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May 2017

CNPS Chapter Resources | May 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...
Chapter Annual Activities Reports - Due June 30
Reminder: Timing of Event Insurance Requests
Call for Abstracts - CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference
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

Chapter Annual Activities Reports - Due June 30
The updated Chapter Annual Activities Report forms were sent out yesterday to chapter presidents and are due back to Liv by June 30. If you have any questions about the reports or need the form resent, please contact Liv at .

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 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!

Upcoming CNPS Statewide Workshops
Coming up this year: 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: Should I charge entry fees for an event or ask for a suggested donation at the door?
A: If your chapter is holding an event, you can ask for a suggested donation at the door, or require an entry or registration 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. Beyond that, it’s up to you! Feel free to get in touch with Becky, , if you have any questions about your chapter events.

Next CNPS Quarterly Meeting

June 9-11, 2017
Big Bear

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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