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Central Puget Sound


Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    "Forest Stewardship and Mountain Beavers in Seattle’s Parks"

by Lex Voorhoeve, Forest Steward and Guest Researcher for UW Burke Museum and Herbarium

In 2004 the Green Seattle Partnership (GSP - not to be confused with GPS!)was formed. This is a unique public/private partnership between the City of Seattle and the then Cascade Land Conservancy (now Forterra). Its goal is to promote a livable city by re-establishing and maintaining healthy forested parklands throughout Seattle. With professional input it nevertheless relies heavily on the efforts of thousands of volunteers to realize this goal. 

GSP coordinates and guides volunteer activities and provides training.  Trained volunteers become "Forest Stewards"; they serve as eyes and hands for Seattle Parks. They locate invasive plants such as English ivy and holly, replace them with appropriate natives, maintain trails and generally care for these forests in ways most acceptable for their designated purpose - as either urban or natural forests. 

Lex Voorhoeve, a longtime forest steward in Carkeek Park, will discuss someof the forest and wildlife management issues he has encountered in this park -particularly the serious impact of Mountain Beavers there. He will sharesome of what he has learned from his confrontations with these interesting animals and will present ideas on damage control.


Refreshments, Public Invited, Admission is free

Date & Time

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Come an hour early to socialize and meet other members or bring in your plant sample mysteries and questions (Plant ID Workshop starts at 6:00 pm--see details below). 

Location The University of Washington campus in the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle) in the main hall (NHS Hall). (Map of campus)
Contact Franja Bryant franjabryant@hotmail.com

Upcoming Meetings & Programs, Center for Urban Horticulture


Thursday, November 6

“Hooven bog, Past, Present, and Future: A rare but important win for rare habitat conservation” with Dr. Sarah Cooke, wetland ecologist and environmental consultant.


Thursday, December 4

CPS Holiday Potluck Party



Plant Identification Workshop

The Central Puget Sound Chapter offers regular plant identification workshops to help members improve plant ID skills.  While the Workshop is oriented primarily toward beginners, anyone who wants to work on improving keying skills or their familiarity with the northwest flora is welcome.  Our main objectives are practice with technical identification keys, familiarity with plant families, and recognition of common northwest species.  No prior experience is necessary; the only requirements are interest in the topic, patience with beginners if you are an old hand, and patience with old hands if you are a beginner.  If you have them, bring a hand lens and a copy of Hitchcock or another favorite plant book.  You are encouraged to bring unknown plants for identification. We will have plenty of material and tools if you come empty handed.  CPS botanists will be the instructors.

Date & Time Thursday, October 2nd, 2014; 6:00 p.m.

Center for Urban Horticulture - Main Hall

University of Washington Campus

3501 NE 41st Street

Seattle, WA 98195


September 16th, 2014:  7:30 PM

Central Puget Sound: Eastside Branch Program

"Plant Propagation on a Shoestring"

Presented by Jeanie Taylor:

Native plant propagation expert and owner of Taylor Gardens

Location: Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th St. Redmond. Meeting room # 1

If your green thumb is itching to get to work, this native plant propagation talk and hands-on seed demonstration will get you started. Jeanie Taylor will discuss some simple rules of seed propagation. Beginning with seed collection and processing guidelines, her talk and demonstration will include how to handle different types of fruits and how to extract and clean seeds. She will also provide basic information on seed dormancy, and why knowledge of this is important in the germination of native plant seeds.

Upcoming Program:  Attracting Birds with Native Plants

by Connie Sidles, local author and Seattle Audubon Society field trip leader.  Coming January or February 2015 ---date and location to be determined. 

Watch for details in the Native Plant Press, on our Facebook page, and in upcoming emails. (If you would like to have your name added to our Eastside email list, contact franjabryant@hotmail.com.)


Central Washington

Sagebrush Sentinel Newletter, Summer, 2014

Columbia Basin

Columbia Basin Programs


Koma Kulshan

Koma Kulshan Chapter Programs

Northeast Washington

June Chapter Meeting

                  “Forging Trombetta Canyon: A Search for Rare Plants"

                                          presented by Bryan Carlson.

Date & Time  


To be announced.

Olympic Peninsula

Olympic Peninsula Chapter Programs

Salal   Fall Edition of Newsletter, The Potent Teller

  Check it out for the latest in field trips, programs, special events, etc. 

San Juan Islands

Botanical Activities


South Sound

List of Chapter Programs



September Newsletter  

Wenatchee Valley

Chapter Meeting          To Be Announced
Date & Time