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Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM
November CPS Chapter Meeting
Refreshments provided, public invited, free admission
Hooven Bog, Past, Present, and Future.
A rare but important win for rare habitat conservation
by Dr. Sarah Spear Cooke, wetland scientist and restoration ecologist
Sitting in the rapidly urbanizing landscape of south-central Snohomish County sits Hooven Bog. A 30+-acre sphagnum bog/fen/emergent wetland complex that is surrounded by mature forest for at least half its periphery. Atypical of most uniform bogs, this wonderful bog/wetland complex displays at least five distinct bog/fen vegetation communities with many bog endemic species.
Hooven remained relatively untouched until about 40 years ago when the first houses were built along the northern shore and a narrow gravel road was constructed along the western third of the emergent habitat. The last few years have been the most damaging to Hooven because the developer who owned it, and the mature forest along the southern shore, began expanding the old gravel road. This caused huge issues with the water chemistry and disturbed much of the understory of the mature forest.
In this program Dr. Cooke will take us on a tour of the bog’s varied habitat types with photos from this summer’s plant inventory. Along the way she will introduce the diverse flora of each habitat type, including the rare and bog-endemic species. She will also discuss weed removal activities to-date and plans for the future.
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, November 6, 2014; 6:00 p.m.|
Center for Urban Horticulture - Main Hall
University of Washington Campus
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98195
Upcoming Meetings & Programs: CPS
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 email@example.com.)
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: