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  • February 2016 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    for us in order to make your user experience more convenient and valuable We want you to get the best out of the CNPS Online Inventory and take your feedback very seriously Thank you greatly for your time and please share the link to this survey with everyone you know who uses the CNPS Online Inventory Upcoming CNPS Plant Science Workshops The CNPS Education Program is gearing up for another year of exciting plant science training workshops Full details and registration will be posted at www cnps org workshops as it becomes available or contact Becky Reilly at Email address protected by JavaScript Enable JavaScript to view for more information Rare Plant Survey Protocols Register Deadline March 6 March 14 15 Oxnard Malibu Taught by Heath Bartosh Senior Botanist Nomad Ecology Aaron Sims Rare Plant Botanist CNPS plus a guest lecture from Kristi Lazar California Department of Fish Wildlife Measuring Monitoring Plant Populations Register April 3 6 Desert Studies Center Zzyzx Western Mojave Taught by John Willoughby Independent Ecological Consultant Introduction to Plant Identification Northern CA Register May 3 5 Dye Creek Preserve Los Molinos Taught by Josie Crawford Botanist Wetland Riparian Plant Identification Register May 18 20 Taft Gardens Ojai Taught by David Magney Botanist Certified Arborist Vegetation Rapid Assessment Relevé July 19 21 White Mountains Taught by Julie Evens Vegetation Program Director CNPS Jennifer Buck Diaz Vegetation Ecologist CNPS Vegetation Mapping Summer 2016 TBA SF Bay Area Taught by Julie Evens Vegetation Program Director CNPS Todd Keeler Wolf Senior Vegetation Ecologist VegCAMP Program CDFW John Menke Senior Vegetation Mapping Specialist AIS Introduction to Plant Identification Southern CA Dates exact location and instructor TBA Introduction to Plant Identification SF Bay Area Dates exact location and instructor TBA Chapter Events A Sampling from Around the State To connect to your local chapter or to find other events in your region see this page for a list and map of CNPS chapters Even more events from CNPS chapters and partners can be viewed on the Horticulture Events Calendar Mount Lassen Chapter Program meeting featuring John Whittlesey Wednesday March 2 7 30 PM In the Company of Flowers Native Plants for the Garden and the Pollinators They Attract Gardens if the right plants are chosen can provide habitat for a whole range of insect life our native bees and bumble bees fascinating flies moths and butterflies John will share his passion for observing flower visitors which mostly includes pollinators but on occasion the predator that stalks them In this program he will discuss some of the best California native plants for attracting the insect world into gardens Milo Baker Chapter Annadel State Park Schultz Trail to Ledson Marsh Tuesday March 8 9 30 AM Ann Howald retired botanist will lead this approximately 6 mile hike up the little used Schultz Trail to Ledson Marsh We should see Oregon anemones Anemone oregana near the mouth of Schultz Canyon and early wildflowers lupines hounds tongues linanthus etc further up the trail as we pass

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  • January 2016 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    are used as a tool to show where species like common reedare increasing rapidly or displacing preferred habitat for the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse so that losses can be understood and minimized Suisun Marsh is an important resource that is owned and managed by several agencies and private entities but the management is highly regulated and coordinated as one unit The Suisun Marsh Habitat Management Preservation and Restoration Plan was completed in 2014 This plan sets 30 year goals for over 5 000 acres 2 000 hectares of tidal marsh restoration and over 40 000 acres 16 000 hectares of managed wetland enhancement in Suisun Marsh CDFW et al 2014 Already many small restoration pilot projects including the Blacklock Project have been implemented from which land managers can learn from and improve upon their methodologies DWR 2006 Fine scale vegetation maps are crucial for tracking the progression of the vegetation and channel morphology for these sites Whether you re into the casual plant hike or the nitty gritty science Suisun Marsh has something for you So go check it out and if you are so inclined look at the vegetation maps on the Biogeographic Information and Observations System BIOS on the CDFW website There are many more ways this dataset can be explored if you have a research interest please don t hesitate to utilize this publicly available data or contact VegCAMP for any questions or assistance Rachelle Boul is an environmental scientist with California Department of Fish and Wildlife s Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program VegCAMP References Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program VegCAMP 2014 The Vegetation of Suisun Marsh Solano County California Permanent Plot Resample Study 1999 2006 2012 A Report to the California Department of Water Resources Unpublished administrative report on file at Biogeographic Data Branch California Department