For the first time since 2003, the Annual UW Herbarium Foray was held in Washington State. We chose Wenatchee National Forest as the destination for this year’s Foray because of its renowned habitat diversity, vascular plant species richness, and proximity to Seattle. The latter factor encouraged participation by those who weren’t able to join us on our previous two forays to central Idaho and south-central Oregon, respectively. We were handsomely rewarded for our decision about location, as we enjoyed Foray records for the number of participants (28), and, not surprisingly, total number of collections (649).
We based our operations out of Swauk Campground (3,200 feet elevation), where we awoke the first morning to near freezing temperatures. Fortunately, the days and evenings warmed over rest of the Foray. As is our tradition, we broke into groups of 5-8 each day and dispersed to a variety of locations throughout Wenatchee National Forest to collect. Specific areas that we visited included the southern flank and alpine areas of Table Mountain, serpentine areas of Ingalls and Beverly creeks, wet meadows in Esmeralda Basin and Haney Meadows, and the exposed reaches of Tronson Ridge. Plants that we collected included scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata), bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva), white-stem blazing star (Mentzelia albicaulis), big-headed clover (Trifolium macrocephalum), and several species of penstemon.
The Annual Spaghetti Dinner was held on Saturday night, with Cindy Spurgeon and Maria Gerace receiving plenty of help to pull off an outstanding meal for the large group. The Ken Davis Memorial Dessert Contest continued that evening as well (the contest is held all four nights), with no clear winner emerging. Joe Arnett played guitar and Joe Johanson was on harmonica as they led an evening of music that included songs spanning from Broadway shows to Bob Dylan (who knew there were so many choir members, vocalists, and ex-band members in the group?).
We are grateful to the Wenatchee National Forest for their support of the Foray, and we are particularly appreciative of Cle Elum Ranger District Botanist Viva Worthington’s assistance with obtaining the necessary permits and for suggesting localities for collecting. Participants in the 2006 Foray were Joe Arnett, Suzanne Bagshaw, Linda Brooking, Cole Brooking, Keri Cardon, Maria Gerace, Wendy Gibble, David Giblin, Robert Goff, Jessie Johanson, Joe Johanson, Mary Johanson, Don Knoke, Ben Legler, Ryan Miller, Julia Odano, Nomi Odano, Steve Odano, Dick Olmstead, Sheila Olmstead, Richard Robohm, Barb Smith, Valerie Soza, Cindy Spurgeon, Doug Welch, Barbara Williams, Doug Williams, Alan Yen. Canine participants included Sammie, Pico, Cinder, Chinook, and Juno