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2021 Liz & Bob Frenkel Hiking & the Environment

Spring Lecture Series
March through May

Co-sponsored by Marys Peak Group, Sierra Club & the Corvallis-Benton County Library
All three presentations will be shared on GotoWebinar on Wednesdays at Noon. Each presentation will announce a large gift from the late Liz & Bob Frenkel for a specific natural area in the Corvallis-Benton County area and how the gift will be used for the public good. Registration details for the talks will be available later.

March 24, 2021
A Gift for the Jackson-Frazier Wetland
With Phil Hays (Alliance for Recreation and Natural Areas)

April 21, 2021
A Gift for Marys Peak
With Barry Wulff (Marys Peak Alliance)
Brian Hoeh (U.S. Forest Service, Siuslaw National Forest)
Greg Archuleta (Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde

May 26, 2021
A Gift for the Dunawi Creek Regeneration Site
At the Bald Hill Natural Area
With Dave Eckert (Corvallis Sustainability Coalition)
Jude Geist (City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation)
Meet the Licorice Fern
By Doris deLespinasse

Have you noticed the lovely, graceful little ferns that grow in trees, on rocks, and on stream banks in western Oregon?

No, these are not sword ferns. They are smaller, more graceful, brighter green. Sword ferns grow in a sedate rosette, always at similar angles. Instead these emerge as single stems, often at all sorts of interesting angles, though a row of them may come up close together along their long root (rhizome). As spring turns to summer, they dry up and disappear, to return as graceful little tufts after the first soaking rains. Usually you’ll find them growing through mosses, often in the crotches and even on high branches of their favorite, Big Leaf Maple.

These are licorice ferns, Polypodium glycyrrhiza. The root is supposed to have a sweet licorice taste. I haven’t tried – I love these too much to destroy them for a taste, and I’m not sure that they are good for humans. But Native Americans are said to have used them for colds and sore throats, and as the “spoonful of sugar” that helps a bitter medicine go down.

They are found only in the wet coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest and a few small spots in other parts of the west.

Great places to see them around Corvallis and beyond:

· Along low, rainforest-like trails in MacDonald Forest, like Homestead at Oak Creek, the Peavy Arboretum Road up to the Forestry Cabin, and the little trail that goes from the back of the cabin toward Cronemiller Lake.

· On the Mulkey Creek Trail, in the wonderful Big Leaf Maples as you climb up from the bridge.

· Near waterfalls at Silver Creek Falls or McDowell Creek Falls.

· On many coastal trails.

To see Doris’s photographs of the licorice fern, check out our Facebook page.


Doris has been an MPG hike leader for almost twenty years. She served as Outing Chair for several years and has been on the Executive Committee. These days the big hikes are behind her, but she still leads occasional shorter walks, often oriented toward wildflowers and other plants.

Doris grew up in Oregon, spending every minute she could in the woods. Then came more than thirty years in Michigan, raising a family while teaching accounting and other subjects at a small college. She and husband Paul moved back to Oregon when they had both retired from college teaching.

Once the Marys Peak Group is allowed to resume offering and conducting outings (by the National Office of the Sierra Club and by Governor Brown’s phase-in levels), would you be

Interested in Becoming a Leader for Sierra Club Outings?

If you enjoy sharing Oregon’s incredible outdoors with others, then we hope you will become an outing leader for the Marys Peak Group (MPG), the local group of the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, Having new leaders is critical to MPG’s goal of getting people out into Oregon’s outdoors. We’d love to have you! Doing so will add to the number and variety of hikes and outings we offer.

Having a love of the outdoors is the essential characteristic of an MPG leader. The purpose of MPG’s outings is to share parts of Oregon that you have discovered and enjoy. A background or interest in any of the natural sciences is a wonderful plus but not necessary.

What are the Advantages of Becoming an Outing Leader?

Provides an incentive or motivation for you to find new trails in Oregon
Opportunities to share those or your favorite trails with others
Sharing your pleasure & joy will help get people out enjoying nature
· Meeting and interacting with other lovers & enjoyers of the outdoors
· Chances of learning new insights from participants on your trips
· Strengthens your organizational skills

Ken Fitschen, Assistant Chair, Jules Moritz, Outings Chair, and Robert Verhoogen, Chair Emeritus, will make the process as smooth as possible. Contact one of them via e-mail if you are interested in finding out more about becoming an outing leader:

– Ken Fitschen’s e-mail = kenfits@comcast.net
– Jules Moritz’s e-mail = mpg.outings.chair@gmail.com
– Robert Verhoogen’s e-mail = rverhoogen@mac.com

Announcements… (2 new)

Per OSU Research Forests –


Updated on: 02/13/2021 – 11:29

Last night’s rain and ice storm brought down many trees and branches throughout the Research Forests. If you’re planning to recreate this weekend, please be EXTRA cautious and safe while using the trails.


Updated on: 02/10/2021 – 16:21

Heads up! The Oregon State University Army ROTC will be conducting field training on the Dunn Forest near the 100 Gate. Training events will take place on Thursday, February 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, February 20 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NOTE: There will NOT be any Peak View mailings UNLESS there is new information to report from OSU Forestry, the Sierra Club National office, or the Governor’s Office about the opening up of recreation areas, or from our Executive Committee.


1) Newcomers to MPG outing events, please view the new GENERAL OUTING POLICY on our MPG website by clicking on copying and pasting < http://oregon2.sierraclub.org/marys-peak/outings > and then clicking on < Get Outdoors/Outings and Policies > before pre-registering for or attending an outing.

2) Carpooling: Given the changing gas prices when car-pooling, take a
moment to ask the leader for the suggested reimbursement rate per passenger per hour of driving for the outing.

3) Contacting Marys Peak Group: Marys Peak Group contact information is obtainable at https://oregon2.sierraclub.org/marys-peak/contact. Listed are the Executive Committee members and the Administrative and Program Coordinators.

4) Facebook: Marys Peak Group – Sierra Club is on Facebook. Check out MPG’s Facebook page to view pictures of past hikes and events, and learn about upcoming opportunities. Post pictures from hikes and outings you participate in! Copy and paste the address https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marys-Peak-Group-Sierra-Club/159377960779

5) Minutes of the MPG Executive Committee can be viewed at the aforementioned website by clicking on the About Us/Ex Comm Meeting Minutes tab or by clicking on https://oregon2.sierraclub.org/marys-peak/minutes for the minutes of the virtual meeting.


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