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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2020 Schedule
Upcoming Events

More information on spring programs and field trips will be posted when it becomes available. It will also be sent to members via email.

February 25-27, 2020 The 29th Rare Plant Conference
   sponsored by the Idaho Native Plant Society
Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 15950 N. Gate Blvd., Nampa, Idaho 83687
More information and registration form can be found on the INPS website
Idaho Rare Plant Conference

February 26-27, 2020 U of I Pollinator Summit in Moscow ***revised***
February 26 starting at 6 pm at the Kenworthy - films
February 27 starting at 1:30 - 6:00 pm presentations at the Latah County Fairgrounds
Members Pam Brunsfeld and Gary Queener are among the presenters.
For more information, call 208-883-2267, email the White Pine chapter
or contact
This is a free event but please register at the uidaho email address or phone number listed above if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., White Pine Chapter meeting
   Co-sponsored by the Palouse Audubon Society
Presenter: Joel Sauter, IDFG
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

Joel Sauder, Regional Wildlife Biologist leads the Diversity Program for Idaho Fish and Game based in Lewiston. He will present a program on bumblebees on March 4, 2020 jointly sponsored by the Palouse Audubon Society and the White Pine Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society. He has presented a number of programs educating the public about bumblebees and to encourage citizen scientists to help monitor bumblebees. This includes fascinating information on the biology and life cycle of bumblebees. Bumblebees are important in our ecosystem and gardens. Especially in early spring when the queen bee alone must get food, nectar and pollen, for herself and her first batch of worker bees. Come join us to learn about bumblebees and the key role they play in pollinating flowers and veggies!

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

Monday, March 9, 2020 1:00-5:00 p.m., Xerces Society, Pacific Northwest Bumblebee Atlas
Presenter: Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist
This is a workshop the first day of the Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society's Annual Meeting.
   It goes from March 9 to March 12, 2020
Location: Best Western University Inn, Moscow, Idaho.

Early Registration available until February 23, 2020.
For more information and registration form go to Pacific Northwest Bumblebee Atlas.

April 19-25, 2020 Idaho Native Plant Appreciation Week

May 15-16, 2020 White Pine Chapter Native Plant Sale
1912 Center, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

June 12-15, 2020 INPS Annual Meeting hosted by Sawabi Chapter

2019-2020 Schedule Previous Events

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., White Pine Chapter meeting
   Co-sponsored by the Palouse Audubon Society
Presenter: Pam Brunsfeld, retired Stillinger Herbarium curator and Systematic Botany instructor
Program: Pollination, Pollinators, and Plants - Our 'Favorites'
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

Pam Brunsfeld’s presentation will include photos and discussion of many ornamental and native plant species you can plant in your garden to benefit butterflies, birds and bees. Photos from her native and ornamental garden will be shown as well as some from the wild. Her beautiful photos and enthusiastic presentation always bring a touch of spring to our winter programs. This program is jointly sponsored by the White Pine Chapter of INPS and the Palouse Audubon Society. The public is encouraged to attend.
Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! Pollination and Plants Poster

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., NIRPWG meeting in Moscow
Coordinator: Derek Antonelli
Location: Idaho Health and Welfare offices, 1350 Troy Road, Moscow, Idaho.

The meeting is in Moscow this time so a great time for chapter members to attend. Derek has sent the announcement to all on the NIRPWG list. If you didn't receive the notice and agenda and are interested in attending this Rare Plant Working Group meeting, please send a message to one of the chapter officers or the White Pine Chapter email (see contacts page).

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., White Pine Chapter meeting
Presenter: Dr. Stephen Cook, University of Idaho Professor of Forest Entomology and Plant Pathology
Program: Insects and Forest Health
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

Dr. Cook led a very interesting and informative chapter field trip in July 2018 to several forest areas including the UI arboretum and sites north of Moscow Mountain. Infestations of Douglas-fir beetles, pine beetles, spruce gall adelgid (aphid) and other insects were found and the life cycles described as well as the symptoms of their presence. Some, such as the spruce gall adelgid, live different stages of their life on different species of conifer in this region. We had requests for more information on forest health and the insects that influence it, and Dr. Cook has agreed to give this presentation to a wider audience. In this photo he shows the characteristic rust colored sawdust at the base and the small white fungus on the trunk. The public is welcome to attend. Bring your questions!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., White Pine Chapter meeting ***revised
Presenter: Mike Hays, Botanist with Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest
Program: Silene spaldingii - review of the Recovery Plan
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

Mike will present a program on his work protecting Spalding’s catchfly (Silene spaldingii) habitat on the Island between the Snake River and the Salmon River. He will review the Recovery Plan for Spalding’s catchfly and describe how his work fits into the Recovery Plan. Mike will also report on new findings, including four new occurrences his crew found in Hell’s Canyon this summer. This program will also include results from crupina control efforts. Weeds are becoming the bane of recovery and restoration efforts for many native habitats. Mike will share what they are learning from their control treatments.

