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December 2015

CNPS Chapter Resources | December 2015

Hello CNPS Chapter Volunteers!
In this monthly e-mail, you will find chapter support updates and other resources from CNPS staff. Always feel free to contact us with questions and feedback! E-mail Becky Reilly, .

Thank you for making CNPS great!

In this e-mail...
Call for CA Native Plant Week Committee Members
Host a "Ditch Your Lawn!" Workshop as a Chapter Event
Upcoming New Books from CNPS Press
Promote Your Spring Events through the Horticulture Events Calendar
Intuit Credit Card Readers
Insurance and Seller's Permits + This Month's FAQ
Next Chapter Council Meeting

Reminder: need membership support while Stacey Flowerdew is on maternity leave? We've got you covered! E-mail Becky Reilly at , and we will help you out.

Call for CA Native Plant Week Committee Members
We are looking for volunteers to help plan for California Native Plant Week (CNPW) 2016. As a member of the committee, you will help generate ideas and plan for statewide efforts to support and promote CNPW, which is April 16-24, 2016. If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Caroline Gardand, .

Host a "Ditch Your Lawn!" Workshop as a Chapter Event
This past year, CNPS partnered with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to offer statewide “Ditch Your Lawn!” workshops. A team of CNPS staff and volunteers developed the curriculum, PowerPoint presentations, and handouts for the classes, and 300 homeowners learned how to replace their lawns with native landscapes. We would now like to offer these materials to CNPS chapters to hold Ditch Your Lawn workshops as local chapter events around California, using the statewide materials developed for this program. The CNPS Kern Chapter recently hosted the first chapter-sponsored Ditch Your Lawn training in Bakersfield using the statewide materials, and it was a huge success! For more information on how your chapter can host a workshop, and even use them to recruit new members and increase attendance at your plant sales, click here.

Marin Flora is Back In Stock

Both hard- and soft-cover versions of Marin Flora - An Illustrated Manual of the Flowering Plants, Ferns, and Conifers of Marin County, California are now back in stock. If your chapter would like to order copies for resale, please contact Laureen Jenson, .

Upcoming New Books from CNPS Press
In early 2016, two new books will be available from CNPS Press! California's Botanical Landscapes: A Pictorial View of the State's Vegetation, by Michael G. Barbour, Julie M. Evens, Todd Keeler-Wolf, and John O. Sawyer, is a beautiful exploration of our native vegetation, with a phenomenal array of photographs paired with interpretive descriptions from California’s top plant ecologists. Kern County Flora: A Key to Vascular Plant Species of Kern County, California, is a modernized 2nd edition from L. Maynard Moe, including updated nomenclature and nearly 300 additional taxa. Stay tuned for exact release dates!

 Your Spring Events through the Horticulture Events Calendar
Don’t forget to add your upcoming events to the Horticulture Events Calendar! Spring plant sales, symposia, field trips, or even a call for volunteers - the events calendar is a great tool to help publicize your chapter events. Posting to the calendar is easy, just follow the “Instructions for adding an event to the calendar” PDF available on the admin page of under the “Horticulture Events Calendar” section, or just e-mail your event information to .

Intuit Credit Card Readers
Did you know that Intuit credit card readers are available from the state office for your chapter events? We will get your user account set up, and send your chapter's first reader to you for free (and additional readers are only $10 each). Click here to read about the technical requirements and steps for getting started.

Insurance and Seller's Permits
Don't forget to request insurance and any seller's permits you will be needing well in advance of your events! Refer to the admin page of for details and forms, or check out the Event Insurance Information PDF and Seller's Permit Information PDF. Seller's permits have a quick turnaround (though it is best to submit your request a couple weeks in advance), but insurance can take up to 8 weeks for processing. Contact Becky Reilly,  , with any questions or to submit a request.
This month's FAQ: When should I use a consolidated seller's permit instead of a location-specific permit?
Answer: Only as a last resort! The BOE can stop by your sales events to check your permits any time, and they will want to see a seller's permit with the address of your sale on it. The only time you should use a consolidated permit (i.e., with the central office's address) is if you realize last-minute that you don't have a permit for the location, and can't get ahold of anyone at the central office to pull the permit (i.e., Saturday morning before an event). Then, and only then, it's better than no permit at all!


Next Chapter Council Meeting

March 11-13, 2016
San Pedro, CA

Hosted by the South Coast Chapter

Why should I attend Chapter Council?
1. You will connect with, and learn from, other CNPS members from around the state
2. You get to contribute to important decisions that impact our organization
3. Through social events and field trips, you will meet like-minded people and get to know a new area of the state - it's fun!

Hope to see you there!

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