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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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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:

Koma Kulshan Chapter- Grouse Ridge in the North Cascades

Saturday, July 22, 2017, with Mark Turner.

Hike a way trail to a rocky ridge and endless flower meadows staring
Mt. Baker in the face. Look over to Marmot Ridge, Bastille Ridge, the Black Buttes, and Coleman Glacier. Explore plant communities of both thin rocky soil and lush alpine meadows. Parts of Grouse Ridge feel a bit like Chowder Ridge, parts like Skyline Divide, but without the crowds.

wnpskoma.org/fieldtrips/ for more information.



Sulfur Buckwheat & Yarrow on Grouse Ridge with Mt. Baker & Black Buttes bkgnd [Eriogonum umbellatum; Achillea millefolium]. © Mark Turner

Central Puget Sound Chapter - Pacific Crest Trail near Snoqualmie Pass

Saturday, August 19, 2017, with Ray Izumi

There is a hiking trail that runs directly across the Snoqualmie West ski area, and not just any trail - this one is part of the famous Pacific Crest Trail. To many hikers the trail offers awesome vistas of the Cascade Crest but little else. To the botanizer, though, this is a treasure trove of unusual plants like Round-leaf Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) and Ladies' Tresses Orchids (Spiranthes romanzoffiana).

Find more information HERE


Viola paustris -Photo by Ray Izumi



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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WNPS / WTU Workshop:  Know your Grasses                                     Arranenatherum elatuis Photo credit: Fred Weinmann
The Identification and Appreciation of Grasses                 

June 28, 29, 30, 2017
Hitchcock Hall, UW Campus, Seattle
Field Excursion:  Discovery Park, Seattle
Instructor:  Clayton Antieau, M.S., Ph.C.

“Knowing Your Grasses” is critical to many fields of science and practice, including wetland identification and delineation, ecosystem restoration, erosion control, and interpretation of natural history. Beautiful and diverse, grasses are globally important in many ways—fundamental to the past and future survival of humans. The Washington Native Plant Society and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum are proudly partnering to offer this grass identification workshop. 

Arrhenatherum elastius
Photo Credit: Fred Weinmann

Botany Washington
June 9-11, 2017

Late Spring in the East Cascades

Tierra Retreat Center
Tumwater Canyon, near Leavenworth

Event Information HERE                         

The mixed conifer forests and open slopes of the lower East Cascades foothills are a must-visit destination during the spring wildflower season.  The Leavenworth area's combination of plentiful snowmelt runoff, sunshine, and warm spring temperatures produce one of the finest wildflower blooms in the region.  June is typically an ideal time to explore the native flora of this area.
Visit the event page to learn more of the event.  It was a great success.  Next year's planning is in the works.  Participants will receive a group photo and evaluation in the next few days.

Photo: Ray Izumi 

An annual event, co sponsored by Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) and
the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum (WTU)

Study Weekend 2017
Sponsored by the Northeast Chapter

Eastern wetland Photo Credit: Suzanne Schwab

May 19-21, 2017          
Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA

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

Eastern Washington Land-forms & Flora"

Registration has closed
Event Information HERE!


Eastern wetland; Photo Credit: Suzanne Schwab
Thank you for Leading and thank you for Attending! 
Please take our Post Event Survey to tell us how it was for you!
News about the next annual, 2018 WNPS Member Study Weekend, coming soon!  

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 appreciation 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.  Considering volunteering now to be a part of a committee that will revive the tradition of Native Plant Appreciation Week among all chapters around Washington.
To find out more, email: info@wnps.org


Updated: July 24, 2017
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