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  • February 2012 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    about some surprises Search for Rare Plants on Mt Tamalpais This year the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt is teaming up with the Marin Municipal Water District MMWD to bring volunteer rare plant surveys to the northern SF Bay Area To celebrate their centennial anniversary the MMWD is organizing lots of volunteer activities and we are glad to join them in helping to monitor and conserve their rare plant populations A tentative schedule of events is listed below but be sure to check the RPTH calendar for more details Sat Mar 10 Bolinas Ridge Thur Mar 29 Cascade Canyon Rd Thur Apr 12 Sky Oaks Meadow Sat Apr 14 Rocky Ridge Wed May 9 TBD nongreen plant search Wed May 23 Thur Jun 7 Carson San Geronimo Ridge Sat Jun 9 Old Air Force Base Thur Jun 14 Thur Jun 21 Carson San Geronimo Ridge Thur Jun 28 Thur Jul 19 Serpentine seeps 2012 Student Projects Available The California Native Plant Society is offering multiple student research projects for students interested in researching California s rare native desert plants and their associated pollinators These projects are designed for students in search of valuable field research experience who plan on pursuing careers in a science field such as botany entomology ecology and natural resource management Projects will be designed to parallel flowering cycles beginning in the spring of 2012 Guided experimental design field research and technical research reports will be components of the project Available funding helps cover travel expenses and supplies Click here for more information Santa Clara Valley Chapter Scholarships Available to Graduate Students The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is offering scholarships to graduate students doing research on plant systematics plant ecology plant physiology plant community restoration or other related botanical studies of native plants that grow in habitats in Central and Northern California Three 1 500 scholarships are available for the 2012 2013 academic year with one of the scholarships SCV Chapter Conservation Scholarship specifically reserved for studies related to native plant or native habitat conservation Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program in an accredited College or University Applications must be postmarked by April 6 2012 Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the May Santa Clara Valley Chapter Meeting to receive their scholarship and make a brief presentation on their research The meeting will be held at the Los Altos Public Library on May 18 2012 at 7 PM For more details and scholarship application click here 2012 CNPS Training Workshops Scheduled to Date Further details will be posted as soon as they become available at http cnps org cnps education workshops index php Contact Josie Crawford for more information May 15 17 Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations with John Willoughby Santa Barbara Coal Point Reserve UC Santa Barbara Using classroom and field exercises the workshop will focus on the role of plant population monitoring for adaptive management Participants will learn how to develop good management objectives Topics cover principles

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  • January 2012 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    scroll below to the Location section and click the Select Quads from a Map button A map will pop up and allow you to select quads simply by clicking with your mouse Cal IPC Wildland Weed Field Courses and Habitat Restoration Workdays Cal IPC upcoming field courses and habitat restoration workdays train natural resource managers and restoration volunteers on all aspects of invasive weed management Registration and course details at www cal ipc org fieldcourses 2012 Field Course Schedule Ben Lomond Ben Lomond Quaker Center Tuesday April 24 Invasive Plant Biology Identification Wednesday April 25 Invasive Plant Control Methods Thursday April 26 Mapping Invasive Plants Idyllwild James San Jacinto Mountains UC Natural Reserve Tuesday June 5 Strategic Approaches to Invasive Plant Management Wednesday June 6 Invasive Plant Biology Identification Thursday June 7 Invasive Plant Control Methods Registration Fees Cal IPC Members 155 per field course Non members 175 per field course this fee includes a 2011 Cal IPC Membership Restoration Volunteers 55 per field course Cal IPC is able to offer a special discounted rate for restoration volunteers You qualify as a restoration volunteer if weed management is not part of your professional work and you volunteer for an organized restoration effort To register go here 2012 Habitat Restoration Workday Schedule Antioch USFWS Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge Saturday February 25 Weed Control Methods and Endangered Species Registration FREE with support from the U S Fish and Wildlife Service Registration Fees Cal IPC Sponsored Habitat Restoration Workdays 20 per workday unless otherwise noted Email jrstern cal ipc org to register for the Antioch Dunes Habitat Restoration Workday BLM s Solar Energy Plan Improves but Concerns Remain In the summer of 2009 the U S Bureau of Land Management BLM was directed by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to develop a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for solar energy development Solar PEIS on BLM managed public lands in Colorado Utah New Mexico Arizona Nevada and California The Draft Solar PEIS was released in early 2011 and solicited robust public concern that BLM rather than restricting large scale solar projects to hardline zones to limit environmental impacts would allow for the continued scattershot approach to project siting that we see today In the summer of 2011 the BLM announced they would produce a Supplement to the Solar PEIS to address these and other concerns In California CNPS and other groups expressed adamant opposition to two of the four proposed Solar Energy Zones SEZs recommended acreage reductions in the other two and stressed the need to restrict development to within zones only Last fall the BLM released their Supplemental PEIS which included several significant improvements from the earlier draft including the removal of the most egregiously located California SEZ s the Iron Mountain and Pisgah SEZs the reconfiguration of the remaining two zones and several other important changes for which the BLM should be commended One unfortunate hold over however is the BLM s preference to continue to allow for large scale solar