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! Spalding's Catchfly Recovery Plan

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., NIRPWG meeting in Moscow
Coordinator: Derek Antonelli
Location: Room 305, Integrated Research and Innovation Center building, UI, Moscow, ID

The meeting is in Moscow this time so a great time for chapter members to attend. Derek has sent the announcement to all on the NIRPWG list. If you didn't receive the notice and agenda and are interested in attending this Rare Plant Working Group meeting, please send a message to one of the chapter officers or the White Pine Chapter email (see contacts page). Derek's notice included a map.

Friday, May 17, 2019, 12:00 noon-5:00 pm. Setup for INPS White Pine Chapter Native Plant Sale
Friday, May 17, 2019, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.    Members-only Plant Sale - membership must be current 2019

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

Contact: Nancy Miller
All plants for the sale must be brought Friday between 12 and 3:30 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. If you have signed up to work on setup you should get an email soon.

Bring boxes on Friday if you have collected them.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 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.

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! 2019 INPS Native Plant Sale Flyer .

Current availability list: 2019 Native Plant Sale Availability List as of 5/15/19
List will be refreshed when there is new information. An asterisk after a plant means we will have 5 or fewer of that species.

Saturday, June 1, 2019, White Pine Chapter Field Trip
Leader: Mike Hays, botanist, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest
Location: Center Ridge west of Lucille, ID
To carpool from Rosauer's in Moscow meet at 7:00 am sharp.
To meet in Grangeville, meet Mike by 8:45 am at the ZipTrip Truck Stop.

It seemed like winter would never end! At last, spring is here, and we have scheduled our first field trip for Saturday, June 1, 2019. It will make up for the long winter! We will be heading to Center Ridge above Lucille; this requires an early start for those in the Moscow area. Mike Hays, Botanist with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, has agreed to lead this dual-purpose trip. We will be looking for native spring-flowering plants while searching for crupina to pull. The views of the Salmon River will make the early start worth it! If you made it to Mike’s program on Silene spaldingii in April, you will know Center Ridge has some fantastic vistas and great species diversity. It also happens to have the weed crupina encroaching, especially along the trail.

Here are the details:
• Bring lunch, snacks, water, hat, gloves. You will need good hiking shoes/boots.

• Meet Mike at the Zip Trip Truck Stop at the junction of Highway 95 and Highway 13 in Grangeville by 8:45 am. (For those who prefer to carpool from Moscow, meet at Rosauer’s parking lot on the south side by 7:00 am.)

• This trip will have two hiking options once we get to Center Ridge: the full hike ends at the Silene spaldingii site. About midway there is an open dry area with lots of crupina. People can stop at this point and pull crupina and botanize if they choose. There are interesting native plants to see along the whole trail, and the trail is relatively level most of the way. For those who want to explore further after the Center Ridge hike, we can stop at an area of moist forest on the north side of the ridge where we should see many interesting plants.

We hope to see you there. All are welcome to attend this event!

Sunday, June 9, 2019. Home of Reid and Nancy Miller
A early evening walk to see the Palouse Prairie restoration patch at the home of the Millers

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 11:00 am White Pine Chapter Field Trip and Workshop
co-sponsored with Palouse Prairie Foundation
Leader: Joan Folwell, Pam Brunsfeld
Location: Folwell home (1301 Kitzmiller Road, Pullman) and nearby Whelan Cemetery
RVSP by June 10 to Joan Folwell. See email in text.

Pioneer Cemeteries and Native Plant Diversity Workshop

Pioneer cemeteries, such as Whelan Pioneer Cemetery in Whitman County, are of great importance to native plant conservation. For example, Whelan Pioneer Cemetery was formally established in 1888 but it was in use as a burying ground before that. When huge acreages of Palouse Prairie were going under the plow, Whelan Pioneer Cemetery was set aside and left alone, except for a few plantings of iris and lilac near the old graves. Today, this cemetery is an important prairie relic that is a snapshot of the amazing species diversity that once was widespread across native Palouse prairie grasslands.

