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"The Native Plant Press" December 2015 (Web version)

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"The Native Plant Press" November 2015 (Web version)              

"The Native Plant Press" November 2015 (Mobile version)

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December 2015 Program

Pacific Paintbrushes: A Photographic Synopsis and                           Celebration of the Castilleja Species of the P.N.W.

With Mark Egger

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7:30pm,
UW Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle

Mark’s program will begin with a brief introduction to the anatomy and terminology associated with the genus Castilleja (the Indian Paintbrushes). Mark will then summarize the numerous changes in the taxonomy of this genus and the other closely-related groups since the publication of Hitchcock and Cronquist's Flora of the Pacific Northwest. The program will feature selected images of all of the paintbrush species found in Washington, Oregon, and southern British Columbia, including several new Castilleja species described since the late 1990’s. Information will be provided about the range and ecology of these species, as well as tips concerning their identification.

Mark Egger is a recently retired science teacher and a Research Associate at the Herbarium at the University of Washington-Burke Museum. Mark has devoted much of his free time over the last 32 years to studying the genus Castilleja throughout North America, Mexico, and Central and South America. In addition to being an authority on the genus, Mark is also a highly accomplished photographer. He is a long-standing member of the Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society having joined in 1983.

Refreshments, Public Invited, Admission is free.

Our CPS Holiday Party & Volunteer Recognition is on January 7th

7pm-9pm Center for Urban Horticulture

Family and Friends are Welcome. Party potluck-style with beverages provided by CPS.

Nominations for Outstanding Volunteers are due December 4

Want to nominate an exceptional Volunteer?

3 Categories:

  • Professional of the Year
  • Member of the Year
  • Steward of the Year

Contact Rita Moore with your nomination: rmoore@eds.org

Come celebrate the beginning of a New Year and congratulate the 2015 Award Winners.


Al Smith will present a timely, short program: "The Unfortunate Introduction of Holly to the Seattle Area."


Recent Programs

November 2015 Program

Thursday, November 5th - 7:30pm

“Mountain Goat Management in Olympic National Park: Some Inconvenient Truths"

with Richard Olson

Olympic National Park is currently preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the management of introduced mountain goats. A draft EIS, expected to be released soon, will identify a preferred management alternative; public comment will be accepted.  WNPS Olympic Pennisula Chapter member, Richard Olson, will review the history of this contentious issue.  He will summarize previous research including the potentially irreversible effects of goats on plants and soils, discuss the challenges and limitations of various population management techniques, and provide an opportunity for audience members to ask questions about the biology and public policy aspects of managing unwanted by charismatic non-native species. 

Rich retired in 2006 after a 34-year career with the National Park Service, all at Olympic National Park.  He held positions in aviation and fire management, forestry and natural resources management.  During the Elwha Dam removal project, he did extensive research and planning for the associated habitat restoration.  He was intimately involved in the field research on the Park's non-native mountain goats and was the leader of the high-risk aerial capture and translocation program. 

CONTACT Rich Olson with QUESTIONS   roadierich@hotmail.com

STAY APPRISED OF THE PROGRESS OF THE Environmental Impact Statement OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK                       


WNPS Response ONP Mountain Goat Planning Scoping 091714

October 1st:  Life Above the Treeline:  Plant Adaptations in the Alpine             

A presentation celebrating the abundance of the abundant areas of the alpine with Andy MacKinnon.   

Andy is a Research Ecologist in the Coast Forest Region Research Section of the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. To almost everyone interested in our native plants, Andy MacKinnon is a well-known name. Andy is co-author of Plants of the Pacific Northwest and more recently, Alpine Plants of the Northwest with Jim Pojar.  Thank you for this incredible presentation and celebration of plant resilience. 

October 18 - Bellevue Botanical Garden  Edible Mushrooms of the PNW and Beyond 

By Daniel Winkler -For more information on his work, including mushroom-centric eco-tours both here and abroad, visit his website at www.mushroaming.com.   

October 3rd.  Thank you for attending the successful plant sale.

Save the date for Spring Plant Sale!  April 30, 2016 - same location!

Bellevue Botanical Garden - 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA  98005

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Seeking Native Plants -What to do with your surplus native flora?  Donate of Course!


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