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  • June 2011 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    there and pretty soon an entire chorus follows And before you know it the flock has moved on to another garden another bush What a delight it is to see them return to the garden over and over Article continued here Enhancing Nature s Beauty Pruning Series 3 Allison Levin I began this series on pruning California natives with ideas about why a gardener might prune woody plants Next I discussed proper pruning techniques In this entry I ll look at a number of woody California native plants and consider how pruning might best enhance each utilizing the techniques discussed in my second article A reminder Since pruning weakens plants special consideration should be given to older specimens Only prune healthy plants start conservatively and take notes or pictures Observe over the subsequent year to see how the plants respond to your work Also remember that pruning is a seasonal practice with different times for different plants and is something I ll continue to address in a future installment Article continued here The Coastal Native Garden Tony Baker Coastal California with its temperate climate and great beaches is one of the most desirable places to live on the planet Gardeners who live on or near the coast are able to grow practically every plant listed in the Sunset Western Garden Book but with varying degrees of difficulty due to seasonally cool temperatures salt laden winds alkaline conditions and nutrient poor sandy soils For those who have the good fortune to live here and are also interested in planting a low maintenance drought tolerant garden I suggest seeking out plants that are already adapted to grow in coastal conditions rather than struggling with plants that would be happier elsewhere Many of those plants are the same ones that have always grown here naturally in their native ha bitat There is no need to amend the soil or add ocean polluting fertilizers and pesticides One of perks of landscaping with native plants is the diversity of wildlife that will seek out your garden habitat Article continued here Growing Natives Inspiring Enduring Gardens Horticulture Symposium Arvind Kumar Horticulture has been a vital part of CNPS since its inception emphasizing the value of native plants in gardens and human made landscapes for beauty for habitat for conserving natural resources and for saving money To serve the needs of today s increasingly sophisticated membership and the public at large CNPS is offering high quality educational seminars and symposia These well attended programs are educating the public and raising funds for the CNPS Horticulture program Lafayette and Berkeley are the venues for a native plant gardening symposium on September 17 18 2011 Titled Growing Natives Inspiring Enduring Gardens the event features leading practitioners and professionals examining the subject from a very practical nuts and bolts viewpoint how to design install and maintain native plant gardens of lasting value The symposium is aimed at professionals home gardeners and native plant enthusiasts This symposium is jointly organized by

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  • May 2011 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    arduous hours of marketing that hasn t turned out to be necessary as this curriculum has grown legs of its own This spring John Muir Laws supported by a grant from the National Audubon Society has taught workshops on the curriculum and has distributed over 150 hard copies of it to teachers and outdoor educators throughout the Sierra Nevada region The teachers who receive the training in turn train other teachers at their schools The California Department of Education website also directs viewers to the CNPS website to download the curriculum We now get 10 15 requests for the curriculum per week What s more the curriculum has been downloaded more than 300 times since we put it on the web People have said it is just what they have been looking for and that they are excited to put it to use CNPS Chapter leaders have begun to use sections of it when they take children out on excursions To our surprise even a local radio station KVMR announced a nature journaling workshop for kids on the Yuba River And I had nothing to do with it The CNPS Curriculum Opening the World through Nature Journaling by John Muir Laws and Emily Breunig is available to download for free on our website here The development of the curriculum project was funded by a grant from the Jiji Foundation CNPS 2012 Conference Dates and Links January 12 14 2012 Workshops Jan 11 12 Public Engagement Day Jan 14 Town and Country Resort and Conference Center San Diego Call for Abstracts closes Aug 4 Early Registration opens in July Keynote speakers Dr Peter Raven and Dr Bruce Pavlik Opportunities for Students including special Student Session discounts fee waivers and travel stipends networking events and more So many ways to be involved Sponsor the conference Be an exhibitor Donate to the Silent Auction email conference cnps org Help