California Native Plant Society

Session Titles

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  1. California Plants and Climate Change: chair Jim Thorne
  2. The Science, Life History, and Population Dynamics of California’s Rare and Endangered Plants: Aaron Sims and Nick Jensen
  3. Central Coast and Central Valley Conservation: Ellen Cypher and Carol Witham
  4. Invasive Non-Native Plants: Multi Scale Management and Assessment From State, to Region, to Local, to Site: Jason Giessow
  5. The Border and Beyond: Baja California, the same but different: Sula Vanderplank
  6. Vegetation Mapping, Classification, and Analysis for Conservation: Julie Evens & Todd Keeler Wolf
  7. The State of CEQA: Challenges and Opportunities in Uncertain Times: Vern Goehring,  Keith Wagner & Greg Suba
  8. Advances in Plant Science: Sylvia Haultain & Ellen Dean
  9. Rare Plant Communities: Brett Hall & Greg Suba
  10. Using Science to Increase the Success of Restoration Efforts in California: Lech Naumovich, Karen Holl, & Edie Allen
  11. Land Acquisition for Plant Conservation : Matt Gause
  12. Fire and Native Plants Dawn Lawson
  13. Renewable Energy and Conservation in California: Greg Suba & Ileene Anderson
  14. Transmontane Flora: Progress in Our Learning amid Looming Change: Jim Andre
  15. Tribal Conservation and Traditional Use of Native Plants: Dean Tonenna
  16. Horticulture: Part of Conservation is Growing: Brett Hall & Matt Ritter
  17. The Vital Role of Education in the future of Conservation: Isabelle Kay & Josie Crawford
  18. Student Session Matt Guilliams & Edie Allen
  19. Land Management and the Conservation of Plants and Communities: Dawn Lawson & Ellen Cypher
  20. Southern California Botany - Vibrant Flora, Vibrant Folks Jonathan Snapp-Cook & Naomi Fraga
  21. Botanical Wonders of Northern California: Linnea Hanson & Samantha Hillaire
  22. Planning Tools for Rare Plant Conservation: John Hopkins
  23. Impacts and Mitigation Sarah VonderOhe


Session 1: California Plants and Climate Change

Session Chair: Jim Thorne

This session will focus on the dynamics of plant response to climate change. The session is open to all approaches, from theoretical, to physiological, geographic and other. Studies can focus on a single species, on suites of species, or on the vegetation communities that they compose. Time frames can vary, but preference will be given to studies focused on less than 500 years into the past and 100-year futures. Other types of impacts can also be addressed, but only as they relate to the ongoing pressures of climate change. The two main themes addressed are biotic response to climate change at the physiological and species level, and the use of multispecies models to approach landscape-level conservation planning,

Part 1, Thursday, Jan 12
Room: Windsor, 10:00 am to 11:40 am

10:00-10:20 Going, Barbara The Impact of Climate Change on Serpentine Endemic Plants in California
10:20-10:40 Jon Keeley, D. Schwilk A Vegetation Shift: Climate warming, drought, or past disturbance?
10:40-11:00 Amy Concilio, M.Loik Effects of Global Change on Ecosystem Invasibility by Bromus Tectorum L. in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, CA.
11:00-11:20 Christopher Kopp Shrub Encroachment of Alpine Areas. An Uphill Battle?
11:20-11:40 Christopher Dolanc Species-Level Variability in Climate-Induced Trends in Radial Growth of the Central Sierra Nevada

Part 2, Thursday, Jan 12
Room: Sheffield, 3:00 pm to 4:40 pm

3:00-3:20 Michal Shuldman Taking the Heat: Response to Extreme Heat Events in a California Native Shrub.
3:20- 3:40 Stella Copeland Exploring Plant Topographic Niche: The effects of climate tolerance, range position, and soil type
3:40- 4:00 Iara Lacher Climatic Tolerances of Endemic Annual Plants: Implications to Species Distribution Models and Biodiversity Management.
4:00- 4:20 Brian Anacker,  K. Leidholm, S. Schoenig Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Rare Plants.
4:20- 4:40 Oliver Soong, P. Roehrdanz, L. Hannah, M. Ikegami Conservation Priority Setting Under Climate Change Using Network Flow

Session 2: The Science, Life History, and Population Dynamics of California’s Rare and Endangered Plants

This session is intended to provide a forum for students, academics, government agencies, and private organizations to present their research and projects that directly relate to the rare plant sciences.  The first session is intended to focus on the understanding of rare plant science and the collection of rare plant data. The second session is to focus more on the assimilation and utilization of scientific data for rare plant conservation.