The program will address the importance of Whelan Pioneer Cemetery, historically and botanically. It will start at the home of Joan Folwell, where Pamela Brunsfeld, retired Stillinger Herbarium curator and Systematic Botany instructor, will give a synopsis about the history and the diversity of native species that are still found at Whelan Pioneer Cemetery today.

Following the talk and a provided lunch, we will go to Whelan Pioneer Cemetery for two hours. Participants will be divided into two groups. Pam will lead a botany foray with one group to identify native Palouse Prairie species there, including the very rare Palouse thistle, for an hour while the other group will take part in the third annual Weeding Party to eliminate the weeds which are a threat to the prairie remnant. The groups will be switched for the second hour. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and long pants to protect yourself from insects and scratches. Sunscreen and hats and gloves are recommended.

If you will be attending please let us know by June 10 (so we have enough lunch) by contacting Joan by email.

Sunday, June 16, 2019. Home of Anke and Dieter Burger
A early evening walk to see a Pullman residence with spectacular native blooms as a front garden.

June 27, 2019 - July 1, 2019 The 2019 Idaho Botanical Foray

University of Idaho is the host this year and the foray will take place in the Selkirk and Purcell ranges, Kaniksu National Forest and Priest Lake State Forest.We will post more information when available. Contact UI Stillinger Herbarium for more information.

Friday, July 12 to Monday, July 15, 2019. INPS 2019 Annual Meeting hosted by Pahove Chapter
Location: McCall, Ponderosa State Park

Complete details and the registration form will be posted at INPS Statewide Annual Meeting.
All members should consider going to the Annual Meeting as Pahove chapter has planned an exciting program of field trips and a talk by Barbara Errter. Contact Pahove Chapter by email.

Saturday, August 3, 2019. 7 am, Calypso and White Pine Chapters Field trip to Crystal Lake
White Pine chapter is invited to participate
Location: Crystal Lake

Leader: Elizabeth Martin Meeting Place: South side of the Rosauers parking lot 7 am

Crystal Lake is on the divide between the Coeur d'Alene and St Joe Rivers. It is a beautiful area. (Coordinates from Google Earth are 47.3767 and -116.3834.) White Pine Chapter will meet our field coordinator, Liz Martin, on the South Side of the Rosauers Parking lot at 7:00 a.m. We will then drive to Coeur d’Alene to meet the Calypso Chapter at 9:00 a.m. at Walgreen’s parking lot on the corner of US-95 and Appleway. The field trip will approach the hiking trail from the north on Latour Creek Road. The hike is considered challenging, but well worth the effort for those steady on their feet. We should see wonderful views and beautiful native plants. The hike starts from a parking area on the northwest and continues about 2 miles to Crystal Lake. From the lake we will hike up over the ridge and back down to a different place on the road. At this point, a vehicle shuttle will take us back to the original parking lot.

White Pine participants, please meet at the south side of Rosauers parking lot in Moscow at 7am so we can leave by 7:15 am. We would like to know who is interested before we leave, so nobody gets left behind, so please email Liz Martin . (If you contact Liz this week with questions, please be patient for a response as she will be out of cell range.) This is a full day activity. Please wear sturdy shoes/boots and bring your own water, lunch, sunscreen, insect repellent. Hiking poles can be helpful as well.

Saturday, August 24, 2019. 9 am. White Pine Chapter of INPS Field Trip
Location: Morris Creek Cedar Grove and the "Giant Cedar"
Leader: Pam Brunsfeld
Meeting Place to arrange Carpooling: South Side of the Eastside Mall on Hwy 8 in Moscow at 9:00 am.)

We will tour the Morris Creek Cedar Grove 10 miles northwest of the town of Elk River. There is a 0.7 mile loop trail that we will hike that wanders among the 90-acre stand of old-growth cedar trees, which are estimated to be 400-500 years old. We will then travel to a tree that is recognized as the largest tree in North America outside the Cascades. But its size isn't only what truly makes this giant Cedar special - it's also the fact that it's over 3000 years old!

We will end the trip with huckleberry ice cream at Huckleberry Heaven in Elk River.
Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent.

