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May 2014

CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference

CNPS 2015

If you or someone you know has done recent research that needs to be shared on a big level the CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference is the place to do it!

  • The Call for Abstracts is open until July 10
    Instructions and link for submissions:
  • 23 themed sessions plus Lightning Talks, Progress and Promise Talks, and a Poster Session
  • Early Bird Registration opens July 15
  • The Call for entries for the Photography contest and Botanical Art Exhibition starts July 1
  • 20 Pre-Conference Workshops and 4 Field Trips! Jan 13-14

Pledge to Sponsor before June 15 and get exposure in our Preliminary Program going out to tens of thousands of people and organizations. Click here to view sponsor and exhibitor opportunities.

Upcoming Rare Plant Treasure Hunts

Calochortus fimbriatus
Calochortus fimbriatus - photo by Deanna Giuliano

See the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Calendar for further details about these and other upcoming RPTHs.

June 7-8 Sat & Sun, Knoxville Serpentines at the McLaughlin Reserve

Lake/Napa County north of Lake Berryessa. Rare Plant Treasure Hunt for Serpentine Endemics: We will also have the camping option for this trip on Saturday night, and a potluck dinner. Because of the remoteness of the location, we recommend that folks arrive on Saturday evening. After breakfast Sunday morning, when it's still somewhat cool, we will visit a rugged serpentine canyon to map CNPS-listed plants. On Sunday we will carpool in high clearance/4WD vehicles for this moderately strenuous outing. There will be opportunities to learn how to census rare plants and fill out CNDDB field survey forms for anyone who's interested.

We hope you can join us! For further information contact Wendy Smit, , or Ann Howald, 707-721-6120,


Jun 13- 15, Fri- Sun, Lottie Potrero Backpacking RPTH
South Coast Ridge Road, Big Sur, CA

Join CNPS for this late-season backpacking adventure in the Silver Peak Wildereness near the Monterey / SLO County border. We'll drive up to the Coast Ridge on Willow Creek Rd., just north of the County Line. From there we'll head south; before the road gets too rough, we'll park our cars and begin our backpack to Lottie Potrero Camp. On Day 2 we'll do a day hike heading further south along the ridge road, hiking as far as we can for the day before we turn back. On Day 3 we'll hike out. This trip will take us to some remote serpentine outcrops that few people visit. We'll search for serpentine endemics such as late-flowering mariposa lily (Calochorus fimbriatus) and Hardham's bedstraw (Galium hardhamiae), while also looking for more serpentine endemics that have not yet been spotted north of San Luis Obispo County. Hiking will be moderately strenuous, with hikes ranging from 5-10 miles per day. Email to RSVP or ask any questions about the trip. More details at


Jun 21-22, Sat-Sun, Silver Peak Wilderness - Campout and Downhill Day Hike

Join CNPS for a one-way downhill Rare Plant Treasure Hunt in a remote part of the SIlver Peak Wilderness, just north of the Monterey / San Luis Obispo County Line. We'll hike through forests of rare Santa Lucia firs, chaparral with rare manzanitas, and serpentine outcrops that are home to a number of rare species, including the stunning late-flowering Mariposa lily (Calochortus fimbriatus).

On Saturday, June 21st at 3pm, we'll meet at the Salmon Creek Trailhead, just north of the San Luis Obispo County Line on Hwy 1. We'll leave a few cars at the Trailhead, then head up to Lion's Den Camp on the Coast Ridge. The camp is not right on the road, but is only a few hundred meters from the road, so car camping gear can easily be brought in to camp. After arriving at camp, we'll do a potluck-style dinner, and look at the rare plants growing near the camp. On Day 2 we'll hike down the Three Peaks, Spruce Creek, and Salmon Creek Trails as we make our way back to the trailhead. The trip is all downhill, but will be moderately strenuous (about 5 miles). Send questions and RSVPs to

More details at


Jun 28-29, Picnic and Rare Plant Treasure Hunt trip leader training with CNPS and KS Wild
Patrick’s Point State Park, Arcata, CA and Horse Mountain Botanical Area

Through our “Adopt-a-Botanical-Area” and “Rare Plant Treasure Hunt” programs, KS Wild and the California Native Plant Society are teaming up to get you out enjoying nature, while helping defend and protect some of the most special places on our public lands.

In the “Botanical Area” program, volunteers choose a botanical area to adopt, visit it a few times a year and report back to KS Wild about the condition of the site, any damage or threats that need to be addressed, and any rare plants encountered. Designated “Botanical Areas” exist across the Klamath-Siskiyou region.