Part 1, Thursday, Jan 12
Room: Hampton, 10:00 am to 11:40 am

10:00-10:20 Tom Parker Conservation Ecology of Extremely Rare Plants: Arctostaphylos in San Francisco
10:20-10:40 Naomi Fraga The California Flora and Mimulus (Phrymaceae): Centers for richness and rarity
10:40-11:00 Megan Bontrager, K. Webster, M. Elvin, I. Parker Factors Influencing Growth and Survival of a Critically Endangered Plant, Arenaria paludicola
11:00-11:20 Suzie Woolhouse, N. Rajakaruna Ecology and Reproductive Biology of Two Rare Serpentine Endemic Monardella Species from the Northern Sierra Nevada
11:20-11:40 Amelia Ryan, L. Parsons A Science-Based Approach to New Introductions of the Endangered Sonoma Spineflower at Point Reyes National Seashore

Part 2, Thursday, January 12
Room: Hampton, 1:00 pm to 2:40 pm

1:00- 1:20 Melanie Gogol-Prokurat Effects of Population Size and Habitat Quality on Reproductive Success in Three Disturbance-Dependent Rare Plant Species
1:20- 1:40 Rosa Schneider, K. Boyer Investigating Causes of Rarity in an Endemic Wetland Thistle
1:40- 2:00

James Andre, Jon Rebman, Andrew Sanders, Dean Taylor

Panel discussion: Field Explorations and Discoveries: A panel discussion on the significance of field botany and herbarium collecting in California

2:00- 2:20
2:20- 2:40

Part 3, Friday, January 13
Room: Windsor, 3:00 pm to 4:40 pm
Rare Plants of Southern California


Jane Cipra

The Mapping and Status of Swallenia alexandrae, Oenothera californica ssp. eurekensis, and Astragalus lentiginosus var. micans at the Eureka Dunes in Death Valley National Park
3:20- 3:40 Heather Clayton, N. Cervin, R. Alvidrez Rare Plant Survey Results for the Cleveland National Forest Master Use Permit, San Diego County
3:40- 4:00 Patrick McConnell, J. Vinje, M. Spiegelberg Monitoring Population Size of Thread-Leaf Brodiaea (Brodiaea filifolia: Themidaceae): Estimating from sexual production and modeling annual variation
4:00- 4:20 Mitchell McGlaughlin, K. Helenurm A Tale of Two Islands - Divergence Among Populations of the Endangered Plant Sibara Filifolia; Implications for Management and Ex situ Conservation
4:20- 4:40 Ann Dorsey Monitoring In The Santa Monica Mountains Area: A case study with threatened dudleya species

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Session 3: Central Coast and Central Valley Conservation

Session Chairs : Ellen Cypher & Carol Witham

From vernal pools to grasslands and maritime chaparral to serpentine outcrops, the Great Central Valley and the Central Coast have extraordinary floristic diversity as well as unprecedented development pressure.  Presentations cover a diversity of topics including landscape-scale processes, regional floristic studies, and case studies on the conservation biology of endemic species.

Part 1, Thursday, Jan 12
Room: Sheffield, 10:00 am to 11:40 am

 10:00-10:20 Jodi McGraw, Connie Rutherford Assessing Recovery of an Endangered Species: Santa Cruz Cypress
10:20-10:40 Serra Hoagland Ecology and Management of Oak Woodlands on Tejon Ranch: Recommendations for conserving a valuable California ecosystem
10:40-11:00 Jennifer Chapman Forest-Associated Manzanitas: Adaptations to changing light regimes
11:00-11:20 Jim Alford, J. Kneitel, V. Hendon The Role of Fire in Conifer and Exotic Species Invasions of Central Sierra Nevada Subalpine Meadows
11:20-11:40 Ryan O'Dell Recovery of San Benito Evening Primrose (Camissonia Benitensis; Onagraceae)

Part 2, Thursday, January 12
Room: Sheffield, 1:00 pm to 2:40 pm

1:00- 1:20 Shelley Estelle, M. Chasse, M. Frey Conserving and Restoring Habitat in the Presidio of San Francisco
1:20- 1:40 Nikki Nedeff A Conservation Tool - The Monterey Pine Forest, Coastal California's Living Legacy
1:40- 2:00 Jennifer Buck-Diaz Grassland Habitats of the San Joaquin Valley and Carrizo Plain
2:00- 2:20 Niall Francis McCarten, M. Christman Response of Vernal Pool Plants to Climate Change in Hardpan Vernal Pools of the Central Valley California
2:20- 2:40 Mark Elvin, I.Parker, C. Rutherford, M. Chasse, M. Ritter Recovering Arenaria paludicola: Conservation through Partnerships

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Session 4: Invasive Non-Native Plants: Multi Scale Management and Assessment from State, to Region, to Local, to Site.

Chair(s): Jason Giessow

New work has occurred on non-native plant mapping, and risk and impact assessment.  This is occurring at multiple scales: State wide, regional and local.  What are these programs finding and how are recommendations being made at the different scales?  Two specific uses of the information will be explored: projected impacts of climatic change and site specific control within rare plant habitat.

Part 1, Thursday, Jan 12
Room: Tiki Pavilion, 10:00 am to 11:40 am

10:00-10:20 Dana Morawitz, D. Johnson, E. Brusati, F. Schuetzenmeister, C. Powell, S. Harmon, T. Morosco Invasive Plant Risk-Mapping: A new online tool for setting regional response priorities.
10:20-10:40 Mike Perlmutter, G. S.Darin, A.Williams, D. Gluesenkamp Prioritizing and catalyzing invasive plant eradication in the San Francisco Bay Area
10:40-11:00 Jason Giessow, P. Gordon-Reedy Invasive Plant Impact Assessment and Planning in San Diego
11:00-11:20 Zooey Diggory, B. Orr, A.Lambert, T.Dudley A strategic plan for Arundo donax treatment and restoration of riparian vegetation in a semi-arid landscape: a case study from the lower Santa Clara River, CA.
11:20-11:40 Ramona Robison Population expansion and regional management of red sesbania (Sesbania punicea) in California

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Session 5: The Border and Beyond: Baja California, the same but different

Session Chair : Sula Vanderplank

This session will highlight some of the similarities and differences in the flora of Baja California. Through cross-border studies of vegetation, habitat, and species complexes, we will present new data, looking either side of the political boundary.  This session will include new information from the Baja California portion of floristic provinces that are shared with California and have been lesser-known than their northern counter-parts.

