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The WNPS Mission:  To promote the appreciation and conservation of Washington's
                       native plants and their habitats through study, education, and advocacy. 

Renew your membership or JOIN the society today       

Be a part of Washington Native Plant Society for the 2017-2018 membership year.  

WNPS has an exciting year ahead including- a new website, a statewide 
E-news letter from WNPS with a comprehensive event calendar, more beautiful full color issues of Douglasia, along with more stewardship and great programs around the state, including Study Weekend 2018 in the Columbia Gorge,sponsored by the Suksdorfia and South Sound Chapters.


Why now? WNPS welcomes members, old and new, to renew or join now at our 2016 rates, as our membership rates are increasing beginning October 1st, 2017. Please see our membership page for more information on the increase.  


Federation Forest, May 2017 Photo by Jim Evans
  Federation Forest, May 2017
Photo by Jim Evans

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VOTE:  The WNPS State Board of Directors requests members to review bios in Douglasia and vote for candidates as provided in this issue. Please cast your vote today or by October 15th! HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HRKH5G8


Volume 41; Issue No. 2

Summer 2017

Issue Highlights:

  • The Aquatic Life and Native Plants
  • Reintroducing Rare Plants in Support Wild Population Conservation
  • Summer Hikes for a Snow-Laden Winter and Late Spring
  • Columbia Lily (Lilium columbianum) - Washington State's Only Native True Lily
  • After view the Board Member Bio's of Candidates article, on page 19, please cast your vote for the Fall 2017 Candidate slate of the WNPS State Board of Directors.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HRKH5G8

The Fall/Winter Issue of Volume 41 will deliver to current members in November. 

WNPS Native Plant Stewardship Program - Koma Kulshan Chapter

Rivers and Forests of Whatcom County 
& Northern Puget Sound

Become a Native Plant Steward with the Koma Kulshan Chapter by participating in this 30 hour course focused on stewardship of the native plant and wildlife habitats of the northern Puget Lowland.

Enrich your understanding of the key roles that native plants play in our forests, wetlands, and other vital habitats, and how to use this knowledge to help protect and restore these habitats.  

Full program and participation information for students is available on the Koma Kulshan Chapter Stewardship page: HERE

Program Flyer

Community-based stewardship programs are made possible
by the generous support of Jane and John Titland.

Find WNPS Chapter Programs in Local Chapter Newsletters 

The chapter pages provide full lists of local activities including speakers, field trips, plant sales, garden tours and more...connect with the members in your chapter.  
Many fall trips are available in September and October.  Each chapter newsletter is your source for regional opportunities.

Upcoming Chapter Programs:


Fall Colors at Mt. Rainier: Wed.-Thur.  September 27-28.  Meet at main entrance to Paradise (Jackson) Visitor Center at 11:00 am on Sept. 27.  In 2016 the colors were spectacular at the end of September. We will take about a 4-hr. hike starting from the visitor   center. There are multiple options for another day of hiking the following day on your own either in the Paradise area or elsewhere. Options for the trip  are: long one-day trip; two or more days with overnight camp at Cougar Rock; two or more days with  an overnight stay at Paradise Inn. Rates at the lodge are about $120.00 for a double room.  From Port Townsend to Paradise Inn is about a 3.5 hour drive from Port Townsend, mostly not on freeways. Contact Fred Weinmann at fweinmann@cablespeed.com or (360)379-0986 to sign up or for further information.

 Sponsored by Olympic Peninsula Chapter




  Vaccinium deliciosum 
Photo by:  Susan McDonald

South Sound Chapter seeks WNPS Members!

Are you going to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup?        
Here's how to get FREE TICKETS!

Volunteers are needed to work in South Sound chapter’s native plants display in the NW OUTDOORS building at the Washington State Fair in September. Volunteers will greet fair goers and assist with periodic maintenance of the displays. The fair runs from September 1st thru September 24th (closed on Sept 5, 6, 12, and 19).  If this opportunity interests you, please email Gail Trotter at getrotter@comcast.net and let her know when you would be able to help.  Please provide Gail your home address so she can mail you your ticket(s)!

NO SPECIAL EXPERTISE IS REQUIRED. Although a knowledge of native plants is helpful, it is not required. Volunteers working the display area serve as ambassadors to our local chapter and to the Washington Native Plant Society as a whole. They also provide handouts and other useful information to fairgoers.



  • Volunteers get a FREE ticket to the fair, plus FREE parking on the day(s) that they volunteer to work.
  • Volunteers are asked to work two-hour shifts.
  • Shifts occur when the fair is open beginning on FRIDAY, SEPT 1 and ending on SUNDAY, SEPT 24 
    (Closed on Sept 5, 6, 12, and 19).
  • First shift starts at 11 am and the last shift starts at 3 pm.
  • You can volunteer for multiple days and receive tickets for each day you volunteer.
  • For more information about the Fair, go to www.thefair.com

For more information or to volunteer, contact Gail Trotter at getrotter@comcast.net



WNPS Chapter Fall Native Plant Sales!

Central Puget Sound Chapter 

October 7, Seattle

Native Plants, Bulbs and Seeds!
Find the complete list and
more information here.  

Columbia Basin Chapter

Richland, WA

October 21, 2017

C&M Nursery

More information Here

 South Sound Chapter

 Olympia, WA

 Capitol Museum Coach House

 October 28, 2017

 More information Here

Salal Chapter Fall Native Plant Sale

 WSU demo Native Plant Garden
 Mt. Vernon, WA

 October 28, 2017   
 10am - noon

More information here


Save the date!  
Study Weekend 2018 - May 4-6, 2018!

Rainbows of Wildflowers:  
Celebrating Botanical Diversity at the Columbia Gorge

Sponsored by the Suksdorfia and South Sound Chapters.

Now recruiting Trip Leaders:  Please contact Don Hardin: donhardin2@gmail.com

More Registration information will post in December 2017.

Study Weekend is THE Annual Member botanizing event with over 25 field trips, speakers and more.  Join us today to participate. 

  Closer to the top the drama changes to masses of penstemon and
Sulfur buckwheat against a rocky blue-sky background.

Photo by Don Hardin

May 2017 Study Weekend was a great success. Thank you Northeast Chapter!
"From Sagebrush to Sub-alpine:  Exploring the Diversity of

Eastern Washington Land-forms & Flora"
Event Information HERE!

2017 Communications Survey

Thank you again to the 562 members that took the time to provide input to the WNPS State Board of Directors and community regarding WNPS Communications.   The data is a sample of 30% of the society, which is a very good return rate, making for reliable analysis. 

Participants are invited to view the results of the survey on the Communications Survey Report page.  Thank you all. 



white stemmed frasera (Frasera albicoulis)
Photo Credit:  Don Jacobson

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