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February 2017

Chapter Resources February 2017

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 all that you do for our native plants!

In this e-mail...
Name Tag Orders Due February 15
CNPS Directory Updates Due
Call for Abstracts - CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference
Welcome Brock Wimberley, CNPS Finance and Operations Director!
Engagement & Outreach Committees - Upcoming Meeting Wednesday, Feb. 22
Chapter Outreach and Presentation Materials
CNPS 2015-16 Conservation Report

Upcoming CNPS Statewide Workshops
This Month's FAQ!
Next CNPS Quarterly Meeting

Admin page of
Chapter Resources E-mail Archive / Last Month's E-mail
Events calendar / How to add events
Event insurance information
Garden tour insurance information
Seller's permit information
Annual Calendar of Important Dates
How to host a Ditch Your Lawn workshop

Name Tag Orders Due February 15
We are getting ready to place the next order of CNPS name tags in time to be picked up at the March chapter council meeting. Name tags are usually about $8 each depending on the size of our order; we will invoice your chapter treasurer for the total. If you would like to order name tags for your chapter, please send your list of names as they should be printed, with chapter affiliations, to Becky Reilly, , by February 15.

CNPS Directory Updates Due

Thanks to everyone who responded to our quick survey about a print vs. digital directory – we received some great feedback. Our plan is to stick with print this year, and at some point before next year we’ll likely create a “demo” digital version for you to test and see if it’s something we could use as an alternative. So for now, please be sure to provide your directory updates back to Chris Brown ASAP if you haven’t already (deadline was February 1) so we can have directories printed in time for distribution at the March quarterly meeting. Feel free to contact Chris with any questions at .

Call for Abstracts - CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference
The Call for Abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference in LA is open now through July 10 – please help us spread the word! Full details are available on On the Media page of the conference website, you will also find some flyers/ads and other content you can use to help share information about the conference and Call for Abstracts. Thanks for your help in bringing together an inspiring conference!

Welcome Brock Wimberley, CNPS Finance and Operations Director!
Brock Wimberley began working at CNPS on January 3 as the new Finance and Operations Director. This senior position is responsible for overseeing and monitoring financial practices, supporting budget processes, managing human resources, and providing oversight of facilities and IT infrastructure. Brock holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance emphasis) and brings 25 years of financial and operational competence to CNPS. In his free time, Brock enjoys exploring the great cultural and biological diversity of the Americas, perpetual learning, and leaving the world better than he found it. Feel free to reach out and say hello! His e-mail is .

Engagement & Outreach Committees - Upcoming Meeting Wednesday, Feb. 22
CNPS Marketing and Communications Director Liv O'Keeffe will be hosting a call to discuss the following topics: education, horticulture, publications and sales, membership, and publicity/website/social media. If you've been active on one of these committees or areas of work (or would like to be), please plan to attend. Agendas and more information will be provided in the coming weeks. If you are interested in attending, please contact Liv at .

Chapter Outreach and Presentation Materials
Have you or members of your chapter created outreach materials and/or PowerPoint presentations for the public? Or, do you wish you had materials or presentations available for use? If so, we'd love to hear from you! We're looking to pull together and develop a Chapter Outreach Kit of helpful presentations, handouts, and other materials that chapters can use as needed. Let's learn from each other and pull together the "best of the best." All ideas and submissions welcome! Please e-mail your materials and/or suggestions to Liv at .

CNPS 2015-16 Conservation Report
Have you seen the beautiful new report that summarizes recent CNPS conservation work? 7,500 copies have been distributed so far with an overwhelmingly positive response, including donations to continue this critical work. If you are interested in supporting conservation, want a print copy for yourself, or want copies to share with friends or supporters in need of inspiration, e-mail . It is also available on the CNPS website here.

Upcoming CNPS Statewide Workshops
Coming up this year: Vegetation Mapping, March 1-3 in Redlands; Intro to Plant ID II, April 4-6 in Auburn; Intro to Plant ID, April 18-20 in Frazier Park/Tejon Ranch; San Luis Obispo County Flora, May 1-4 in San Luis Obispo; Intro to Plant ID I, May 17-19 in Berkeley; Rare Plant Survey Protocols, June 7-8 in Redding; Wetland/Riparian Plant ID, August 28-30 in Sacramento; Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Releve, October 3-5 in Bodega Bay; and CEQA Impact Assessment, October 24-25 in Sacramento. Full details and registration information are available at! If your chapter would like to help spread the word, contact Becky Reilly, , for flyers, ads, or write-ups to include in your newsletters and more - any assistance is much appreciated!

This month's FAQ!
Q: How many complimentary memberships can my chapter request, and how should they be used?
A: Each chapter may request up to five complimentary memberships per year to use for outreach purposes. These memberships are to be used strategically, and prospective comp members must fit one of the following criteria:
 - The individual is an official or employee at a state, federal, or local agency that has partnered with your chapter on various aspects of CNPS’s mission.
 - The individual is a representative of another organization that partners with your chapter on various aspects of CNPS’s mission.
 - The individual is a member of the press or media outlet.
 - The individual is affiliated with an institutional donor or foundation from which CNPS may seek (or has received) funding or partnership.
 - Other special circumstances to be determined by CNPS Membership Committee or Executive Director.
To submit up to five individuals for complimentary memberships, a chapter representative may e-mail Stacey Flowerdew, , with the individuals’ names, addresses, phone or e-mail (if available), how they meet the criteria, and if their membership is to be one or two years in duration.

Next CNPS Quarterly Meeting

March 10-12, 2017
Carpinteria, CA (plus an all-day field trip to Santa Cruz Island!)

Hosted by the Channel Islands Chapter

Why should I attend the Quarterly Meeting?
1. You will connect with, and learn from, other CNPS members and staff from around the state
2. You get to contribute to important decisions that impact our organization during the chapter council session, and learn about the projects that CNPS staff are working on
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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