Part 1, Thursday, Jan 12
Room: Windsor, 1:00 pm to 2:40 pm

1:00- 1:20 Steven Junak Status of CNPS Plants on the Pacific Islands of Baja California, Mexico
1:20- 1:40 Richard Minnich Chaparral Sky Islands in the Central Desert
1:40- 2:00 Michael Simpson The Popcorn Flowers of Baja California: Comparisons with north of the border
2:00- 2:20 Thomas Oberbauer Plants Found on Unique Soils in San Diego County and Adjacent Baja California
2:20- 2:40 Phillip Roullard Border Field State Park Restoration Site

Part 2, Thursday, Jan, 12
Room: Windsor, 3:00 pm to 4:40 pm

3:00-3:20 Jon Rebman New Discoveries for the Flora of Baja California
3:20- 3:40 Bart O’Brien, J.D. Rodriquez, S.Junak, T. Oberbauer, J.Rebman, H. Riemann, S. Vanderplank The Rare, Endangered, and Endemic Plants of the California Floristic Province Portion Of Baja California, Mexico.
3:40- 4:00 Hugo Riemann Land Use, Climate Change and Conservation of Endemic  and Endangered Flora in the Baja California Floristic Province
4:00- 4:20 C. Matt Guilliams,
S. Mata, J. Delgadillo
Charcas Temporales En Valle De Las Palmas: A first report from an on-going project to map and assess the vernal pools of Baja California, Mexico
4:20- 4:40 Jose Delgadillo,
F. Alcaraz
Description of the Coastal Succulent Scrub Plant Communities Influenced by the Fog and Sea Salt Spray, from El Rosario to the Vizcaino Desert, Baja California.

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Session 6: Vegetation Mapping, Classification, and Analysis for Conservation

Session Chairs: Todd Keeler-Wolf and Julie Evens

We will cover state of the art concepts in vegetation mapping and assessment including:

  • Technological advances and increases in efficiency while maintaining value 
  • Defensible classification and mapping techniques: Case studies
  • Assessment of vegetation for biodiversity and conservation values
  • Value of vegetation data for regional conservation planning
  • Use of vegetation data for predictive ecological modeling

Part 1, Thursday, January 12;
Tiki Pavilion, 1:00 pm to 2:40 pm

1:00- 1:20 Todd Keeler-Wolf Keeping Vegetation Mapping a Powerful, Repeatable, and Nimble Tool
1:20- 1:40 Jonathan Dunn A New Vegetation Classification for Western San Diego County
1:40- 2:00 Michael White Distribution, Composition, and Condition of Joshua Tree Woodlands at Tejon Ranch, CA
2:00- 2:20 D. Johnson, John Menke, J. Evens Northern Sierra Nevada Foothills Statewide Vegetation Mapping Project
2:20- 2:40 Maggi Kelly Using Object-based Image Analysis with High
Spatial Resolution Imagery: A Review of Vegetation Mapping Applications

Part 2, Thursday, January 12
Tiki Pavilion, 3:00 pm to 4:40 pm

3:00-3:20 Nathan Amboy Leveraging Geospatial Technologies and Decision Trees to Support Meadow Restoration Activities in the Sierra Nevada, CA
3:20- 3:40 Thomas Oberbauer Resurrecting a Ghost: Estimating Vegetative Cover for Santa Rosa Island from before European Impact
3:40- 4:00 Arlee Montalvo, J. Buck-Diaz, J. Beyers Science-Based Development of Restoration Palettes for Sensitive Plant Communities: A Collaborative Study of Alluvial Scrub Vegetation
4:00- 4:20 Ryan Branciforte, S. Weiss Vegetation Classifications and Conservation Planning: The Bay Area Conservation Lands Network
4:20- 4:40 John Tiszler, R. Taylor, M. Beck A Vegetation Classification and Map for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area:  An Essential Tool for Cooperative Conservation Planning

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Session 7: The State of CEQA: Challenges and Opportunities in Uncertain Times

Session chairs: Vern Goehring, Greg Suba, and Keith Wagner

Since its enactment in 1970, CEQA has been a major tool to protect California’s native plants and other natural resources, as well as transparent decision-making and informed self-government. Because of its effectiveness, CEQA is the target of frequent criticism and attempts to judicially and legislatively weaken key provisions. This session will examine these challenges, how environmental supporters have resisted assaults on CEQA, and what opportunities may exist to secure or even improve protection of native plants and other resources that CEQA was meant to ensure.

Thursday, Jan 12
Room: Hampton, 3:00 pm to 4:40 pm

3:00-3:20 Jan Chatten-Brown Streamlining CEQA: Changes the Environmental Community Can Support

3:20- 3:40

Gene Talmadge CEQA at a Crossroads – How Do We Make It Better and Easier to Use

3:40- 4:00

Gordon Leppig,
M. van Hattem
Cumulative Impacts, Significant Effects, and Ways to Optimize CEQA Protections of Rare Plants and Natural Communities in the face of Continued Losses

4:00- 4:20

Cory Briggs Can CEQA be Saved by Changing It?

