Idaho Native Plant Society, White Pine Chapter
With members on the Palouse, and in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and Central Idaho
2008 Archived Events
The following is a list of events
sponsored by White Pine Chapter or in collaboration with other organizations in 2008.
Todd, a graduate student of Steve Brunsfeld and an expert on ethnobotany, will speak
on his experiences from teaching wilderness survival skills for 15 years. He will
begin with an overview of wilderness survival strategy/philosophy and continue with
a discussion of the importance of botanical knowledge with specific examples in the
northern Rocky Mountain and Inland Northwest.
Mr. Lentz will present a living history demonstration about the early explorer/botanist David Douglas
-- the man responsible for dozens of discoveries and descriptions of our native northwest trees,
shrubs, and other plants -- and his travels throughout the Northwest from 1824 to 1827.
Mr. Lentz will bring materials for plant identification, as well as a reproduction plant press from Douglas's era.
Jacie will present on the lessons that she and her husband, Wayne, have learned about the Palouse Prairie ecosystem. Since 2004, usng their own remnant atop Paradise Ridge as a seed collection site, and with assistance from university researchers and conservation organizations, they have investigated ecologically-sensitive methods to manage invasive plants. In addition, recognizing that long- term restoration, expansion and management of this ecosystem requires the availability of eco-regional seeds of the native wildflowers, they have developed seed increase plots from collections off their land which have been expanded into certified-seed fields. The certified seed, and the seedlings produced from them, are just becoming available for local plantings.
Tim has owned/managed Prairie Bloom Nursery for over 10 years, and through his extensive experience and knowledge will
talk about the role natives play in gardens of the Palouse, and offer tips on how to create a native garden. Attendees
should enter through the door on the east side of the building, near the parking lot.
Among the speakers are:
Join Nancy and Bill for a day discovering the wildflowers and geology of the Grande Ronde. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Forest Service Research Station on Hwy 95 just south of Hwy 8 to carpool. We’ll stop briefly at Field Springs and at one of the pull-offs along Rattlesnake Grade to see what early spring flowers are blooming. At the bottom of the grade we will check out the riparian vegetation along the stream as well as the geologic features of the canyon. We will then proceed towards Troy along the Grande Ronde River. Because of the lower elevation, we should see a different selection of flowers blooming. If the road conditions are good, we will travel from Troy to Flora, Oregon to see flowers blooming near Flora, then to the Mima Mounds located on the road to Enterprise (Hwy 3). We will then return via Hwy 3 along the rim of the Grande Ronde and back up Rattlesnake Grade after re-crossing the river. If the road from Troy to Flora is not in good condition to travel, we will return along the Grande Ronde. This will be an all day trip so please bring snacks, lunch and beverages. Binoculars will come in handy for seeing birds and possibly elk on the grassland hills of the canyon.
(The drive is approximately one hour and hopefully the numerous camas fields will still be in bloom.)
Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, etc. The lower falls is a gentle one mile hike from the parking lot and numerous orchids
will be viewed. For those interested we can continue to middle falls, about another ˝ mile and/or the upper falls,
another ˝ mile beyond that, then return to the parking lot. Elk River is only a three miles from the Elk Creek Falls turnoff
and wonderful huckleberry ice cream cones are available at the General Store.
Dr. Bill Rember will lead this activity. The morning will be spent
at Bill's fossil beds, about 10 miles west of Clarkia, where Bill will describe the paleohistory of the area and lead us
in exploring for fossils. The area is abundant with fossilized leaves, from an era when the region was warmer and wetter,
with a climate and ecology similar to that of the current southeastern U.S. We will then travel to the nearby Hobo Cedar
Grove for lunch, followed by an easy walk through the big trees.
Annual Potluck at Giant White Pine Campground (about 45 min. from Moscow; drive north from Moscow on HW 95; turn right onto HW 6
at the Potlatch junction; continue east past Potlatch, Harvard, and Princeton, past Laird Park and on to the White Pine Campground
parking lot on the right). Meet at Rosauer's for carpooling at 11 a.m. Bring: A dish to share, your own place setting and beverage.
There will be a brief chapter meeting, followed by an opportunity to hike the trails.
The Palouse Prairie Foundation will host this public meeting. Attendees should enter through the door on the east side of the building, near the parking ot. Tim's presentation will focus on prairie restoration at Kamiak Butte, a project update at Klemgard, and future goals of the comprehensive plan.
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