In the CNPS “Rare Plant Treasure Hunt” program, volunteers search for populations of rare plants that haven’t been seen in many years. The data you gather is reported back to land managers and the CNPS Rare Plant Program, and helps ensure that that our state’s rarest plants receive the protection they need. Volunteers can participate in either the management side or botanical side of this collaborative project.

We’ll help you choose an area, teach you what threats and conditions to look for, and give you tools to find and identify and document rare plants you’ll see nowhere else on earth! (Space is Very Limited! RSVP REQUIRED - see below.)

  • Saturday, June 28 - Arcata, CA (co-sponsored with CNPS) Patricks Point State Park
  • Sunday, June 29 - Optional 2nd day at the Horse Mountain Botanical Area

Send questions and RSVPs to


Also, still to be scheduled in later June, Mt Pinos Rare Plant Treasure Hunt. Details available soon on


The CNPS Rare Campaign

Rare CampaignYou can still contribute! The study of California flora is ongoing, and review of California’s rare plants must keep pace. Your support of the Rare Campaign will help to ensure that the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants of California accurately reflects the best available information on California’s rare plants, and will help promote the preservation and appreciation of California’s rare flora for years to come.

Click here to learn more or to donate.


Upcoming 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 .

June 2-3: Introduction to Plant Identification
June 4-5: Introduction to Riparian/Wetland, Invasive, and Rare Species of Northern San Diego County
Taught by:
Michelle Balk, Fred Roberts, and Vince Scheidt
Pala Reservation, Fallbrook, CA
Workshops may be taken together or separately.
Cost both workshops:
Members $290; Non-members $325
Cost Two Day Sections:
Members $150; Non-members $170
Please note: class is full. Wait list only.

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

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.

Milo Baker Chapter
Bohemia Ecological Preserve Spring Wildflower Hike
Sunday, June 1, 9:20 AM - 2:30 PM

Explore the serpentine and riparian sections of Bohemia Ranch, a property that once was going to be preserved as Waterfall Park, but is now stewarded by LandPaths. The property is not open to the general public. It is home to many rare species: Lessingia arachnoidea, L. holeluca, Hemizonia congesta ssp. lutescens, Calamagrostis ophitidis, Arctostaphylos bakeri, Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. capillaris etc. The hike is moderately strenuous and will cover 4-5 miles of trails. The weather is variable in June, likely to be hot in mid-day, but potentially cold, windy or foggy. Bring lunch and water. Heavy rain cancels. The hike will be led by docents who are familiar with the property and will appreciate your botanical knowledge. Go to and scroll down to Bohemia Ecological Preserve Gallery to get a preview. Afterward the hike there will be an opportunity to go over the plant lists and photos you took while relaxing over a beer and snacks from 2:30 - 4:00 PM at the Union Hotel in Occidental. Meet at 6773 Bohemia Highway at 9:30. Parking is limited, so if your car is not full, please consider stopping at the Occidental Park-n-Ride to carpool. Plan to arrive at the Park-n-Ride no later than 9:10 and leave no later than 9:20.

Sierra Foothills Chapter
Calaveras Big Trees
Sunday, June 1, 10:00 AM

Leader - Steve Stocking. Hiking Level: Easy. We will be looking for Trillium angustipetalum and other spring flowers typical of mid elevation Sierran forests. As time allows, we will visit multiple sites. Meet at 10:00 AM inside the park at the picnic area adjacent to the meadow behind Jack Knight Hall. Remember, there is an entrance fee to enter the park and bring lunch/snacks as well as water. For more info, contact Steve or call 209-754-9029.

South Coast Chapter
Program Meeting: The Wildlands Conservancy
Monday, June 2, 7:30 PM

The Wildlands Conservancy's Southern California Montane Botanic Garden and Children's Outdoor Discovery Center by Paul Melzer and Dr. Timothy Krantz, The Wildlands Conservancy. Doors open at 7:15, program starts at 7:30. The Wildlands Conservancy owns and operates California's largest nonprofit nature preserve system. This preserve system includes 12 magnificent landscapes spanning over 145,000 acres of diverse mountain, valley, desert, river and ocean front properties. Operating exclusively with private funding, TWC purchases and restores landscapes and builds national park quality visitor facilities that are open to the public at no cost. Based at the Conservancy’s Oak Glen Preserve and focusing on native plants, the Southern California Montane Botanic Garden will celebrate the diversity of our local mountains through the inspirational landscape planning of the Wildlands Conservancy. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

