Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of most months at 6PM, Room 310 in the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas, Roseburg.
Come join us for interesting native plant conversation, field trip planning, and presentations. Always free and open to the public and all NPSO members. We encourage you to become a member of NPSO but you do not have to be a member to attend our Chapter field trips and most other events.
Field trip questions call: Neal Hadley 541-679-8889
For other NPSO questions call M.A. Hansen 541-863-8111, Neal Hadley, chapter president, or Donna,541-643-0364, e-newsletter,Facebook,website editor.
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU CALL DONNA RAWSON (541)643-0364 TO CONFIRM YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND ANY OF UMPQUA CHAPTER'S SPONSORED FIELD TRIPS AND TO BE SURE THE SCHEDULE HAS NOT CHANGED. We often have to change date on short notice due to bloom and weather unpredictability
Meet place for NPSO sponsored field trips is the large parking lot between the Library building and behind Douglas County Courthouse (west side of Fowler St., near Deer Creek) and plan to carpool or travel in caravan mode. Those carpooling should plan to share gasoline expenses. Alternate meeting places north or south of Roseburg can be arranged. Starting time varies depending on travel time to the destination.
You will be asked to read and sign a NPSO Waiver of Liability and Indemnification Agreement.
Field trips are family oriented and free to attend.
We are looking for field trip leaders. If you know these areas please step up and help out. We can arrange more outings and field trips if we have more people participating at the planning level. Our field trips are mostly easy to moderate walkabouts to see what wildflowers (some endangered) are blooming in spring and summer. There are endless wildflower viewing destination in and around Douglas County and several worthy of repeating. Most field trip destinations offer no water or facilities.
You are not expected to know every wildflower you will see on these outings and with the many field guides available and the help of NPSO members,
half the fun is looking them up so you know them next time you see them.
As the time approaches for field trips, we will have more details on the website and Facebook.
Please call if you have any questions or you can participate as a leader or just to suggest a trail we might like,
and please be sure to call to verify any changes in the schedule.
Please join us on a family field trip and learn more about your local chapter.
Please RSVP Donna 541-643-0364 for questions and to confirm your participation. We need to know who to contact if the schedule changes.
Call for details or check Facebook for latest information. www.facebook.com/UmpquaValleyNPSO
If you need help with plant ID check NPSO Facebook groups: https://www.facebook.com/groups/6380707570/
A field trip to look for mushrooms and other fungi is in the planning stages. Date TBA soon.
December 13, 6 pm holiday potluck social.
We would like to invite our members and friends to our December holiday potluck. (no business meeting). We will gather in room 310 at the Douglas County Courthouse starting at 6 pm on December 13. Please bring a dish to share. It is a good time to socialize with members and friends and maybe meet someone new. Hope to see you there! We will have dinner before the class discussion . Peggy and Howell Estes will continue our Botany 101 classes. We will be reviewing the 8 families we have been studying from our "Botany in a Day" workbook. Brush up on your knowledge, concentrate on food/edible, natural defenses and family characteristics of the 8 families mentioned below. Bring a flowering specimen from one of these families to examine and discuss. Mint, Aster, Pea, Mustard, Lily, Parsley, Grass, Rose. Each of these are explained in Botany in a Day by Thomas Elpel
If you have questions please call Donna 541-643-0364
Business meeting Nov 8 starting at 5:30. Short meeting to accommodate those wanting to attend the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition presentation "Rising Seas and the Oregon Coast" at 6:30 at the Holiday Express in Roseburg. .
We are planning our annual summer picnic, August 25 starting at 12 noon. We hope you can join us. Hosted by Peggy and Howell Estes in Glendale. bring a dish to share and chairs.
Field Trip. August 18, 8:00 departure time
Fish Creek Meadow
Join Rod Trotter and other members on a trip to Fish Creek Meadow, located near Fish Mountain. We will see a wide assortment of flowers, including several mimulus (monkey flower), penstemons, violets, and ribes (currant). Bring lunch, water. RSVP Donna Rawson 541-643-0364. Let us know if you want us to meet you in the Glide area.
