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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. 

SUMMER is NOW, membership is HERE 
Renew your membership or JOIN the society today       

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

The Spring Campaign was successful, and we are back at 1400 members strong, yet there are many left to renew.  
Stick with WNPS for the 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.

RENEW TODAY to stay in with the Membership list!

Spiranthes romanzoffiana -Photo by Ray Izumi

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VOTE:  The WNPS State Board of Directors requests member votes for candidates as provided in this issue. Cast your vote HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HRKH5G8


Volume 41
Issue No. 2

Summer 2017

In member mailboxes early July

After view the Board Member Bio's of Candidates article, please cast your vote for the Fall 2017 Candidate slate of the WNPS State Board of Directors.


Issue Highlights:

  • 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

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 summer trips are available in July and August.  Each chapter newsletter is the source.


It's Field Trip Season:

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.  Vaccinium deliciosum
photo credit: Mark Turner


Moonwort Madness  Thursday, September 7, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm Hundreds of moonworts (Botrychium ssp.) of six different species can be found at Yellow Aster Butte in a good year (the last was 2011). We’ll see if the melt water from last winter’s ample snowpack will coax the moonworts into making an appearance after being coy for several years. If not, there are plenty of other ferns, flowering plants, and amazing views on this hike to hold our interest. This is a moderately strenuous, 7-mile round-trip hike, with an elevation gain of up to 2200 feet. Bring a lunch, snacks, and water; and dress for the weather. The trail enters the Mount Baker wilderness, so group size is strictly limited to 12. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot at 7:30 AM. Pre-registration is required for this trip by contacting Tim McNitt at 360-714-9474 or mcnitt@acies.com.

Botrychium montanum


South Sound and Central Puget Sound 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)!


  • 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

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.

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


WNPS Native Plant Stewardship Program - Koma Kulshan Chapter

Coming in September 2017!

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 on the new Koma Kulshan Chapter Stewardship page: HERE

Program Flyer


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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.



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
"From Sagebrush to Sub-alpine:  Exploring the Diversity of

Eastern Washington Land-forms & Flora"
Event Information HERE!
Thank you for Northeast Chapter for Leading and thank you for Attending! 

WNPS Stewardship-Wenatchee Valley

Conservation and Restoring
Shrub-steppe Habitats

Native Plant Stewardship course focused on shrub-steppe habitats in Chelan and Douglas counties.  

Student graduates will be working on conversation projects in the region.  Find out more information here

Stay tuned for news of restoration projects beginning in Fall 2017, in partnership with Foster Creek Conservation District. Restoration efforts of sage grouse habitat will be joined by new Wenatchee Valley Stewards.

1960's photo of Shrub-steppe valley
PHOTO: John Thorpe

Additional WNPS Native Plant Stewardship courses are in development for 2017 around the state. In 2016 programs were offered in South Sound and Wenatchee Valley Chapters. Stay tuned to the Stewardship pages for continued developments.

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

WNPS Master Native Plant Steward Program        
Central Puget Sound

The full 100 hour Stewardship Training program returns in 2017. Provided in partnership with King Conservation District and the City of Shoreline. 

Interested course participants can find more information HERE, on the CPS Stewardship Page.

Stewards are now starting restoration projects in 5 park locations in the City of Shoreline.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Graduating Class of the City Of Shoreline Master Native Plant Stewardship Training!  The five sites for restoration projects, including urban parks that were once cranberry bogs, and maintenance land can be returned to natural park land for citizens to enjoy.  Thank you all for your commitment and expertise.  Watch your neighborhood calendars for volunteer events lead by these fine new Stewards. 

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

 Thank you for your leadership and efforts to appreciate native plants with others during Native Plant Appreciation Week.  Find out what was scheduled for 2017 HERE

WNPS is actively recruiting a Leadership COMMITTEE with volunteers from around the state, to start planning for 2018.  Consider volunteering now to be a part of a committee that will revive the tradition of Native Plant Appreciation Week among all chapters around Washington, including coordination with chapter plant sales and Earth Day.
To find out more, email: info@wnps.org

2018 Native Plant Appreciation Week: April 22-28




Updated: August 21, 2017
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