Botanizing the North Coast with the Native Plant Society

June 30, 2014

npso20140607sm005The success of the statewide conference of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, held in Cannon Beach June 6 to 8, was due in no small part to active involvement by North Coast Land Conservancy staff and volunteers.

NCLC Executive Director Katie Voelke helped NPSO plan the conference over the past two years, including identifying field trip locations within reach of Cannon Beach and identifying local experts to lead those trips. In addition to Katie herself, those trip leaders included NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich, Conservation Assistant Amy Hutmacher, board secretary Tom Horning, and volunteers Mike Patterson, Doug Ray and Kathleen Sayce, as well as NCLC’s former stewardship director, now coordinator of Northwest Oregon Restoration Partnership in Tillamook.

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Mountain arnica (arnica latifolia)

Field trips led plant enthusiasts up Neahkahnie Mountain and to the seacliffs at Oswald West State Park, up Tillamook Head in Ecola State Park, to Falcon Cove, to several NCLC habitat reserves (Circle Creek, Mill Ponds, Neacoxie Creek, Silverspot Meadow and Necanicum Estuary) and around Angora and Onion Peaks, an area of private timber farms above Arch Cape that NCLC is interested in conserving. The wildflower pictured here, including locally rare and endemic species, were all photographed on those peaks by Mike Patterson.

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Saddle Mountain bittercress (Cardamine pattersonii)

 

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Chambers paintbrush (Castilleja chambersii)

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Queen of the forest (Filipendula occidentalis)

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Wild ginger (Asarum caudatum)

 

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