UNE 23, Saturday, departure time 9:30 am to 3 pm
Field Trip: destination changed to Hemlock Lake
Enjoy a scenic short hike around Hemlock Lake We hope to see a great variety of flora such as Eurybia radulina (formerly Aster radulinus, rough-leaved aster), Penstemon cardwellii (Cardwell’s penstemon), and Castilleja pruinosa (frosted Indian paintbrush). Also includes stops of botanical interest on the way along Little River Rd. 1-1/2 hour drive from Roseburg. Moderate hiking. Leader: chapter president Neal Hadley Be sure to bring water and lunch.
Field Trip: Bilger Ridge, Myrtle Creek
JUNE 16, Saturday, 9:30 am - 3 pm
We are heading to BiIger Ridge near Myrtle Creek, Or. to see our very own mariposa lily, Calochortus Coxii. It only grows in a few isolated areas in Douglas County and is listed on Oregon’s rare and endangered species list. Chapter members will escort us to an area we can explore and take photos. Lake in the woods is an alternate destination. Please join us. Dress for the weather, bring lunch and water. RSVP Donna 541-643-0364. (Our plans can change depending on bloom time so please call the night before the field trip.)
JUNE 2, Saturday
Field Trip: Cougar Bluffs, cancelled
JUNE 9, Saturday, 9:30am - 4:00 pm
Field Trip: King Mountain
Chapter member Rod Trotter will lead this NPSO field trip to the King Mountain botanical garden, designated by the Bureau of Land Management as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). Situated at an elevation of 5,033 feet, roughly 8.5 air-miles east of Wolf Creek, this rocky subalpine mountaintop offers expansive views of the Klamath Mountains in every direction; and is habitat for the rare endemic Siskiyou fritillary (Fritillaria glauca) as well as a multitude of “serpentine” tolerant species. This area has never disappointed photographers, hikers or plant enthusiasts due to the variety of plant species. Plants that we expect to see include several species of Eriogonum, Sedum, Penstemon, Fritillaria and some unusual Phacellias and more. This is an easy stroll. Check our facebook page for photos. Bring lunch, water and hiking gear. RSVP call or text Donna 541-643-0364 the night before to be sure our plans have not changed.
May 19, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm
Field Trip: Explore Beatty Rock, a monolithic outcropping of conglomerate in the lower Cow Creek watershed.
We will be returning to Beatty Rock to see what changes have occurred since our trip there in March. This is one of our favorite spots. Wildflower display is continuously changing all spring. First stop is at the mouth of Beatty Creek some 8 miles up paved Cow Creek Road. There we will amble about on Beatty Rock. The second stop is 1.8 miles further down the Cow Creek Road at the BLM Island Wayside. Anticipate climbing on sloping mossy (slippery) rock for viewing ferns. Ride sharing is encouraged, parking is limited.
FIELD TRIP: Ragged Ridge
May 12 , 9 am to 3:30 pm
Steamboat Creek area North Umpqua Hwy
Ragged Ridge is located up the North Umpqua River at the mouth of the Steamboat Creek. Participants will be treated to a tour of the Ragged Ridge-Dry Creek area to see unusual and endemic flora such as Kalmiopsis fragrans (fragrant kalmiopsis), Asplenium septentrionale (grass fern), and Sarcodes sanguinea (snow plant). Moderate. We also hope to see paint brush, spotted orchid. We may be off trail at times so wear appropriate shoes. Bring lunch and water and camera.
The destination area is 1 hour drive from Roseburg, Our Leader: Rod Trotter 541-672-1907
Field Trip: Roseburg Area Habitat
Sunday, May 6, 9 am to 2 pm.
Explore the Umpqua's lowland valley and oak savannah flora in near-by areas with our local chapter's student of medicinal botanicals.
We hope to find tiger lilies (Lilium columbianum), and larkspurs (Delphinium species) to name just a few species blooming now.
The Veteran’s Administration oak savannah will be a major stop. This field trip will include at least 2 local native landscapes that
the chapter is involved with. Leader: Rod Trotter.
Please call Donna Rawson 541-643-0364 to confirm your participation and for meet location and more information.
Presentation: Thursday March 8, 7pm. Larry Broeker will give us a photo journal of his travels in 2017. Larry is a retired geologist and has expanded his interests to include native plants in and around Oregon. Join us for refreshments and a colorful, informative evening.with Larry. Rm 310, Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 NE Douglas Ave, Roseburg, Oregon.
