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Olympic Peninsula Chapter: Schedule of Events

Botany Programs and Hikes 



Saturday Nov.11 Hike the Lower Big Quilcene Trail: 9:00 am. Meet at the Quilcene Forest Service Ranger station. The Lower Big Quil trail starts at 1200 feet and is a fairly gentle low elevation hike to Bark Shanty camp. The intention of this hike is to get out in the lower mountains and walk; it’s a little wetter than other areas on the eastern side of the Olympics. Last November’s chilly hike brought other surprises such amazing ice sculptures on the trail. We will look at the winter foliage, identify a few mosses and admire the mushrooms on our way to the camp (2.5 miles). Bring your moss books! Storms canceled this hike last December, so am trying for an earlier date! To sign up contact Sharon Schlentner: sschlentner@olypen.com or 360-379-9810


November 21, 2017 Botany Presentation: Janet Coles, Lead Botanist for the Olympic National Park. Response of the Queets Rainforest Flora to the Paradise Fire. Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler Street Port Townsend, 6:30 social time; 7:00 program. In 2015, the Paradise Fire burned for five months and consumed nearly 3000 acres of old-growth rainforest in the middle Queets River valley of Olympic National Park. Both the behavior of the fire and the early response of the vegetation to this disturbance were atypical for western forest fires. Janet Coles will highlight some of the unusual features of the fire and provide an assessment of the short-term positives and negatives of fire in the rainforest.


December 14, 2017 Hike Miller Peninsula State Park, Manzanita Trail, Thursday. Meet at Fat Smitty’s at 10:00 am. This hike will explore the newly constructed Manzanita trail and will be approximately 6 miles round trip. Since the plants will be dormant we will work on winter twig identification. The Miller Peninsula State Park includes over 2,800 acres and is one of the newest state parks in Washington. It includes 3 miles of shoreline on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Discovery Bay. The Manzanita Trail was constructed in March of 2017 as a collaboration be-tween Washington’s State Parks, Dungeness River Audubon Center, Forest Service, and Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. Most of the labor was done by Sequim youth as a service project. Maps of the state park trail system and a plant list will be provided on request. Contact dixie@cablespeed.com or 360 385-6432 for signup, carpooling and/or further information. 


December 19 2017: Tuesday, , Annual Holiday Potluck, Slide Show; 5:00 pm at the Port Townsend Community Center; 620 Tyler St. Set up and socializing starting at 5:00 pm, dinner at 6:00 pm. Celebrate a successful botanical year with good food, good company, and a variety of images. Bring a potluck dish, place setting and favorite photos. Bring images of plants from the around the world, across the country or your back yard. Photos should be on either a CD or thumb drive; no more than ten. This is the time when we assess our goals as a group and hold annual elections. Any suggestions regarding pro-jects or field trips are welcome. Contact Ann Weinmann for questions or further information. awein-mann@cablespeed.com 360 379-0986


January 1, 2018 Fourteenth Annual Teddy Bear Hike: meet NLT 10:00 AM. Cappy's Woods and Trails: We will celebrate the Wilderness Within as we hike the paths and trails in the Quimper Wildlife Corridor. This is a sociobotanical walk, but we will do also do a bit of botanizing. Cappy's trails can be wet at this time of year. Bring trail snacks--no formal lunch stop. The hike will be 2-4 miles depending on weather. Contact Fred or Ann Weinmann at 360-379-0986 or fweinmann@cablespeed.com for further information. Meeting place: Port Townsend at the end of Willamette St. From Port Townsend follow 49th, then Cook Ave. then turn left on Willamette.


January 16th 2018 Botany Presentation: Donovan Tracy, Wildflowers of Mount Rainier National Park,  Donavan is a wildflower enthusiast, photographer and hiker, is a volunteer with the UW Herbarium and co-authored the wild-flower guide, “Alpine Flowers of Mt. Rainier” with David Giblin, the herbarium’s collection manager. He recently assisted the Mt. Rainier volunteer rangers, known as “Meadow Rovers” with training on subalpine meadow classification and alpine plant identification of Mount Rainier National Park.  He developed and maintains the web site, Flowers of Rainier (www.flowersofrainier.com) which features over 250 species and 10 wildflower hikes.




Updated: October 18, 2017
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