sponsor a Student for 100 email conference cnps org Submit an Abstract for oral or poster presentations Make a poster about your chapter s conservation projects email Kristie Haydu Enter the Photo Contest Enter the Botanical Art contest Participate in the Poetry Spoken Word Event Volunteer on a committee starting now Volunteer during the Conference Jan 10 14 email Michelle Cox Volunteer for the Public Day Jan 14 email David Varner Note that Volunteers receive a 75 rebate after working 8 hours or more CNPS Training Workshops Contact Josie Crawford for more information Further details are available at http cnps org cnps education workshops index php June 7 9 Vegetation Rapid Assessment Relevé Ocean Song Sonoma County Instructors Julie Evens Deborah Stout One evening lecture and two field days Fees CNPS members 325 Non members 350 Fees include camping for two nights at gorgeous location and use of facility Sept 22 24 Legends of the Fall Exploring the Clandestine Flora of Early Fall in the Eastern Mojave Desert UC Granite Mountains Desert Research Station Instructors Jim Andre and Tasha La Doux One evening lecture

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  • April 2011 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    and encompass a high diversity of serpentine associated plant species special status plants unusual plant associations and potentially undescribed plant taxa Walker Ridge also has significant educational recreational and scenic values including its complex geologic substrates and soils elevation gradients expansive viewsheds and proximity to Bear Valley These botanically rich resources are being threatened by the placement of a wind farm on the ridge and so we find ourselves at a difficult crossroads between the development of renewable energy and the ecological preservation of Walker Ridge CNPS supports renewable energy projects but only when those projects are developed in a manner that minimizes ecological impacts Designating all of Walker Ridge as an ACEC will help direct BLM to manage Walker Ridge s amazingly beautiful landscape in a manner that ensures the survival of its flora and fauna for generations to come In February CNPS submitted a petition to BLM to designate all of Walker Ridge as an ACEC Currently we are seeking signatures of support from conservation organizations members of the science community and from chapter members and interested individuals Join us in the effort to preserve the public lands on Walker Ridge by participating in our letter writing campaign and join in an upcoming Native Plant Treasure Hunt on the ridge in June Follow the development of this project on the Statewide Conservation Initiatives page on our website CNPS Chapter Conservation Map Roadmap to the Future Conservation efforts can be time consuming daunting confusing and frustrating How does one combat the continuous encroachment upon native plant habitats CNPS Chapter conservation work has continued at a very high caliber for decades Sharing the combined knowledge of how Chapter conservationists are approaching various issues statewide can help us be more effective at what we do To help collate and share this knowledge we have recently developed the Chapter Conservation Map now available on our website to highlight Chapter conservation projects around the state The design of the Conservation Map is simple For each featured Chapter project the map contains a short summary of the project s conservation issue a link to more information found on the Chapter website additional links to pertinent project documents and a Chapter contact By aggregating conservation information into an easily accessible holding place visitors to our website can track conservation advocacy work that CNPS Chapter members are involved in across the state The map also serves as a portal to Chapter resources and expertise that one can access to help address impacts to and conservation of native plant Successful grassroots activism requires pooling individual strengths and sharing successes and failures learned from experience A goal of the Conservation Map is to aggregate information that can both inform and inspire your own advocacy efforts Access the map here If you don t see your Chapter s conservation projects or would like some help posting an ongoing project please contact Allen Tolleth atolleth cnps org Pacific Crest Trail Field Guide Project Justin West examines mushrooms while hiking Photo