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  • December 2011 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    is spectacular in bloom Beginning in December and lasting into early spring long silvery green catkins hang from the branches The most commonly available cultivars at nurseries are James Roof a prolific bloomer with foot long catkins and Evie a more compact selection with slightly shorter catkins The coast silk tassel is very slow to start but once established it will make up for lost time It grows best in the coastal counties in which it is native In its native range it likes sun to part shade and infrequent watering and works well as an informal hedge or screen Some companion plants are Douglas iris western columbine and meadow rue Continue reading here Student Travel Stipends Needed for CNPS Conservation Conference Please consider donating to the Student Travel Stipend fund to help college students attend the CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference Your donation will go directly to support students like Adrianna Wenzel I am a graduate student a parent and a botany enthusiast With the reduction in funds for our state schools it has left teaching assistants like me without teaching fee waivers paying for a tuition out of pocket with a salary that cannot buffer the extra cost I am grateful for the California Native Plant Society granting student fee waivers because without it I would not be able to go I am looking forward to learning about rare plants and their communities as well as plant restoration I am hopeful that someday I will be able to start my own native plant nursery with a focus on plant restoration in wetland communities To read more student testimonals please see this page To donate contact Josie Crawford at jcrawford cnps org or call 916 447 2677 ext 205 CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference Public Day The general public is invited to attend special programming and many parts of the conference for free on Saturday Jan 14 from 10 30 am 3 00 pm in San Diego Activities talks and workshops are geared for families with children teachers landscape professionals and anyone with an interest in native plants and restoration There will be Native American basket weavers and storytellers nature journaling for children how to start native gardens in schools and homes how to teach nature journaling for teachers and naturalists We will also have gardening workshops and talks on restoration projects Parts of the scientific conference will be open to the public as well from 8 00 am 4 30 pm including talks on horticulture tribal conservation and uses of native plants citizen science programs and other forms of conservation education We invite young people with an interest in the natural sciences to listen to university students talk about their research Public Day participants may visit the photography and botanical art exhibitions the scientific and CNPS chapter posters and the Exhibitor Hall Workshops and talks will last about an hour each and many are designed with the layperson in mind More information will be posted soon at the CNPS 2012

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  • November 2011 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    my knowledge of plants and learn more about what the scientists are doing out in the field I have a passion for learning about a field that is understudied I appreciate this opportunity to attend the CNPS conference To read more student testimonals please see this page To donate contact Josie Crawford at jcrawford cnps org or call 916 447 2677 ext 205 Recent CNPS Web Upgrade and Registration CNPS recently upgraded its online member interface asking members and non members alike to register online and opt in to receiving various publications and communications electronically It only takes a few minutes to register online simply by accessing the Join CNPS button here or on the main cnps website at www cnps org You will continue to receive the same high quality e newsletter through our new web interface or access it on our website the same day we publish it regardless of whether or not you register but may not be able to receive other important electronic communications from us If you are a member the online web registration allows you to access view or edit your current membership record in a secure password protected Internet environment and register for events and workshops It also helps the organization financially when you opt into receiving electronic communications If you have additional questions about the registration process or need help with registration please contact Stacey Flowerdew sflowerdew cnps org or Tara Hansen thansen cnps org CNPS Renewal Reminders by Email CNPS membership renewal notices are mailed in two month cycles starting one to two months before membership expiration dates Members who do not renew