of Fish and Wildlife Sacramento CA Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program VegCAMP 2016 2012 Vegetation map update for Suisun Marsh Solano County California A report to the California Department of Water Resources VegCAMP California Department of Fish and Wildlife Sacramento CA New from CNPS California s Botanical Landscapes A Pictorial View of the State s Vegetation is Now Available California s Botanical Landscapes A Pictorial View of the State s Vegetation by Michael G Barbour Julie M Evens Todd Keeler Wolf and John O Sawyer provides a vivid exploration of the Golden State s vegetation Each chapter focuses on one of 14 regions illuminating their unique plants and plant communities through a phenomenal array of photographs paired with in depth interpretive descriptions written by California s top plant ecologists This book serves to inspire with beautiful brilliant depictions of our State s landscapes and to enhance understanding of current vegetation patterns as documented and standardized by A Manual of California Vegetation CNPS 2009 This colorful and engaging book contains over 300 pages of rich text and more than 600 stunning photographs A must have book for anyone interested in the botanical diversity of California botanists ecologists environmental scientists natural historians and wildlife lovers of all kinds Purchase your copy of this gorgeous book now Call for a Vegetation Program Intern or Volunteer The Vegetation Program is seeking individuals to assist us with various tasks to support statewide vegetation classification and mapping Tasks include but are not limited to archiving of photos and data and computer entry of vegetation survey data from around the state Tasks would be carried out in our office in downtown Sacramento We are open to individuals with a range of skills and abilities but good organization skills and attention for detail are desired This is a great way for someone to gain experience and knowledge of California s diverse flora Contact Jamie Ratchford at Email address protected by JavaScript Enable JavaScript to view if you would like to find out more Call for Car Donations The Study of Vegetation Occurs on Roads Less Travelled The CNPS Vegetation Program is in search of a vehicle for our surveying and mapping forays across the state Please consider a tax deductible donation of your 4WD truck or SUV For more information contact Julie Evens CNPS Vegetation Program Director at Email address protected by JavaScript Enable JavaScript to view Even if you don t have a 4WD vehicle your car donation can still make a difference for CNPS Through the Center for Car Donations you can donate your used car truck boat motorcycle or even tractor and California Native Plant Society will receive the proceeds Your car does not have to be running to qualify however it must have an engine and be towable Call 877 411 3662 to talk with a representative and within 24 hours you will be contacted to have your car picked up at a time and location convenient to you You will receive a tow receipt when the vehicle is picked up and thirty days after the vehicle is sold you will receive an acknowledgement If your vehicle sells for over 500 you will receive IRS Form 1098 B C for your taxes It s really that simple Upcoming CNPS Plant Science Workshops The CNPS Education Program is gearing up for another year of exciting plant science training workshops Full details and registration will be posted at www cnps org workshops as it becomes available or contact Becky Reilly at Email address protected by JavaScript Enable JavaScript to view for more information How To Photograph Flowering Plants Like A Pro Feb 25 26 TENTATIVE San Diego Taught by Phil Roullard Photographer Rare Plant Survey Protocols Registration open now March 14 15 Oxnard Malibu Taught by Heath Bartosh Senior Botanist Nomad Ecology Aaron Sims Rare Plant Botanist CNPS plus a guest lecture from Kristi Lazar California Department of Fish Wildlife Measuring Monitoring Plant Populations April 3 6 Zzyzx Western Mojave Taught by John Willoughby Independent Ecological Consultant Wetland Riparian Plant Identification Registration open now May 18 20 Taft Gardens Ojai Taught by David Magney Botanist Certified Arborist Vegetation Rapid Assessment Relevé July 19 21 White Mountains

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  • December 2015 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    is over 32 degrees Fahrenheit During warmer non frost periods don t add irrigation unless more than the first few inches of soil dries out just as we would do at all other times of the year You can often measure the soil temperature at depths down to your wrist or so pretty easily in good soil If the soil below the surface feels slightly warm in the early morning those are perfect conditions for your new transplants Avoid fertilizing your plants or adding any amendment to the planting hole You don t want to encourage any foliar growth during winter Even with frost hardy plants new growth can suffer frost damage These winter stresses don t often show their full effects until the next warm period and sometimes not until next summer at the first drought stress Take care of your new transplants now for the healthiest plants next summer If your plants seem