2020 NPSO Annual Meeting Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the best interests for the health and safety of our members, the Cheahmill Chapter has decided to cancel the Annual Meeting this year. While the number of new cases should decline over the next several weeks and months, subsequent waves of COVID-19 are likely to recur once social distancing is relaxed. We are exploring hosting the meeting next year (2021) at Spirit Mountain Lodge and offering much the same program.

If you have already sent in your registration form and payment, your checks will be shredded. Those whose checks were already deposited will receive a refund.

We look forward to seeing all of you in 2021, hopefully at Spirit Mountain. Please stay safe and healthy through this difficult time.

NPSO 2020 Annual Meeting

May 29 - 31     Spirit Mountain Lodge, Grand Ronde, Oregon

Field Trips

Saturday May 30, 2020    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.                    Field Trip # 21

Confederated Tribes (CTGR) Plant Nursery and Champoeg State Park

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde (CTGR) nursery overview

Difficulty:     Easy to moderate - Ground is uneven but relatively flat.

Elevation:     Minimal

Group Size Limit:     24

The Tribes grow Yampah ( Perideridia) sp. at the nursery.

Trip Description:     The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) Plants for People project aims to make culturally important plant species available for restoration projects. In the morning, we will tour the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde (CTGR) native plant nursery and will hike a short trail where these plants are established. In the afternoon, we will visit Champoeg State Heritage Area to tour a prairie under restoration.

The CTGR Nursery is producing species for restoration as well as community engagement. As part of the Plants for People project, raised beds and shrub cutting beds were constructed in 2014. Raised beds are growing large camas (Camassia leichtlinii), Gairdner's yampah (Perideridia gairdneri), crown brodiaea (Brodiaea coronaria), narrowleaf onion (Allium amplectens), and barestem biscuitroot (Lomatium nudicaule). Two beds are used to propagate native shrub species, such as Pacific willow (Salix lasiandra var. lasiandra), red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea), and Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus). Other natives grown in pots in the greenhouse include Yerba Buena (Clinopodium douglasi) and Indian tobacco (Nicotiana quadrivalvis).

The 45-acre Champoeg Prairie is part of the State Heritage Area, a 622-acre property along the Willamette River. Historically, the area was important for trade, gathering, and food harvesting for local tribes. The Prairie is a former agricultural field being restored to native wet and upland prairie. It was seeded in 2007 with native grasses: tufted hairgrass (Deschampsia cespitosa), blue wildrye (Elymus glaucus), Roemer's fescue (Festuca roemeri), California brome (Bromus carinatus), and California oatgrass (Danthonia californica). In 2017, a prescribed burn prepared the ground for seeding and planting with native forbs, grasses, and sedges, many of which bloomed the following year. In fall 2018, camas and yampah grown at the CTGR nursery were planted in the Prairie as part of a cultural event. Eventually, they will be harvested by local tribes.

Appropriate Clothing and Footwear:     Sturdy walking shoes, hiking poles optional.

Special Considerations:     $5 day use parking fee or 12-month parking permit required for Champoeg State Heritage Area

Meeting Place and Time:     Trip # 21 leaves at 9 a.m. from Spirit Mountain Lodge entrance. Plan to arrive 30 minutes before departure time to meet your group and arrange carpools.

Alternate Meeting:     Participants may also meet the trip at 12:30 p.m at Oak Grove Day Use area, Champoeg State Heritage Area, 8239 Champoeg Road NE, St. Paul, Oregon. If you choose this option, be sure to notify your trip leader in advance.

Driving Miles and Time from Spirit Mountain Lodge:     2.7 miles, 5 minutes to CTGR Nursery; 42 miles, 49 minutes from CTGR Nursery to Champoeg State Heritage Area

Driving Directions:     Trip leaders will provide detailed driving instructions.

Leaders:       Jeremy Ojua, Peter Moore, Andy Neill

Jeremy Ojua, nursery manager, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Peter Moore, restoration ecologist, Institute for Applied Ecology. Andy Neill, restoration ecologist, Institute for Applied Ecology.

Plant Lists and Other Information:     Clink on the links below for more information about this trip.

Tribal members roast camas bulbs the traditional way.

Photo: Jeremy Ouja
Elegant brodiaea Brodiaea elegans is grown at the Tribal nursery.

Along the trail at Champoeg State Heritage Area

Detailed map of Champeog State Heritage Area

Common Camas (Camassia quamash)