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November 2017

Support CA Conservation! Donate an Auction Item!


Want an easy and fun way to support conservation in California? Donate to the 2018 Conservation Conference Silent Auction! Ideas for donations include: plant themed and handmade artwork, books, gardening accessories, guided tours, vacation getaways, jewelry, workshops or classes, and other items of beauty, value, or interest. The minimum fair market value for donated items or experiences that CNPS will accept for the conference is $50; auction donations are tax deductible. See the Auction Item Donation Form for details. Please donate or pledge an item by December 29.

Vegetation Science at the CNPS Conference

We are all excited about the CNPS Conservation Conference coming up February 1-3, 2018, which includes a great selection of pre-conference workshops, sessions, and field trips.  Our CNPS Vegetation Science team will be participating in multiple sessions as well as a workshop to help build "total vegetation awareness." Here's an overview of the vegetation topics we'll be leading. We hope to see you there!
(To see a full overview of all workshops, sessions, and plenary speakers, please visit

Wednesday, January 31 -- Conservation Planning and Environmental Review
Don't miss the chance to brush up on how vegetation can be used in conservation planning and environmental review. This all-day workshop will focus on how to address vegetation, especially rare natural communities, in the CEQA process. (Also, take the opportunity to learn a new skill or brush up on new technologies by taking the half-day workshop Field Data Collection Using the ESRI Collector App for Mobile on Tuesday, January 30th.)

Thursday, February 1 -- Grasslands & Prairies
A habitat-based session co-chaired by Michele Hammond and Jennifer Buck-Diaz. It will provide five speakers focused on these endangered ecosystems. Talks will span classification efforts to remote sensing research, as well as monitoring and management techniques.

Friday, February 2 (morning) -- Vegetation Classification, Mapping, & Monitoring
Session, co-chaired by Julie Evens and Todd Keeler-Wolf. This 10-speaker session spans various topics of how vegetation classifications and maps are being produced currently around the state, including along the Channel Islands to Sonoma and Marin Counties to the warm and cold deserts of California.  Various presenters will also discuss how vegetation data is used in wildlife habitat relationships and conservation planning initiatives.

Friday, Feb 2 (afternoon) -- Rare Natural Communities
This session, co-chaired by Diana Hickson and Jaime Ratchford, will examine the identification of rare natural communities and the use of mapping to inform their conservation. The Friday sessions will culminate in a joint Rare Natural Communities/Vegetation panel to discuss how best to utilize and present the tools developed for vegetation conservation and management and convince the public, agencies, and elected officials to protect our native vegetation.

A Look at Recent Additions to the CNPS Inventory

Eriodictyon sessilifolium - Fred RobertsPeople join CNPS for many different reasons. Some members are there for the field trips, others for gardening advice, some are to learn more about California's diverse flora. Others are there for rare plant science or conservation. If like me, you are in this last set, you probably know all about the online CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants of California (Inventory). The Inventory is the official widely recognized list of sensitive California plants along with some information on ecology and general information on distribution.

Continue reading on CNPS-San Diego Chapter's blog.

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Chapter Events - Fall Plant Sales!

A sampling of events around the state. View more CNPS chapter events on the CNPS Events Calendar.

Sacramento Valley Chapter
Friday Walk: Upper Sunrise, American River Parkway
Friday, December 1, 2 - 4:45 p.m.

More details of the route and vegetation will be added after scouting on by November 24. Email John Schmidt at for more information or call 916-500-8456. Bring water, hat, snack, sun and rain protection. Parking is $5 or use your Parks Annual Pass. Meet here  or follow the directions on this page.

San Luis Obispo Chapter
Field Trip: New Reservoir Canyon Trail
Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m. - noon

Join us for a plant ID walk in Reservoir Canyon and the new trail that leads to Bowden Ranch. The focus of this field trip will be riparian and serpentine plant communities. It is four miles up and back, ascending 800 ft. Meet at Santa Rosa Park in SLO at 8:45 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead or at the Reservoir Canyon trailhead at 9 a.m. (parking can be limited). Bring water, snacks, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, hats, and layered clothing. No RSVP needed. No dogs please. For more information, contact Bill Waycott (805) 459-2103.

Shasta Chapter
Field Trip: Redding Arboretum Trails
Saturday, December 2

This late fall walk will provide another lesson in identifying native plants without their familiar flowers or leaves. We will take an easy two to three-mile loop around the Redding Arboretum and then finish with a walk through Turtle Bay's California Native Plant Garden. Meet in front of the parking lot behind the Redding Civic Auditorium at the entrance to the Sundail Bridge and Turtle Bay Museum. Contact David 530-355-8542 for meeting time.

South Coast Chapter
Annual Dessert Potluck and Photography Presentation
Monday, December 4, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Join us at our monthly membership meeting for our Annual Dessert Potluck and Photography Presentation. Open to all levels. Presentations should be five minutes or less and must feature California Native Plants, their habitats, or people or animals that depend on California Native Plants. Digital format on a flash drive preferred. Mounted prints will also be accepted. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula.

