Idaho Native Plant Society, White Pine Chapter
With members on the Palouse, and in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and Central Idaho

Current Events Calendar

The following is a list of events sponsored by White Pine Chapter or in collaboration with other organizations because our members have an interest. Please check with a contact if you have a specific question or wish to confirm event information.
For a list of events for other INPS chapters, please click on INPS.

Please mark your calendar with the dates of these meetings, presentations, and field trips. Additional information may also be communicated through chapter email notices, newsletters, and postcards and via public flyers and press releases. We look forward to seeing you on these educational excursions. For a printable short agenda current agenda.
PDF format documents listed below require Acrobat Reader  


2018 Schedule

Upcoming Events

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Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. White Pine Chapter meeting
Presenter: Dr. Penny Morgan
Contributors:Penelope Morgan, James Riser, Eva Strand and Steve Bunting, University of Idaho, Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
Emily K. Heyerdahl, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula Fire Sciences Lab
John Abatzoglou, University of Idaho, Department of Geography
Max Nielsen-Pincus, Portland State University, Department of Environmental Science

Program: Palouse Prairie-Forest Edge: Then and Now
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.


Dr. Penny Morgan, Professor and Senior Fire Ecologist in the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho, and White Pine Chapter member, will present the program. Though wildfires are rare now, they happened every 5 to 8 years in the forests on the edge of the Palouse prairie 1650-1900. From field notes of the land surveyors made in the late 1870s we know the prairie was continuous, likely burned, and likely carried fire from the prairie into the forest. As intensive agriculture replaced prairie, it also replaced many open ponderosa pine forests, and forest patches once had more ponderosa pine than they do now. What are the conservation implications? What can we expect for the future? Understanding the past role of fire here may guide how to live with fire while conserving ecological and social values here and in similar prairie-forest landscapes into the future. on the fire history and ecology of forest edges and forest islands in the Palouse Prairie.

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! November 29 poster

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Recent Events

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:00 pm. INPS White Pine Chapter Meeting
Speaker: Pam Brunsfeld, retired Stillinger Herbarium curator and Systematic Botany instructor
Program: Wildflower Superbloom
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.


Pam will give a presentation on the “Wildflower Superbloom" that occurred in Southern California in late February and March 2017. Over 50 species covered the desert floor in Joshua Tree National Park and Anza Borrego State Park. Pam will share pictures of some of these species and landscape photos showing the extensive explosion of desert wildflowers she was privileged to see.

After five years of exceptional drought, desert landscapes across Southern California exploded with “superblooms” of wildflowers following the "just right" conditions including ample winter precipitation. According to local news reports, it was the most spectacular display some locations have seen in more than two decades.

Please post a flyer to help publicize this event.
Brunsfeld Flyer

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Thursday, February 15, 2018 7:00 pm. INPS White Pine Chapter Meeting
Speaker: Christine Parent, PhD
Program: Island Biogeographics and Plants
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.


Christine Parent will present a program on how colonization on islands sets the stage for the diversification of organisms, with a particular emphasis on patterns in plants. Dr. Parent is Assistant Professor, University of Idaho Biological Sciences. Her focus on ecology and evolutionary biology includes over 15 years of research in the Galapagos islands, with emphasis on invertebrates.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:00 pm to Thursday, March 1, 2018 noon. Rare Plant Conference, Boise, Idaho.
Contact chair Rose Lehman by email.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018 7:00 pm. INPS White Pine Chapter Meeting
Speaker: Timothy D. Hatten. PhD
Program: Native bees, pollinators and a rare endemic plant (Silene spaldingii): Untangling a pollination-system mutualism within the Channeled Scablands Ecosystem
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.


Tim Hatten, Scientist for Invertebrate Ecology, and adjunct faculty member, University of Idaho, will present results from an ongoing study of the Spalding's catchfly (Silene spaldingii) pollination system in the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington. Results focus on: 1) the native bee community at Key Conservation Areas for S. spaldingii; 2) bee visitors to the plant and their foraging patterns; 3) canopy and flowering characteristics of the plant; 4) plant community characteristics of remnant grasslands where the plant occurs; and 5) influence of the plant community on bee visitation rates.