March 10 , Saturday, 9 am- 3pm
Field Trip: Early spring wildflowers in
Olalla Creek watershed
Ted Schattenkerk will lead us to Upper Olalla Road south of Tenmile, Oregon to view the first wildflowers of spring including: Oregon fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus hallii), gold star (Crocidium multicaule), baby blue-eyes (Nemophila var. atomaria), rosy plectritis (Plectritis congesta). We will make several stops along Olalla Creek. Ride sharing is encouraged. Bring lunch and dress for the weather conditions. Easy walking on this trip.
March 17, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm
Field Trip: Explore Beatty Rock, a monolithic outcropping of conglomerate
in the lower Cow Creek watershed.
We will explore along lower Cow Creek Road to examine the California sword fern (Polysticum californicum), spring phacelia (Phacelia verna), a rare moss (Pseudoleskeella serpentinensis), and the fairy slipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa). The first stop is at the mouth of Beatty Creek some 8 miles up paved Cow Creek Road. There we will amble about on Beatty Rock. The second stop is 1.8 miles further down the Cow Creek Road at the BLM Island Wayside Anticipate climbing on sloping mossy (slippery) rock for viewing ferns . Ride sharing is encouraged. Parking is limited. Bring lunch and dress for the weather conditions.
Saturday, March 24, 9:30 am !!!!! FIELD TRIP CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER !!!!!
Field Trip: North Bank Habitat Management Area (BLM)
North Bank Habitat Trail System is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sutherlin, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. This area was set aside to provide secure habitat for the Columbian white-tailed deer and other special status species. It is a popular spot for enjoying wildflowers or bird watching. We will be looking for Sidalcea cusickii (Cusick's checkermallow), Limnanthes douglasii (Douglas meadowfoam), and unique prairie grasses and graminoids. Easy hikes (with water resistant boots). 15-30 minute drive from Roseburg.
PRESENTATION: Pollinators and pollinator gardens.
Thursday November 9, 7pm, Douglas County Courthouse room 310, 1036 SE Douglas, Roseburg, Or.
Please join us for a evening learning more about pollinator insects and how we can help them.
Chapter member Sam Friedman will talk about his involvement with area schools in developing a pollinator garden to help
children learn the importance of these insects. Chapter member Elee Hadley will share her experiences with us while becoming
a successful European honeybee beekeeper. Free plants, seeds and pollinator plant lists to those attending.
Summer Picnic Aug 10 2pm
Hello members and friends of Umpqua Chapter NPSO
We hope you will accept our invitation to our summer picnic hosted by Howell and Peggy Estes in Glendale.
The address is 2805 Mount Reuben Rd. The date is Thursday August 10 at 2 pm. (no chapter meeting Thursday night)
Join us for a relaxing afternoon in the shade of the trees in a real country setting. This is a great chance to meet new people
and talk about field trips you have enjoyed, other wildflower walks, places you have been and ideas to share with the chapter.
FIELD TRIP JULY 22 8:am Reynold's Ridge
Rod Trotter is taking a group of folks up to Reynolds Ridge, up the North Umpqua Highway 138. The area features high mountain meadows. 15 miles up Steamboat Creek. He will be looking for Monk's hood, Washington lilies, sundews and balsomroot and other wildflowers.
So if you need to get away for the day get outside for some fresh air and exercise and plan to tag along with Rod.
The Native Plant Society of Oregon invites you to attend the 2017 NPSO ANNUAL MEETING! June 9,10,11 in ROSEBURG, OR
The Umpqua Valley and Corvallis Chapters are happy to host the 2017 Annual Meeting in the beautiful “Land of Umpqua” and we hope you can join us in experiencing this wildflower-rich area.
NPSO FIELD TRIP: June 3 9:30 am – 4 pmCougar Bluffs, North Umpqua River
Chapter members Rod Trotter and Neal Hadley are inviting you to tag along as they explore the area around Cougar Bluffs. Cougar Bluffs tops out at 4700' elevation above the North Umpqua River up Wright Creek Road. There should be good early season upper elevation forest wildflowers such as Phlox adsurgens (woodland phlox) and stunning rock garden species such as Gilia capitata (bluefield gilia), Penstemon cardwellii (Cardwell’s penstemon),
Penstemon rupicola (pink rock penstemon), Sedum divergens (spreading stonecrop) and Sedum oregonense (creamy stonecrop) are sure to please.