upon first notice may be sent two more reminders up to four months after their expiration date To reduce paper and print and mailing costs first notice renewal reminders are now sent via email to those members with email addresses on file Members who are emailed renewal reminders will still be mailed up to two letter reminders in subsequent renewal cycles if they do not respond to the first reminder Members who do not have email addresses on file still continue to receive up to three mailed letter reminders This initiative has significantly reduced CNPS mailing expenses as well as paper consumption for daily operations If you are a CNPS member who would like to be emailed membership renewal reminders please be sure to sign up for a member profile on our online membership portal to ensure CNPS has your most current contact information CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference and Call for Silent Auction Item Donations Online registration for the 2012 Conservation Conference continues through Jan 9 2012 The conference takes place at the Town and Country Hotel and Conference Center in San Diego Jan 12 14 with preconference workshops and field trips Jan 10 11 The event features over 240 oral and poster presentations 14 skill building workshops 4 plenary speakers including Dr Peter Raven and a reception for the release of the Jepson Manual second edition a

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  • October 2011 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    plant status review process However information on most specimens that are not indexed in the Consortium is only available by manually searching through the archived specimens themselves That s where Operation Herbarium comes in This is a great opportunity to meet botanists gain valuable experience in herbarium and database techniques and get familiar with rare plant ID before the actual field season begins Look for a new page with more information to be posted on the CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt website soon In the meantime you can contact Danny Slakey dslakey cnps org to get set up with a herbarium and a list of target species One thing to note is that since most herbaria are only open during normal working hours this project may only be possible for those with availability during the normal work week It s a perfect opportunity for students retirees and anyone else with some free time during the week Rare Plant Treasure Hunt 2011 Wrap up Rare Plant Treasure Hunter photo by Amber Swanson As we are wrapping up the 2011 Rare Plant Treasure Hunt RPTH year and starting to make plans for next year we d like to share some of the program s accomplishments The RPTH has two focuses a concentrated focus on California s deserts and a general statewide focus In 2011 over 170 volunteers have participated in or led over 150 Treasure Hunts to search for rare plants and their hard work has paid off Over 300 new and previously documented populations of 180 different rare plant species were logged This was a contribution of about 4000 volunteer hours These data have been submitted to the California Natural Diversity Database CNDDB and the over 900 desert specimens collected have been deposited in California herbaria Many photos of rare plants taken on treasure hunts were also donated to CalPhotos an online image database project of UC Berkeley s Biodiversity Sciences Technology group BSCIT Read full 2011 wrap up here 2011 Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Awards Calochortus plummerae photo by Lara Hartley To recognize our amazing volunteers the RPTH program awarded prizes to those that have excelled in the categories below Individual and Team winners The 2011 Grand Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Award for most occurrences updated Don Davis Treasure Hunter Extraordinaire He found 42 new and historic rare plant occurrences in the desert and mountains of Southern California Read Full Awards announcement Chapter Events Various CNPS Chapters Fall Chapter Plant Sale Calendar http cnps org cnps grownative plant sale calendar php It is late in the fall plant sale season but some chapters have plant sales scheduled for November Is your local chapter one of them San Luis Obispo Chapter http www cnps slo org Hike to Bell Mountain via the Rinconada Trail Saturday November 5th 9 00 AM Join us on a hike to Bell Mountain via the Rinconada trail in Los Padres National Forest passing through oak and gray pine woodland a diverse chaparral habitat and serpentine endemics

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  • September 2011 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    to achieve a healthier and more beautiful native garden Happy pruning A special note about 2011 This year s unusual weather reminds us that assessing a tree s health throughout the year is a crucial prerequisite to pruning This year an abundance of rain and fog was accompanied by a paucity of sunny days in the Bay Area You may have noticed trees putting out unusually large amounts of spring growth That seems like a good thing but the tree expends extra energy to make all that new growth If insufficient sun follows the energy is not recouped In fact in some areas around the San Francisco Bay some of our trees are weaker for all the rain instead of stronger Perhaps in your area of the state you have noticed something similar As a general rule just as in summer we pruned and tidied shrubs and trees whose growing season was winter and spring in winter we ll prune trees whose growing season was spring and summer In fall many trees may be looking shaggy overly dense or leggy from a second late summer s growth spurt What kind of pruning can be done for this Continue reading here CNPS