Don was elected by the WNPS Board of Directors to serve WNPS as the  President for 2018. Don had been a member of WNPS several times in the 90s, but got serious about the Society while leading Mountaineers Naturalist trips in 2005.  While on a hike, one of his other leaders ran into Alan Yen's WNPS field trip on the Iron Peak trail, and Alan identi...fied a plant that had baffled them all: Ivesia tweedyii.  That encounter introduced him to the collection of WNPS plant lists, and his education made a step-change from there.  Don has also previously served WNPS as Secretary and Director-at-Large. More

A Message from the New WNPS President: Don Schaechtel

Don Schaechtel WNPS President
Hi Washington Native Plant Society Members: I am honored to be elected by the WNPS Board of Directors to serve as your President for the coming year.I had been a member of WNPS several times in the 90s, but got serious about the Society while leading Mountaineers Naturalist trips in 2005.One of our other leaders ran into Alan Yen's WNPS field trip on the Iron Peak trail, and Alan identified a plant that had baffled all of us: Ivesia tweedyii .That encounter introduced us to the collection of WNP...
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Misadventures at the Seed Bank

Misadventures at the Seed Bank
I spent much of this spring and summer on my hands and knees pulling weeds. Not by choice, mind you, but because four years ago I did not understand the concept of the seed bank. Let me explain. In 2008 my wife and I bought an acre in Leavenworth; the site of an old pasture and orchard that bordered the forest. We finished building a house in 2010 and during the previous fall I began work to restore the old pasture to what it might have looked like before cultivation. If I were a purist I would ...
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Getting Acquainted with Lichens

Getting Acquainted with Lichens
Learning about lichens is fun and adds a new dimension to your time outdoors. But what is a lichen? And how is it different from a moss? To a biologist, the answer is simple: a moss is a plant and a lichen is a partnership between a fungus and algae or cyanobacteria (formerly known as blue-green algae). But that may not help you, since you won't see the algae or cyanobacteria with your naked eye. So here is a general rule of thumb: Mosses are often grass green and lichens are every other shade o...
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