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July 2014

California Fish and Game Celebrates 100 Years with Special Native Plant Issue

ClarkiaClarkia franciscana, Lech Naumovich, photo courtesy

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) publishes California's longest-running, continuously published scientific journal devoted to the conservation and understanding of the flora and fauna of California. For the first time ever, California Fish and Game, as part of its 100th year of publication, has devoted a special issue focused entirely on native California plants. This will be the first of four special issues that will focus on different areas of conservation by CDFW scientists and collaborators, including CNPS.

CDFW Director Charlton Bonham and CNPS Executive Director Dan Gluesenkamp co-authored an introduction to the issue, which contains varied and highly pertinent topics of plant/habitat conservation today. Included in this edition are articles describing a newly discovered species of plant endemic to the San Bernardino mountains (Silene krantzii), a status review of Bakersfield cactus, disturbance treatments to re-establish the rare herb (Clarkia franciscana), the dramatic effects of sudden oak death disease on tan-bark oak, and a focus on plant community level conservation such as the characterization of fen vegetation in the Tahoe region.

This journal highlights current conservation tools such as the California Natural Diversity Database and reviews the 2009 CNPS publication A Manual of California Vegetation. Make sure to check out this special issue online at


ESA Comes to California

Ecologists from all over the country will converge in Sacramento for the Ecological Society of America's 99th Annual Meeting which kicks off on August 10th and runs through August 15th. The location of this meeting varies every year so this is an exciting opportunity for local ecologists to present talks and posters and to organize sessions around hot topics such as the California drought and the effects of large scale fires (such as the Rim Fire) on forests. Other California-centric sessions discuss the Biota of the Los Angeles River and Riparian Issues in the Great Central Valley.

Staff from the CNPS Vegetation Program are co-organizing and participating in a vegetation session titled: "Mapping with the National Vegetation Classification: Purpose, Value, and Method" which will stimulate a discussion of the successes of vegetation mapping over the last few years and how we can improve our techniques in the future.

There are a few sessions open to the public for free or you can register at to attend a plethora of plant-related field trips and sessions ranging from Invasive Species, Endangered Species, Ecological Effects of Climate Change, and Conservation & Ecosystem Management. Hope to see you there!

Vegetation Field Trip - Photo by Julie Evens


CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference

The CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference is coming up January 13-17 in San Jose! Join over 1000 attendees in the heart of Silicon Valley for this historic event. The conference will begin with two days of skill-building workshops and field trips to area locations.

CNPS 2015

The main conference starts on the 15th, with keynote speakers (including Michael Soulé!) and over 300 presentations in 25 sessions by students, researchers, and CNPS chapters. The event will host fun social events, art, poetry, music, and photography, too - not to mention your chance to explore the Bay Area and more from the ideal central location of San Jose.

To get even more involved you can volunteer, and sponsor or exhibit to get special benefits and connect with the biggest gathering of conservationists and native plant enthusiasts in the State of California. Kicking off the 50th anniversary of CNPS, this conference will be larger and more exciting than ever before, so don't miss out - be a part of the discussion about what the next 50 years will hold! Discounted early registration is open now through October 31 online. Visit or e-mail for more information.



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.

North Coast Chapter
Field Trip: Orchids in the Dunes
Saturday, August 2, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Do our dainty, native orchids bloom in a dry year? Join Carol Ralph on the forest and dune trails of Lanphere Dunes to find out. Learn about five species of orchid that live there. Walk 1-2 miles, partly on soft sand. Meet at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd, Arcata) to carpool to the protected site. Co-sponsored by CNPS and Friends of the Dunes. Call (707) 444-1897 to RSVP.

Sacramento Valley Chapter
Field Trip to Grass Lake
Saturday, August 2

Ever wanted to walk over a lake? Here's your chance! Join Carol Witham for a delightful outing to explore a rare sphagnum mat that grows atop Grass Lake in the Tahoe area. You are sure to find this a memorable experience. Contact Pam Kirkbride or 916-687-8134 for information about meeting places and times.

Yerba Buena Chapter
Program Meeting: Reviewing the Rarity Status Plants from Northern California
Thursday, August 7, 7:30 PM

Meet CNPS's Rare Plant Botanist, Aaron Sims, and learn more about the rare plants known from within the boundaries of the Yerba Buena Chapter of CNPS, along with current data and information that still needs to be acquired. This presentation will introduce some of the reasons California has such a rich flora diversity, explore some new additions to the Northern California flora, and report on some rare plants that have gone unnoticed in recent decades. Recreation Room, Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Kern Chapter
Field Trip to Tejon Ranch Conservancy
Saturday, August 9

No more than 20 people will be allowed to participate, so be sure to contact Patty Gradek as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Patty will send an email a week in advance to see who is still interested, to ask the number in your party, and to provide the meeting time and place. It will be an all day field trip so please bring your lunch and water and everything else you will need for a day in the field. Please advise Patty if you are unable to go.

San Diego Chapter
Seed and Bulb Work Party, Lakeside
Sunday, August 17, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join the party! Meet at Lakeside's River Park Conservancy, 12108 Industry Rd., Lakeside, CA 92040. For questions and more information, email

Redbud Chapter
Program Meeting: SNAMP Project
Wednesday, August 27, 7:00 PM

Kimberly Ingram, of the UC Cooperative Extension, will discuss an 8 year collaborative research effort among the US Forest Service, UC faculty scientists, UC Cooperative Extension staff and a cadre of community volunteers - to determine the effects of fuel reduction projects on forest health, fire behavior, water quality and wildlife. Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, just off Highway 49, in Nevada City.

Bristlecone Chapter
Native Plant Sale, Mammoth Lakes
Saturday, August 30, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The third and final Mammoth region plant sale for the summer will be on Saturday, August 30 (Labor Day weekend). For the latest information on what plants will be available and where to go, contact Mammoth Regional Plant Sale Coordinator Sherry Taylor and ask to be added to her mailing list for the latest updates! Note: the Bishop region plant sale will be held Sept. 13, so it is still not your last chance to purchase plants from the Bristlecone Chapter this summer!

Mount Lassen Chapter
Field Trip to Deadfall Lakes on Mt. Eddy
Sunday, August 31, 8:00 AM

Meet at the Chico Park and Ride west lot (Hwys 32/99) in time to leave by 8 AM. Wear sturdy shoes, bring lunch, water, sun/insect protection, hiking gear, and money for ride sharing. We will drive Hwy I-5 139 miles north to exit 751 just past Weed. We will then drive 13 miles southwest on Stewart Springs Rd to the trailhead. Along the easy 2 mile walk to Lower Deadfall Lake, at about 6300 ft elevation, we will see Darlingtonia pitcher plants, gentians, and a striking Lewisia. The area features an isolated stand of Port Orford cedars. After lunch some may opt to make the short, strenuous climb to Upper Deadfall Lake at 7130 ft. Call for information about camping or overnight accommodation. Leaders: Woody Elliott (530) 588-2555 and Wes Dempsey (530) 342-2293.


Contributors and Photo Credits

  • Jennifer Buck-Diaz
  • Julie Evens
  • Becky Reilly
  • Deidre Kennelly
  • Stacey Flowerdew
  • Mark Naftzger
  • Lech Naumovich - Clarkia franciscana, photo courtesy
  • Julie Evens - Vegetation Field Trip



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