Marin Chapter
A Day at the Cedars with Roger Raiche
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

We’ll need 2 or 3 high clearance/4WD vehicles. We will transfer to the hardier vehicles about 3 miles from our final destination, at Raymond’s Bakery 1 mile before Cazadero. We cannot leave vehicles at the bakery, but it is a good gathering spot since there is a bathroom and food and tables/benches. There is still another 45 minutes to 1 hour before getting into the canyon to start hiking. This usually involves stopping at a neighboring ranch transferring into capable vehicles to make the 7 creek crossings. Roger will have his truck, which usually can handle 4-6 more people, but all other participants must be able to fit into enough high clearance, 4WD vehicles to get into the canyon. The terrain is rugged, rocky, and involves creek crossings, so participants should be in good hiking shape and capable of dealing with irregular, rocky terrain. Folks cannot leave the group during the hike, and all must arrive and leave at the same time. While this may sound like a lot of work, it is a magnificent place to visit with many endemic and rarely seen species. We will send plant lists to all who sign up. For more info click here.

Bristlecone Chapter
Pleasant Valley Meadow & Fire Recovery
Saturday, June 14, 7:00 AM

The Pleasant Valley section of the Owens River is known for its catch and release trout fishery, access to popular bouldering areas among other outdoor activities. On this field trip we will explore a more sleepy section of the river that burned in 2008. The focus will be on the alkali meadow found in the flood plain as well as the recovery of the willows and other riparian vegetation. In the meadow expect to see Distichlis spicata, Saltgrass, Elymus triticoides, Creeping Wild Rye, and Sprobolis airoides, Alkali sacaton, the vegetation backbone of alkali meadows in the Owens Valley along with other flowering treats from fairly common to not so common. Many riparian bird species nest here and Blue Grosbeak, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat among others will be in full breading season color and song. There will be a little over two miles of walking at a botanist’s pace, and the trip should take a half day. Participants should bring food, fluids, sun protection and sturdy hiking clothes. We will meet at 7:00 AM at “the Y” - the corner of Wye Rd and US 6 just north of the Shell gas station. 4WD is recommended and carpooling is always encouraged. For more information contact Jerry.

Kern Chapter
Plant Family Identification and Program: Revegetation, Seed Propagation
Thursday, June 19, 6:00- 9:00 PM

6:00-7:00 P.M. Plant family identification. Lonicera as representative of Caprifoliaceae. Last meeting in series. 7:00 PM Speaker: Trevor Meadows Revegetation, Seed propagation. Hall Ambulance Community Room 1031 21st St, Corner of N St. & 21st St, Bakersfield.

Shasta Chapter
Annual Summer Kick-Off Picnic
Thursday, June 19, 6:00 PM

This is our annual barbecue-picnic Chapter meeting to kick off the summer, this year to be held at Kids’ Kingdom in Enterprise Park, Redding. We’ll grill up some burgers and hot dogs, and dinner will be around 6 PM. The rest is potluck, so bring a dish to share! Also bring your own dinner service, beverage, and mosquito bug juice. This park does not allow alcohol. The scholarship recipients will be introduced at this picnic. Section B in the Picnic Pavilion is reserved for our group. Kids’ Kingdom is at 4300 Victor Avenue, Redding. For further information, please call Ken Kilborn at 221-2339.

Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Mt. Eddy Carcamp
Friday-Sunday, June 27-29

Mt. Eddy, just west of Mt. Shasta in the Klamath Mountains, is the highest chunk of serpentine in California. It supports various plant communities not typically seen elsewhere in the state, from pine grasslands to pine barrens, grassy swales with carnivorous plants to alpine fell fields and lakes. Participants need to be able to hike into Deadfall Lake, a distance of 2 miles. Foxtail pine and Darlingtonia fens will be treats for those who don’t visit such out of the way habitats. Sharp eyes will be able to spot several rare, endemic plants to this area. Camping will be along the Trinity Route/Hwy 3 at a USFS site. Contact trip leader Joe Cernac for further information and to reserve your spot. Call (408) 292 5465 or email.

Contributors and Photo Credits

  • Danny Slakey
  • Josie Crawford
  • Stacey Flowerdew
  • Mark Naftzger
  • Deanna Giuliano - Calochortus fimbriatus, California Rare Plant Rank 1B.3
  • Josie Crawford - Workshop participants



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