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September 16th, 2014

Central Puget Sound: Eastside Branch Program

"Plant Propagation on a Shoestring"

Presented by Jeanie Taylor:

Native plant propagation expert and owner of Taylor Gardens

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.

Date & Time

Tuesday, September 16, 7:30pm

Location

Redmond Regional Library Meeting Room #1

15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond

Contact Franja Bryant franjabryant@hotmail.com
   

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:30 PM

October CPS Chapter Meeting

Refreshments provided, public invited, free admission

"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.

   

   

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 2, 2014; 6:00 p.m.
Location

Center for Urban Horticulture - Main Hall

University of Washington Campus

3501 NE 41st Street

Seattle, WA 98195

Upcoming Meetings & Programs: CPS

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

Attracting Birds with Native Plants ( Eastside Branch)

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.)

The Native Plant Press, Summer Issue 2014 Newsletter

The Native Plant Press, September Issue 2014 Newsletter

About Us

In 1976, a group of University of Washington scientists and local plant enthusiasts joined to form the Central Puget Sound Chapter of WNPS. Now we are the largest chapter of WNPS, and our over 900 members include avid gardeners, plant novices, hikers, photographers, teachers, students, professional botanists, and other people interested in the native plants and vegetation of the Pacific Northwest.

Run by volunteers, the CPS Chapter engages in a range of education and conservation activities. The Chapter publishes a monthly newsletter. It also provides monthly programs on topics related to native plants, and offers free plant identification workshops before the monthly program. The Chapter offers regular field trips to various botanical locations throughout the western part of the state. In addition, members work with schools and other organizations to increase public awareness of the importance of native plants and their environment.

The CPS Chapter Stewardship Program encourages member leadership and participation in projects that restore, protect, maintain and/or educate the public about native plants and native plant habitats. Stewardship grants are available annually to support these projects.

Most every year, the CPS Chapter conducts the Native Plant Stewardship Program. Participants receive free training in native plant-related issues and, in return, provide volunteer service in their community. This program began in 1996, and has now trained more than 350 native plant stewards in King and Snohomish Counties. The stewards are involved in education, conservation and urban forest, riparian and wetland restoration projects throughout the Puget Sound region, recording over 67,000 volunteer hours.

Twice a year the Chapter sponsors major plant sales which are its main fundraising effort. In addition, CPS has a native plant salvage program and manages a native plant nursery.

The CPS Board meets once a month, except during July and August, and recent minutes of Board meetings can be viewed at CPS Board Meeting minutes links below:

CPS Board Minutes February 2014

CPS Board Minutes March 2014

CPS Board Minutes April 2014.

CPS Board Minutes May 2014

Bylaws and Standing Rules are also available. We welcome your participation in the Washington Native Plant Society. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to become involved.