to just sit there not growing but otherwise look fine don t worry The plant is most likely growing roots Which is perfect Peyton Ellas lives in Springville and is the owner of Quercus Landscape Design specializing in California native plant based and eco habitat gardens Read her blog and contact her at www QuercusLandscapeDesign com or at https www facebook com QuercusLandscapeServices Landscaping for Southern California Gardens The unique environment of Southern California while often a source of great appeal for its residents poses distinctive challenges for anyone wishing to develop and maintain the aesthetics of their yard The dry climate paired with an increasingly limited water supply means a lush green space is no longer ecologically viable However there are many other possibilities for creating a beautiful outdoor space The folks at Modernize a website devoted to home remodeling inspirations like to view this landscape challenge as an opportunity to create a uniquely Californian place for outdoor living Here they share two approaches to this challenge xeriscaping and hardscaping including along the way some of their favorite California native plants for the garden Continue reading here Native Plant Garden Signs It s been just over a year since CNPS launched the Native Plants Live Here sign Perhaps you ve had the pleasant surprise of coming across a yard or preserve that bears one of the signs If not then keep your eye out because we have already distributed over 700 signs both in English and Spanish This includes custom signs developed for partners such as Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Tree of Life Nursery and CNPS South Coast Chapter and more are being posted every day The signs are the most visible part of the expanding CNPS effort to engage and support Californians in native plant gardening In the coming year you ll be seeing more signs as we roll out a few new initiatives For example this spring and summer we will be reaching out to make sure these signs grace publicly visible gardens across California so that people can understand why they are special and learn more about native plant gardening Walking a Sacramento neighborhood Dan Gluesenkamp spots another Native Plants Grow Here sign gracing a drought tolerant garden â and perhaps shaming it s overwatered neighbor Photo credit Dan Gluesenkamp These gardens will also be given outreach tips so that they can serve as ambassadors and help their neighbors start their own drought tolerant pollinator friendly native plant gardens Once signed many gardens will be added to an online map integrated with CNPS s Calscape plant finder so gardeners can find nearby demonstration gardens develop a list of plants for their own yard find the local retailers that sell those plants and even find professionals to help design install and maintain the gardens This work is supported by a very thoughtful anonymous donor and by CNPS South Coast Chapter s Elaine Conze bequest and will literally put native plant gardening on the map Working with partner organizations homeowners and local public gardens this and other outreach projects will help make thousands of interested Californians connect with the resources they seek moving us several steps closer to a California in which our yards and urban gardens are an important part of the conservation solutions we need Buy your Native Plant Garden Sign today Available at the CNPS Webstore Chapter Events A Sampling from Around the State To connect to your local chapter or to find other events in your region see this page for a list and map of CNPS chapters Even more events from CNPS chapters and partners can be viewed on the Horticulture Events Calendar Santa Clara Valley Chapter Welcome the New Year at Ano Nuevo State Preserve Friday January 1 10 00 AM 2 00 PM Join us as we celebrate a Chapter tradition of welcoming the New Year with a walk and picnic at Año Nuevo State Preserve on the San Mateo County coast The preserve is located south of Pescadero on Highway 1 just north of the Santa Cruz County line Meet in the parking lot 10 day use fee at 10am Latecomers will find us on the trail in the coastal prairie We ll enjoy sea cliff vegetation raptors songbirds and maybe marine mammals We will face a moderate low tide at noon but should be able to picnic on the beach in the area in which seal tour reservations are not required As this is a day to have fun at the beach with fellow Chapter members the ending time and depth of botanical discussion may be extended depending on participants We will finish at the visitor center Bring binoculars and layers for variable conditions including wind sun and fog Heavy rain cancels For more information contact Trevlyn Williams at 650 823 3227 Marin Chapter Plant ID Workshop Friday January 1 6 00 PM 9 00 PM Would you like to join other people interested in a closer look at Marin plants Then come to the monthly Plant ID Workshops at the College of Marin

