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August 2017

Important Plant Areas Mapping

Screenshot of Southern SJV IPA mapOver the last 10 years, the pace and scale of conservation planning in California has increased rapidly, due in part to an urgency to address climate change. It is also a result of California’s ability to couple advances in online mapping technology with opportunities to spend advanced mitigation funding. This combination allows broad stakeholder participation in a process to plan and establish an ecologically sound conservation lands network across California in real time. While the fundamental requirement of sound data as the basis for good planning hasn’t changed, today’s increased pace and scale of conservation planning requires an immediate need for more of it.

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Legislation Update: #ReformOHV and SB249

OHV damage - Friends of Tesla Park SB 249 is a bill introduced by Senator Ben Allen (Santa Monica) to repair, reduce and prevent OHV damage to California’s natural and cultural resources. (See the most recent July –September CNPS Bulletin for a complete report on SB 249.) Following much debate and many amendments, SB 249 is nearing the end of the Legislative process. It has passed out of Senate committees and the Senate floor and the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee. It is now pending in the Assembly Appropriations Committee prior to consideration of the full Assembly.

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Give to Support the New CNPS Southern California Conservation Analyst!

Coreopsis californica - Margaret MalmCNPS is the voice for the preservation of California’s native flora. Many times, CNPS is the only party at the table negotiating for native plants and their places; too often, that seat is left vacant due to the fact that we have limited capacity to take on all the important conservation battles.  Now, as the pace and scale of change across California increases and federal dynamics become more challenging, it is even more critical to maintain a strong voice for native plant conservation. We need to increase our capacity to do so, and Southern California is the first place to start.

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CNPS Education Grants

This fall, the CNPS Educational Grants Program is again offering research grants for students and researchers. All proposals must be submitted by October 31, and awards will be announced by early December. Grant awards are decided by a review committee who determines which grant is appropriate for each proposal funded. See for more details about the various CNPS Education Program grant opportunities, application instructions, or to apply.

Review Us on Facebook!

If you're already following CNPS's Facebook page, thank you! But did you know that you can also review CNPS just like you could any business or product? Near the top of the page, click on the five stars and enter your rating and comment! Thanks to all those who have already done this, and thanks in advance for your positive comments.

Central California Invasive Weed Symposium

The 19th annual Central California Invasive Weed Symposium (CCIWS) is taking place November 2 in Santa Cruz. CCIWS is an annual symposium that provides a venue to share information about invasive weed control, native plant restoration, and stewardship for Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. It provides an opportunity to meet and network with other like-minded people working to stop the spread of non-native invasive plants, visit project sites where weed control efforts are in full swing, hear success stories, and earn continuing education units. Register at

2017 Plant Science Workshops

RA Workshop

In small classes taught by subject matter experts, CNPS workshops provide science-backed education and hands-on experience in beautiful locales. The CNPS Plant Science Training Program is gearing up for an exciting season of workshops in 2017, all of which are now open for registration! Further details, including a list of all upcoming workshops, and registration information are available here. Contact Becky Reilly at for more information.

Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé
October 3-5, Bodega Bay
Taught by Jennifer Buck-Diaz & Anne Klein
$375 CNPS Members, $395 Non-Members; +$265 for onsite meals & lodging (optional)

CEQA Impact Assessment
October 24-25, Camp Pollock, Sacramento
Taught by David Magney
$335 CNPS Members, $365 Non-Members


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

East Bay Chapter
Field Trip: September Plants in Briones
Sunday, September 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We will walk through some meadows at the top of the park, where there are sometimes an abundance of fragrant tarplants. Always meadowlarks and bluebirds. Distance will be about 3 miles. Mostly level, some short up and down sections. Bring lunch, since we plan on getting back to the cars about 2pm. Bring water, and be prepared for the forecast temperature. Depending on the wind direction, it may be hot. For directions, please see this page.

Sierra Foothills Chapter
Gardening with Natives Symposium
Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Symposium theme: Native Plant Gardening in the Motherlode - the New Normal. Keynote speaker is Bart O'Brien, director of the East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden at Tilden Park. Full day of speakers covering a variety of gardening topics. Download flyer and registration form here. Mail-in registration by September 1. Sierra Building, Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora, CA.

Monterey Bay Chapter
Program Meeting: "I have this slope..."
Thursday, September 14, 7:30 p.m.

It usually starts as a statement, but it is the beginning of a question. It usually tails off into a quizzical look of resignation while the speaker searches for the right words to convey that they can’t figure out what to plant on “this slope” to: keep it from eroding away, make it look more natural, make it beautiful, or attract hummingbirds, or all of the above. With photos and live plants to illustrate the ide-as, let speaker Pat Regan preemptively answer that statement/question before the sale, by asking and answering the many follow-up questions that help define the situation and lead to the best plant selections, like where is your slope and what direction does it face and what is made of, and many more. Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove.

Milo Baker Chapter
Program Meeting: Mending the Wild at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
Tuesday, September 19, 7:30 p.m.

Speaker Brock Dolman, Biologist and OAEC Wildlands Program Director will offer a lecture and slideshow based on his recent Fremontia article entitled Mending the Wild at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for Plant I.D. group - bring specimens of plants you want to identify. Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa.

Bristlecone Chapter
Program Meeting: Rock Creek Wildflowers
Wednesday, September 20, 7 p.m.

A spectacular high Sierra Nevada valley is the subject of a new wildflower guide called Rock Creek Wildflowers, published by the California Native Plant Society in 2015. Little Lakes Valley, at the head of Rock Creek Canyon, has been a favorite of flower-lovers, hikers, anglers, climbers, and sight-seers for generations. Author Cathy Rose, and photographer Stephen Ingram, have teamed up on a presentation featuring some of the most interesting plants of the valley, starting at the trailhead at Mosquito Flat and covering the trails to Mono Pass and Morgan Pass. White Mountain Research Center, 3000 East Line Street, Bishop.

El Dorado Chapter
Program Meeting: Landscape Design
Tuesday, September 26, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Bernadette Balics of Ecological Landscape Design. Her design for the spectacular Big Sky Garden in Davis was featured in Pacific Horticulture this summer. Planning Commission Room, Building C, 2850 Fair Lane Court.

Dorothy King Young Chapter
Fall Plant Sales
Saturday, September 23 Fort Bragg Town Hall
Saturday, September 30, Gualala Community Center

Fall is the best time to plant, so stop by one of two chapter plant sales to get the best natives for your gardens. Times to be announced:

South Coast Chapter
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Featuring native plants of the Palos Verdes Penninsula. CNPS Members can attend preview night Friday, September 29, 5 - 7 p.m. Madrona Marsh Nature Center, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, CA 90503.


Contributors and Photo Credits

  • Greg Suba
  • Becky Reilly
  • Mark Naftzger
  • Stacey Flowerdew
  • Liv O'Keeffe
  • Screenshot of Southern San Joaquin Valley IPA Map
  • Off-trail OHV Damage - Friends of Tesla Park
  • California Desert Coreopsis - Margaret Malm
  • Workshop Participants - Becky Reilly



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