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NPSO 2016 Annual Meeting

Saturday Evening Keynote Speaker

July 16

Mark Egger with Castilleja nivibractea on the upper flanks of Cerro Quixobra
, Sierra Madre del Sur, Oaxaca, Mexico, Aug 2001  
Photo: Sharon Rodman

Mark Egger, Research Associate at the Burke Museum of Natural History in Seattle and retired Science Teacher, is the keynote speaker at the 2016 Annual Meeting Saturday banquet. Mark was selected because of his teaching and presentation skills and his expertise in the genus Castilleja and the related genera, Orthocarpus, Cordylanthus, and Chloropyron. Up to 8 paintbrush species are documented from the McKenzie River area, some of which will be seen on Annual Meeting field trips.

Castilleja rubida
Castilleja rubida, south slopes of The Matterhorn, above Ice Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness Area, Wallowa Mountains, Wallowa Co., OR, 6 Aug 1996
Photo: Mark Egger
Mark has studied the genus Castilleja for over 30 years and has traveled extensively throughout North America, Mexico, and Central and South America in his research. He has published numerous papers in botanical journals, including the description of 9 Castilleja species new to science, two of which are endemic or primarily endemic to Oregon. He has authored the treatment of Castilleja for the Flora of North America and for the Plants of the Four Corners Region and is preparing the same for the Flora of Oregon, Vol 3, for the pending revision of the Flora of the Pacific Northwest, and a new Flora of New Mexico. Mark also maintains an actively updated plant photo site on Flickr, including extensive sets of his photos of every species and variety of Castilleja occurring in North America north of Mexico and of most of the species found in Mexico and the rest of Latin America.

Mark’s educational credits include a B.S. in Science Education from Oregon State University, including study with Dr. Ken Chambers, and independent graduate studies in botany at the University of Washington with Dr. Art Kruckeberg. In addition, Mark taught a variety of science courses in the public schools in the Seattle area for nearly 30 years, until his retirement in 2015.

Castilleja fraterna
Castilleja fraterna (bright reddish) and Castilleja chrysantha, "ownbeyana" form, vicinity of Jewett Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness Area, Wallowa Mountains, Wallowa Co., OR, 4 Aug 1996
Photo: Mark Egger
The title of Mark’s presentation is “An Introduction to the Taxonomy of Castilleja and Related Genera, and a Synopsis of the Species Found in Oregon and Adjacent Portions of Washington, Idaho, and California.” His primarily photo-based program will present a summary of the structural features and terminology of this group of plants; a summary of the major sections or species groups found within this large assemblage, as well as how these tie in with the closely related genera of the Castillejinae, including the species of Orthocarpus, Cordylanthus, and Chloropyron known from Oregon; and a brief synopsis of the species of the Castillejinae found in Oregon and the adjacent regions of Washington, Idaho, and northern California.

Friday Evening Speaker

July 15

Dave Kretzing
Dave Kretzing.
Dave Kretzing, retired US Forest Service hydrologist, will be Friday evening’s speaker. His talk - "The Geology and Hydrology of the McKenzie River" - will focus on the geology that formed the McKenzie basin and surrounding areas, explaining how geology has affected the McKenzie River from the Cascade crest to the valley floor. Dave will also tie in the geology to Saturday field trip locations.

Dave received his undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. He worked in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest while in school and after, experiencing the eruption of Mt. St Helens and its aftermath, firsthand.

After leaving St Helens, Dave worked at the Rigdon Ranger District on the Willamette National Forest in Oakridge, at first in silviculture and then as Hydrologist.

From Oakridge, Dave moved to the Malheur National Forest in John Day, where he was the first project level hydrologist to be hired by the Forest. He held the position of Forest Soil and Water Program Manager and Forest Hydrologist at the time he left John Day to return to the Willamette National Forest as the Zone Hydrologist for the Blue River and McKenzie Ranger Districts, serving in this capacity for 12 years. During his tenure with the Willamette NF he participated in research management in partnership with the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest.

In 2009, Dave accepted a position as the Hydropower Coordinator for the Forest continuing in this role until his retirement in the fall of 2012.

Dave continues to be involved with wildland management, volunteering at both the Gifford Pinchot and Willamette National Forests.

If you have questions that aren't answered here, send email to annualmeeting@npsoregon.org.