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 # 30

Mt. Hebo - Driving

Photo: Marna Porath
View of meadow and Coast Range from Mt. Hebo

Difficulty:     Easy  (1 mile round trip) - Sites accessed from vehicles, mostly on flat surfaces, but rocky, wet, uneven terrain.

Elevation:     Negligible.

Group Size Limit:     12

Photo: Kareen Sturgeon
Harsh Indian paintbrush on Mt. Hebo meadow

Trip Description:     This is one of two field trips to this spectacular site in the Oregon Coast Range. The trip description and floristic highlights apply to both trips. The trips differ in difficulty and hiking distance.

Millions of years ago, during the Miocene epoch, flood basalts originating 200 miles to the east made their way to the Oregon coast and were uplifted to form prominent peaks in the Coast Range, such as Saddle Mountain and Mt. Hebo. The latter is a 2.5-mile-long ridge over 3100 feet in elevation, consisting of marine sedimentary rocks capped by hard volcanic rocks, and offering panoramic views of the ocean and eight Cascade peaks. Soils at the top are shallow, covered with mosses, a wide diversity of plants, and boggy areas with Sphagnum.

On the basalt plateaus, expect to see dwarf small camas (Camassia quamash), littleleaf minerslettuce (Montia parvifolia), Cardwell's penstemon (Penstemon cardwellii), and rusty saxifrage (Saxifraga ferruginea). In the forests, find the rare Coast Range fawnlily (Erythronium elegans), Columbia lily (Lilium columbianum), and heart-leaved twayblade (Neottia cordata). The uncommon harsh Indian paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Oregon iris (Iris tenax), and hookspur violet (Viola adunca ssp. adunca), host plant of the Oregon Silverspot butterfly, are abundant in the meadows.

Two species of blueberry, oval-leaved blueberry (Vaccinium ovalifolium) and red huckleberry (V. parvifolium), are culturally significant food resources and are managed by Forest Service employees and tribal members.

Appropriate Clothing and Footwear:     Warm clothing and boots/shoes that can get wet; hiking poles advisable. Cold, windy, wet and rainy conditions possible.

Meeting Place and Time:     Trip # 30 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 9:30 a.m at Hebo Ranger Station, 31525 Hwy 22, Hebo, Oregon 97122. If you choose this option, be sure to notify your trip leader in advance.

Driving Miles and Time from Spirit Mountain Lodge:     25 miles, 35 minutes to the Hebo Ranger Station. From Ranger Station to peak round trip is about five miles on gravel.

Driving Directions:     Trip leader will provide detailed driving instructions.

Leader:       Ken Hiser

Hebo district ranger, Siuslaw National Forest.

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

Photo: Kareen Sturgeon
Cardwell's penstemon (Penstemon cardwellii) on Mt. Hebo

Photo: Marna Porath
From these cliffs on a clear day on Mt. Hebo, eight Cascade peaks can be seen.

Photo: Marna Porath
This trail leads to the meadows on Mt. Hebo.