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

Archived Event Calendar 2011

The following is a list of events sponsored by White Pine Chapter or in collaboration with other organizations.
For a printable short agenda for 2011 click here.
PDF format documents listed below require Acrobat Reader  

2011 Events

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7:00 p.m. White Pine Chapter Meeting and Presentation
Speaker: Juanita Lichthardt
Title: Rare and Disjunct Plants of the Clearwater Basin
Location: 1912 Center, Fiske Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho (between Adams and Van Buren)

Our speaker, Juanita Lichthardt, former White Pine chapter president and frequent field trip leader, is a plant ecologist with the Natural Heritage Program. She will discuss the Rare and Disjunct Plants of the Clearwater Basin. Natural Heritage Program area maps and plant photos will be used in the discussion as well as the time of flowering and the conservation policies required to protect these plants in their unique environment.

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 7:00 p.m. White Pine Chapter Meeting and Presentation
Speaker: Nancy Miller
Title: Using Palouse Area Native Shrubs in your Garden’s Landscape Design.
Location: 1912 Center, Fiske Room, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho(between Adams and Van Buren)

Nancy Miller, who gardens on the north side of Moscow Mountain, will discuss many of the native shrubs from this area which are very useful in the garden. Flowering and fruiting, hardiness, availability, use by birds, butterflies, insects, and other wildlife will be among the topics discussed.


Saturday, June 4, 2011 PPF Field Trip Smoot Hill Reserve
Leader Tim Hatten (entomologist)
Moscow: meet at parking lot near Office Depot at 9:40 am
Pullman: meet at parking lot at Dissmore’s IGA at 10:00 am
for car-pooling and caravanning to Smoot Hill Reserve
Sponsors: Palouse Prairie Foundation, Friends of the Clearwater Substantial walking required

Plan to spend between 2 and 5 hours there, depending upon how much of the reserve you want to see. Bring adequate water and snacks. This will involve quite a lot of walking, some of which will be on some steep areas. Tim will give a short presentation on a bumblebee study. This 730 acre farm, located 12 miles from the Pullman campus, was purchased by WSU in 1972 for research and educational use. Over 300 acres of this property are in the Conservation Reserve Program; it is one of the largest intact remnants of the native Palouse plant community. The Smoot Hill Reserve, located north of Pullman, is maintained by the Department of Botany, Washington State University, as a remnant of natural Palouse vegetation. A partial catalogue, originally compiled by Keith Farrell, of seed plants occurring on the reserve is available at the WSU site listed below. Taxonomic updates were conducted in spring 1998 by Mark Fishbein as part of the Marion Ownbey Herbarium's ongoing project to provide a new flora of Southeast Washington.
References: WSU: The Plants of Smoot Hill
PCEI:Smoot Hill

Weekend, June 10-11, 2011, Lochsa RNA workshop with Friends of the Clearwater
Leaders: Fred Rabe, Juanita Lichthardt, Tim Hatten

Accommodations at Apgar Campground for those spending the night.
We will be observing coastal disjunct plant species together with terrestrial and aquatic macroinvertebrates from the temperate rainforest.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 6:30 p.m., Thorn Creek Native Seed Farm Field Trip
Wednesday evening, June 22nd, White Pine chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society is organizing a visit to the Thorn Creek Native Seed Farm of Wayne and Jacie Jensen. After visiting the seed increase plots, we will hike up Paradise Ridge to see wildflowers.

Friday-Sunday, June 24-26, 2011, INPS State Annual Meeting
at City of Rocks National Reserve & Castle Rocks State Park near Almo Idaho
For more information see recent Sage Notes and the INPS state website.
The reservation form can be found in February Sage Notes.

A more up-to-date sheet including the letter from Park Director, the reservation form, the Annual meeting schedule and Field Trip information can be found at 2011 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 6:30 p.m., Pleasant Hill Farm

The White Pine chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society will tour Pleasant Hill Farm, a native plant nursery located between Troy and Deary. If you need to drive separately, directions are as follows: From Troy continue east on Hwy 8 to just past mile marker 19. Turn left on White Pine Flats Rd. After about 1 mile turn right on Pleasant Hill Rd. After approximately 3 miles turn left on Anderson Rd and go to the first place on the left and proceed to the greenhouses.


Saturday, July 9, 2011. 1:00 p.m., PPF Field Trip, White Pine members invited
Palouse Prairie lands along Skyline Drive/McCrosky State Park
Leader: Tim Hatten, Dave Skinner


Sunday, July 10, 2011. 11:30 a.m., White Pine chapter Field Trip,
Elk Creek Falls and Giant Cedar Tree
Leader: Pam Brunsfeld.
Meet at Eastside Marketplace (south end of parking lot at 11:30 a.m.

Please join us on a Sunday afternoon field trip to the Elk Creek Falls and the “Giant Cedar” just outside of Elk River, Idaho. We will travel to view the “Giant Cedar”, the largest tree in North America east of the Cascade-Sierra crest. The tree, 18 feet in diameterand 177 feet tall is thought to be around 3000 years old. The trip will be completed with wonderful huckleberry ice cream at the Elk River Lodge. We should return to Moscow about 5 p.m.


Saturday, August 20, 2011. 8:00 a.m., White Pine chapter Field Trip,
Freezeout Ridge
Leader: Gerry Queener.
We need drivers with higher clearance vehicles as the last few miles to the site are rough.
Bring field guide, camera, binoculars, lunch, insect repellent, sunscreen, water (and hand lens if you have one).


Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 18-20, 2011.INPS Rare Plant Conference, Boise, Idaho
sponsored by INPS and Pahove Chapter
See the INPS Web page announcements for schedule and for Registration_Form


Tuesday, Wednesday, Oct. 25-26, 2011. 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Palouse Restoration Roundtable
Latah Soil and Water Conservation District, co-sponsors Palouse Prairie Foundation and White Pine chapter INPS
Palouse Room, Best Western University Inn, Moscow, Idaho

Tuesday Oct. 25 topics will include an introduction to Palouse Prairie, how sustainable agriculture can benefit our native plants, pollinators on the Palouse, and funding sources for restoration projects.

Wednesday Oct. 26 topics will include annual grass control, an introduction to Latah County Weed Department resources, Integrated Pest Management, and site preparation. The Wednesday evening session will conclude with a panel discussion where presenters, local experts and researchers will help answer questions concerning Palouse Prairie restoration techniques.


Thursday, November 3, 2012 and December 8, 2012. Time 6:30-8:30.
UI Stillinger Herbarium Keying Work Party: INPS Co-sponsor

This summer the Stillinger Herbarium hosted the 4th annual Idaho Botanical Foray where we led a group of about 40 volunteers from Idaho and Washington on a 5-day camping and collecting trip to the foothills of the Seven Devils and Cuddy Mountains in East Central Idaho. The trip was a huge success, which means we have a large number of specimens to identify (ca. 650) and we need your help!

What: Foray Work Parties! At these work parties, participants will have the opportunity to work closely with experts at plant identification and build the skill set necessary to effectively use dichotomous keys and the herbarium collection to identify the collections made on the foray.

When: Thursday, November 3 and December 8, 6:30-8:30. Stop by anytime during the party and stay as long as you want! The first two work parties will be held in November and December. After the holidays, we will continue meeting once a month (dates to be determined) through the spring semester.

Where: Stillinger Herbarium, CNR room 22.

White Pine photo by Dr. Wm Hall


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