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  • November 2015 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    science and the review committee has been hard at work to designate awards We are greatly thankful to the review committee chair Lauren Brown and review committee members David Keil Betsy Landis and Steve Schoenig for their hard work and dedication to reviewing proposals and getting the awards designated and announced on time See the CNPS Research Grants webpage for more details about the various CNPS Education Program grant opportunities and application instructions Deadline for Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Data and Photos Monday Dec 7 2015 Satan s goldenbush Isocoma menziesii var diabolica a rare plant adopted for surveys by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter Danny Slakey The Rare Plant Treasure Hunt had another great field season in 2015 with new trainings on specimen collection and seed banking and volunteers leading trips all over the state As the rare plant season wraps up we re asking volunteers and chapters to send in the last of their rare plant data and some of their best photos so we can recognize all of the great work that folks have been doing While rare plant survey data are accepted at any time we ask that volunteers and chapters submit their data to dslakey cnps org by Monday December 7 in order to receive full consideration for our annual awards Getting the data in on time is essential for us to report our annual results back to our grant funders and permit issuers As a way to thank our dedicated volunteers and Chapters we d like to honor our top Treasure Hunters with awards in each of the categories listed below All award recipients will receive recognition in CNPS publications E News Bulletin RPTH Annual Report and Facebook Most rare plant occurrences individual or small group The top 3 RPTHers or small groups of RPTHers who documented the most rare plant occurrences will receive the following awards for their significant contribution to rare plant conservation All 3 will receive a free 1 year CNPS membership 45 value 1st Place Free attendance to a CNPS workshop or a 75 certificate toward the CNPS Store or outdoor botany gear 2nd place 50 gift card for the CNPS store or outdoor botany gear 3rd place 25 gift card for the CNPS store or outdoor botany gear Most rare plant occurrences chapter The Top 2 Chapters that documented the most rare plant occurrences will receive 1st Place 75 gift card to the CNPS store or outdoor botany gear 2nd Place 50 gift card to the CNPS store or outdoor botany gear Santa Clara Valley Chapter members checking out a population of Satan s goldenbush at Alum Rock Park Danny Slakey Photo Contest Enter up to 6 photos you ve taken on RPTH trips this year Photos can be of a rare plant rare plant community or RPTHers Winning photos will be displayed on the CNPS Facebook page website and possibly other publications Images should be high resolution 800 kb or larger and in JPG format Photographers will always be credited with their work if photos are used in future publications 1st Place Photo 50 CNPS gift certificate 2nd Place Photo 35 CNPS gift certificate 3rd Place Photo 25 CNPS gift certificate Significant Contributions We would like to award several of our volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the project but might not be recognized in other ways Each of these volunteers will be awarded with a 25 gift card to the CNPS store Data Submission Options We now have multiple options for submitting data Please choose the one that works best for you or ask us if you have questions about any of them The RPTH survey form fillable PDF form CNDDB online survey form be sure to note Rare Plant Treasure Hunt as Observer Affiliation Excel File great for larger datasets and for generating herbarium specimen labels download Data Entry Spreadsheet Template Upcoming CNPS Plant Science Workshops The CNPS Education Program is gearing up for another year of exciting plant science training workshops We are expecting to have the full schedule of classes finalized and available within the next month Stay tuned Please contact Becky Reilly with any questions in the meantime Chapter Events A Sampling from Around the State To connect to your local chapter or to find other events in your region see this page for a list and map of CNPS chapters Even more events from CNPS chapters and partners can be viewed on the Horticulture Events Calendar Yerba Buena Chapter Annual Members Slides and Potluck Supper Thursday December 3 6 30 PM Join our annual year end informal members potluck dinner and slide show Please bring your favorite slides or digital images and your favorite dish or beverage to share There will be no restaurant dinner or plant identification workshop preceding this meeting Whether you are a photographer or an appreciator come for an enjoyable evening of delicious food and great pictures The potluck starts at 6 30 and the slides start at 7 30 Recreation Room San Francisco County Fair Building Contact Kipp McMichael kimcmich hotmail com or 510 759 3178 for information about showing your pictures Santa Clara Valley Chapter CNPS Chapter Council Meeting in San Carlos Friday Sunday December 4 6 On the weekend of December 4 6 it s our Chapter s turn to host the quarterly CNPS Chapter Council for delegates from around the state These meetings include opportunities to socialize and attend field trips with like minded people working to conserve our wild places and native flora Our Chapter last hosted Chapter Council at Santa Clara University in December 2009 This year we ve chosen Casa de Flores in San Carlos as the location Members of the State Board of Directors and the State CNPS staff will also be in attendance All CNPS members are welcome to attend Visit the meeting website for details Santa Cruz County Chapter Hike to Chalk Mountain Saturday December 5 9 30 AM 2 30 PM Hike to Chalk Mountain 1609

