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January 2014

CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference:
Call for Abstracts and Workshops Opening Soon

CNPS 2015
The 2015 CNPS Conservation Conference will kick off the CNPS 50th anniversary celebration year, at the San Jose DoubleTree by Hilton, San Jose, CA, January 13-17. The first two days of the conference will be workshops and field trips followed by three days of scientific conference sessions, with over 220 speakers, 50 posters, exhibitors, social events, art, photography, poetry and music. We expect over 1,000 attendees from the many disciplines and passions related to plant conservation. Go to for up to date information.

The Call for Abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the conference will open in mid-March through July 10, 2014. All abstracts must be submitted electronically through the conference website. Successful abstracts should pertain to at least one of the 22 session topics. Information on topics can be found under Session topics at Guidelines and directions for submissions will be available soon on the conference website. All speakers, including invited speakers, and all poster presenters must submit an abstract. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts for one of the topic sessions, the student session titled Current Research, or the poster session.

The Call for Workshops is open and accepting proposals until May 1. Workshops may be half day, one day or two days. Workshops of particular interest would provide job skills and or cover one of the following topics: environmental laws and regulations, botanical field methods, plant taxonomy, vegetation ecology, restoration, horticulture, ethno botany, drawing from nature, gardening with native plants, or plant/animal relationships. Proposals for workshops must be emailed by May 1, 2014 to .

CNPS Educational Grants

Sargent cypress (Hesperocyparis sargentii) in Sonoma County next to another rare vegetation type with Baker's Manzanita (Arctostaphylos bakeri). Photo by J. Evens

This year we received a record-breaking number of applicants for Educational grants and we were pleased to award an equally record-breaking total of students. $13,000 in grants were awarded to 26 students this December from CNPS's four grant endowment funds and a generous one-time donation from an anonymous donor. Students agreed to share the results of their research with CNPS by submitting an article to Fremontia, presenting research at the CNPS conference or to a chapter, or submitting a report to the Educational grants committee. Serving on the Educational Grants committee this year were: Chair- Joan Stewart, and reviewers: Dave Flietner, David Keil, Betsey Landis, Frank Landis, and Lorraine Washburn.

Students receiving awards this year are posted at

It's Not Too Late to Help CNPS Double a Special Donation!

DonateLast month a generous donor gave $27K in support of the CNPS Rare Campaign for rare plants and places, asking that we use their gift to inspire others to contribute. Will you please help to match that generous gift?

It's easy to donate to the Rare Campaign. Just click here! As always, donations to support the important work of CNPS are tax deductible.

2014 CNPS Workshops

Lupine and Workshop Participants - Josie Crawford

For full workshop descriptions and registration, please click here. Questions? Email Josie Crawford, CNPS Education Program Director at .

February 11-13: Vegetation Mapping
Taught by Todd Keeler-Wolf, Julie Evens, and John Menke,
Location: University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
Cost: CNPS members $665; Non-members $690

March 11-12 Rare Plant Survey Protocols - A Scientific Approach
Taught by Heath Bartosh, Aaron Sims, with a lecture by Roxanne Bittman
Location: CDFW Yolo Bypass Visitors Center Davis and West Sacramento
Cost: CNPS members $310; Non-members $345

March 13: Online Tools for botanists and biologists
Taught by Roxanne Bittman, Sandra Summers
Location: Office of Training and Development, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $150 (may be taken together with workshop above or separately)

April 1-2: Introduction to Plant Family Identification
Taught by David L. Magney
Location: Casitas Springs, Ventura County
Cost: $310 CNPS members; $345 non-members

April 15-17: Spring Flora of the Eastern Mojave: a Focus on Five Formidable Families
Taught by Jim Andre and Tasha LaDoux
Location: UC Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, Mojave National Preserve, eastern Mojave
Cost: CNPS members: $360; non-members $395

April 29-May 1 Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations
Taught by John Willoughby
Location: UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, Santa Cruz, CA
Cost: CNPS members: $395; Non-members: $430

May 27-29: Herbarium Specimen Collecting for Floristic Work
Taught by Nick Jensen and Heath Bartosh
Locations: Tejon Ranch Conservancy, Lebec and Tehachapi Mountain Region, Kern County
Cost: CNPS members: $360; Non-members: $395

Early June (TBA): Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé Workshop
Taught by Julie Evens and Jennifer Buck-Diaz
Location: Orange County, CA
Cost: Members $330; Non-members $365

September (TBA): Vegetation Rapid Assessment
Location: Shasta or Tehama County
Cost: TBA

Click here to register or read full workshops descriptions.

