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• What we'll do The sunny hills and pine groves of Catherine Creek day use area showcase the premiere early wildflower spot in the Columbia Gorge. Expect to see grass widows, yellow bells, prairie stars, monkeyflowers, chocolate lilies, and many more. Species lists: http://science.halleyhosting.com/nature/gorge/views/catherine.htm We'll take an easy walking route, up to 3 miles, with 800 ft. elevation gain. There are broad views across the Columbia, a natural stone arch, and secret flower patches amid the ancient oaks. Catherine Creek is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest about 7.2 miles east of Bingen, WA in Klickitat County. We'll carpool from Gateway: the NE corner of NE Pacific St and NE 99th Ave, southwest of the Fred Meyer parking lot. (Fred Meyer asks that you not park in their lot.) Please arrive by 8:20 am so we can leave promptly by 8:30. Return time to Portland cannot be guaranteed, so please allow the whole day, but estimate return by 4:30 pm. Drive is 134 miles round trip. If you want to meet directly at the Catherine Creek trailhead, instead of Gateway, please message the event host so we'll know where to expect you. Be aware there is poor cell service at the trailhead, so we may not be able to tell you of any changes. Groups leaving Portland have sometimes been more than an hour delayed. https://goo.gl/maps/Ce2Uj3mDrfqZAmmXA • What to bring Bring water and lunch and good hiking shoes or boots. Depending on weather, the trails could be wet or slightly muddy. Come dressed for rain or shine, ready to be outdoors all day. It's somewhat drier up the Gorge, but this is still the Pacific Northwest. It may be windy on the heights. Bring your favorite wildflower guide, if if you like. More details: https://www.meetup.com/NPSO-Portland/pages/25738584/Field_Trip_Notes/ • Important to know The suggested carpool donation is $10. The Hood River Toll Bridge is $2 each way; help share this cost with your carpool driver. This is a very popular hike. Please don't no-show, or cancel with only a few days warning, and so block other people from being able to go.
Alexis Larsen from the Institute of Applied Ecology in Corvallis will speak on the Native Seed Network, a program dedicated to increasing awareness about selecting the right seed for large or small native plant projects. Her focus will be on the Institute's efforts to collect seed from native species for gene conservation and to develop seed farms that produce sufficient quantities to support large-scale restoration work.
• What we'll do Four Sisters Natural Area is a lesser known Columbia Land Trust property just above The Dalles city limit in the Gorge. This will be a guided ramble of about 2 miles, at times rocky and uneven with some muddy spots. Less than 400' of elevation gain. We'll be looking for prairie stars, Columbia lomatium, western saxifrage, fields of buttercups, and perhaps the last wave of yellow bells, grass widows, and other early risers. It's not unusual to see coyotes, deer, and bald eagles, or to hear the melodious trills of meadow larks. Nestled in high swales, there are vernal pools that appear for a short time during the rainy season. These host unique plants and other creatures. The "sisters" are four tranquil rock monoliths drowsing on a high slope, remnants of a former basalt landscape scoured and eroded by multiple ice age floods of the Columbia gorge. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1JLZnfwfDr9Hmcj-qE1VvU0EQmOnOGUlI&usp=sharing • How to find us Meet to carpool two blocks SOUTH of Gateway Transit Center on the sidewalk at the corner of NE 99th and PACIFIC. (Fred Meyer asks that you not park in their lot and we won't see you if you're sitting in a car!) Please arrive by 8:15 am so we can leave promptly by 8:30. Return time to Portland cannot be guaranteed, estimated 4:30. You may be asked to drive. Host contact day of hike is[masked]. If you want to meet directly at the site, please message the event host by clicking on their name. Be aware that cell coverage is patchy, so we may not be able to update you promptly. Groups leaving Portland have sometimes been delayed. The starting time at the trail head is 10am [masked], [masked]), near the intersection of Starlight Drive West and Short St. in The Dalles. Park on Starlight Dr. then walk a block up Short St. to the water tank. Wait near the boot brush and sign at the entrance to the property. Don't drive up Short St., there are no parking spots. • What to bring Bring water, lunch, optional field guide, and sturdy hiking footwear. Be prepared for rain, wind, or sun. We'll be outdoors all day. Be ready with $12 cash for your driver. • Important to know More details: https://www.meetup.com/NPSO-Portland/pages/25738584/Field_Trip_Notes/ If you find you're unable to go, please change your RSVP to "not going" in time to allow others on the waitlist to attend. If you enjoy these hikes, consider becoming a member of the statewide Native Plant Society of Oregon. http://www.npsoregon.org/ Membership is only $25 per year, and supports native plant appreciation, education, and conservation. The newsletter has members-only events, such as hikes not posted on Meetup.
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Tryon Creek State Natural Area is a 650-acre-plus natural day-use area located between Portland’s metropolitan area and the city of Lake Oswego. The park has 8 miles of hiking trails, 3.5 miles of horse trail and a 3-mile paved bicycle trail. The Friends of Tryon Creek volunteers organize the annual Plant Sale and the 40th Annual Trillium Festival. NPSO-PDX will have an information table and is looking for an afternoon volunteer from 12 - 3 pm. Contact Willow at [masked] if interested. Boskey Dell Natives will be selling plants in various sizes, including Trillium and other specialty native plants that support native wildlife. Specific Questions about your yard? Bring photos to ask experts for advice and guidance. To join the elite Saturday "Eco Crew" that manages the invasive plant removal in the park, go to www.tryonfriends.org/calendar for March and April dates or contact Amy Stout, Volunteer Coordinator at [masked].