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  • October 2015 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    to be cut out of the landscape conversion push Two bills were enacted prohibiting home owners associations and local governments from completely banning artificial turf while allowing some regulation of its use Three bills were introduced to give financial incentives to converting landscaped areas to water efficient designs including artificial turf All funding for artificial grass failed Fortunately a bill by Assemblymember Mark Levine San Rafael mandating that State agencies use drought tolerant plants with an emphasis on native plant species when landscaping or upgrading landscaped state facilities and property was signed by the Governor We hope that native plant nurseries are already ramping up production A non native plant got a lot of attention as well Three bills putting into place a statewide regulatory program for the production of medicinal marijuana were enacted These benefit native plants and natural resources with clearer laws and more funding from fees for environmental protection enforcement to protect water quality riparian habitat and reduce illegal forest clearing A related effort via the Legislature and a public initiative will seek to create an excise tax on marijuana to generate general funds that could be used to restore thousands of acres of natural resource lands already damaged by years of illegal growing A unique feature in state law prohibits regulatory fees from this use Assemblymember Jim Wood Healdsburg is leading this effort in the Legislature and several groups are working on an initiative for the November 2016 ballot And finally CNPS was the lead organization working with freshman Assemblywomen Patty Lopez San Fernando on AB 559 an important reminder of the connection between wildlife and native flora The bill directs the California Department of Fish Wildlife to undertake monarch butterfly conservation measures along with other public agencies community groups landowners and non profit organizations The bill identifies several best practices including restoring habitat using appropriate native milkweed species controlling weed and pests using integrated pest management practices instead of chemical sprays and using a variety of tree species that best meet a range of monarch butterfly needs In all it was a pretty good year in the Legislature for CNPS and of course we get to start all over in January 2016 Upcoming CNPS Plant Science Workshop Further details pricing and registration information for upcoming workshops are posted on the workshops webpage Please contact Becky Reilly CNPS Events Coordinator for more information CEQA Impact Assessment Ojai Nov 4 5 Instructor David L Magney Botanist Certified Arborist This workshop will focus on how to read and analyze the biological resources section of an Environmental Impact Report EIR or Mitigated Negative Declaration MND prepared to satisfy the California Environmental Quality Act CEQA Registration open now Chapter Events A Sampling from Around the State To connect to your local chapter or to find other events in your region see this page for a list and map of CNPS chapters Even more events from CNPS chapters and partners can be viewed on the Horticulture Events Calendar Dorothy King Young Chapter Going Native Native Plant Committee Special Fall Program Sunday November 1 11 00 AM Bart O Brien co author of California Native Plants for the Garden and Reimagining the California Lawn and Garden will be presenting this special program Bart is a fifth generation Californian who received his BS in environmental planning and management at UC Davis and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Considered by many to be THE native plant guru this is a program you will not want to miss Del Mar Center 40600 Leeward Rd The Sea Ranch CA Bristlecone Chapter Annual Potluck and Special Program Thursday November 5 5 30 PM The annual Bristlecone Chapter potluck begins at 5 30 PM this year Bring food drink and conversation to share bring utensils and plates for yourself Members and non members welcome We ll follow the potluck with Chapter Elections at 6 45 PM followed immediately by the Chapter Program at 7 00 PM Sophie Winitsky will present her observations on sagebrush regeneration throughout the Inyo National Forest Sophie has spent the last five months helping the Inyo National Forest with rare plant monitoring assisting Jeff Holmquist and Jutta Schmidt Gengenbach with aquatic insect studies and conducting her own research project on the various factors leading to sagebrush success on the Inyo Sophie has made a tremendous ecological contribution to the Bristlecone Chapter and Inyo National Forest and her enthusiasm and curiosity are contagious White Mountain Research Center 3000 E Line St Bishop South Coast Chapter Garden Work Day Saturday November 7 9 00 AM noon Come join us for our monthly