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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2021 Schedule
Upcoming Events

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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 on You Tube. Please see the left navigation bar for a link.

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Saturday, June 12, 2021 2:00-5:00 pm. White Pine Chapter Field Trip
Leader: Rachel Ziegler Berner, WSU Location: Smoot Hill, north of Albion, WA. Limited to first 12 who RSVP

Email Nancy Miller to RSVP

A second trip may be organized if we get additional chapter members who are interested. Again, notify Nancy Miller at email above if you are interested.

Previous Events

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Tuesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, NIRPWG meeting via ZOOM
Coordinator: Derek Antonelli

Derek sends the announcement to all on the NIRPWG list. If you don't receive the notice and agenda and are interested in attending this virtual Rare Plant Working Group meeting, please send a message to an officer or the White Pine Chapter email (see contacts page).

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021. 6:30 pm PST, White Pine Chapter
ZOOM virtual presentation and discussion
Presenter: Douglas Shinneman, Research Fire Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey
Program: The Dynamic Influence of Climate and Fire on Aspen Forests of the Western U.S.

Zoom link will be sent to membership in a separate email and is indicated on the flyer

The health and persistence of aspen forests on western U.S. landscapes are influenced by multiple factors, including climate variability, fire, herbivory, pathogens, and land use. Declines in aspen forests in many regions could lead to substantial habitat loss for a myriad of species that disproportionately utilize them. Understanding how altered fire regimes and changing climate conditions will affect aspen, including through interactions with other stressors, can help land managers to identify, prioritize, and manage at risk aspen forests.

Please sign in to Zoom using the Zoom Link that will be provided in a member email. If you don't receive the Zoom link by February 15 please request from the chapter by email

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! Shinneman presentation

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Thursday, March 11, 2021. 6:30 pm PST, White Pine Chapter
ZOOM virtual presentation and discussion
Presenter: Harpo Faust, UI master's degree graduate and former Assistant Curator, Stillinger Herbarium
Recipient of White Pine Chapter grant
Program: A Vascular Flora of the Selkirk Mountains, Bonner and Boundary Counties, Idaho

Zoom link will be sent to membership in a separate email and is also indicated on the flyer below

The Selkirk Mountains in northern Idaho host a diverse botanical flora unlike anywhere else in the state. In this region, boreal, coastal, Rocky Mountain, and Columbia Basin floristic influences combine with a rich geologic history, creating an ideal study region. Additionally, with recreation, development, natural resource extraction, and changing climate, it was timely to inventory the flora of the Selkirks . Between 2019 2020, 108 days were spent in the field, collecting thousands of plant specimens, including 54 rare taxa and 6 state collection records. These collections along with verified historical collections culminated in a voucher based checklist of the vascular plants of the region. With a grant from the White Pine Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society, original drawings by three botanical artists illustrate the checklist.

Harpo Faust completed her MS degree in Biology at the University of Idaho in 2021. During her time in Moscow she worked as Assistant Curator in the Stillinger Herbarium.

She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz. Harpo currently lives in Tucson, AZ where she is exploring the flora of the Sonoran desert.

Please sign in to Zoom using the Zoom Link that will be provided in a member email. If you don't receive the Zoom link please request from the chapter by email

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! Harpo Faust presentation

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 6:30 pm PDT, White Pine Chapter
ZOOM virtual presentation and discussion
Presenter: Arjan Meddens, Assistant Professor in the School of the Environment at Washington State University
Program: The Importance of Fire Refugia in the Northwestern U.S.

Zoom link will be sent to membership in a separate email.
Wildfires are common across the Pacific Northwest and climate change is projected to cause increases in wildfire activity and severity. Wildfires create a heterogeneous pattern across the landscape from severely burned areas to unburned patches. Unburned areas that are associated with critical habitat where biota can persist (e.g., old growth forest) and/or can recolonize neighboring burned areas are defined as fire refugia. They provide shelter for a range of fauna post-fire and can reduce detrimental impacts on hydrology and erosion. Therefore, management actions focused on maintaining or promoting these ecologically important areas on the landscape will be critical in the future, particularly under rapid climate change.

Dr. Meddens is an assistant professor at the School of the Environment at Washington State University. Originally from The Netherlands, his research focuses on forest and rangeland ecology, remote sensing, carbon cycling, and forest disturbances. He uses satellite and other geospatial data for assessing forest dynamics and aims to both provide tools for professionals to improve management of our natural resources as well as to advance scientific knowledge about fundamental ecological processes.

Please sign in to Zoom using the Zoom Link that will be provided in a member email. If you don't receive the Zoom link please request from the chapter by email Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! Dr. Arjan Meddens presentation

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021. 6:30 pm PDT, White Pine Chapter
ZOOM virtual presentations and discussion
Zoom link will be sent to membership in a separate email.
Two presenters will share their student projects:

    Mattie Schmidt, University of Idaho graduate student in Natural Resources

    Leah Dreesmann, Undergraduate student, University of Idaho

Program and descriptions:
Integrated Weed Management Planning for Palouse Prairie: Mattie Schmidt has drafted a step-by-step template for stewards of the Palouse Prairie ecosystem. Native Palouse Prairie remnants and restored areas are under constant threat of invasion by non-native plants that could displace native plants and animals. She developed this plan while working for Thorn Creek Native Seed Farm.

Wisescaping with Native Plants: Leah Dreesmann interviewed local people who have completed Wisescaping projects with native plants in Moscow, Idaho. These areas are widely appreciated by the landowners for their beauty, and they are important to bees and other pollinators.

Mattie Schmidt recently completed her MS degree in Natural Resources at the University of Idaho. She currently works for the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Caldwell, ID.

Leah Dreesmann will graduate in May 2021 with her BS in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Idaho. She is a recipient of a White Pine Chapter Grant.
Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! INPS-presentation-04-14-2021

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April 18-24, 2021 INPS celebrates Native Plant Appreciation Week
Watch for events

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 (Setup) through Saturday May 15, 2021.
The 2021 White Pine Chapter Annual Plant Sale will be ONLINE. Setup will begin Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at PCEI.
The online store will open when setup is complete. It will continue through Friday or Saturday depending on the continued availability of plants. Please see the full plant sale description on the HOME page. The store URL will be posted and sent out to allow window shopping before the sale, and a notification will be sent out when the store is open for shopping.

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Saturday, June 5, 2021 9:30 am. White Pine Chapter Field Trip
Tour of Scraper Creek proposed restoration project
Location: Ronnie Hatley's property at 3751 Upper Union Flat Road, Colfax

If you have had your Covid 19 vaccinations, join us June 5 at Ronnie Hatley's for a tour of his property, including the proposed restoration of Scraper Creek. We will be meeting at 9:30 am at 3751 Upper Union Flat Road, Colfax for his guided tour. This is near Klemgard Park. The hike will follow some uphill game trails through grassy wildflower prairies, woods and shrubland and along creeks, so a trekking pole and hiking boots might be useful. Some parts are uphill but not too steep, the trails are just narrow. Ronnie has found 60+ native species on his property. Maybe we can find even more on our field trip. Wildflowers should be abundant!

We will hike in the morning and then finish with a 'distanced' circle for lunch. So bring water, your sack lunch, hat, and a hiking pole and let's go. A writing pad to jot down or a camera to photograph new species found might be helpful. Please, no dogs.

Email Judy to RSVP or if you need directions or a ride.

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! Hatley restoration project


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

 

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