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.
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2022 Schedule

Upcoming Events

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Thursday, November 17, 2022. 7:00 pm PST, White Pine Chapter meeting
both in person in the 1912 Center and a ZOOM virtual presentation
Presenter: Brenda Erhardt, Latah Soil and Water Conservation District
Program: Wetland and Meadow Restoration in the Potlatch River Watershed
Physical location: Lecompte Auditorium on the 2nd floor of the 1912 Center in Moscow, Idaho

Wetland and meadow restoration in the Potlatch River watershed is an ongoing process. This presentation provides examples of past and current projects in Latah County. Of special importance to these projects is the revegetation effort where native plants are essential tools to ensuring project resiliency and stability.

Brenda Erhardt received a Masters degree from the University of Idaho Department of Rangeland Ecology in 2007 and has been studying and working with native plants on the Palouse ever since. Brenda has worked with the Latah Soil and Water Conservation District since 2011 with a focus on Palouse Prairie and steelhead habitat restoration and rare plant recovery efforts.

If you do not plan to attend in person, please sign in to Zoom using the Zoom Link that will be provided soon in a member email (It can also be found on the poster.).
All are welcome.
Please print and post a flyer to help publicize this event. Erhardt presentation

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More information on upcoming events will be posted when information becomes available. It will also be sent to members via email. Virtual programs are generally recorded and posted on our You Tube channel. Please see the left navigation bar for a link.

Previous Events

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Thursday, January 20, 2022. 7:00 pm PST, White Pine Chapter
ZOOM virtual presentation and discussion
Presenter: Eva Strand, University of Idaho
Program: Dyeing Wool with Idaho Native Plants
Native plants growing in your back yard or along your favorite hiking trail can likely be used to dye wool and other natural fibers. Plants generally produce soft colors in shades of yellow, green and brown; less commonly pink or purple. Colors can be modified by pre-treating the fiber with a mordant, a substance that helps bind the dye to the fiber. In this presentation Eva Strand combines her passion for Idaho's native plants and ecosystems with the joy of experimenting with plant material and mordants to dye wool fiber that can be used for knitting or weaving.

Please sign in to Zoom using the Zoom Link that will be provided in a member email (It can also be found on the poster.). If you don't receive the Zoom link by January 15 please request from the chapter by email

Flyer Strand Dyeing presentation

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Thursday, February 17, 2022. 7:00 pm PST, White Pine Chapter
ZOOM virtual presentation and discussion
Presenter: Terrie Jain, Researcher, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Moscow, ID
Program: Western White Pine Forest: the past, present and future
Before 1900 western white pine dominated the moist mixed conifer forests, often representing 15-80% of the trees within stands. Disturbances were prevalent, and western white pine played a critical role in the forests' resilience. These forests changed with the accidental introduction of white pine blister rust. The exotic rust decimated the abundant western white pine. Changing forest management, including fire exclusion, didn't help. Most surviving western white pine were harvested under the assumption all would die. Now, western white pine has largely been replaced by grand fir and Douglas-fir. Our Idaho state tree, western white pine could be key to restoring forest resilience in the face of root diseases and changing climate. An engaging speaker, Terrie Jain will share her expertise and hope for western white pine forests of Idaho.

Please sign in to Zoom using the Zoom Link that will be provided in a member email (It can also be found on the poster.). If you don't receive the Zoom link by February 14 please request from the chapter by email

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! Western White Pine presentation

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Thursday, March 17, 2022. 7:00 pm PDT, White Pine Chapter
ZOOM virtual presentation and discussion
Presenter: Alissa Salmore, Landscape Architect, Pocatello, ID
Program: Thinking Outside the (Green) Box: Making your Landscape a Haven for People and Pollinators

Learn how to apply basic concepts from the fields of ecology and landscape architecture to improve your property's landscape for the benefit of people and other life forms. We will talk about insects, plants, water, soil and sunshine and help you define goals for your landscape!