4:20- 4:40

Panel Discussion The State of CEQA: Challenges and Opportunities in Uncertain Times

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Session 8: Advances in Plant Science

Session chairs: Sylvia Haultain & Ellen Dean

The Advances in Plant Science session will focus on genetics, population biology, conservation, or floristics, as well as talks that cannot be accommodated easily into one of the other sessions.

Classification and Floristic Tools Sub-session
This session will emphasize the use of on-line or software tools that help users figure out what plants grow in different areas of California. This session will also show attendees how to construct a flora using both modern and traditional tools.

Part 1, Friday, Jan 13
Room: Tiki Pavilion, 10:00 am to 11:40 am
Classification and Floristic Tools Sub-session

10:00-10:20 Bruce Barnes Comprehensive Interactive Plant Keys for California
10:20-10:40 Dean Taylor Production of a Local Flora: The Yosemite Sierra
10:40-11:00 Ellen Dean Digital Taxonomic Tools Or, How Do I Deal With All These Name Changes!
11:00-11:20 Steven Hartman Mobile Device Field Guides - Better Than a Book?
11:20-11:40 Jon Rebman San Diego County Plant Atlas: Building Resources to Better Understand and Conserve a Threatened Flora

Part 2, Friday, Jan, 13
Room: Tiki Pavilion, 1:00 pm to 2:40 pm

1:00- 1:20 Thomas Huggins,
B. Prigge, R.Sharifi,
P. Rundel
Ecological Factors Contributing to the Rarity And Decline of the Lane Mountain Milkvetch, Astragalus jaegerianus Munz.
1:20- 1:40 Christal Niederer, L. Naumovich, S. Weiss, J. Quenelle Using Science to Manage Two Populations of an Endangered Annual Forb, Clarkia franciscana
1:40- 2:00 Jenn Yost, K. Kay, N. Rajakaruna Local Adaptation and Speciation in Cryptic Species of Lasthenia
2:00- 2:20 Emma Williams  Analysis of Sex Ratios in Poa atropurpurea of the Big Bear Valley
2:20- 2:40 Cancelled

Part 3, Friday, Jan 13
Room: Tiki Pavilion, 3:00 pm to 4:40 pm

3:00-3:20 Dean Taylor, C. James Vascular Plant Diversity Under Even-Aged Forest Management in the Sierra-Cascade Region
3:20- 3:40 Karen Stahlheber Islands of Invasion: Influence of Oak Canopies and Competition With Annual Grasses On Perennial Native Grass Performance
3:40- 4:00 Matt Ritter, J. Yost Bluegum Weediness in California Is Not Genetically Based
4:00- 4:20 Francis Bozzolo, D. Lipson, J. Franklin Importance of Soil Microbes and Nitrogen Sources for Native and Exotic Plant Species in Coastal Sage Scrub
4:20- 4:40 Kelly Amsberry, K. French, M. Jules Use of Invasive Hyperaccumulators (Plants That Accumulate Large Amounts of Minerals From Soil) to 'Phytomine' Nickel From Natural Serpentine Soils - A Threat to the West's Native Flora

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Session 9: Rare Plant Communities

Session chairs: Brett Hall and Greg Suba
What is a rare plant community in California? For example edaphics, locally rare species assemblages, hot spots, peripheral and or disjunct populations, plant communities and associations in rapid decline, locally or regionally significant populations and taxa, etc.
Understanding the regulatory framework for conserving rare plant communities

  • Conservation tools for the management of
  • Ranking and triage for short and long term management
  • Laws, ordinances and policies that apply to rare plant communities

Part 1, Friday, Jan 13
Room: Windsor, 10 am to 11:40 am

10:00-10:20 Michael Barbour, J. Loidi, G. Garcia-Baquero, R.Meyer Patterns of Dominance Among Mixed Evergreen Forest Trees in Northern California
10:20-10:40 Teresa Sholars The Decline of the Northern Bishop Pine Forest: Suggestions for Conservation and Restoration
10:40-11:00 Patrick McIntyre,
 K. Moore
Solar Energy and Rare Plants: Assessing Field Accuracy of Distribution Modeling for Rare Desert Plants
11:00-11:20 Alyson Eddie Ash Meadows Rare Plant Hot Spots and Their Associated Vegetation Communities
11:20-11:40 Charles Black Marine Corps Air Station Miramar'S Vernal Pool Long-term Monitoring Project

Part 2, Friday, Jan 13
Room: Windsor, 1:00 pm to 2:40 pm

1:00- 1:20 James Quenelle Recovery Steps for An Endangered Annual Forb (Acanthomintha duttonii)
1:20- 1:40 Kristi Haydu Mapping Plant Biodiversity Hotspots at the County Scale:  A New Tool for Establishing Long-Term Resource Conservation Strategies
1:40- 2:00 Mike Vasey What Is Maritime Chaparral?   Using Ecophysiology and Multivariate Analysis to Better Understand a Rare Plant Community in Central California
2:00- 2:20 Kendra Sikes, D. Roach-McIntosh, J. Evens Plant Community Characterization, Mapping, and Ranking of Fens in the Lake Tahoe Basin, California and Nevada
2:20- 2:40 Scott McMillan,
T. Oberbauer, L. Cavallaro, L. Spears-Lebrun
An Update On the Current Distribution, Conservation, and Restoration of Vernal Pool Habitat and Species in Southern California and Baja California, Mexico

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Session 10: Using Science to Increase the Success of Restoration Efforts in California

Session chairs: Lech Naumovich, Edie Allen, Karen Holl

This session will focus on the application of the principles of restoration ecology to field-based restoration projects and research. We present a number of cases wherein restoration research is guided by both a strong foundation in science and answering specific management questions. Our session will benefit land managers and practitioners who are planning and implementing restoration projects.

