2016 Annual Meeting

2016 WYNPS ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULE – DUBOIS, WY

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Materials for the Meeting:

Friday June 17th – CHECK-IN AT KOA CAMPGROUND and CAMPFIRE TALK

3-6 pm – Check-in at central meeting area (KOA campground) – pick up registration packets and sign liability waiver. The KOA campground is located 1 block from town (from Hwy 26/287, turn at the Conoco Station onto Riverton St. and go south 1 block). A map of hike destinations and trip rosters will be available for viewing at the registration area.
Dinner on your own, remember to bring a camp chair for sitting around the fire!

7:30 pm or so – Campfire Talk: “Ethnobotany of the Dubois Area” with John Mionczynski

Saturday June 18th –HALF-DAY or FULL-DAY FIELD TRIPS
Bring your lunch, bug spray, bear spray, water, rain gear, and waterproof footwear Half-day trips – meet at KOA Campground central meeting area

9 am – 12 pm BYRD DRAW half-day hike – Leaders: Walt Fertig (tentative) and RT Hawke
Spend an easy half-day in the Wind River Badlands just east of Dubois looking at the rare Dubois milkvetch (Astragalus gilviflorus var. purpureus) and desert plant communities found in this harsh yet beautiful landscape. Parking is limited, car- pooling necessary.

12 pm – 5pm UNION PASS half-day hike – Leaders: Walt Fertig (tentative) and RT Hawke
Take a 45 minute drive (one-way) to the top of the Wind River Mountains to see the spectacular spring bloom in a mountain meadow plant community. Final destination subject to road and weather conditions.

Full-day trips – meet at KOA Campground central meeting area
BITTERROOT AND SHEEP TRAPS – Leaders: Meredith & Tory Taylor and Charmaine Delmatier

This is an easy 1 mile (each way) hike on public lands. See prehistoric sheep traps and discuss archeology and ethnobotany. Car-pooling recommended, about 45 minute drive (one-way) up the East Fork. After enjoying the bitterroot (Lewisia pygmaea), evening-primrose (Oenothera spp.), penstemon (Penstemon spp.), and whatever else is in bloom, the trip will head back to Dubois with other potential stops along the way to fill the day.

WHISKEY MOUNTAIN via WHISKEY CREEK – Leaders: Kim Springer and Lynn Stewart (maximum group size: 20)
This is a long and strenuous journey (~8 miles round trip) with ~3,000 vertical feet climbed, but there is so much to see along the trail! Trailhead accessible to passenger cars. The end destination is Jones (limestone) columbine (Aquilegia jonesii). Trip route subject to road and weather conditions.

HORSE/PARK CREEK BURN & DOUBLE CABIN – Leaders: Bonnie Heidel and Lynn Kinter (tentative)
Take a 20 minute car drive (one-way) and stop to wander through a recently burned landscape. Learn about fire ecology of the area as well as the plants that thrive in post-burn environments. The journey will continue up the road as far as conditions allow, hopefully as far as Double Cabin, to enjoy mountain vistas and flora.

Saturday evening – DENNISON LODGE

5:30 pm Social

6:00-7:00 Dinner

7:30-8:30 Program – “Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain forest-tundra ecotone, their symbionts and South American cousins” by Dr. Jack Sterling States, Professor of Biology, Emeritus, N. Arizona University. Dr. States is a fungi expert and author of Biological Soil Crusts of the Red Desert (2008) and many other publications. He is the co-author of Wildflowers of Wyoming (2004) and has recently released a 2nd Edition (2015) of this must-have, full-color field guide.

Sunday morning June 19th – KOA CAMPGROUND

8:00 am WYNPS annual meeting and coffee!

Sunday – HALF-DAY or a FULL DAY FIELD TRIPS
Half-day trips – meet at KOA Campground central meeting area

9 am – 12 pm BYRD DRAW – Leaders: Lynn Kinter (tentative) and Lillian McMath
Spend an easy half-day in the Wind River badlands just east of Dubois looking at the rare Dubois milkvetch (Astragalus gilviflorus var. purpureus) and desert plant communities found in this harsh and beautiful landscape. Parking is limited, car-pooling is necessary.

12 pm – 5 pm UNION PASS – Leaders: Lynn Kinter (tentative) and Bruce S. Thompson.
Take a 45 minute drive (one-way) to Union Pass at the top of the Wind River Mountains to see the spectacular spring bloom in a mountain meadows. Final destination subject to road and weather conditions.

9 am – 12 pm HORSE/PARK CREEK BURN – Leaders: Walt Fertig (tentative) and  Charmaine Delmatier.
Take a 20 minute drive (one-way) and stop to wander through a recently burned landscape. Learn about fire ecology of the area as well as the plants that thrive in post-burn environments.