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
Fish Slough Exploration
Saturday, February 8, 9:00 AM

We will join Friends of the Inyo and the Sierra Club's Range of Light Chapter for an exploration of the Fish Slough area just north of the city of Bishop. We will be viewing endemic plant communities, restoration sites, unique human history and the endemic Owens Valley Pupfish in the alkali springs of the area! Please meet at the Kiosk at the intersection of Chalk Bluff, Fish Slough and Casa Diablo Roads at 9 am. Please be prepared to car pool or drive to our first location. Be prepared to be outside for the majority of the day and be ready for any weather conditions. Bring lunch, sunscreen and appropriate clothing and close toed shoes. Contact Katie Quinlan or Andrew Schurr with any questions.

San Diego Chapter
Garden Work Party
Saturday, February 8, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

The Native Plant Pre-Contact Landscape is a mini-park at the western entrance to Old Town State Historic Park. This CNPS-guided project introduces thousands of visitors entering the Park to California native plants that were useful to the original Native American residents before Europeans arrived. Exotic grasses and other weeds continue to germinate but volunteers have been making a huge difference: every year there are less weeds than the year before. Weeding is a simple pleasure -volunteers who weed in the sunshine, chatting with the other volunteers, are always pleased to see how their simple labor helps. Come and see if you agree! Bring water, sunscreen, gloves and your favorite weeding tool or borrow ours. The Landscape is at the west end of Old Town, where Congress and Taylor Streets meet. If you take MTS to the Old Town station, cross at Taylor Street and enter by the big adobe welcome sign under the trees. If you drive, park in the CalTrans lot across Taylor from the Landscape (free on Saturdays and Sundays). Questions? Contact Kay.

Marin County Chapter
Program Meeting: Restoring Critical Coastal Dune Habitat at Point Reyes
Monday, February 10, 8:00 PM

Point Reyes National Seashore preserves some of the last remaining high-quality coastal dune habitat in the United States. However, this habitat is threatened by the rapid encroachment of two invasive, non-native plant species: European beachgrass (Ammophila arenaria) and iceplant (Carpobrotus spp.). Over 70% (1,000 acres) of the park's dunes is dominated by these species. The Abbotts Lagoon Coastal Dune Restoration project, initiated in 2011, is restoring natural coastal dune processes and functions in a 300-acre area by removing up to 110 acres of European beachgrass and iceplant. Invasives removal will not only expand habitat for two endangered plant species, but may improve nesting success of the threatened snowy plover by eliminating predator habitat. In addition, it will improve resilience of the dunes by allowing them to shift in response to changing sea levels and sediment supply. Lorraine Parsons will discuss implementation and results of this project and other efforts to restore coastal dune ecosystems within the park. Ms. Parsons is currently the Vegetation/Wetland Ecologist at the Seashore and has managed this project as well as the Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project. She received an MS in Ecology from San Diego State University and dual BS/BA degrees from the University of Southern California. The Redwoods Retirement Home, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Doors at 7:30 PM, program at 8:00.

Santa Cruz Chapter
Field Trip: Ferns of Fall Creek
Saturday, February 15, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Come frolic in the forest of Fall Creek on a fern foray! We will try and locate most of the 15 species of ferns that grow in the park. Hike will be leisurely, about 2.5 miles. Meet at the Henry Cowell Fall Creek Extension State Park parking lot on Felton Empire Rd in Felton. Bonus! The 1st ten people to show up get a key to the native ferns of Santa Cruz County! Bring water, layers, sunscreen, hat and a lunch. Carpooling is encouraged. Heavy rain cancels. Email Deanna Giuliano for any questions or call 831 278-2699.

Mount Lassen Chapter
CSU, Chico Greenhouse Tour
Sunday, February 16, 10:00 AM

Meet at the CSU Chico Health Center parking lot at the corner of Warner St. and College Ave. at 10 AM. From there we will walk the short distance to the Biological Sciences Greenhouse. Tim Devine has collected hundreds of unusual plants from all over the world. We will see a number of species from the California deserts as well as plants from aquatic and tropical settings. Leader: Tim Devine, 530-345-8444.

Contributors and Photo Credits

  • Josie Crawford
  • Stacey Flowerdew
  • Mark Naftzger
  • Julie Evens - Sargent cypress (Hesperocyparis sargentii) in Sonoma County next to another rare vegetation type with Baker's Manzanita (Arctostaphylos bakeri).
  • Josie Crawford - Workshop participants



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