Please sign in to Zoom using the Zoom Link that will be provided in a member email (It can also be found on the poster.). If you don't receive the Zoom link by March 15, please request it from the chapter by email

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! Alissa Salmore Poster

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Thursday, April 21, 2022. 7:00 pm PDT, White Pine Chapter
ZOOM virtual presentation and discussion
Presenter: Nancy Miller
Program: Native Shrubs for the Palouse (and the birds)

Nancy and Reid Miller built their home in 1992 on the north side of Moscow Mountain. They were fairly knowledgeable about the large conifers on their new property, but only had a casual knowledge of the Palouse and woodland shrubs from hiking and field trips. Fortunately for them the shrubs were already present in the various habitats on the property. Over the years they have enjoyed watching the resident and migrating birds, butterflies, mammals and insects which use the shrubs for eating, gleaning, preening, resting, nesting, getting protection, and so on. Of the shrubs Nancy will discuss, most are present on their property or in the nearby area. She will discuss their needs and how best to use them whether on a large property or in an urban garden.

Please sign in to Zoom using the Zoom Link that will be provided in a member email. (It can also be found on the poster.)
If you don't receive the Zoom link by April 15, please request it from the chapter by email

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! Nancy Miller Shrubs Poster

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Saturday, May 7, 2022, White Pine Chapter Native Plant Garden Tours
Tour four private yards - this tour is ONLY available May 7th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

We invite you to see examples of local landscaping using native plants. You will gain ideas on how to add native plants to your yard to increase diversity, benefit pollinators and birds, & conserve water.

Full information about the tours, parking, directions, etc. can be found on the following document: Native Plant Garden Tours

Also included on the document are directions to visit several public spaces with native plantings. These can be visited on your own.

In addition, The Art of Wisescaping, an event sponsored by PCEI, will be held from 12:00PM to 3:00PM at the UI Arboretum near the red barn. See full information and REGISTER at PCEI Wisescaping event.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022. SETUP starting at 9:00 AM at the PCEI greenhouse. White Pine Chapter Native Plant Sale Setup

Plant donors and vendors will be delivering plants to the PCEI greenhouse starting Thursday morning. Setup volunteers will be checking in plants, ensuring they are labeled correctly and organizing plants in the greenhouse. Susan Rounds will be communicating with the volunteers for both setup and for the sale days. Volunteers should bring water, wear sturdy walking shoes and a hat. Cookies or fruit are welcome.

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Friday, Saturday, Sunday May 13-15, 2022. White Pine Chapter Native Plant Sale - ONLINE sale, with order pickup at PCEI greenhouse.
Purchase forbs, grasses and shrubs local to this area - both prairie and forest. Over 3000 plants! Plants come from local nurseries or have been grown by White Pine Chapter members.

An email with sale information will be sent to members and to those who have expressed an interest before the sale. Early Friday morning an email will specify what time the sale will open and the URL for accessing the ONLINE sale. The email will go first to active members and then to others. The email list includes members and non-members, those who purchased last year, and those who request to be on the list. The sale URL will also be posted on the www.whitepineinps.org home page on Friday morning.

Current 2022 plantsale availability list will be posted on this page and on the www.whitepineinps.org home page. It will be refreshed every few days so please check back for updates.
2022 Availability List.pdf

We will email a link which will allow customers to preview the online sale plants before the sale opens. The preview should be available May 11.

Please print and post a flyer to help us publicize the sale. 2022 Plant Sale Poster.

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June 23-27, 2022 (Thursday thru Monday weekend event) INPS Statewide Annual Meeting hosted by White Pine Chapter

Information about this event which will be based at Wilderness Gateway Campground on the Lochsa River has been posted on the INPS Statewide Annual Meeting webpage. It will feature group canping, field trips, dinners, and speakers for those attending. Reservation information is included on the webpage. We urge you to make reservations as early as possible as spaces in loop A are filling up. More meeting information will be posted as details become available from chairpersons Susan Rounds and Penny Morgan.

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Thursday, September 1, 2022. 7:30 pm PDT, White Pine Chapter meeting
both in person in the 1912 Center and a ZOOM virtual presentation
Presenter: Susan Firor, retired Environmental Engineer
Program: How I Live with Reed Canary Grass and Keep It from Ruining My Life

Location: LeCompte Auditorium on the 2nd floor of the 1912 Center in Moscow, Idaho

In 2007 Susan started restoring about 600 linear feet of a typical Palouse seasonal creek on her small property east of Moscow. When she started, there was a wetland with only one plant - reed canary grass. Her goal was to establish and encourage a native wetland community. Now, 15 years later, she has a thriving wetland. She still has reed canary grass, but only a fraction of what she had when she started. At this talk, she will share some of the techniques she used that worked, and those that didn't, a few pitfalls and unexpected consequencs. She will lead a discussion about what else we all might do to keep the monster at bay.