work day at the Point Vicente Interpretive Garden A hub to the local area for its spectacular views and whale watching platform the garden is in a prime location for visitors to see the beauty of California native landscapes We work with and depend on volunteers like you to keep this garden looking beautiful Whether you are an expert gardener or can t tell a weed from a native come join us and we will find the right task for you Make sure to bring a hat closed toe shoes plenty of water and a camera for the spectacular views Point Vicente Interpretive Center 31501 Palos Verdes Dr W Rancho Palos Verdes CA North Coast Chapter Field Trip Shrubs from Coast to Mountain Saturday November 7 8 30 AM With no flowers to look for and with two new shrub books in hand it s a good day to see how many species of shrubs we can find in one day while still having a good time The route could include dune forest Azalea State Reserve Blue Lake Hatchery or Industrial Loop Chezem Rd Lord Ellis Summit Vista Point Berry Summit Horse Mountain and East Fork Willow Creek We can decide as we go Dress for the weather bring lunch and water Meet at Pacific Union School 3001 Janes Rd Arcata at 8 30 a m to carpool or arrange another

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  • Sempember 2015 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    prepared to satisfy the California Environmental Quality Act CEQA Registration open now Last day to register is Monday October 19 Chapter Events A Sampling from Around the State To connect to your local chapter or to find other events in your region see this page for a list and map of CNPS chapters Even more events from CNPS chapters and partners can be viewed on the Horticulture Events Calendar Bristlecone Chapter Restoration Planting Field Day Saturday October 3 9 30 AM Join in again this year on Saturday October 3 to team up with BLM Botanist Martin Oliver for a bitterbrush planting in the footprint of the Indian Fire south of Mono Lake in Mono County California Martin has several hundred young bitterbrush grown out by our Bristlecone Chapter president Katie Quinlan and volunteers from seed to be placed and planted Join in on this opportunity to continuing helping with this post fire Bi state Greater Sage Grouse habitat restoration project Prepare for diverse weather conditions sunblock layered clothing boots and sun hat Bring your lunch water and any other creature comforts Trip leaders will bring treats and extra water We should be finished by 2 3 PM Meet at Mono Mills off Hwy 120 at 9 30 AM Contact Julie Anne Hopkins 831 566 6012 San Diego Chapter Field Trip Indian Flats and Vicinity of Lake Henshaw Sunday October 4 8 30 AM 4 00 PM Leader Fred Roberts The area around Indian Flats Campground is not frequently visited by botanists especially in the fall However the region offers many interesting fall blooming plants This is the easiest place to find the beautiful state listed endangered Mojave tarplant Deinandra mohavensis The other specialty primarily found along sandy roadsides east of Lake Henshaw is Warner Springs lessingia Lessingia glandulosa var tomentosa locally endemic California Rare Plank Rank 1B 1 plant It is known only from the Valle de San Jose surrounding Lake Henshaw We will see both of these plants and possibly a good deal more following July s summer rainfall in the area Bring lunch water and sun protection Vehicles should have an Adventure pass Several roadside stops will be made which may involve short walks The group will meet at the SR76 park and ride at the northwest corner of the SR76 I 15 interchange at 8 30 Thomas Guide map 1048 H2 It is about 45 minutes to an hour to the Lake Henshaw area If you want to ride share from coastal central San Diego to the 15 76 junction meet at 7 45 at the parking lot behind Denny s on Friar s Road just east of HWY 163 Questions Email fieldtrips cnpssd org Mount Lassen Chapter Field Trip Butte Creek BLM Trail Sunday October 4 9 00 AM Meet at the Chico Park Ride west lot Hwys 32 99 in time to leave by 9 AM Bring a light jacket lunch water insect sun protection and money for ride sharing We ll drive east

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  • August 2015 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    representation of the vegetation found in the region A dense uncommon woodland stand of Puite cypress Hesperocyparis nevadensis on BLM land in the southern foothills near Isabella Lake Rosie Murphy Deak If you are a landowner in the southern Sierra Nevada Foothills and interested in having us visit your property or have contacts that we can follow up on for next spring of 2016 please contact Jaime Ratchford at Email address protected by JavaScript Enable JavaScript to view Old growth shrubs of California ash Fraxinus dipetala occur along with California buckeye Aesculus californica oaks Quercus spp and other common trees and shrubs in the region Aaron Wentzel Volunteers Sought for Blue Oak and Foothill Pine Woodlands Sampling Blair McLaughlin Assistant Professor University of Idaho and David Ackerly Professor UC Berkeley Blue oak Quercus douglasii with very low leaf out in Santa Margarita CA Many blue oak and foothill pine Pinus sabiniana woodlands are showing effects of California s recent extraordinary drought Researchers