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December 2017

Register Now for #CNPS2018


The registration window for the CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference in Los Angeles closes January 14. After this date, only on-site registration (subject to availability) will be permitted. Register now to guarantee your spot in a pre-conference workshop, field trip, and at the conservation event of the year!

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Preparing the Garden for Winter

Scrub Jay in snow on mazanita by Nancy GilbertSusan Krzywicki

Our former CNPS Horticulture Program Director Susan Krzywicki compiled these wonderful tips and considerations regarding how to protect your plants from freezing temperatures, address frost damage, and make wise garden selections of frost-resistant native plants.

CDFW Expands Land Pass Program in 2017-18

Julie Horenstein and Peter Tira, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is expanding its Lands Pass Program to 42 wildlife areas and ecological reserves this fall and winter and will soon require a CDFW lands pass of all visitors 16 or older. Those carrying a current hunting or fishing license are exempt from this new requirement. Learn more.

#ReOak Wine Country Update

acorns for #ReOak Wine CountryIn the wake of the wine country fires in October, CNPS called on volunteers to help “Re-Oak” the region. Since then, thousands of Californians have signed up to help gather acorns, which will be used to reintroduce Oak trees in the fire affected areas. Click here for an update!

New Guide to the Trinity Alps Available

Wildflowers of the Trinity AlpsWildflowers of the Trinity Alps by Ken DeCamp, Julie Kierstead Nelson, and Julie Knorr is now available!

Ken DeCamp has spent more than 60 years exploring the Klamath Mountains. “I wanted to create a guide for that would be easy for folks to carry in their backpack and use to identify flowers along the trails of these mountains.” Ken said. This book is now the most up-to-date guide to wildflowers for the Klamath Mountains. Find it at the CNPS store and read more about it at the CNPS blog.

Chapter Events

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

Monterey Bay Chapter
Field Trip: Carmel to Pebble Beach
Tuesday, January 2, 10 a.m.

This nice lollypop loop begins in Carmel and leads into the quiet Monterey pine forest of Pebble Beach. Lunch gives us the option of purchasing a Poppy Hills sandwich. ±6 miles, ±750 feet ascent with flora & fauna stops. Arrive early; we depart at 10:00am from the Rio Road Park & Ride in Carmel. Call for a reservation—limit of 8. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

Mojave Chapter
MDLT Nursery and Seed Bank Tour
Saturday, January 6, 10 a.m. - noon

Mojave Desert Land Trust's Nursery and Seed Bank Manager, Madena Asbell, will give a tour of MDLT's nursery and seed bank and discuss the ins and outs of growing plants for CNPS plant sales, from seed collection to container plant production. This tour is offered to CNPS members who are interested in propagating plants for CNPS plant sales. Limit: 8. RSVP Required. To RSVP, contact Madena at . MDLT, 60124 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252.

Marin Chapter
Mt. Tam in Winter
Saturday, January 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dabney Smith will lead us down the Cataract Trail to High Marsh and then to Old Stove, returning via one of several possible trails. The route will pass through moist redwood canyons with ferns and rushing creeks, and continue into open grasslands and chaparral for a total of 6-7 miles of moderate-difficulty hiking. We'll be searching for fetid adder's tongue and other early wildflowers. Meet at the parking area at Rock Spring. This hike is especially suitable for beginning plant enthusiasts. Rain cancels; call Dabney if in doubt at 415-320-9229.

Mount Lassen Chapter
Field Trip: Fern Cliff in Middle Bidwell Park
Sunday, January 7, 10 a.m.

Meet at 10 am at the middle park trailhead where Centennial Ave and Chico Canyon Rd join at their east ends. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and wear cool weather gear. We will walk for about a mile along the south side of Chico Creek. We will be looking at ferns and allies alongside the cliffs. End at noon. Rain cancels. Leader: Marjorie McNairn 530-343-2397.

East Bay Chapter
Fetid Adder's Tongue Field Trip
Sunday, January 7, 2 p.m.

