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Administration : CNPS Chapter Resources Email

May 2015

Chapter Resources

Hello CNPS Chapter Volunteers!

This monthly e-mail is designed to keep in touch and let you know what resources are available from the state office staff. We welcome feedback! Tell us what you think and what you'd like to see in this e-mail by contacting Becky Reilly at .
Thank you for all that you do for CNPS!
- CNPS Staff


BIG Day of Giving a BIG Success for CNPS!

Thank you so much for helping make CNPS's inaugural participation in the BIG Day of Giving such a success - we achieved our goal of exactly 100 donations and $7500! Donations were received throughout the state and as far away as Utah and Florida, including 20 first time donors to CNPS. Congrats to donor appreciation drawing recipients Peggy Berry of Carmichael (also the BIG DoG's first donor to CNPS at 1 AM!), Kimberly Mauch of Auburn, and JoEllen Rice of Hayward. THANK YOU to all who donated, participated, and helped spread the word, to make the BIG Day of Giving such a fun and prosperous event!

New CNPS Video Clips!

CNPS has two fun new 15-second video clips on the CNPS YouTube Channel: "The California Native Plant Society (A brief introduction to CNPS)" and "Thank you for supporting CNPS!". Feel free to share these with your chapters and community via e-mail/e-news and social media. If you have suggestions for other short videos you'd like CNPS to create, send them to Becky Reilly () and Stacey Flowerdew ().

CNPS Workshops

Coming up soon: Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Releve (Yosemite), Intro to Plant Family Identification (Truckee), CEQA Impact Assessment (Ventura area), Vegetation Mapping (SF Bay Area), and more to be announced shortly. Be sure to also look out for all-new Ditch your Lawn! workshops coming soon around the state, to learn how to replace your lawn with beautiful, water-saving natives! Stay tuned for details. For more information, visit or contact Becky Reilly at .

California Native Plant Week Survey

The CNPW Committee has created a very short survey to gather information about your 2015 CNPW events, and to assess what more they can do to help support chapters for CNPW 2016. Please take a moment to complete the survey, or share it with someone in your chapter who can. Click here to take the survey.

CNPS Logos - File Location Change

The CNPS logo package, available for your chapter to download and use in your outreach materials, has moved from the main Admin page of to the private password-protected section (accessed by clicking on the logo in the left sidebar of the Admin page), where the CNPS directory is also available. If you need a reminder of the log-in information, e-mail Becky Reilly, .

Southern Sierra Nevada Foothills Vegetation Surveys

The CNPS Vegetation Program is actively seeking sites to survey vegetation in the southern Sierra Nevada Foothills. This region includes the area from the east and south side of the San Joaquin Valley floor upward to roughly 2,500 ft. elevation, with the exception of the San Emigdio Mountains. If you know of landowners in this area that may be interested in having CNPS visit their property, please contact Jaime Ratchford at .

2015 Conservation Conference Videos

View session presentations from the CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference on the Santa Clara Valley Chapter's YouTube channel. Thank you to CNPS-SCV member Steve Rosenthal and his team for making this happen!

Reminder: Seller's Permits

If your chapter is going to be selling anything at an event (plants, posters, books, t-shirts, etc.), a seller's permit must be issued ahead of time, specific to the event location - whether it is a chapter event, or your chapter has a table at another organization's event. It's fast and easy to request a seller's permit from the state office. E-mail Becky Reilly () or click here for more information.

Funding for Chapter Rare Plant Documentation Supplies

The CNPS Rare Plant Program has some new funding available to purchase supplies for chapter-sponsored Rare Plant Treasure Hunts, through a collaborative NSF grant with UC/Jepson Herbaria. Funding can be used to purchase plant presses, or possibly other supplies, such as GPS units and GPS cameras. For more information on the project, or to request supplies, contact Danny Slakey at .

Events Tip! Charging entry fees vs. requesting donations

If your chapter wants to collect money from event attendees, you can ask for a suggested donation at the door, or require an entry fee. What's the difference? Besides being optional, a "suggested donation" is tax deductible for your attendees, while a required registration or entrance fee is not.


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