Please post a flyer to help publicize this event.Tim Hatten 2018 Flyer

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Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:00 pm. White Pine Chapter meeting
Co-sponsors: Palouse Prairie Foundation and INPS White Pine Chapter
Speaker: Gretchen Freed
Program: Growing Camas
Its growth cycle, the fungi that associate with its root system, and the proper techniques for its restoration
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

Gretchen is concluding her Ph.D. studies at WSU this spring investigating the proper storage procedures to prevent fungal damage not only for camas, but also for other bulbs from onions to daffodils. She has received funding from the Washington Native Plant Society to support her research and has worked on camas restoration projects in Oregon.

Please print and post a flyer to help us publicize this event Gretchen Freed Camas Flyer

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Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:00 am. White Pine Chapter Board Open Meeting
Location: 1912 Center, Friendship Room (NE corner of building), 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

All are welcome. Come and tell us your ideas.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018 6:30 pm. Arboretum Associates Annual Meeting
Speaker: Raffaella Sini and Roberto Capecci, speaking on 'Temporary Gardens'
Location: 1912 Center, Friendship Room (NE corner of building), 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018. see below for times. White Pine Chapter Field Trip to Nisqually John Canyon (part of the Nisqually John HMU)
REVISED DIRECTIONS

Leaders: Steve Bunting, Professor Emeritus of Forest and Fire Ecology, University of Idaho
Steve will be assisted by Emily Poor.

Field trip participants from Moscow and Pullman should plan to meet Judy in Pullman at Dissmore’s parking lot (SW corner) at 9:15 am to arrange carpooling. For those who require transportation to Dissmore’s in Pullman there will be one car at Moscow Rosauer’s parking lot (SE Corner) at 8:45 am which will provide transportation. Please be prompt to either meeting place.

The group from Dissmore’s will drive to the river via the Wawawai Grade and make a restroom stop at about 10:00 am at Wawawai Landing (where the WSU rowing team practices). They will then proceed upriver to Nisqually John Landing to meet Steve and any other groups. Participants from the Lewiston-Clarkston area should drive downriver to Nisqually John Landing and plan to be there by 10:30 am. At the Nisqually John landing we will arrange carpooling into the Nisqually John Canyon area. It has limited parking and no restroom.

Please wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots and bring water and lunch. We will spend several hours looking at native bunchgrass and riparian habitat as well as invasive species in these habitats. If you are a birder, bring binoculars because rock wrens, canyon wrens and sparrows should be singing. Remember suncreen, hats. Long pants are recommended.

If you do not plan to meet at Dissmore’s and choose to drive directly to Nisqually John Landing to join the field trip, please send an email by Friday to whitepine.chapter@gmail.com so we will be aware to expect you.

For a map of Nisqually John Canyon and Wawawai Rd on the Snake River area: Nisqually John Canyon on the Snake.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:00 pm. INPS White Pine Chapter Meeting
Speaker: Juanita Lichthardt
Program: Two Idaho Rare Plants, Idaho Phlox (Phlox idahonis) and Water Howellia (Howellia aquatilis)
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

Juanita Lichthardt will discuss two of our favorite rare plants, Idaho phlox and water howellia. She will provide updates on survey results and how populations are doing.

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! Two Idaho Rare Plants Flyer

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Saturday, May 12, 2018, 8:00AM to 4:00PM: Steptoe Butte Botany Blitz
Leader: James Riser, Palouse Conservation District Botanist
Location: Steptoe Butte, lower cell towers pull out

Do you like science? Plants? The outdoors? Mark your calendars for the Steptoe Butte Botany Blitz, May 12 and also June 9. James Riser, Botanist for Palouse Conservation District, invites you to help local botanists collect plant specimens while surveying Steptoe Butte’s plant diversity. Drinks and snacks provided. Carpool locations and further details will be listed at a later date. Sponsored in part by White Pine - INPS.

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! 2018 Steptoe Butte Botany Blitz flyer
Updates will appear on Facebook 2018 Steptoe Butte Botany Blitz

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Friday, May 18, 2018, 12:00 noon-6:30 pm. Setup for INPS White Pine Chapter Native Plant Sale

Location: 1912 Center, Arts Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.
Contact: Nancy Miller
All plants for the sale must be brought Friday afternoon unless prior arrangements are made with the Plant Sale chairpersons. The earlier they arrive, the earlier we will have everything ready for the Saturday sale.