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  • March 2011 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    of these were recently established plants with root systems just beginning to extend out from the base Some of the plants I lost had been grown from seeds I had collected from particularly interesting parent plants Article continued here Healthy Cuts Pruning Basics and Tools Allison Levin Last time I wrote about why we might want to prune our native gardens Later I ll talk more about seasonally appropriate pruning and ideas for various garden styles In spring when we do very little pruning it is a perfect time to think about proper pruning cuts and tools Generally pruning cuts can be categorized as Tipping or Thinning Each is appropriate for different outcomes Tip pruning shortens an elongated stem or twig that s just a few millimeters or up to a quarter inch in diameter This is useful when you have some exuberant growth extending far beyond the rest of the plant s canopy or when you want to reduce an entire canopy Typically tipping cuts are made with hand pruners These cuts are best made at the end of a plant s growing season but can be used judiciously throughout the year to neaten things up Article continued here CNPS 2012 Conference Needs Volunteers CNPS 2012 Conference committees are already hard at work but we still need volunteers Audio visual Chair San Diego local Outreach Chair Botanical Arts Chair Students Committee Student Activities Poster and Paper contests and Student Funding Exhibitors chair Silent Auction Chair Chapter Student support Chapter CNPS Store Chair Please contact Josie Crawford if you are even mildly interested in volunteering on one of these committees CNPS Training Workshops Contact Josie Crawford for more information Further details are available at http cnps org cnps education workshops index php April 25 27 Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations Hell s Half Acre Grass Valley Instructor John Willoughby Three day combination of lecture and field exercises Fees CNPS members 395 Non members 420 Registration open here May 3 4 Wetland Riparian Plant Identification Casitas Springs Ventura County Instructor David Magney Fees CNPS members 295 Non members 320 Registration open here May 5 7 Riparian Ecology and Restoration Ventura Instructors Bruce Orr and Amy Merrill Three day combination of lecture and field trips Fees CNPS members 395 Non members 420 June 7 9 Vegetation Rapid Assessment Relevé Ocean Song Sonoma County Instructors Julie Evens Deborah Stout One evening lecture and two field days Fees CNPS members 325 Non members 350 Fees include camping for two nights at gorgeous location and use of facility Sept 22 24 Legends of the Fall Exploring the Clandestine Flora of Early Fall in the Eastern Mojave Desert UC Granite Mountains Desert Research Station Instructors Jim Andre and Tasha La Doux One evening lecture and two field days Fees CNPS members 435 Non members 460 Price includes lodging and all meals at the research station Note that some details including price and exact locations are subject to change Updates will be posted on the Education Program

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  • February 2011 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    of the Shasta Trinity National Forest NF We will continue mapping of fen wet meadows for this NF later this year We are also in the process of finalizing a report that assesses fen vegetation throughout the entire Sierra Nevada region An overview poster of this assessment was presented by CNPS staff during the January 2011 Northern California Botanists Symposium You can view both the Shasta Trinity fen report here and the overview poster by clicking here Vegetation Mapping in the Northern Sierra Nevada Foothills CNPS has been working with the Department of Fish and Game and Aerial Information Systems to produce a detailed vegetation map of the northern Sierra Nevada foothills an area of approximately 2 6 million acres The entire map has been completed and will be posted online along with a vegetation mapping report by March 2011 For more information please click on this link Updated Natural Community List Now Available Our partners at the Department of Fish and Game s Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program VegCAMP have recently updated the state Natural Community List The VegCAMP website provides a link to background information and to the current list of Alliances and Associations per A Manual of California Vegetation Second Edition Sawyer et al 2009 The use of this standard vegetation classification system will enable more unified habitat assessments and conservation efforts across California CNPS 2012 Conference Needs Volunteers CNPS 2012 Conference committees are already hard at work but we still need volunteers for the following positions Audio visual Chair San Diego local Local Information Chair San Diego local Outreach Chair Botanical Arts Chair Students Committee Student Activities Poster and Paper contests and Student Funding Exhibitors chair Silent Auction Chair Chapter Student support Chapter CNPS Store Chair Please contact Josie Crawford if you are even mildly interested in volunteering on one of these committees CNPS Training Workshops Contact Josie Crawford for more information Further details are available at http cnps org cnps education workshops index php March 22 23 California Rangeland Monitoring Bakersfield and Tejon Ranch Instructor Jennifer Buck Diaz Options for single day or 2 day The California Native Plant Society is offering a new rangeland monitoring workshop at the Kern County Farm Advisors office in Bakersfield This is an opportunity for ranchers land managers and ecologists to gain a better understanding of the role of vegetation surveys and classification in ecological monitoring management and conservation On March 22nd the agenda includes morning presentations and a local field visit to discuss rangeland management challenges and to help develop skills in plant species identification March 23rd is an optional second day to train participants in the CNPS Relevé field sampling protocol at the Old Headquarters of Tejon Ranch Day 1 Maintaining grassland biodiversity and field site visit Half day lecture half day at Tejon Ranch Day 2 Grassland vegetation sampling using the Relevé method All day field survey training at Tejon Ranch Fees Day 1 co sponsored by NRCS and Defenders of Wildlife 25 includes breakfast snacks

