California Native Plant Society

CNPS eNewsletter

November 2011
CNPS Vegetation Program Update

Over the last few months the program has been working on a variety of regional classification and mapping projects across the state. We are continuing to map vegetation of the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and we have completed a report on alluvial scrub vegetation of southern California. For a copy of this report, see 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 Jacqueline Millan:

I am a Mexican-American senior in college and I am the second in my family, the first was my older brother, to attend a four-year university. My parents have worked extremely hard to put us both though college. My grandparents moved from Mexico to California to encourage their children to never settle for less. I am extremely grateful for all my family has done to help me though my schoolwork and I plan on exceeding their expectations. I hope to expand 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 or call (916) 447-2677 ext 205

Recent CNPS Web Upgrade and Registration

Flower LogoCNPS 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 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 ( or Tara Hansen (

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 banquet and cocktail receptions. Please see this link to learn more or to register.

Want an easy and fun way to support conservation in California? Donate to the 2012 Conservation Conference Silent Auction.  Ideas for donations include: plant themed and handmade artwork, books, gardening accessories, jewelry, workshops or classes, and other items of beauty, value, or interest. If you would like to donate, please fill out the Auction Donor Form . Please return this form by mail or email by Dec 31, 2011 to: Stephanie Shigematsu, 9265 Rockfield Way, San Diego, CA, 92126; email:

Chapter Events

Dorothy King Young Chapter

Annual Potluck, Greenwood Community Center, Elk
Sunday, December 4, Noon - 2:30 PM
Featured speaker Mary Sue Ittner will share her passion and enthusiasm for native bulbs. For more info, click here.

Channel Islands Chapter

Botany Nature Walk, Romero Canyon, Santa Ynez Mtns
Saturday, December 17, 9 AM - 3 PM
Leader: Frank Sovich. Enjoy a 6-mile loop through chaparral and riparian communities. It is most easterly of the trails of the Santa Ynez Mountains, behind Montecito. For more info or for directions, please see

Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter

Evening Program: The CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt
Tuesday, December 13, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Recently "retired" CNPS RPTH Coordinator Amber Swanson will talk about her adventures looking for rare plants in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts of California. She will show photos and explain the secrets of California's rarest desert plants and most remote unexplored desert places. The Rare Plant Treasure Hunt project is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management and seeks to collect rare plant data from unprotected and imperiled public lands. First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th Street, Santa Monica.

Marin County Chapter

Sunday, December 25, 10:00 AM – 3 PM
Fresh Air Holiday Hike
Feel like getting some fresh air over the holidays? It doesn't get any fresher than the top of Big Rock Ridge, the second highest peak in Marin! On very clear days you can see the snow capped Sierras and previous hikes at this time of year have found a dozen or so native plants in flower as the trail winds through several habitats on this south facing slope. It's a bit strenuous at seven miles and 1500 feet altitude gain. This hike is especially suitable for beginning plant enthusiasts. Meet at the Big Rock trail head. From Hwy 101 in San Rafael, take Lucas Valley Rd west about 5 miles, the trailhead is beside the big rock at the crest of the hill. Rain cancels, call leader Dabney Smith (415)-320-9229 if in doubt.


Contributors and Photo Credits


  • Julie Evens
  • Tara Hansen
  • Josie Crawford
  • Stacey Flowerdew
  • Mark Naftzger


  • Julie Evens- scale broom (Lepidospartum squamatum) alluvial scrub vegetation in the greater Santa Ana River watershed


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