Location: Huddart County Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside (San Mateo County) California. Meet in the parking lot just past the pay station. David Margolies (510-393-1858 cell, email ) will lead a hike on the Crystal Springs Trail where fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii, Liliaceae) usually blooms in early January. (In most locations outside botanical gardens it blooms in late January or early February. We have seen it here almost every year except 2013 and 2016.) This is a gentle trail, losing about 200 feet over about 1/2 mile to the creek. The area is second growth redwood and mixed evergreen forest.

South Coast Chapter
Program Meeting: Point Vicente Native Garden
Monday, January 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Join us at our monthly membership meeting for a talk on the Point Vicente Native Plant Garden that was started by our very own CNPS chapter. Presenter, Megan Roy, is the Volunteer Coordinator at Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and has been the Point Vicente Interpretive Center Garden Manger through SCCNPS since December 2015. The presentation will focus on the transformation of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center native plant garden into a successful demonstration of our California native and local flora. She will describe site history, helpful technical strategies, growth in community engagement, and plans for the future. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
Program Meeting: Los Nogales Native Plant Nursery
Tuesday, January 9, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

The presentation will focus on the Los Nogales Native Plant Nursery at Debs Park. What does it take to establish a native plant nursery run by volunteers, and community partnership. Explore our methods for recruitment of volunteers, seed collection, plant propagation and community involvement in building bird friendly communities. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, CA 91436.

Milo Baker Chapter
Program Meeting: Wildscaping for Songbirds
Tuedsay, January 16, 7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Veronica Bowers. Your garden is your outdoor sanctuary. With some careful plant choices, it can be a haven for native birds as well. Landscaped with native species, your yard, patio, or balcony becomes a vital recharge station for migratory birds passing through and a sanctuary for nesting and overwintering birds. Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center at 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa.

Sanhedrin Chapter
An Evening with the Mosses
Tuesday, January 16, 8 p.m.

Sanhedrin Chapter and local California Naturalists are hosting an evening with the mosses. This very ancient and diverse group of plants have been extremely successful inhabiting every corner of the planet from arid hot deserts to frigid polar zones. Locally, hundreds of different species occur across our redwood/Douglas fir forests, oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral landscapes of eastern Mendocino and adjacent Lake counties. During the evening a variety of common species will be on display and microscopes set up to glimpse close up detail of cell shape and texture and other characteristics of the moss leaf important in identification. County Cooperative Extension Building on the corner of Bush (890 Bush St.) and Low Gap Road, Ukiah.

Kern County Chapter
Potluck and Program Meeting
Thursday, January 18, 6 - 9 p.m.

Potluck from 6-7:00 p.m. At 7:00, James Shevock of the California Academy of Sciences will speak on the Vascular Plants and Bryophytes of Kern County. Hall Ambulance Community Room 1031 21st St, Corner of N St. & 21st St., Bakersfield.

El Dorado Chapter
Program Meeting: Oaks of California
Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m.

John Kipping, a local arborist, will talk about our precious oaks. Planning Commission Room, Building C of the County Government Center, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville.

Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Pruning for Procrastinators
Tuesday, January 23, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Proper pruning affects the health and vigor of plants and can take a garden from “good” to “great.” Learn when and how to prune your perennials and see examples of good and bad pruning done right before your eyes. Patricia Evans, owner of Natural Landscape Design, is a graduate of the Foothill College Ornamental Horticulture program. Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga.

San Gabriel Mountains Chapter
Program Meeting: Flora of Rock Creek
Thursday, January 25, 7:30 p.m.

Upper Rock Creek near Bishop, California, is a wonderland for plant enthusiasts. The watershed varies in elevation from 7360 to ca. 13,000 ft. The steep gradient contributes to high plant diversity. Joy England lives in Claremont and works at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena.


Contributors and Photo Credits

  • Susan Krzywicki
  • Julie Horenstein
  • Peter Tira
  • Mark Naftzger
  • Stacey Flowerdew
  • Liv O'Keeffe
  • Scrub Jay on snowy manzanita - Nancy Gilbert
  • Handful of acorns - Stacey Flowerdew



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