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  • January 2011 eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    California and hopefully lead to their conservation If you are planning a treasure hunt let us know about it and we can help support you in whatever way we can The Rare Plant Treasure Hunt is your way to volunteer hands on in the field Call for Treasure Hunt Leaders in California Parks and Land ConservanciesAmber Swanson CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Coordinator The Statewide Rare Plant Treasure Hunt RPTH is looking for resident botanists volunteer coordinators and natural resource technicians from county regional state and national parks and recreation areas as well as land conservancies to host and lead Treasure Hunts In 2010 the RPTH had several park systems including Santa Clara County Parks East Bay Regional Parks Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Santa Monica National Recreation Area SMMNRA coordinate and sponsor Treasure Hunts with great success This is a great opportunity to engage staff and volunteers while collecting valuable data on rare plants Read what Tarja Sagar Resident Botanist for the SMMNRA had to say about the Treasure Hunt Article Continued at www cnps org cnps rareplants treasurehunt news call for leaders php CNPS 2012 Conference Conserving and Restoring the Roots of California s Richness January 10 14 2012 Town and Country Hotel San Diego Workshops Jan 10 11 Conference sessions Jan 12 14Public Day Jan 14 The Call for Abstracts will open March 15 Plan now to submit your abstract under one or more of the sessions below Students are encouraged to submit abstracts and posters Climate Change Planning Tools for Rare Plant Conservation Rare Plants Transmontane Great Basin Mojave Sonoran Deserts Modoc etc Central Coast and Central Valley Conservation Baja California Cross border Issues Impacts and Mitigation Assessing Plants and Plant Communities Land Management and the Conservation of Plants and Communities Using Science to Increase the Success of Restoration Efforts in California Plant Science Invasive Plant Programs Equal Protection for Plants Protecting CEQA Vegetation Mapping and Science Vibrant Flora Vibrant Folks a diverse network working to conserve southern California s rich botanical heritage Northern California Land Acquisition Rare Plant Communities Horticulture Part of Conservation is Growing Conservation and Renewable Energy Issues Conservation on Tribal Lands The Vital Role of Education and Research in Conservation Continued at www cnps org cnps conservation conference 2012 New Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Intern Amber Swanson CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Coordinator and Duncan Bell RPTH Intern We d like to welcome Duncan Bell to the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt program He will be our intern for the 2011 field season in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts You may recall that Duncan was our grand prize winner for 2010 and now he will assist us coordinating Rare Plant Treasure Hunts leading volunteers in the field and readying data for the California Natural Diversity Database Duncan has a degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Ethnobotany from the University of La Verne in Southern California He has worked for the past two years for Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden doing botanical

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  • CNPS eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    lists of deer resistant plants my experience is that it needs protection until it s large enough to be out of reach Are you thinking SPRING yet Pete Veilleux East Bay Wilds You probably should be I ve been thinking about spring or more accurately called next year s flower season I use photos a lot to help me think about how plants look throughout the seasons and it helps me to sort and re sort them by season or ecosystem colors sun shade requirements etc which is why I really like using flickr It helps me think about the possibilities for combinations that I might not have seen yet I just put this set together of spring blooms which might be of interest to some of you here I wish that we had a louder bullhorn to tell folks that NOW is the time to plant natives of all kinds It s so much more practical to plant now than to wait until March when you have