12 pm – 5 pm DOUBLE CABIN – Leaders: Walt Fertig (tentative) and Charmaine Delmatier.
Those who wish to continue from Horse/Park Creek Burn, can drive up the road as far as it will allow, hopefully to Double Cabin, to enjoy mountain vistas and flora.

Full-day trips – meet at KOA Campground central meeting area

9 am – 5 pm WHISKEY MOUNTAIN via WEST TORREY RIM – Leaders: Bonnie Heidel and Lynn Stewart (max. group: 20)

This is a strenuous journey 3 mile round trip, but well worth the effort. Only 4wd vehicles can access the trailhead (steep and rocky), car-pooling is a necessity. From the trailhead, climb app. 1400 vertical feet in about 1 1⁄2 miles to see Jones (limestone) columbine (Aquilegia jonesii) and the alpine landscape. Adventurous souls can continue to the top of Whiskey Mountain (~11,000 feet) for a view that will knock your socks off! Trip route subject to road and weather conditions.

9am – 5 pm BOMBER BASIN – Leaders: RT Hawke and Mary Blackburn (maximum group size: 20)
Come join us for spectacular trip into the Wind River Range. We will be going up the scenic Torrey Valley which contains impressive geology, world renowned petroglyphs, Bighorn sheep range and many plant species. We will making short stops along the valley to observe all of the above, before we reach the trailhead (which is one of the major entries into the range). Bomber Falls is an option 3.4 miles (one-way) from the Trail Lake trailhead into the Fitzpatrick wilderness, a moderate hike gaining 1200 feet past Torrey Falls along East Torrey Creek into mountain meadows at the base of the Falls.

Monday morning June 20th – HALF-DAY TRIPS

Half-day trips – meet at KOA Campground central meeting area

8 am – WEST BOUND: ETHNOBOTANY AT BROOKS LAKE – Leaders: Meredith & Tory Taylor and Amy Taylor
West-bound travelers leaving Dubois can enjoy an easy half-day hike near Brooks Lake and see and learn all kinds of native edible and medicinal plants such as spring beauty (Claytonia lanceolata), arnica (Arnica spp.), fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium), Indian paintbrush (Castilleja spp.), elderberry (Sambucus racemosa), strawberry (Frageria spp.), raspberry (Rubus spp.), and gooseberry (Ribes montigenum).

8 am – EAST BOUND: SPRING RANCH – Leaders: RT Hawke and Mary Blackburn
As you leave town heading east, stop at Spring Ranch for a leisurely stroll through the sloping sage and badlands at the base of the Wind River Mtns and the riparian area along the Wind River. We may see the Dubois milkvetch along with a palette of more than 120 other early blooming species on this longest continually working ranch in the Upper Wind River Valley.

LODGING and CAMPING

Reserve cabins or camping at the Dubois KOA where Wyoming Native Plant Society attendees have a group discount. It is located 1 block from town (from Hwy 26/287, turn at the Conoco Station onto Riverton St. and go south 1 block).
You can register by mail (225 Welty St., Dubois, WY 82513), by phone (1-800-562-0806) or on-line (www.koa.com/campgrounds/dubois). Just say that you are with Wyoming Native Plant Society and they will give a 20% discount off the full prices for cabins, tent camping or RV (below). Amenities include laundry, fishing, and heated pool.

Tent Camping: $30.00
Cabins (no linens): 2 person cabins: $60.00
4 person cabins: $70.00
5 person cabins: $145.00 (Full bathrooms, kitchenettes)
RV Camping (go on-line for full options): Water/electric: $45.00 Full hook up: $50.00 River front: $53.00

Other options include free dispersed camping at the east end of Ring Lake and the south end of Trail Lake (both in Torrey Valley). Torrey Valley affords great views and a quiet getaway recommended for RVs especially since the only amenities are pit toilets. Horse Creek Campground, located 12 miles north of Dubois on Hwy 285, is a Forest Service facility with tables and toilets. For more public camping information go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/shoshone/recreation/camping-cabins. Another free tent camping alternative is the mouth of Byrd Draw, adjacent to Lillian McMath’s home. She has generously invited up to 20 folks (no children) to camp in her yard along the Wind River at the start of our badlands hike up the draw. If interested in camping here, please contact Mary Blackburn at mary.blackburn47@yahoo.com for more information and reservations. For other local accommodations go to http://www.duboiswyomingchamber.org/lodging.html. For more information when planning an extended trip: http://windriver.org/welcome-to-wyomings-best-adventure/.

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