May 13, Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm Field Trip: Looking for wildflowers up the North Umpqua Highway
Join us for a wildflower tour including stops at Steamboat Cr. campground, along Ragged Ridge to see Kalmiopsis, and interesting plants along Illahee Rd. Dan Luoma is coming down from Corvallis to lead this trip. Dan grew up in the area and is one of the volunteer botanists that help at the Glide Wildflower Show every year. I think you would agree any trip up the North Umpqua River in spring is a great outing.
April 29 & 30, Saturday and Sunday, Community Event. Glide Wildflower Show
Be sure to save this date. It is also Native Plant Appreciation week. We think this is the “Pacific Northwest’s Premier Wildflower Show”. Folks come from around the world just for this show. Don’t miss it, you won’t be disappointed. It will give you a better appreciation for the diversity and beauty of our own native flora. Be sure to visit our NPSO booth. The event is at the Glide Community Center. Native plants will be for sale beside the annex provided by ECEC Native Plant Nursery. Information: ww.glidewildflowershow.org.
May 6, Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm Community Event. Master Gardeners Plant and Garden Expo
Douglas County Fair Grounds I-5 exit 123. This has to be the biggest plant sale in town. Vendors fill the building with everything gardening. You are bound to find something you like. Stop by our booth and say hello and pick up a free native plant (supply limited.) Members are available to answer your questions about NPSO, landscaping and restoration. We have a lot of reference material to share. Come see what a leaf and flower look like under the microscope.
Saturday, April 1, 9 am - 3 pm Field Trip: Severt Iverson County Park and Tenmile Creek.
Iverson park has served as a rest stop and a gathering for weddings and anniversaries and peaceful walks for 50 years. In April 2016 we joined up with John Hunter and Friends of Iverson Park to enjoy a stroll in the pristine woods and continue a plant identification survey. In the short time we were there we roughly identified 42 plant species including trillium ovatum, Erythronium oregonum and fairy slipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa). Join us for a return trip to enjoy this park and explore Tenmile Creek that runs through it. It's just a few miles out Coos Bay Wagon Road from Lookingglass.
Field Trip: Saturday, March 18 9 am to 3 pm: Early spring wildflowers in Olalla Creek watershed
Ted Schattenkerk will lead us to Upper Olalla Road south of Tenmile, Oregon to view the first wildflowers of spring including: Oregon fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus hallii), gold star (Crocidium multicaule), baby blue-eyes (Nemophila var. atomaria), rosy plectritis (Plectritis congesta). We will make several stops along Olalla Creek. Easy walking on this trip.
Field Trip: Sunday March 26 Explore Beatty Rock and Beatty creek in the lower Cow Creek watershed.
This is one of our favorite spots. We will explore along lower Cow Creek Road to examine the California sword fern (Polysticum californicum), spring phacelia (Phacelia verna), a rare moss (Pseudoleskeella serpentinensis), and the fairy slipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa). The first stop is at the mouth of Beatty Creek some 8 miles up paved Cow Creek Road. There we will amble about on Beatty Rock, and afterwards, hike a short ways up a brushy streamside trail crossing a geologic contact to view some serpentine-tolerant plant species. The second stop is 1.8 miles further down the Cow Creek Road at the BLM Island Wayside. Anticipate climbing on sloping mossy (slippery) rock for viewing ferns. Ride sharing is encouraged.
LANDSCAPE PROJECT: February 25
We have scheduled a landscape work party for Saturday, February 25 from 10 am until 2 pm at the Hickory Street native plant garden and also at Fir Grove Park in Roseburg . We have entered into an agreement with the city of Roseburg Parks to enhance the landscaped area within Fir Grove Park near the Betty Long Unruh Theater with more northwest native plants. Several species will be blooming this spring and summer. We will be planting 70 shrubs, perennials, and ground cover at the two sites. If you are interested in helping, please phone or text Donna Rawson 541-643-0364 or Donnar460@gmail.com. If you don't have time to help, stop buy for more information about the Native Plant Society.