's 2017 Research & Development
Deputy Chief's Distinguished Science Award. His recent book, Making
Transparent Environmental Management Decisions, offers compelling and
new insights into using modern-day decision support systems to plan for
This program is jointly sponsored by
the South Sound Chapter, WNPS and the Masters Environmental Sciences,
Evergreen State College. For the official trailer on this event see: Era of
Unless we change a few of our forest and fire management habits in the US,
we will lose many more beloved forests; some won’t recover in our lifetime.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (Tacoma) (7pm)
Dr. Regina M. Rochefort
The Cascades Butterfly Project: Tracking Butterfly Abundances and Plant
Phenology to Better Understand the Impact of Climate Change on Subalpine
Regina Rochefort retired from the National
Park Service in April 2018, after 41 years. She was the most recently
science advisor and plant ecologist at North Cascades National Park Service
Complex; and prior to that, she was the Botanist at Mount Rainier and
Everglades National Parks and a fire ecologist at Big Cypress National
Preserve. She received her PhD from University of Washington while studying
the effects of climate change on subalpine and alpine plant communities.
Lord Mansion Coach House (formerly Washington State Capitol Museum)
211 21st Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98501
Directions to the Lord Mansion Coach House: From Interstate 5 in Olympia, take Exit 105, following the "State
Capital/City Center" route. Go through the tunnel, (get in the left hand lane)
and turn left (south) onto Capital Way. Go one block past the stop light and
Frog Pond Grocery store. Turn right on 22nd Avenue. The Coach
House is on the right in the second block.
1919 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
Directions to the Tacoma Nature Center: From Interstate 5, take State
Highway 16 towards Gig Harbor. Look for the 19th Street EAST,
exit and take it, which puts you onto South 19th Street. Travel
to the first light, turn right on South Tyler, and then left into the first
driveway at the Tacoma Nature Center.
General Meeting Information
South Sound Chapter presentations are held on the
second Monday and Wednesday of the month (October through May, in Olympia and
- In Olympia, we typically
gather at the Lord Mansion Coach House (211 21st Avenue SW).
- In Tacoma, we typically
gather at the Tacoma Nature Center (1919 South Tyler; 253-591-6439).
- On occasion, however, our presentations are held at
alternate facilities to accommodate larger audiences, so please be sure to
note where each meeting is held before you embark.
All meetings are open to the public and most are free of
charge. Refreshments are typically provided by WNPS
volunteers. We hope you'll join us for an evening of camaraderie and education
about the world of native plants as well as the habitats that they create and
Outside of field trips and holiday gatherings,
most meetings start at 7:00 pm. These "meetings" consist of a quick
preview of activity announcements, but are mostly grounded in
presentations that last 45 minutes to over an hour. Our topics are
geared to attract and speak to neophytes and amateurs, as well as
"dyed-in-the-wool" or otherwise committed botanists. We may be biased,
but we think our presentations are top of the line!
Members and the public are invited to attend all presentations. For
more information about our programs, please contact the
We hope to see all of you at the meetings!!!