Chapter Plant Sales Another Reason to Join CNPS Fall plant sale season is here Check the CNPS plant sale calendar to see when your local chapter is hosting a plant sale All plant sales are open to the public though most chapters offer special benefits to CNPS members such as early admission and discounts If you are not currently a member or if you have let your membership lapse you can join online today and bring your confirmation email to a plant sale this weekend Don t want to join online You can sign up on the spot at any chapter plant sale CNPS members also receive discounts at a number of nurseries stores and other businesses to help you with your garden maintenence year around CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference The CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference is scheduled for January 10 14 and will provide over 220 talks by leading botanists conservationists and students as well as 15 workshops poster sessions plenary speakers art exhibits and events including a Public Engagement Day Discounted early registration is open through October 31 Please see this link to learn more or to register Volunteers are still needed If you are interested in volunteering please click here Don t forget that you do not have to attend the conference to participate Please see this link for more information on how you can help or enter the botanical art or photography contests Please note that deadlines for both of these contests are fast approaching entries for the photography contest are due October 10 and botanical art entries are due by October 15 Important Notice to CNPS eNewsletter Subscribers Many thanks to those of you who have already created a profile on CNPS s new web member interface and have opted in to continue receiving the

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  • August 2011 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    1949 1999 Fremontia Special Issue Vernal Pools pp 71 72 More information about Brodiaea matsonii can be found in the Online Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants or by contacting Aaron E Sims asims cnps org In addition see Redding com for an article by Laura Christman on the discovery of Brodiaea matsonii Inventory Tip Did you know that you can now search for plants added by year in the new Online Inventory 8th Edition This allows one to review what plants have been added recently as well as those that have been included in the Inventory since its foundation in 1974 You can also search for plants added before and or after any year of your choice This is helpful for determining when plants were added to the Inventory how many plants were added in a given year or over numerous years and what plants were added when In order to search for plants added by year visit the Inventory Simple Search page and enter a year in the before and or after box in the Plants Added by Year section located towards the bottom center of the page Multi Agency Group Looking for Data Tracking Partners Have you noticed the flowers in your neighborhood blooming sooner Do the geese seem to be migrating a little earlier every year The National Phenology Network which includes its California affiliate the California Phenology Project are recently formed multi agency partnerships interested in tracking changes like these so state and federal natural resource agencies can get a better handle on how climate change is affecting the phenology biological timing of wildlife and when and how these data should be used in developing management decisions The California Phenology Project is looking for organizations academic institutions and citizen scientists who can provide data such as when certain species of tree leaf out when plants flower in spring and when pollinators emerge from their winter slumber Many members and employees of CNPS are keenly attuned to the yearly timing of these events and CNPS has begun to explore what role our Chapter members can play in this project Meet Susan Little recipient of the CNPS Legislative Staff Person of the Year Award Susan Little CNPS Legislative Staff Person of the Year Executive Director Tara Hansen and CNPS Legislative Advocate Vern Goehring will be presenting the statewide Legislative Staff Person of the Year award to California Assembly Floor Analyst Susan Little at the local Sacramento Valley Chapter meeting on October 12th As a staff analyst in the Assembly Floor Analysis office Susan Little along with her colleagues reviews and prepares a final analysis on bills before they are voted on by the full Assembly In this role she is independent of the various policy committees and the analysts working for the policy committees In other words she is responsible for independently reviewing committee bill analyses for accuracy and consistency with a bill s final provisions Susan was recommended for this distinguished statewide award by Vern Goehring CNPS s Legislative Consultant In recommending Susan for this award Vern describes how her sharp attention to detail and superb analytical skills have identified serious potential impacts to plants and wildlife in proposed legislation When these details and impacts are brought out in the final analysis it alerts CNPS and other conservation groups to advocate for amendments to improve legislative outcomes for the environment Without individuals like Susan that have the strength of character to raise these important flags even at the 11th hour some of these impacts could be missed and a bill could pass without an opportunity to amend all to the detriment of CNPS and the California public The state office will be providing desert and coffee after the meeting to help celebrate Susan s award If you live in or near Sacramento please come join us at the