Welcome to Koma Kulshan WNPS

Vanilla Leaf

Vanilla Leaf (Achlys triphylla)

The Koma Kulshan chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society invites you to join us as we explore the diversity of plants that live in our corner of the Pacific Northwest. From tidewater to the summit of lofty Mt. Baker, we have many habitats and microclimates that support diverse species — some common and some so rare you’re unlikely to find them without a guide.

Our home territory is Whatcom County, but our chapter meetings and field trips often take us farther afield.

If you have any interest in the plants that grow all around us, please join us. Our meetings and field trips are free and generally open to the public (with very few exceptions). Of course, if you come along a couple of times and find us friendly and the subject interesting we hope you’ll join. Get membership and online payment details on the Washington Native Plant Society state website. Be sure to choose Koma Kulshan as your chapter.


Native Plant Stewardship Program

Rivers and Forests of Whatcom County & Northern Puget Sound

Participate in a course focused on stewardship of the native plant and wildlife habitats of the northern Puget Lowland. This 6-week class will meet on Thursday evenings from September 21 through October 26, 6:00 to 8:30 pm., at the Bloedel Beach Pavillion at Bloedel-Donovan Park in Bellingham. We’ll explore natural habitats and restoration sites on three Saturday field trips, September 23, October 7, and October 21.

The course provides 30 hours of learning including identification of important native and invasive plants, key wildlife-habitat relationships, restoration skills, and other topics. Home study of selected readings and videos supports classroom topics. In return, participants agree to provide 30 hours of service to local conservation and restoration projects within 18 months of completing the course.

The City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department, Whatcom Land Trust, and other local conservation organizations are partnering with the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) in offering this training, and have habitat projects that need stewards’ help!

Anyone can apply! Participants must be members of WNPS. It’s easy to join! Visit http://www.wnps.org/join.html.

This program is part of the WNPS Native Plant Stewardship Program. Participants who complete the training will earn credit towards recognition as a WNPS Native Plant Steward.

Registration is now open. For more information or to request an application, contact Jim Evans, WNPS State Stewardship Program Manager, at 206-678-8914 or jimevans@centurytel.net.

Download a PDF of the Stewardship Program flyer.


Chapter E-mail Announcement list

Our chapter has a low-traffic Yahoo Groups e-mail list for reminders about upcoming meetings and field trips. To subscribe, send a blank email to wnps_koma-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. You’ll be sent a confirmation email from the group. Reply to the confirmation email to activate your subscription. You can always unsubscribe if you find it is not what you want. Or, send list manager Mark Turner an e-mail requesting to join the Yahoo Group.