Part 1: Friday, Jan 13
Room: Hampton, 10 am to 11:40 am

10:00-10:20 Jennifer Funk Functional Traits of Invasive Species: Implications for Ecological Restoration in a Changing Environment
10:20-10:40 Sara Jo Dickens Invasion and Restoration: Impacting Ecosystems Differently from the Top Down
10:40-11:00 Carl Bell,  K.Weathers, E. Allen, M. McGiffen Restoration of Coastal Sage Scrub Using Annual Herbicide Applications
11:00-11:20 Megan Lulow, S. Kimball, Q. Sorenson Effects of Seeding and Maintenance Techniques On Functional Group Mixes of Coastal Sage Scrub
11:20-11:40 Sandy DeSimone A Practioner/Scientist's View From Coastal Sage Scrub Restoration at a Southern CA Preserve

Part 2, Friday, Jan 13
Room: Hampton, 1:00 pm to 2:40 pm

1:00- 1:20 Mathew Sutton

Effect of Exotic Grass Removal and Native Seed Augmentation On Re-Establishment of Common Oak Understory Species, Santa Catalina Island CA
1:20- 1:40 Karen Holl & R. Chan, T.  De Silva, E. Howard, E. Mann, W. Spangler Tarping, Herbicide, Soil Removal, and Mulching As Methods to Reduce Exotic Cover and Restore Native Coastal Prairie Grasses
1:40- 2:00 Jessica Hammond, F. T. Griggs Long Term Monitoring and Ecological Performance of Horticultural Riparian Restoration Along the Sacramento River
2:00- 2:20 Niall McCarten, M. Christman, R. Rosas  Innovative Technology to Improve the Site Selection, Design, and Implementation of Hardpan Vernal Pool Restoration in the Central Valley of CA
2:20- 2:40 Kristen Goodrich  Informing Large Scale Restoration Work at the Tijuana Estuary Through Applied Research

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Session 11: Land Acquisition for Plant Conservation

Session chair: Matt Gause

Land acquisition is a fundamental step in conserving California’s important natural heritage.  Over the past thirty years considerable public and private funds have been channeled towards fee-title purchase or the purchase of conservation easements to protect important landscapes.  Land acquisition is typically the single largest expense in a successful conservation program and in a challenging economy it is important that acquisition targets are carefully selected and vetted using a thorough due-diligence process.  Although the challenging economy has greatly reduced the amount of money available for acquisition the conservation dollar has considerably more purchasing power today than it did five years ago.

Friday, Jan 13
Room: Sheffield, 10:00 am to 11:40 am

10:00-10:20 Matt Gause Preserving Our Natural Heritage - An Overview of Land Acquisition in Practice
10:20-10:40 Melanie Gogol-Prokurat ACE II DFG's Areas of Conservation Emphasis
10:40-11:00 Partricia Gordon-Reedy Conservation Assessment of Orange County
11:00-11:20 Lech Naumovich,
H. Bartosh
Building on a Blueprint for Conservation Success in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties - A Guidebook to Botanical Priority Protection Areas of the East Bay
11:20-11:40 Graciela Hinshaw The Pine Hill Preserve Conservation Project

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Session 12: Fire and Native Plants

Session chair: Dawn Lawson

Wildland fire is both a key driver of plant population and community dynamics as well as a potential threat to life and property.  As such fire management is often an important management component for native plant populations and natural communities.  Mitigation of fire hazard however can pose threats to native plants.  This session will explore the role of fire in the management of natural communities as well as the conservation implications of policies and strategies intended to reduce fire hazard.

Part 1, Friday, Jan 13
Room: Sheffield, 1:00 pm to 2:40 pm

1:00- 1:20 D, Lawson,Kevin Cummins, K. Lombardo To Burn Or Not to Burn: Using Ceanothus verrucosus Population Models to Inform Management
1:20- 1:40 Chris Mallek Fire History, Serotiny, and Seed Dispersal Cuing in a Rare California Cypress
1:40- 2:00 Jan Beyers,
P. Wohlgemuth
Does Aerial Hydromulch Affect Chaparral Recovery in Coastal Southern California?
2:00- 2:20 Nathan Emery How Does Fog Affect the Fire Regime?
2:20- 2:40 Zach Principe  

Part 2, Friday, Jan 13
Room: Sheffield, 3:00 pm to 4:40 pm

3:00-3:20 Marti Witter Improving Wildland Fire Management in Southern California:  The California Fire Science Consortium - A New Tool for Outreach and Collaboration

3:20- 3:40

Richard Halsey When Native Shrublands Collide with Ideology: a challenge to preservation and restoration

3:40- 4:00

Kay Stewart, A. Fege Monitoring Vegetation Reduction to Change Management Practices And Retain More Native Shrubs

4:00- 4:20

Anne Fege Science Meets Politics of Vegetation "Clearing" to Reduce Wildfire Property Risks in Southern California

4:20- 4:40

Suzanne Schettler Fire-Resistant Landscaping

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Session 13: Renewable Energy and Conservation in California

Session chairs: Greg Suba & Ileene Anderson

Renewable energy holds great promise for California and elsewhere. How we build our energy generation infrastructure has profound impacts to native biodiversity.  The purpose of this session is to examine how current developments in renewable energy related technology and policies facilitate and/or constrain our ability to develop renewable energy while conserving natural resources in California.

