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A message from outgoing president Judy Ferguson
White Pine Members and Friends
I have been asked several times recently what our chapter does with the money we generate from our plant sale. It is a good question.
A great deal of time and effort goes into planning and putting on our plant sale. Is it worth it? From my perspective it is very worth it.
Even if we made no profit at all and just broke even, with every plant sale we spread native plant starts to hundreds of people each year.
That alone is worth it. A native plant is the best resource for native bumblebees and butterflies. A native plant puts down roots and needs no additional attention, other than weed control, once established…no extra water, no fertilizer, no trimming or pruning. Native plants bloom in their own season and then go dormant and may even disappear from view for three seasons, but they will return. Their roots and/seeds are holding on until the next year. Plant a mixture of native plants for continued blooms for yourself and native pollinators to enjoy. For example, in early October my goldenrod, asters and gentians are in full bloom. What a show they put on!
However, back to what we do with the money we make from the plant sale.
We fund native plant projects.
We provide substantial funding via grants for restoration and education.
We have provided major grants for three restoration projects and for three education projects.
We also donate to the state INPS state grant program (ERIG), which covers the whole state of Idaho.
We provide stewardship funding for non-profits who preserve parcels of lands to protect native plants.(Primarily, this money is donated for stewardship needs to the Palouse Land Trust.)
We also help underwrite native plant workshops and field projects.
We use almost every penny generated for outreach and education and restoration projects because our program speakers and field trip leaders donate their time to bring you the latest information on each of their topics. These are very generous people indeed!
It has been a pleasure serving as your president. Keep planting native plants!!
Online Plant Sale Availability
Welcome to the INPS White Pine Chapter website. You can find out more about our chapter by reading through these web pages. We welcome your comments. If you would like to know more about the state organization, Idaho Native Plant Society, you can read more on the state website's About INPS page.
We generally hold chapter meetings once (occasionally twice) a month in January through May and again in the early fall. Field trips may be in any month but are primarily in the spring and summer. Please check the Current Events Calendar for our full schedule. Occasionally our meetings and field trips are held in conjunction with other organizations with similar interests and goals. Our meetings and field trips are open to the public and we encourage you to join us. We would welcome your ideas of possible presentation topics and field trips.
If you have a presentation you would be interested in giving to the chapter or you could lead a field trip to a special place where you have knowledge of the plants and ecosystem, please mention it to one of the officers listed on the Contact page.
Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you soon!
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