2022 INPS Statewide Annual Meeting

Plants and Natural History of Clearwater Forests

June 23-27, 2022

PLEASE JOIN US: Come explore the fascinating flora with the natural and human history in the Clearwater River drainage. Our White Pine Chapter will host you for socializing, botanizing, and learning together. We will camp along the Wild and Scenic Lochsa River, adjacent to the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area. Lewis and Clark traveled through here, as did many Native Americans before and since. With habitats from moist forests to subalpine meadows, the flora is rich and diverse, including many coastal disjunct species that thrive both here and in the moist forests of the western coast. Our area has a long history of fires and human use for recreation, timber production, fishing, and other delights. We welcome all INPS members and non-member guests.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS:

We will gather at the Pavilion and camp at the Wilderness Gateway Campground on the Lochsa River along US 12, 122 miles east of Lewiston and 95 miles west of Missoula, MT. Directions and distances to Wilderness Gateway Campground at MP 122 on US Highway 12

From the north: US95 to Lewiston, then east on US12 (~134 miles from Moscow, 218 miles from Coeur d’Alene, 122 miles from Lewiston)

From southern Idaho, there are multiple options, including:

  • North on US95 to Grangeville then Idaho 13 to Kooskia and then east on US12 (~71 miles northeast of Grangeville),
  • North on I15, then west on I90 to Missoula, then south on US93 and west on US12 (95 miles from Missoula), or 
  • North on US93 from Salmon to Lolo then west on US12 (268 miles from Boise, 425 miles from Pocatello, 374 miles from Idaho Falls)

REGISTRATION:

Please register soon using this registration form. Complete the form and mail it to whitepine.treasurer@gmail.com with your check. On the form you will indicate whether you need one of our campsites, how many people you’ll pay for dinner, and choose which of the all-day field trips, if any, that you’ll attend on Saturday and Sunday. When you send the form, please keep a photo or other copy of it, and look for an email back from us telling you we’ve got you registered.

SCHEDULE: June 23-27, 2022 (subject to change) (All times Pacific Daylight Time)

Thursday, June 23: Early arrivals can check in after 4 pm

Friday, June 24:

  • Check in for the meeting at the Pavilion, then botanize around camp on your own
  • 6:00 pm Potluck dinner (bring a side dish to share, plates, utensils, and beverage; main dish will be provided)
  • 7:00 pm Welcome, meeting overview and logistics
  • 7:15 pm THE EVOLUTION OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST MESIC FOREST ECOSYSTEM – THE DISJUNCT STORY: presentation by Pam Brunsfeld

Saturday, June 25

  • Field Trips (Choose one)
    • Packer Meadow (all day)
    • Coastal Disjuncts (all day)
    • Selway Falls and Western redcedar (all day)
    • one or more of the on-your own field trips (each about 1/2 day)
  • 6:00-8:00 pm Silent Auction to benefit Education Research Inventory Grant (ERIG) program
  • 7:00 pm Dinner (Catered; indicate meal preference on registration form)
  • 8:00 pm Annual meeting and keynote presentation (Topic and Speaker to be announced

Sunday, June 26

  • Field trips (Choose one)
    • Packer Meadow (all day)
    • Whitebark Pine Ecology and Restoration (all day)
    • Coolwater Ridge (all day)
    • One or more of the on-your-own field trips (each about 1/2 day)
  • 7:00 pm Evening is on your own and informal

Monday June 27

  • One or more of the on-your-own field trips (each about 1/2 day)
  • INPS 2022 Statewide Annual Meeting ends at noon

FIELD TRIPS:

Choose from full-day trips with botanist leaders and several half-day trips you can do independently. We will finalize carpooling and leave from the Pavilion for the all-day field trips by 8 am each morning. Field trip leaders will focus on flora and ecology with great scenery, natural and human history for you to enjoy. Bring a lunch, water, sun protection and insect repellent for all field trips, wear good walking shoes, and bring hiking poles if you usually use them. We will provide species lists and other information. The full-day and on your-own field trips are described in this field-trip-attachment.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

We highly recommend getting your reservations SOON as the area can be busy in June: We have reserved all 26 campsites in Loop A for our meeting. (ONLY A FEW ARE LEFT!!!). If you wish us to hold one of these remaining reserved campsites in Loop A for you, send us an email ASAP at whitepine.treasurer@gmail.com (you will pay $45 total for all 4 nights when you register for the annual meeting; each site holds up to 8 people in 2 vehicles). We have reserved the Loop A campsites for Thursday, June 23 through Sunday night, June 26, with checkout by 2 PM Monday (4 nights). We also reserved the Pavilion June 23-June 27 (5 days) with check out at 10 PM on Monday, June 27.

Alternatively, there are 60 campsites on other loops at Wilderness Gateway and other developed and dispersed campsites along US 12, many of which can be reserved in advance on recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. Lochsa Lodge at Powell has cabins, a restaurant, a small store, and gas. Three Rivers Inn at Lowell has cabins and a small restaurant as well as rafting.

Some nearby towns have motels, bed and breakfast places, or RV parks. They include:

  • Kamiah & Kooskia (57 and 48 miles, respectively, from Wilderness Gateway CG) are small towns with grocery stores, restaurants, and small hotels.
  • Lolo Hot Springs Resort (60 miles), Lochsa Lodge (40 miles), Three Rivers Resort (26 miles), Syringa (33 miles), all mileages from Wilderness Gateway Campground
  • Missoula (95 miles from Wilderness Gateway Campground)
Forest scene
Forest scene along Wilderness gateway trail
Ferns berries
Plants to see along the Wilderness Gateway trail

All Photos by Penny Morgan

Click here for map of Loop A

Camas at meadow
Camas at Packer Meadows

POTENTIAL ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF OUR INPS MEETING

  • Float trip on the Lochsa River (white water)
  • Fly fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Small resorts at Lolo Hot Springs, Powell, and Syringa
  • It’se Ye-Ye (https://crcasino.com/itse-ye-ye-casino/) and Clearwater Casino (https://crcasino.com/casino/) run by the Nez Perce Tribe
  • Hot springs: Several informal hot springs (Jerry Johnson, Stanley, others) require a hike in), many are clothing optional)
  • Nez Perce National Historical Park (https://www.nps.gov/nepe/index.htm) (highly recommended on your drive to or from the meeting)

The above information will be published in the January issue of Sage Notes. A 4-page pdf of the information can also be found at 2022 Annual Meeting PDF

Click here for a brief history of Past Annual Meetings