and native plant enthusiasts throughout California are participating in a cooperative flash sampling protocol of trees in their regions and we need your help As we head into the hottest part of summer 2015 and the fourth year of drought in California there are widespread reports of drought stress defoliation and mortality of trees around the state The Ackerly Dawson labs at UC Berkeley and the McLaughlin lab at University of Idaho are monitoring the drought s effects on blue oak Quercus douglasii and foothill pine Pinus sabiniana woodlands Blue oak and foothill pine are important native species found only in California and we are surveying the status of these trees across the state during the critical peak of this summer s dry season August to September We are particularly interested in identifying areas where blue oaks and foothill pines are under high stress with brown canopies or low no leaf out You can contribute to this study by taking photos of the leaves and canopies and recording locations of the blue oaks or foothill pines in your local area And if you d like to do a bit more you can also collect leaves and small stem segments from the trees and send them to us for analysis Our goal is to have a sample of 10 trees of each species blue oak and or foothill pine at each site We are looking for trees that span the range of apparent drought stress from drier e g hilltops or south facing slopes to wetter e g valley bottoms or north facing slopes locations The data you send us will help us understand how trees are responding to the drought in different parts of the state and your samples will be used to test for spatial patterns in tree water status and drought stress as a function of regional climate and landscape position It will also provide a baseline to quantify patterns of mortality and recovery over the next several years and will help us better understand which populations may be most vulnerable to climate change The final results of the study will be presented in a future CNPS newsletter For more information on how to join the study and receive instructions and a sampling kit please visit our webpage at ackerlylab org research 2015 blue oak drought survey or contact us at Email address protected by JavaScript Enable JavaScript to view Thank you for helping to monitor California s oaks CNPS Educational Grants Due September 30 This fall the CNPS Educational Grants Program is again offering seven research grants for students and researchers All proposals must be submitted by September 30th and awards are announced in late November early December Grant awards are decided by a review committee who determines which grant is appropriate for each proposal funded See http cnps org cnps education grants php for more details about the various CNPS Education Program grant opportunities application instructions or to apply Upcoming Ditch Your Lawn Workshops CNPS is partnering with organizations around California to deliver all new statewide Ditch your Lawn workshops program which aims to teach homeowners how to replace their thirsty lawns with water saving native plants Classes are being held in Sacramento Redding Chico Modesto and Encino this September and October and CNPS hopes to continue this program into the future and add more class locations as we continue working towards a healthier and happier California Visit www cnps org workshops to register for a Ditch Your Lawn workshop near you or contact Becky Reilly at Email address protected by JavaScript Enable JavaScript to view for more information Chapter Events A Sampling from Around the State To connect to your local chapter or to find other events in your region see this page for a list and map of CNPS chapters Even more events from CNPS chapters and partners can be viewed on the Horticulture Events Calendar South Coast Chapter Program Meeting Native Plants that Work Well in Local Gardens Monday September 7 7 30 PM Presented by Tony Baker and Rick Dykzeul learn what native plants thrive in local home gardens South Coast Botanic Garden 26300 Crenshaw Blvd Palos Verdes Peninsula CA 90274 Monterey Bay Chapter Program Meeting Ferns of the Bay Area Thursday September 10 7 00 PM Deanna Giuliano will discuss the diverse array of ferns that inhabit the varied ecosystems in the Bay Area from San Francisco to Monterey Ferns are very attractive and are adapted to many types of habitats including riparian woodland springs dry forest and rocky outcrops Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History 165 Forest Ave Pacific Grove CA Program begins at 7 30 Marin Chapter Habitat Restoration SP Taylor Park Friday September 11 and Sunday September 13 1 00 3 00 PM Join the Zen of Weeding Volunteers just before 1 PM at the far end of the picnic area This is easy companionable work and spending time under the redwoods restores our spirits as well as the habitat Our goal is an invasive free