Sunday, September 22, 2019, NOON, Chapter Meeting, Prairie Restoration Tour and Semi-Potluck
Location: Helen Stroebel's home 3324 West Twin Rd, Moscow
(directions to her home on Moscow Mountain will be sent mid-week)
Carpooling may be available from Rosauer's - more details later

Just what is a Semi-Potluck?
The chapter will provide both vegetarian and meat chili.
Please plan to bring something to accompany chili such as chips, crackers, grated cheese, onions, jalapenos, etc.
Or if you prefer bring some cookies or another finger dessert.
Bring your own beverages. We will provide bowls and spoons.

We will have a short business meeting and election of an already set slate of officers.

Helen has worked for numerous years on this successful restoration project and we appreciate the opportunity to visit.
Please RSVP to or text 301 0560 (208 area) so we can get a count.

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7pm, Chapter Meeting, Grass Workshop
Speaker: Justin Trujillo, author of A Field Guide to Grasses and Grass-like Plants of Idaho
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

If you have a hand lens, a copy of Justin's book A Field Guide to Grasses and Grass-like Plants of Idaho , or the app Idaho Grasses & Grass-like Plants on your smart phone, please bring them with you to use in the workshop.

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! Grass Workshop Flyer

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7pm, White Pine Chapter Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Timothy Prather, Invasive Plant Biology, UI Department of Plant Sciences
Topic: Ventenata Impacts and Management
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

Ventenata is a grass that became problematic in Idaho about 2002. It was first reported in 1956 in northern Idaho.
Forage production has suffered across western Idaho, eastern Washington and eastern Oregon. Other states now impacted include Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada. Forages most impacted are grasses so with reduced production so animals that rely on grasses can be significantly impacted. With respect to forage production for livestock we have found a negative impact to the economy of northern Idaho and eastern Washington of over $20 million per year. Less obvious are other changes that include insect abundance and diversity as plant communities change. We see decline in native plant species diversity with increases to ventenata cover. We do have methods for management of ventenata and those tools primarily are herbicides with other tactics that support lower impacts from ventenata.

We will post a flyer here soon. Please spread the word to others who might be interested.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7pm, White Pine Chapter Meeting
Speaker: Ben Legler, UI Stillinger Herbarium Collections Manager
Topic: The Naming of Species (and why do names change?)
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

A flux of new data in recent decades has upended many well-established ideas about how plants are related to each other, leading to numerous and often frustrating changes to familiar names and classifications. What is driving these changes? Why should we bother learning new names and classifications? Aren't scientific names supposed to be stable? Although some name changes seem frivolous, most are well-justified and improve our ability to understand and communicate about botanical biodiversity. In this presentation Ben will take a look at the process of naming species and the reasons why names and classifications change.

Because many of us learned plant names using Hitchcock & Cronquist's 1973 Flora of the Pacific Northwest, Ben will show how that Flora has influenced our perspective on changes to names and classifications. Finally, he'll touch on the biological complexities of defining species and ongoing discoveries of new species.

Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! The Naming of Species

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., White Pine Chapter meeting
Presenter: Steve Bunting, Professor Emeritus, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho
Program: Poisonous Plants and Invasive Ornamentals - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Location: 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Introduced non-native plants have dramatically affected our natural ecosystems, reducing diversity and threatening many native plants. Many accidentally introduced species such as Cheatgrass and Ventenata are well known. However, most invasive species were intentionally introduced. Across the US, 82% of 235 woody plant species identified as colonizing outside of cultivation in the USA were first used in landscaping. Many other plants, now recognized as invasive and often listed on state noxious weed lists, were introduced for agricultural or soil conservation purposes. In Washington, 34% of all invasive species are of horticultural origin. In his presentation, Steve will discuss some of the causes for and suggested solutions to the problem of the importation of non-native species that could become invasive. He will tell the stories of particular species, such as Bachelor Buttons, Kudzu and St John’s Wort, to illustrate interesting facets of this problem in the maintenance of species diversity. Currently, the introduction of plants into our yards and gardens presents the largest single challenge for predicting which plant immigrants will become future pests. Come to hear fascinating stories and to brainstorm about things you can do to help wherever you live.

This program is free and open to the public.
Please print and post a flyer to help us get the word out! The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

White Pine photo by Dr. Wm Hall


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