Susan Firor has spent most of her career restoring streams and wetlands in the western US. She is trained and licensed as an environmental engineer and has a passion for native plants. She was a founding partner of Alta Science and Engineering in Moscow. She has recently retired to spend more time enjoying the flowers but can still be found helping out on various restoration efforts.
If you do not plan to attend in person, please sign in to Zoom using the Zoom Link that will be provided in a member email (It can also be found on the poster.).
All are welcome.
Flyer Firor Reed Canary Grass presentation

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Sunday, September 25, 2022. 8:30 am-3:30 pm PDT, White Pine Chapter field trip *** Date revision
Fire and Pines
Fire and Pines Tour information ***Additional information added 9/20/22
Leaders: Penny Morgan, Eva Strand, Steve Bunting, professors, University of Idaho
Location: Meet at the Moscow Rosauer's parking lot (SE corner) at 8:30 am and end at Phillips Farm (3:30pm) just north of Moscow, Idaho on Hwy 95. The field trip should end at Phillips Farm just before the 4:00 event.
Plan to carpool from Rosauer's

We learned from dating fire scars on old tree stumps that fires burned every 5 to 8 years in the forests on the edge of the Palouse prairie 1650-1900. From land surveyors' field notes made in the late 1870s, we know the adjacent prairie was extensive. Today, agriculture, towns and rural homes have replaced both prairie and what once were open ponderosa pine forests, while forest patches once had more ponderosa pine than they do now. What are the conservation implications? How can we restore open pine forests? Currently we have lightning but few wildfires. What will the future hold?
Walk in the woods with local landowners and land managers. This field trip includes some walking on and off trails. Bring lunch and water, hat, sunscreen (hopefully you'll need it!), and layers of clothing for the day.

Event is open to members and non-members.
Please print and post a flyer to help publicize the field trip. Fire and Pines

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Sunday, September 25, 2022. 4:00-6:00 pm PDT, White Pine Chapter annual chapter members meeting *** Date revision
and Virgil Phillips Farm Restoration Projects Tour
Leaders: Chapter officers

Location: Meet at the Gazebo at the Phillips Farm, 5 miles north of Moscow, Idaho on Hwy 95

We will see wetland and upland restoration projects with Friends of Phillips Farm members. Please join us for short, easy walking tour and discussion of restoration projects at Virgil Phillips Farm. Friends of Phillips Farm is a non-profit group focusing on recreational opportunities, environmental education, and vegetation management at the park. Our chapter grants have helped to support some of their many projects enhancing habitat that is characteristic of the Palouse Bioregion. Phillips Farm is owned by the City of Moscow and managed by Latah County Parks.

Come discuss White Pine Chapter's programs with board members. Please help shape this year's priorities, and then vote on the proposed slate of board officers.

Snacks will be provided, please bring your favorite beverage.

  • Tour Wetland Restoration project.
  • Enjoy snacks with friends.
  • Discuss chapter priorities for the coming year.
  • Vote on slate of officers for the coming year.

This event is open to members and non-members.
Please print and post a flyer to help publicize Phillips Farm Restoration Projects

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Thursday, October 20, 2022. 7:00 pm PDT, White Pine Chapter meeting - Meeting Cancelled
both in person in the 1912 Center and a ZOOM virtual presentation
Presenter: Michael Mancuso, botanist and INPS President
Program: Made in Idaho: Idaho's Endemic Plant Species

Physical location: LeCompte Auditorium on the 2nd floor of the 1912 Center in Moscow, Idaho

This presentation will introduce you to some plant species that call only Idaho home. Each one of these Idaho endemics has a story to tell. Some are among the rarest members of the Idaho flora.

Michael Mancuso has 30 years of field experience with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's Conservation Data Center for 15 years before moving on to freelance botany work. His career has included rare plant conservation projects throughout Idaho, and to a lesser degree in adjacent states. Many of the projects were related to species endemic to Idaho.

Michael has a Master of Natural Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Botany from the University of Idaho. He is currently in the second year of his term as president of the Idaho Native Plant Society.

If you do not plan to attend in person, please sign in to Zoom using the Zoom Link that will be provided in a member email (It can also be found on the poster.).
All are welcome.
Flyer Mancuso Endemic Species presentation

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PREF Creek May 0501012: Western white pine at
Priest River Experimental Forest taken by Russell Graham.

 

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