to jump through hoops and spend more money to get things to survive Some plants which are really important to plant now are wooly blue curls flannelbush most manzanitas some ceanothus goldenbushes most sages and almost any large specimen plants I m really looking forward to experimenting with quite a few new plants for next year perennials flowering shrubs as well as some really cool annuals Some of the new ones I m working with are Chinquapin Chapparal Pea Golden Fleece Austin Griffiths manzanita Winterglow manzanita Morro manzanita Hoover manzanita This really nice coastal hairgrass Thurber s Reedgrass Happy planting season Cooking with Native Plants Chris Lewis Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery What s growing in your garden It s December and the miner s lettuce Claytonia perfoliata has sprung back to life all over my yard I pulled some out where it was unwanted and thought if only there was a soup I could put this in I went online and found a Lettuce Soup by Epicurious Now I ve tried the recipe using Miner s Lettuce and it tastes great Here you go Miner s Lettuce Gourmet Soup This soup is a great way to use lettuce in the winter Any kind of potato and any salad greens but I d recommend Miner s Lettuce Yield Makes 4 servings Active Time 25 min Total Time 35 min INGREDIENTS 1 cup chopped onions scallions and or shallots 1 garlic clove chopped 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 4 teaspoon ground coriander 3 4 teaspoon salt 1 4 teaspoon black pepper 3 4 cup diced 1 3 inch peeled potato 8 cups coarsely chopped miner s lettuce 3 4 lb 3 cups water PREPARATION 1 Cook onion mixture and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter in a 4 to 5 quart heavy pot over moderately low heat stirring until softened 3 to 5 minutes Add coriander salt and pepper and cook stirring 1 minute Stir in potato lettuce and water and bring to a

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  • CNPS eNewsletter - California Native Plant Society
    them to organizers Jerry Meral and Fran Gibson ideally including resumes If you wish to participate in this process and the conference calls or if you have any questions please contact Jerry Meral at the email above Ideal nominees would include people with long proven and consistently good voting records on environmental issues They would also have some record of citizen activism on environmental issues prior to election to public office Over the past few years the Commission has had a mixed record in terms of achieving the goals of the Coastal Act to protect the public s right to coastal access making the coast accessible to people of diverse backgrounds and incomes and conserving and enhancing the health of coastal natural resources such as wetlands wildlife and plant habitat Each year conservation groups produce a Coastal Commission Conservation Vote Chart that rates the votes of the appointees of each appointing body Governor Speaker Senate Rules Vote Charts for years 2000 2008 are available online and the current Coastal Commission roster is viewable via their webpage Governor Vetoes Critical THP Review Funds Acting on a budget over three months late the Governor vetoed nearly 2 billion of appropriations on top of the billions already cut by the Legislature Included in the October cuts was the elimination of 75 of the funding for the California Department of Fish and Game DFG to perform its statutory duty to ensure that timber harvests on private forested lands do not harm or threaten the State s fish and wildlife The Legislature had approved sufficient funding for 23 positions continuing approximately the same level of harvest review as in previous years Even at this level of funding DFG was able to fully review and monitor only a portion of all timber harvest plans THPs submitted The Governor s cuts eliminate 17 of the 23 positions DFG is currently developing a plan to transfer timber harvest review staff to other duties so they can return to their former positions should funding be replaced Until such time THP associated impacts to botanical resources will be reviewed and assessed on behalf of the State by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection CALFIRE staff The California Native Plant Society has initiated efforts along with other conservation organizations to identify the impact of the cuts on DFG s ability to protect fish wildlife and native plant resources We have written to Director McCamman asking him to explore alternative plans and alternative funding sources and we will explore whether the vetoed funds affect the legal status of THPs approved absent a DFG review As many in CNPS know serious concerns existed prior to the Governor s veto regarding the adequacy of native plant protections required by CALFIRE and the Board of Forestry The THP review budget cuts add a significant new complication and challenge in efforts to protect native plants in forested regions of California Conservation and Communications Coordinator Internship CNPS is seeking a student applicant to perform communications work

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