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to the Central Puget Sound Chapter (CPS) of the Washington Native Plant Society! 
We serve King County and the southern half of Snohomish County, encompassing native forests, alpine areas, wetlands, coastal areas, streams and a booming population.  For numerous ways to discover and protect native plants and their habitats close to home, see below.
Whether your interest is in learning all you can about native plants and botany, taking care of native plant habitats at home and beyond, or meeting others who are equally passionate about native plants, the CPS chapter has many ways for you to meet your goals.  Please explore our website, and do not hesitate to contact any of our board members if you would like to jump in or have questions.


August 19, 9:30 am
Pacific Crest Trail at Snoqualmie Pass 
Led by Ray Izumi

Spiranthes romanzoffiana
Photo by Ray Izumi

There is a hiking trail that runs directly across the Snoqualmie West ski area, and not just any trail - this one is part of the famous Pacific Crest Trail. To many hikers the trail offers awesome vistas of the Cascade Crest but little else. To the botanizer, though, this is a treasure trove of unusual plants like Round-leaf Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) and Ladies' Tresses Orchids (Spiranthes romanzoffiana, above).

During a particularly good year for orchid spotting, I counted more than one hundred Ladies' Tresses in bloom scattered across the slope; other years (like the last two, when they were dormant), I found not a single one. Nevertheless, there are always many plants of interest to see here.

What will it be like this year? Who knows, what with the crazy weather we've had in recent years. But, as the song says, "A splendid time is guaranteed for all" (I promise, no leaping through a "hogshead of real fire").

We'll meet at the trailhead at 9:30 AM. Group size will be limited to 12 individuals. This is a half-day hike, so we'll finish up in mid-afternoon. Bring plenty of water and sun protection as almost the entire hike is in the open with no shade. I will have plant lists to hand out at the trailhead.

Getting there from the west: Drive I-90  to summit exit 52 and turn right. Take the first right (just a hundred feet or so) and keep bearing right into the gigantic parking lot and proceed to the far end where you'll find the trailhead. From the east: Turn left at the exit and go under the overpass, then follow the previous directions. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking. Day passes ($5) are available at the NFS Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center at the ski lodge. There is no restroom at the trailhead, but facilities and potable water are available at the visitor center.

 If you plan to carpool, email me and I'll try to coordinate, or make your own arrangements. There is a Park and Ride at the Preston-Fall City exit 22.

 To sign up or receive the updated plant list, email Ray Izumi at skeptic@centurytel.net or call Ray at 425-880-4720.


                 Seed Packing Party!

Thursday, Sept. 14, 6 – 8 PM. Seed packaging for the Plant Sale will take place around a big table at the WNPS Office at Magnuson Park. Volunteers are needed to help pack up seeds and socialize. No special skill set is required. Snacks will be provided.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Brenda Clifton at Brenda_Clifton@hotmail.com.

September Program:  
Fungi-- The Original Network

Presented by Kim Traverse
It is beginning to seem that beyond the individual interactions between different fungi and different plants, there are also interconnections across many levels of taxa with fungi providing the network. This looks like a form of cooperation and probably information processing too. Maybe the World Wide Web has been around longer than we thought!
     Almost all life on Earth depends ultimately on plants, but there is strong evidence that plants only "crawled" out of the oceans with the help of fungi. Most of what is going on is happening at a scale too small for direct observation by humans and we have normed the small range that we can notice. Differences in scale have profound effects on how everything behaves and our intuition can lead us astray when we consider the microscopic universe that fungi inhabit. Plus, new discoveries are not always merely additive- sometimes they suggest we re-evaluate much of what we were sure of.
     For instance; the very concept of an individual organism is being assailed by new evidence from genetic sequencing and population ecology. If a tablespoon of soil can contain eight miles of fungi hyphae, what is all that stuff up to?
     Kim Traverse has been President of The Puget Sound Mycological Society for the past 3 years. He has been paying attention to and eating wild mushrooms for 45 years but native plants are his first love. Kim is a self-taught naturalist; his early love of nature was inspired by his grandmother, who showed him his first wildflowers and birds. Most of his field experience was garnered volunteering for and serving on the boards of the Michigan Nature Association and The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy which he helped found. He strongly believes that in addition to the specific missions of organizations like PSMS, WNPS, Audubon, and The Mountaineers, their most important role is getting people connected to the natural world.

Program produced by Shelley Evans and Sharon Baker 

Doors open at 6:00 PM for the Native Plant Identification Workshop; Program begins at 7:00 PM.

Refreshments, Public Invited, Admission is Free

Note that beginning in Sept our east and west side programs will start at 7pm.


   Native Plant Press


"Native Plant Press" Summer 2017 (Mobile version)

"Native Plant Press" Summer 2017 (Print version)

NEW! Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter
Look inside for lots of ways to meet other members,
work with plants or the public, and have fun! Click the link below:

Summer 2017 Volunteer opportunities


The Slate of Officers July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018
was elected by the membership as follows: 

The CPS Board approved the Slate of Officers for member election.  They include:
Chapter Chair:  Chrys Bertolotto
Vice Chair:  Vacant
Treasurer:  Kris Morse
Secretary:  Sharon Baker

  See all upcoming programs and complete information on our new program page.

  Central Puget Sound Chapter ~ Calendar of Events

Enjoy your summer and see you in September! No program meetings in July or August.
August 2017
Celebrate Shoreline! CPS Stewards will have a booth at this festival celebrating the City of Shoreline. Noon- 9pm, Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave. N
September 2017
Nursery work party 10 am to 2 pm --Please note, this is on a Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday.
         7 "Fungi, the Original Network," Kim Traverse. Mountaineers, 7:00 pm
       18 Chapter Board meeting

October 2017
         Fall plant sale, Magnuson Park Nursery
       17 Jennifer Hahn “Sustainable Wild Food Foraging and Cuisine. Bellevue Botanical Garden 

November 2017
Janneke Hille Ris Lambers “Climate Change Impacts on PNW Plant Communities” Mountaineers 

          7 T. Abe Lloyd “Coast Salish Ethnobotany and Lessons for Food System Resiliency” 

 January 2018
          4 Holiday Party (Mountaineers Program Center)

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


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