San Gabriel Mountains Chapter
Field Trip: West Fork of San Gabriel River
Wednesday, December 6, 8:30 a.m. - noon

This trip will explore the winter plants, especially trees and shrubs of this mountain streamside. We will hike along the nearly level road about 1.5 - 2 miles and return. Meet at the paved parking lot by the West Fork trailhead. Directions here. A Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking. Heavy rain cancels.

Mount Lassen Chapter
Field Trip: South Rim Trail, Upper Bidwell Park
Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m.

We will walk from the parking lot of Peregrine Point Disk Golf Course to the south rim of Bidwell Park along a short loop trail with the expansive views of Upper Park. Information will be presented and discussed on possibilities of opening upper-Upper Bidwell Park Road to motor vehicles and mitigation of adverse effects of disk golf on native landscape by the City of Chico. Meet at 10 a.m., Chico Park & Ride (Hwy 32 & 99) west lot or 10:20 a.m. at the Disk Golf Course Parking Lot on north side of Hwy 32 approx. 4.5. miles east of Bruce Road. Leader: Woody Elliott at .

Santa Cruz Chapter
Field Trip: Chalk Mountain
Saturday, December 9, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Hike to Chalk Mountain at 1,609 feet above sea level with Deanna Giuliano and enjoy spectacular panoramic views and amazing redwoods on the way up to a coastal scrub habitat. This 4-mile round trip hike has a strenuous elevation gain of about 1,500 feet. Bring water, layers, sunscreen, hat, and a lunch. Meet at the Westside New Leaf parking lot. This hike is limited to 15 people. Heavy rain cancels. Carpooling is encouraged. If you have questions about the trip, contact Deanna Giuliano at or 831 278-2699.

Dorothy King Young Chapter
Annual Chapter Potluck
Sunday, December 10, noon

Lunch will begin at noon. Bring a dish to share, a beverage, and utensils and plates. Brief business meeting at 1 p.m. followed by a presentation by Dr. Holly Forbes, nationally noted nationally noted plant conservationist and curator at the University of California Botanical Garden, at Berkeley. Greenwood Community Center in Elk.

Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
Program Meeting: Climate Change + Historic Drought
Tuesday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.

"Climate Change + Historic Drought in California = Surprising Patterns of Dieback Among Santa Monica Mountain Chaparral Species", presented by Stephen D. Davis, Distinguished Professor of Biology, Pepperdine University. With the onset of climate change Dr. Davis and his students have recently identified some of the limits of chaparral shrub survival and mechanisms of vegetation type conversion in the Santa Monica Mountains. First United Methodist Church 1008 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403.

North Coast Chapter
Native Plant Show and Tell
Wednesday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.

Members are invited to share native plant photos, food, prose, poetry, or art. Contact Michael Kauffmann at if you wish to contribute. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata.

Monterey Bay Chapter
Field Trip: Point Lobos Fungi
Friday, December 15, 9:45 a.m.

Chuck Bancroft, state park ranger retired, will join CNPS leader Lynn Bomberger on a walk to explore the forest for fungal friends. On our ±2-mile walk, we will search for and photograph both fungi and mushrooms and any other unique observations. Bring a point & shoot camera, water, snack, and wear good walking shoes. Arrive early; we depart 9:45am from the Rio Road Park and Ride. Call Lynn for a reservation at 375-7777, limit of 10.

San Diego Chapter
Program Meeting: Quail-friendly Plants of Baja
Tuesday, December 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Sula Vanderplank, Ph.D, conservation botanist will speak about her explorations of the flora of the Santo Tomas, San Vincente, San Jacinto, and San Quintin Valleys, which are core habitats for the California Quail. We will host our annual holiday potluck at the December meeting. Bring a dish to share. Doors open at 6:30 with Natives for Novices. Presentation at 7:30. Casa del Prado, Rm 101, Balboa Park, San Diego.

Orange County Chapter
It's your turn!
Thursday, December 21, 7:30 p.m.

This is your chance to share a favorite flower, voyage, habitat, or experience. Five minutes is the limit so that everyone who wants a turn gets a turn. Our tech master has a lot of instructions about how to prepare your presentation for our equipment. Please visit the newsletter on our website for details if in doubt. Doors open at 6:45. Duck Club, Irvine.

Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Field Trip: Butano State Park Pescadero
Sunday, December 31, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hike along trails through redwood forests and their understory, marveling at their diversity. Meet at 10 a.m. at the parking lot at the park entrance kiosk. The park entrance fee is $10. Dress in layers, bring snacks, lunch, water, and hiking sticks. Butano State Park is about five miles south of the town of Pescadero. Contact: Sheila at .


Contributors and Photo Credits

  • Becky Reilly
  • Mark Naftzger
  • Stacey Flowerdew
  • Liv O'Keeffe
  • Eriodictyon sessiliflolium - Fred Roberts



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