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Central Puget Sound

CPS March Program Meeting

Date:            Thursday,March 5th, 2015; 7:30 PM  

  The Natural History and Conservation of Shrubsteppe

by Dr. Steven Herman, Professor Emeritus, Evergreen State College


Shrubsteppe –a marriage of shrubs and perennial grasses - was once the dominant landscape east of the Cascades in Washington. Presently, however, more than 95% of that ecosystem has been lost, and much of what little is left has been degraded by livestock grazing, or otherwise compromised.


The shrubsteppe ecosystem is not much respected, but is in fact characterized by significant biodiversity. A redwood forest or an old growth forest of another conifer species is a depauperate entity by comparison!

Dr. Herman will discuss the biological richness of shrubsteppe, its flora, fauna, beauty and aesthetic value. He notes that there is a great need to heighten public awareness of shrubsteppe and will share some of the story behind his fight to preserve the Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area, a fifty-five square mile piece of shrubsteppe on the Columbia River, near Gingko Petrified Forest State Park.

His lawsuit against the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife resulted in the protection of this area until 2021. He advocates its permanent protection and  suggests that the Washington Native Plant Society is a logical candidate to continue this effort.

Dr. Herman has taught Natural History at Evergreen State College since  it opened in 1971. His interests and expertise include ornithology, wildlife biology, animal ecology and behavior. He is an authority on shrubsteppe and a strong advocate for its preservation.



Location:     Center for Urban Horticulture - Main Hall

                   University of Washington Campus

                   3501 NE 41st Street

                   Seattle, WA 98195


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, March 5th, 2015; 6:00 p.m.

Center for Urban Horticulture - Main Hall

University of Washington Campus

3501 NE 41st Street

Seattle, WA 98195


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To be announced.

Olympic Peninsula

Newsletter, February-April 2015

Salal   December Edition of Newsletter, The Potent Teller

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

San Juan Islands

Botanical Activities

Date and Time

Saturday February 21st

1 pm - 3 pm



Meeting Announcement Flyer

Lopez Island Library

Corner of Fisherman Bay Rd. and Hummel Lake Rd.,

Lopez Village

South Sound

2015 Chapter Programs


Spring 2015 Newsletter

Free Training!  Early Detection, reporting, and identification of invasive plants workshop. 

March 25th at the White Salmon Library.  

Wenatchee Valley

2015 Programs and Workshops