Bring boxes on Friday if you have collected them.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018 9am - 1 pm. INPS White Pine Chapter Native Plant Sale

Location: 1912 Center, Arts Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

Come early and bring a friend!
Please bring a box for your purchases if possible.
Cash or check accepted.

Plants are native mostly to the Palouse prairie or Moscow Mountain area. Once established they require minimal care. We will have a variety of perennials, annuals, some grasses, some shrubs and small trees. There will also be some woodland native plants. Come early for the best selection.

We will have members present to answer questions. A plant availability list will be published here very soon.
Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! 2018 Native Plant Sale Flyer (choose landscape mode when printing).

Current availability list: 2018 Native Plant Sale Availability List

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Saturday, June 2, 2018 Two field trips - one close to Moscow, the second above Lucile on the canyon breaks.
Field trip close to Moscow. Brenda Erhardt, leader.
Latah Soil and Water Conservation District's 3rd annual star thistle weed pull will be on Gormsen Butte, a beautiful Palouse Prairie remnant. Several of you have volunteered for this in the past and have really enjoyed it. View the Gormsen Butte flyer for more information. Call or email Brenda Erhardt at LSWCD to reserve your spot as this outing is limited to 15 people.

Field trip above Lucile. Mike Hays, leader. Mike has agreed to lead another crupina-pulling field trip to the elevations above Lucile. We will get to see some wonderful country and beautiful wildflowers on this hike, while we also pull any crupina we come across. This weed pulling helps the Forest Service keep crupina from invading a beautiful grassland ecosystem that includes the rare Spalding's catchfly, Silene spaldingii This area is very species rich. Field trip participants will meet Mike Hays at the Cenex service station in Grangeville along US 95 at 9:30 am on Saturday, June 2. Bring gloves, water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Trek poles may be a good idea as well. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and long pants. For those who want to carpool from Moscow, please contact White Pine chapter by email

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Saturday, June 9, 2018, 8:00AM to 4:00PM: Second Steptoe Butte Botany Blitz
Leader: James Riser, Palouse Conservation District Botanist
Location: Steptoe Butte, lower cell towers pull out

Do you like science? Plants? The outdoors? Mark your calendars for the Steptoe Butte Botany Blitz, June 9. James Riser, Botanist for Palouse Conservation District, invites you to help local botanists collect plant specimens while surveying Steptoe Butte’s plant diversity. Drinks and snacks provided. Carpool locations and further details will be listed at a later date. Sponsored in part by White Pine - INPS.

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! 2018 Steptoe Butte Botany Blitz flyer
Updates will appear on Facebook 2018 Steptoe Butte Botany Blitz

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Saturday, June 23, 2018 10 am Workshop and 1:00 pm Whelan Cemetery Weed Pull
Co-sponsors: Palouse Prairie Foundation and INPS White Pine Chapter
Leader: Gerry Queener
Program: Making Mason Bee Boxes Workshop followed by Weeding Whelan cemetery


Gerry will lead a workshop showing how to construct mason bee boxes. The workshop will start at 10AM with a lunch break at noon and Whelan weeding party from 1PM to 3PM. The workshop location will be at Folwells just outside Pullman. More information on registering is on the flyer Bee Box Workshop.
The numbers of participants will be limited to 20 people or units based on first signed up basis. There will be a $5.00 charge per unit to help defray the cost of materials and lunch. (One unit is either one adult or one adult with a child. Only one person in a “unit” would actually build while the other would watch and learn.)

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Friday, June 29 to Monday, July 2, 2018. INPS 2018 Annual Meeting hosted by Calypso Chapter
Location: Bumblebee Campground between Wallace and Coeur d'Alene, 8 miles north of I-90 at Kingston exit (Exit 43)

For complete details and the registration form, see the INPS Statewide Annual Meeting.
All members should consider going to the Annual Meeting as Calypso chapter has planned an exciting program of field trips and a talk by Jack Nesbit on John Leiberg, the Swedish-American Botanical Collector. Annual meeting will not be held in Northern Idaho again for several years. Contact Derek Antonelli by email.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018. 8:30 am. White Pine Chapter field trip
Leader: Dr. Steve Cook
Location: starting at UI Arboretum Red Barn parking lot and then moving to multiple forest sites to examine forest health and insect activity

Please meet at the Red Barn parking lot at the UI Arboretum at 8:30 am for the initial group program and inspecting certain trees for insect activity. From there we will carpool to several forest locations to learn more about forest health and specific insect activity. After leaving the Arboretum, the first location will be Nancy & Reid Miller’s home 3 miles east of Viola for a brief look at Douglas-fir beetle activity. We will then drive to private forest land near Potlatch and Onaway to see other tree-insect interactions. This is a half day trip. We will be fairly close to the cars at each stop.
Please bring plenty of water, substantial snacks, sun protection and walking shoes.

