Klamath Basin Chapter, 
Native Plant Society of Oregon

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  • October 20, 2014 9:37 PM | Anonymous

    Help restore a population of one of Oregon's rarest plants!


    Applegate’s milkvetch (Astragalus applegatei) is a federally endangered plant species that is endemic (only found here) to Klamath Falls. There are only a few known populations. Come help plant seedlings of this rare plant on protected land!


    What: help plant Applegate’s milkvetch seedlings


    Where: Euwana Flat Preserve, Klamath Falls, OR When: Friday, Oct 31, 1-3pm or Saturday, Nov 1, 9am- noon


    Why: help protect this special plant! Contact: Dr. Kerry Byrne (Kerry.Byrne@oit.edu) for more information and to RSVP so we know how many people to expect



  • June 12, 2014 5:32 PM | Anonymous

    Klamath Basin Chapter secretary and Oregon Tech Assistant Professor, Dr. Kerry Byrne has just been awarded a cooperative agreement research grant with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to develop and implement a multi-year demographic monitoring program for Applegate’s milkvetch (Astragalus applegatei) individuals at the Nature Conservancy's Ewauna Flat Preserve in Klamath Falls, OR.

    This critically endangered plant species is one of Oregon’s rarest and most endangered plants. It was listed as Endangered in 1993 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is also an Oregon State Endangered species. A. applegatei is a narrow endemic of the Lower Klamath Basin in Southern Oregon, within the city of Klamath Falls.


    Past research has identified the unique germination requirements of the species and Rock Bottom Ranch Nursery (Bonanza, OR) has developed successful propagation techniques that use site-specific soils to improve germination rates.

    KBCNPSO members Steve Sheehy and Melissa Shroeder, along with Ron Larson, have planted propagated seedlings over the past two years at the Ewauna Flat Preserve. Additional seedlings will be planted this fall.


    Dr. Byrne’s proposed research will implement a multi-year demographic monitoring program to track the fate of out-planted individuals, in addition to developing a stage-based population model with information on seedling recruitment, plant life stage transitions, and plant mortality. These data will greatly assist Federal, State, and Local agencies in planning future population introduction and augmentation plans and is vital for the recovery of this imperiled species.

  • May 04, 2014 8:16 PM | Anonymous
    At the end of April the new Oregon Wildflowers app was released. The app was by developed by the Oregon Flora Project in partnership with High Country Apps.

    The app is available for both iOS and Android devices. It provides photos and information on nearly 1,000 wildflowers, shrubs and vines common in Oregon. The photos in the app include some from KBCNPSO member Steve Sheehy.

    The Wildflowers App costs $7.99 and a portion of the proceeds go to support conservation and botanical exploration in the Pacific Northwest.

    You can download the app for iPhone/iPad in the Apple App Store or for Android devices, Amazon or Google Play

    For more information: Read the press release.

  • February 16, 2014 6:46 PM | Anonymous
    OPB television show, Oregon Field Guide, featured a segment on the Grande Ronde Overlook Wildflower Institute Serving Ecological Restoration ( G.R.O.W.I.S.E.R.) The segment was filmed on June 1, 2013.

    If you missed the episode you can watch it online at: http://www.opb.org/programs/ofg

    For more information about GROWISER, visit their 2 websites: http://www.growiser.net/  or http://www.growiser.info/

    GROWISER is a 260 acre native plant conservation area in Northeast Oregon. It protects 220 acres of land located 5 miles north of Summerville, and 40 acres located 2 miles east of Cove, Oregon.
  • January 28, 2014 1:07 PM | Anonymous
    This is the twentieth year of the Oregon Flora Project, and big things are happening! We will be publishing as a hardbound book the first volume of the Flora of Oregon at the end of 2014. It will cover the gymnosperms, ferns and fern allies, and monocots. A discussion of ecology and the history of Oregon botany will open the book, and many new illustrations will accompany the floristic treatments. This will be the first new flora of our state in 73 years!

    We will also be releasing a wildflower identification app this spring. This easy-to-use identification tool will cover ~950 wildflowers across the state. Look for information about this offering on our website in the coming months.

    We ushered in the year with a fundraising campaign with a $20,000 matching challenge. We are well on our way to meeting it, and I further challenge Oregon Flora Project supporters to surpass it by at least 20%. Your generous support will ensure we meet our significant goals in this twentieth year of the OFP.

    Donations can be made online at http://oregonflora.org/supportOFP.php, or by mailing us a check (payable to Agricultural Research Foundation, attn.: OFP. Mail to:  Ag. Research Fdn, 1600 SW Western Blvd Ste 320, Corvallis, OR 97333).

    Thank you for your support of the Oregon Flora Project!
  • January 24, 2014 11:33 AM | Anonymous
    Bees are an integral part of the environment. Unfortunately they are in trouble. Do your part to help with Bumble Bee watch. Check out the Bumble Bee Watch Website today!
  • December 20, 2013 6:06 PM | Anonymous
    We had another great turn out and Ron Larson's presentation about Applegate's Milkvetch was full of information and entertaining.
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    If you'd like to see the slideshow, you can download the PDF version - Applegates Milk-Vetch Presentation Dec 2013.pdf



    See you in February!
  • November 06, 2013 10:07 AM | Anonymous
    Our organizational meeting was a huge success! Lots of folks came out to view the Crater Lake Flowers slideshow and eat some pizza.

    Elections were held for new officers and the wheels were put in motion to reinstate our chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon.

    Our next meeting will be on December 5th.

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