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April 2017

CNPS Chapter Resources | April 2017

Hello CNPS chapter volunteers - and happy (almost) CA Native Plant Week!
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...
Big Day of Giving 2017!
Reminder: Timing of Event Insurance Requests
Call for Workshops & Field Trips - CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference
Call for Abstracts - CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference
Rare Plant Treasure Hunts in 2017
2017 Directory Available Now
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

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 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

Reminder: Timing of Event Insurance
Lately, we have been receiving a high number of late/last-minute requests for insurance related to CNPS chapter events. We ask that you submit insurance requests at least 6 weeks before your events to allow us enough time to process them – we cannot guarantee that rush requests will be accommodated. We understand that sometimes things happen and a rush is necessary, and will do our best to help push the request through. But submitting rush insurance requests puts a lot of stress on staff, our insurance company, the insurance underwriters, and most importantly, you, the volunteers whose event it impacts. Plus, depending on the type of insurance needed, a rush may not even be possible. When you schedule an event, ask your venue or the permitting agency what their insurance requirements are right away – even if it’s months in advance! – and place your insurance request as soon as possible. Thank you for your help and understanding! Insurance guidelines for CNPS chapter events are available here (on the admin page of or you can contact Becky at for more information.

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!

Rare Plant Treasure Hunts in 2017
This year, CNPS has a goal of every chapter completing at least one Rare Plant Treasure Hunt (RPTH)! We have specific priority species that meet our data needs; however, any rare plant in your area makes a worthy target. Please contact our new RPTH Coordinator Catherine Curley at with any logistical help you may need, such as choosing which plants to search for and when, picking suitable habitats, organizing small trainings on how to conduct RPTHs, and more.

2017 CAAR & Annual Financial Statements - Request Coming Soon
We are currently working on updates to the Chapter Annual Activities Reports (CAAR) and Annual Financial Statements we collect from all chapters. We are aiming to have those requests out to you in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for more information!

2017 Directory Available Now
If your chapter delegate was not able to pick up your two complimentary copies of the 2017 Directory in Carpinteria, send Becky an e-mail at and we can mail them to you if you'd like. 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 $6 each, plus shipping, which we will invoice to your treasurer. 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): *****

Upcoming CNPS Statewide Workshops
Coming up this year: 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: When do I need a seller's permit, and how do I get one?
A: Any time you are selling goods (books, plants, t-shirts, garden signs, etc.) on behalf of CNPS, you need to have a seller’s permit with you, specific to the location (physical address) where sales are taking place. The CA Board of Equalization does check for valid permits from time to time at sales locations, so it is important that you always have a permit as proof to the BOE that CNPS is a tax-paying organization. To obtain a new permit, or a copy of an existing permit (they do not expire), simply e-mail Becky, , the address of the sales location and the date of your event. Obtaining a seller’s permit is quick and easy, but we ask that you request your permits at least 2 weeks before your events.

Next CNPS Quarterly Meeting

June 9-11, 2017
San Bernardino Mountains

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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