Friday, Jan 13
Room: Hampton, 3:00 pm to 4:40 pm

3:00-3:20 Ashley Conrad-Saydah Finding balance: BLM's role in balancing conservation and renewable energy development in the desert southwest

3:20- 3:40

Bill Powers The environmental, economic, and energy security advantages of distributed solar in the built environment and on degraded/contaminated lands, over utility-scale solar projects on undeveloped desert sites

3:40- 4:00

Karen Douglas Renewable Energy Development and Species Conservation in California

4:00- 4:20

Chris Clarke Is Large-scale Industrial Desert Solar and Wind really Renewable Energy?

4:20- 4:40

Panel Discussion Renewable Energy and Conservation in California

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Session 14: Transmontane Flora: Progress in Our Learning amid Looming Change

Session chair: Jim Andre

California’s arid transmontane region encompasses the Eastern Sierra, and Great Basin, Mojave and Sonoran Desert ecosystems.  This vast region contains nearly 40% of California’s native plant diversity, and represents one of the highest quality intact ecosystems left in North America.  With 8 to 9 percent of the vascular plant species yet to be described, the region is ripe for scientific inquiry on the most basic of levels.  And while we are in the infancy of our understanding the California’s transmontane flora, major threats are looming in the next decade, including those posed by climate change and large-scale energy development.  Managing desert ecosystems demands a broad understanding of the organisms, the environment that supports them, and the complex and unique processes occur over time and space.  The purpose of this session is to examine the status of our understanding of the California Desert flora, identify gaps in our knowledge, and outline critical research needs to facilitate science-based conservation decisions.

Part 1, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Tiki Pavilion, 8:00 am to 9:40 am

8:00- 8:20 Mark Elvin, A. Sanders, J. Andre Monardella in the Mojave - An Update on the Status of Our Knowledge of the Genus
8:20- 8:40

Ron Kelley Insights From a Student of Transmontane Borages, Emphasizing Cryptantha Section Oreocarya
8:40- 9:00 Shannon Still California's Desert Eschscholzia: Progress for This Difficult Taxonomic Group.
9:00- 9:20 Duncan Bell Filling in the Gaps: A Flora of the Arica Mountains, Riverside County, California
9:20- 9:40 Sarah De Groot The 2011 Chemehuevi Mountains Expedition

Part 2, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Tiki Pavilion, 10:00 am to 11:40 pm

10:00-10:20 Kara Moore, J. Andre, B. Pavlik,  A. Stanton, P. McIntyre A Demographic Model of a Rare Perennial in the Light of Solar Energy Development
10:20-10:40 Sherri Spiegal Distribution of Vegetation in a Western Mojave Desert Grassland
10:40-11:00 Michael Bell,  E. Allen, J. Sickman,
A. Bytnerowicz
Using Stable Isotopes of N And Oxygen in the Air, Soil, And Vegetation of the Western Sonoran Desert to Evaluate Sources And Sinks of Anthropogenic Nitrogen in the Ecosystem
10:40-11:00 Daniel Pritchett Can Old Dogs Learn New Tricks? Some Conservation Lessons From Owens Valley
11:20-11:40 Laura Cunningham Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects on Desert Habitats: Impacts, Alternatives and the Direction of Conservation Biology

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Session 15: Tribal Conservation and Traditional Use of Native Plants

Session chair: Dean Tonenna

Today, as in the past, Native People rely upon natural resources found within their homeland to carry on traditional practices.  In many instances human-caused disturbances have disrupted natural processes which in turn have led to the loss of biodiversity, non-native species invasions, increases in wildfire severity and frequency, and riparian degradation.

Many tribal environmental departments work in close consultation with Native elders and Native artisans to conserve and restore habitat while at the same time providing continued access to traditional materials necessary for the continuation of cultural practices.  This session brings together voices of experience from professional conservationists and Native artisans who use native plants.  Each perspective is a piece of a complex picture which portrays communities working together to conserve areas having multiple resource and cultural values.

Part 1, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Hampton, 8:00 am to 9:40 am

8:00- 8:20 Rick Flores Cooperative Habitat Restoration of a California Grassland
8:20- 8:40

Richard Bugbee The Interdependency of Native People and Native Plants
8:40- 9:00 Stan Rodriguez Using Plants to Teach Culture
9:00- 9:20 Abe Sanchez Native Artists as Advocates for Plant Conservation
9:20- 9:40 Lorene Sisquoc Gathering for Traditional Wellness

Part 2, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Hampton, 10:00 am to 11:40 am

10:00-10:20 Shana Gross, J. Johnson Washoe Tribe of Nevada And California Tending And Gathering Garden
10:20-10:40 Dean Tonenna Tribal and Agency Conservation of Traditional Gathering Areas at Mono Lake, California
10:40-11:00 Lucy Parker Grandmother's Prayer:  Keeping California Indian Basketmaking Traditions and Cultural Management Practices Alive
11:00-11:20 Panel Discussion Traditional Plant Use and Conservation Planning

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Session 16: Horticulture: Part of Conservation is Growing

Session chairs: Brett Hall and Matt Ritter

Native plant horticulture plays an important role in the conservation of California's rich flora—historically, currently and most importantly, in the future. The topics, goals and objectives of this session are:

  • The role of botanical collections and display
  • The practical science of seed banking (storage)
  • Propagation Research
  • The role of ex situ assurance colonies in the management of critically endangered taxa
  • Restoration science and practice
  • The role of native plant nurseries and possibly, assisted migration in conservation.

