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

Friday May 29, 2020    1 - 4 p.m.                    Field Trip # 7

Grass Mountain at the Sitka Center

Grass Mountain meadow

Difficulty:     Easy  (1 to 2 miles) - Some moderate slopes on grass paths.

Elevation:     200 feet elevation gain/loss

Group Size Limit:     12, maximum of three vehicles

A walk on the grass paths of Grass Mountain offers coastal woodland views as well as flower-bedecked meadows.

Trip Description:     Walk through coastal forest and meadows to explore Grass Mountain, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology's newly acquired 80-acre property within the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area.

For hundreds of years, the only settlements near Cascade Head and the Salmon River were the indigenous peoples. The Walls family staked a claim for the property in 1905 and used it for farming and forestry until 2011, when it was acquired by the Sitka Center. They called the property Grass Mountain because of its open meadows; the name was also used to describe Cascade Head itself. Predominant species include Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis), western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), red alder (Alnus rubra), Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), and sword fern (Polystichum munitum).

Sitka is determining how the property will be used and developed, which may include residency programs, workshops, and events that promote stewardship and deepen an understanding of ecology through art, science, and attention to this remarkable place. NPSO participants are welcome to provide their input to this process during the tour and are encouraged to help develop a plant species list of the property. This site is not generally open to the public.

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

Meeting Place and Time:     Trip # 7 leaves at 1 p.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 1:45 p.m at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, 56605 Sitka Drive, Otis, Oregon. If you choose this option, be sure to notify your trip leader in advance.

Driving Miles and Time from Spirit Mountain Lodge:     26 miles, 35 minutes. Paved roads; one mile of good gravel road from Sitka Center to Grass Mountain site.

Driving Directions:     Trip leader will provide detailed driving instructions.

Leader:       Bob Langan

Facilities and ecology manager for Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

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

A Grass Mountain meadow affords a view all the way to the ocean.