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Sunday, July 29 through August 3, 2018. White Pine Chapter is co-operating with the Wallow-Whitman National Forest to set up climate change plots on Eagle Cap Wilderness, Mt. Howard area.

GLORIA Field Volunteers: The plan is for everyone to make their way to Joseph, Oregon, by the afternoon of July 29 where we'll have a shuttle up to Mt. Howard because there is limited space for vehicles. Camping will be dispersed, in a somewhat flat sagebrush meadow so bring your fattest ground pad! We will have access to outhouses. Everyone is responsible for their own camping gear, food and beverages (including water). We hope to get all the fieldwork done in 3 days (Tuesday-Thursday) weather permitting. But we may need to work through Friday. We primarily need botanists (plant ID) but there is non-botany support work to do as well (setting up plots, recording, taking pictures, etc). Email Upekala Wijaratne, ucwijayratne@fs.fed.us, Ecologist with the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest if you wish to learn more about volunteering for this project.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. White Pine Chapter meeting
Speaker: Dr. Angela Sondenaa
Program: Nez Perce Tribe's Rare Plant Conservation Program
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.


Dr. Angela Sondenaa, White Pine Chapter member, will present a program on the Nez Perce Tribe's rare plant and prairie conservation work. She will discuss the results of extensive inventories completed on the reservation, provide the results of reproductive ecology and pollinator research on specific species, explain the Tribe's prairie inventory and assessment, and update us on the conservation of Silene spaldingii in Joseph Creek.

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! Sondenaa poster

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Saturday, September 22, 2018. 10:00 am. White Pine Chapter field trip and Annual Membership Meeting
Leader: Pamela Brunsfeld, retired Stillinger Herbarium curator and Systematic Botany instructor
Location: Mary McCroskey State Park

Meet at Rosauer's Parking Lot at 10 am to arrange carpooling. We will proceed to Skyline Drive (MP 371) on Highway 95 and turn left to access McCroskey State Park. There will be some stops along Skyline Drive to botanize. We will then proceed to the covered shelter, approximately 6.4 miles, where we will have lunch and meeting.

Lunch (sandwich ingredients) will be provided by the chapter for this Annual Membership Meeting. Please plan to bring either chips (or other finger appetizer) or cookies. We need to have a rough count of attendees so please RSVP to the chapter email or to jlf.sun@yahoo.com by Thursday September 20.

Pam has provided 3 documents. Please print copies of each for yourself using the links below.

Conifers of Idaho
Common Plants of the Pacific Northwest
Skyline Drive Plant List

If you do not carpool with the group from Rosauer's, plan to meet at the park boundary on Skyline Drive by 10:30. There is highway construction just south of Viola on Hwy 95 where they are replacing a bridge. Traffic is one way and there is a red/green stoplight which controls traffic. It usually isn't a long wait, but if there is a lot of traffic, you may have to wait for several lights. There is limited cell phone service in this area.
Items you may need: trail shoes, walking stick, hat, water binoculars, camera, field guides.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. White Pine Chapter meeting, co-sponsored with Palouse Prairie Foundation
Speaker: Dr. Tanya Cheeke, Assistant Professor, Microbial Ecology, Washington State University
Program: Mycorrhizal Fungus Transplants Can Help Restore Prairies
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.


Tanya Cheeke, Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, will be speaking on transplanting mycorrhizal fungus to help restore prairie ecosystem. She has researched the role of mycorrhizal transplants in successfully restoring tall grass prairie in Kansas. Native plant species are often more dependent on mycorrhizal fungi than are invasive species. When the fungi are disturbed, mycorrhizal-dependent native plants do not compete well with invasive species. She and her team are now testing the mycorrhizal responsiveness of some of the local Palouse prairie plants. This program is jointly sponsored by the White Pine Chapter of INPS and the Palouse Prairie Foundation.

Please print and post a flyer to help us publicize this event! Cheeke poster


White Pine photo by Dr. Wm Hall

 

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