McKinley Park Shepherd Garden Arts Center and help us recognize Susan Little for her outstanding work in the California Legislature For more information see http www sacvalleycnps org CNPS Statewide Awards Outstanding Agency Personnel This award honors agency staff who have provided extraordinary service in conservation of California s flora Agencies are the keystone of native plant management in California through management of millions of acres of Federal State and privately owned lands and through implementation of our environmental laws and programs CNPS recognizes that agencies can be difficult environments in which to achieve conservation due to budgetary political and bureaucratic obstacles This award celebrates both the recipients conservation achievements and their determination and ability to do what is needed to conserve California s flora Greetings from Our New Conservation Communications Coordinator CNPS welcomes William Hamilton who has recently joined CNPS to take over the duties of Conservation Communications Coordinator at the state office William first became involved with the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CNPS over six years ago when he began leading vernal pool tours at Mather Field In addition to his work with CNPS he has spent time in the field doing plant surveys while teaching part time I was drawn to CNPS because of all the wonderful work they do in preserving California s beautiful native plants William says and I look forward to helping the society achieve its mission and goals CDFA to Create Far Reaching Programmatic EIR for Pest Management The California Department of Food and Agriculture CDFA is proposing to create a programmatic Environmental Impact Report PEIR for pesticide and herbicide spraying throughout the state This PEIR would reduce the amount of subsequent analysis required for individual spraying projects new areas Some are concerned that the PEIR would lock in an antiquated approach of spraying as better less chemically dependent methods become available There is also concern that once the PEIR is in place future public input on individual programs will be overly restricted and minimized Some potential benefits of the PEIR are that it could streamline local invasive plant management projects and would allow for a full review and vetting of

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  • July 2011 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    herbaceous alliances and 38 new herbaceous associations not currently found in our Manual of California Vegetation New types include wash terraces dominated by thistle sage Salvia carduacea Alliance low alkali wetlands with numerous rare species Atriplex vallicola Lasthenia ferrisiae Lepidium jaredii Association and showy fields of popcorn flower owl s clover and sky lupine Plagiobothrys nothofulvus Castilleja exserta Lupinus nanus Provisional Association A new report that describes this work is now available through the link here as part of our NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant Other online grassland resources can be found here Photos by Jennifer Buck Diaz Thistle sage Salvia carduacea Southern Sierra Nevada Foothills Vegetation Mapping Completed CNPS has completed a fine scale vegetation map in the southern Sierra Nevada foothills with a focus area of approximately 11 600 acres near Millerton Lake We also conducted hundreds of field samples documenting a diversity of plant communities in the region The completed vegetation map and data will be shared with land managers and partners in the region which will enable them to make well informed conservation and management decisions Our current work was graciously supported by a private anonymous donation A complete report detailing this project can be found on our website here Vegetation maps of the northern Sierra Nevada foothills covering 2 6 million acres and of this focused southern foothills map area are accessible through the Public BIOS Data Viewer and the Public Datasets links on Department of Fish and Game s website here New CNPS Member Web Interface CNPS has recently upgraded our web interface the technology that provides visitors to our main website the ability to join CNPS make a donation or get information about our planned giving program online This upgrade will provide new and existing CNPS members with additional options to view their gift records register for statewide events such as the 2012 Conservation Conference and make address changes all through a secure member login and password Eventually we hope to send special messages newsletters and alerts tailored to our members interests through this new interface Existing members can register online by going to cnps org and clicking on the Join Renew or SupportCNPS buttons Existing and new members will navigate to a new page to register a user name and password Immediately upon registering members or visitors can make a donation sign up for a new membership submit an address change or register for statewide events After 24 to 48 hours of completing the registration process new or existing members will receive a confirmation email and can log back into the site to view their giving history renew an existing membership and receive special messages CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference Registration Now Open CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference and hotel registration are now open Register for the conference workshops and field trips Early registration closes October 31 2011 Register to stay at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center Take advantage of the CNPS event discount and stay at the comfortable and convenient conference

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