Part 1, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Windsor, 8:00 am to 9:40 am

8:00- 8:20 Molly McClary Creating a Local Sustainable Germination Media: Evaluating the use of Earthworm Castings and Rice Hulls to Replace Peat Moss and Perlite
8:20- 8:40

Greg Rubin Emulating Native Ecology in the Residential Landscape
8:40- 9:00 Deanna Guiliano Developing and Maintaining a Native Plant Nursery for Local Restoration.
9:00- 9:20 Juliet Braslow Improving Nursery Production of 15 California Native Plant Species: How Important Is High Air-Filled Porosity?
9:20- 9:40 Brett Hall Conservation Gardens – A New Strategy for Conserving Coastal Diversity

Part 2, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Windsor, 1:00 pm to 2:40 pm

Wayne Chapman Continuity in Implementation And Maintenance on 220 Biodiverse Acres on the UCSB Campus
10:20-10:40 Dieter H. Wilken The Role of Long-Term Ex-Situ Seed Collections in the Conservation of the California Flora.
10:40-11:00 Gordon Frankie, R. Thorp, M. Ponder, R. Coville, B. Ertter Bees and flowers: A love affair that continues.
10:40-11:00 Bart OBrien The Critical Role of Horticulture in the Conservation And Restoration of California Native Plant Individuals, Populations, And Ecosystems
11:20-11:40 Peggy Olwell, C. Lund National Interagency Native Plant Materials Development Program: Ensuring Options for the Future in a Changing Climate

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Session 17: The Vital Role of Education in the future of Conservation

Session chairs: Josie Crawford and Isabelle Kay

We will emphasize successful educational programs with the capacity to effect significant expansion in the way society values the natural world. There will be three topics: 1. Supporting and maintaining vigorous research and teaching institutions (universities, herbaria, and field stations) 2. Using citizen science, outreach, and science education to change attitudes and behaviors, and 3. A discussion on including, listening to, and working with diverse perspectives for conservation.

Part 1, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Le Chanticleer, Top floor, Regency Tower, 8:00 am to 9:40 am

8:00- 8:20 Judy Sanregret California's new Environmental Education Initiative
8:20- 8:40

Jack K. Shu Making the Values of Plant Conservation And Restoration Inclusive to Diverse (Human) Communities
8:40- 9:00 Tram Nguyen, L.Goodwin Empowering young people, from diverse backgrounds, to become tomorrow’s environmental leaders
9:00- 9:20 Anne Fege, J. Absher, L. Bender, C. De Soto, L. Teiper Collaborating on Conservation Education for Native Habitats in San Diego
9:20- 9:40 John Muir Laws Opening the World Through Nature Journaling

Part 2, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Le Chanticleer, Top floor, Regency Tower, 1:00 pm to 2:40 pm

10:00-10:20 Daniel Slakey CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt
10:20-10:40 Mary Ann Hawke, Anne Fege, Debbie DeRoma Native Plant Phenology Project Engages Citizen Scientists in Climate Change Research
10:40-11:00 Sylvia Haultain, C. Brigham, J. Coles, A. Evenden, S. Fritzke, K. Gerst, B. Haggerty, J. Hoines, E.Matthews, S. Mazer, S.Samuels, K. Thomas, J. Weltzin The California Phenology Project: Tracking Nature’s Pulse to Assess Climate Change Response Across California Landscapes and National Parks.
10:40-11:00 Staci Markos, R. Moe Conservation of the California Flora: The Role of Herbaria
11:20-11:40 Gary Wallace Education: Means to the Ends

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Session 18: Student Session

Session Chair: Matt Guilliams and Edie Allen

The student session provides a venue to highlight student research that focuses on the California flora. A number of research topics will be explored in this session, including plant taxonomy, rare plant biology, and plant ecology of both native and invasive plant species.

Part 1, Saturday, Jan 14
First time block: 8:00 am to 9:40 am

8:00- 8:20    
8:20- 8:40

Sandra Namoff Anatomical and Morphological Evidence for a New Taxon of Calystegia (Convolvulaceae).
8:40- 9:00 Rebecca Stubbs From Sea Level to Mountain Peaks: The Evolution and Biogeography of the Rare Polemoniums(Polemoniaceae)
9:00- 9:20 Eliza Shepard A Geographic Analysis of Locally Rare Plant Species of Sonoma County
9:20- 9:40 Helen Kurkjian,
S. Carothers, E. Jules
A Population Viability Analysis of the Lassics Lupine

