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March 2017

Chapter Resources March 2017

Hello CNPS Chapter Volunteers - and Welcome New Chapter Leaders!
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...
2017 Directory Available Now
Call for Workshops & Field Trips - CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference
Call for Abstracts - CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference
Big Day of Giving 2017!
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

2017 Directory Available Now
Thank you so much to everyone who submitted updates for the 2017 directory! Each chapter delegate will be provided with two complimentary printed copies at the chapter council meeting this weekend in Carpinteria. We strongly encourage you to utilize the environmentally-friendly paperless version online, but if you would like to order additional printed copies, the cost will be about $8 each, plus shipping, which we will invoice to your treasurer. E-mail your chapter’s extra orders to Becky at – or your delegate can also pick up extras this weekend in person. Here are directions for accessing the online version:
1. Go to the admin page of (
2. Access the private administration section by clicking on the panamint daisy logo in the left sidebar
3. Log in with the username: ****
    And password: ****
4. Click on the link to the 2017 directory
5. To view the directory, enter password (case sensitive): ****

Call for Workshops & Field Trips - CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference

We are seeking instructors for pre-conference workshops and leaders for pre-conference field trips for our 2018 Conservation Conference in LA! If you or someone you know would be interested in leading a workshop or field trip, please consider submitting a proposal - the deadline is April 16. Full details are available at (or click here for workshops and here for field trips).

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!

Big Day of Giving 2017!
On May 4, CNPS is participating in a local fundraising challenge for the Sacramento region called the Big Day of Giving. For 24 hours, online donations of $25 or more made to CNPS through will help us to be eligible to win prizes ranging from $500 to $5000! Watch for CNPS's campaign on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn pages and in the e-newsletter as the date approaches to learn how you can participate and help CNPS raise more money to support our mission. Please contact Stacey at for Big Day of Giving logos and verbiage to include in your chapter newsletters and Facebook pages to help spread the word, or if you’d like us to send you some of the postcards below to hand out at your spring events!
Big Day of Giving postcard

Upcoming CNPS Statewide Workshops
Coming up this year: 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: If I am leading a field trip or other event in a park or other location generally open to the public, do I still need to consider insurance?
A: Yes. When you host a chapter event at a park, or other space open to the public, you should check with the landowner/manager or responsible agency to obtain permission to hold an event there, and confirm their insurance requirements. Even if the venue is free and open to the public, since CNPS is hosting a group event on their land, special permissions or use permits may need to be obtained, and these may require proof of CNPS's insurance. Why is this important? Say a stair in a public park is broken, and someone in your group trips on the stair and breaks a bone, then files a claim against the park. If CNPS had not secured permission and provided the correct insurance ahead of time to hold a field trip there, the landowner could in turn sue CNPS for holding an uninsured/unsanctioned event on their property. So always obtain permission and check insurance requirements - even for public parks and places.

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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