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

Location:      Center for Urban Horticulture - Main Hall

                   University of Washington Campus

                   3501 NE 41st Street

                   Seattle, WA 98195

 

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.

 

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:            Thursday,March 5th, 2015; 6:00 PM  
Location:      Center for Urban Horticulture - Main Hall

                   University of Washington Campus

                   3501 NE 41st Street

                   Seattle, WA 98195

 
 

The Native Plant Press Newsletter: September 2014 Issue

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The Native Plant Press Newsletter: November 2014 Issue

The Native Plant Press Newsletter: December 2014 Issue

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 September,2014

CPS Board Minutes October,2014

CPS Board Minutes, November, 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.