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  • July 2015 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    effort Mona Aaron and Danny are also available to give chapter talks or meet with interested volunteers Mona will be contacting CNPS chapter rare plant chairs over the next few months and planning some trips in order to learn more about what is going on locally and how the state RPP can support your efforts at the local level New CNPS Chapter the Bryophyte Chapter The first virtual CNPS chapter the Bryophyte Chapter was just formed at the last CNPS Chapter Council meeting May 30 in Quincy If you are interested in joining please be sure to add the Bryophyte Chapter as your first or second chapter selection by updating your individual online CNPS membership profile here or by contacting the CNPS State Office Email address protected by JavaScript Enable JavaScript to view The chapter is currently calling for Board of Director nominations for the chapter with an election soon to follow The Chapter s inaugural newsletter Bryolog will be launched at the end of August Articles that are planned include announcing up coming events reporting on how the Chapter is getting up and running and some timeless bits on the life of bryophytes For a sneak peak of what s in store for the chapter see San Gabriel Mountain s field trip listed in Chapter Events below in this newsletter Upcoming CNPS Plant Science Workshops We are working on finalizing details for our 2015 Plant Science Workshops and have an exciting schedule in the works More details pricing and registration information will be posted very soon on the workshops webpage Please contact Becky Reilly Email address protected by JavaScript Enable JavaScript to view CNPS Events Coordinator for more information Vegetation Mapping UC Berkeley GIF Lab Aug 3 5 CEQA Impact Assessment Ventura Area Nov 4 5 Chapter Events A Sampling from Around the State To connect to your local chapter or to find other events in your region see this page for a list and map of CNPS chapters Even more events from CNPS chapters and partners can be viewed on the Horticulture Events Calendar Bristlecone Chapter Second Mammoth Area Native Plant Sale of the Summer Saturday August 1 9 00 11 00 AM The second native plant sale of the summer has been scheduled for Saturday August 1 from 9 11 AM All of the plants have been grown from seed collected locally If you have specific questions about growing conditions or care it is best to email in advance because it is sometimes difficult to talk the day of the sale Mammoth holds 2 3 smaller sales of plants that will grow well in the Mammoth area each summer Contact Mammoth Plant Sale Coordinator Sherry Taylor Email address protected by JavaScript Enable JavaScript to view and ask to be put on her mailing list for future updates Please bring a box to transport your new plants and any recycled one quart tall square plastic pots you would like to return to the plant sale coordinator 107 Sugar Pine Drive Mammoth CA See the sales flyer for more information Dorothy King Young Chapter Discover the Coast Point Arena Saturday August 1 10 00 AM 2 00 PM This is a self guided hike through 3 5 miles of coastal trail between City Hall and Lighthouse Road with Explore at Your Own Pace stations staffed by docents Julia Larke will be at the CNPS native plant station near the the Lighthouse Jon Thompson will be at a plant identification station located at the headlands near City Hall City Hall will host information booths food vendors and an art fair Mendocino College Coastal Field Station will have an open house between 10 2 From 10 4 the lighthouse will offer free Tower tours Shasta Chapter Field Trip King Creek Falls to Corral Meadows Saturday August 1 8 30 AM This is a 7 mile one way hike in Lassen Volcanic National Park We will do a car shuttle to start and finish the hike We will start out at the cool 7300 elevation at Kings Creek Falls Trail and hike down to the falls and then onto Corral Meadows for lunch at 6000 From here we will hike back uphill 650 feet to Summit Lake at 6685 so most of the hike will be downhill The Corral Meadows Trail is one of the lesser used trails in the park so we should have the trail to ourselves This field trip will cover moist riparian streams wet meadows red fir forests and open rocky areas The trail does have some uneven places people with poor balance or endurance should not go on this trail Meet at the Mt Shasta Mall near Chase Bank at 8 30 AM Bring water insect repellent lunch and gas money No dogs please they re not allowed on trails in the national park For more information call David Ledger at 530 355 8542 Mount Lassen Chapter Field Trip Saucer and Green Island Lakes Sunday August 2 8 30 AM Meet at Chico Park Ride west lot Hwys 32 99 Leaders Gerry Ingco 530 893 5123 and Wes Dempsey 530 342 2293 Wear sturdy shoes bring lunch water sun insect protection and money for ride sharing We ll drive northeast 27 miles on Hwy 32 then 12 miles north on paved county road to Butte Meadows then 9 miles on unpaved graded roads to Sunflower Flat trailhead See California asters as we hike 1 5 miles down to Soda Creek then up 400 ft to Green Island Lake at about 6200 ft elevation The 5 acre lake has a floating mat of vegetation rimmed with huckleberry buckbean and potentilla The delightful spring feeding the lake has a display of yellow monkey flowers California fuchsia is in flower along the trail to Saucer Lake On the way back we stop at tiny Frog Lake and step out on its tiny floating island We ve seen Pileated Woodpeckers on this delightful hike Round trip is 4 mi difficulty is

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