Part 2, Saturday, Jan 14
Second time block: 10:00 am to 11:40 pm

10:00-10:20 Acadia Tucker, J. Phillips, E. Schultz, C. McEachern, D. Thomson Effects of Introduced Herbivore Control on Rare and Endemic Plants of Santa Rosa Island, California: Changes in Species Distribution and Extent
10:20-10:40 Jennifer Phillips, A. Tucker, E. Schultz, C. McEachern, D. Thomson Effects of Introduced Herbivore Control on Rare and Endemic Plants of Santa Rosa Island, California: Changes in Species Abundance
10:40-11:00 Doug Wylie Vegetational Changes Following the Release from Feral Grazing Pressure: San Clemente Island
11:00-11:20 Bray Beltrán Can Conservation Planning Areas Help Endemic Plants in California's Southwest Ecoregion under Climate Change?
11:00-11:40 Erin Riordan, P. Rundel Implications of Climate Change for a Threatened Plant Community, the California Sage Scrub

Part 3, Saturday, Jan 14
Third time block: 1:00 pm-2:40 pm

1:00 -1:20 Catherine Bell What's Up in the Alpine Zone?  An Assessment of Twenty Years of Vegetation Change in High-Elevation Areas of Sequoia National Park, California
1:20-1:40 April Sahara Evaluating Tree Encroachment in the Little Bald Hills (Redwood National & State Parks) Using Historical Photos and Dendroecological Techniques

Matt O'Neill Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) Recruitment and Growth Dynamics in the Foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains
2:00-2:20 Karen Tanner, K. Moore, B. Pavlik, A. Stanton, P. McIntyre Designing an Experimental Study to Investigate Impacts of Utility Scale Solar Development on Desert Annuals
2:20-2:40 Sara Baguskas, C. Still Tree Mortality in a California Coastal Fog Forest

Part 4, Saturday, Jan 14
Fourth time block: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm

3:00 -3:20 Marguerite
Mauritz, V. Eviner
Assessing the Impact of Invasive Annual Grasses on Seed Production and Seed Viability of Two Native Californian Grasses
3:20-3:40 Nicole Molinari,
C. D'Antonio
Structural and Compositional Differences Between Native and Non-Native Dominated Grasslands

Kai Palenscar, J. Holt Community Factors Affecting Giant Reed Establishment Within The Riparian Plant Community Of Southern California

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Session 19: Land Management and the Conservation of Plants and Communities

Session chairs: Ellen Cypher and Dawn Lawson

Appropriate management is key to long-term persistence of native plant populations and natural communities, whether they occur on dedicated conservation lands or working landscapes.  This session will explore management strategies, techniques, and tools to help guide future management efforts. The threat of climate change makes it imperative that we manage adaptively.  As conditions change so will the approaches to and effects of land management.

Part 1, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Sheffield, 1:00 pm-2:40 pm

1:00 -1:20 Lawrence D. Ford, Devii R. Rao Conservation Grazing: Grazing Management Planning, Monitoring, and Plan Adaptation for Endangered Species Habitat in California Annual Grasslands
1:20-1:40 Rebecca Waegell Straddling the Fence: Achieving Conservation Success while Maintaining a Viable Business
1:40-2:00 Jae Pasari Interactions Between Nitrogen Deposition and Grazing Inform Invasive and Native Species Management in a Serpentine Grassland
2:00-2:20 Christy Wolf, V. Schoblock ,D. Lawson In the Crosshairs: Navy Targets Only Known Stand of Barb Goatgrass (Aegilops triuncialis) in San Diego County for Eradication
2:20-2:40 Jessica Vinje, P. O. McConnell, and M. Spiegelberg The Effects of Fusilade II and Dethatching on Population Numbers and Flowering in Thread-Leaf Brodiaea (Brodiaea filifolia), a State and Federally Listed Plant Species

Part 2, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Sheffield, 3:00 pm-4:40 pm

3:00-3:20 Ramona Robison Overview of Special-Status Plant Management in State Parks
3:20-3:40 Peter Michael Beesley Pacific Gas & Electric Company's Use of Safe Harbor Agreements to Enhance Habitat for Endangered Species in the San Francisco Bay Area
3:40-4:00 Clinton Kellner, R. Harris Monitoring Most Beautiful Jewelflower, Smooth Lessingia, and Santa Clara Valley Dudleya in a Serpentine Grassland
4:00-4:20 Jim Hanson, C. Thomsen Keeping Our Living Scenery: Conserving Native Plants as Common Roadside Management Practice
4:20-4:40 Elizabeth Kellogg, S. Snover Long-Term Vegetation Trends and Responses to Disturbance Patterns on San Clemente Island 1992-Present

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Session 20: Southern California Botany - Vibrant Flora, Vibrant Folks

Session chairs: Naomi Fraga & Jonathan Snapp-Cook

Historic botanical documentation and exploration in southern California provides a rich source of data that date back to the later part of the 19th century, however, southern California continues to be a rich source of botanical novelties including the discovery of undescribed plant species, significant range extensions of both native and non native plant taxa, and increased knowledge of habitat requirements for rare and endemic taxa.  Historic botanical information for this part of the State provides the foundation for ongoing restoration work that has resulted in an effort to offset the negative impacts of development in the region.  In this session we will highlight southern California’s rich botanical history and examine how a diverse network of botanists and conservationists are working together to conserve this rich and unique flora.

Part 1, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Hampton, 1:00 pm-2:40 pm

1:00 -1:20 Gary Wallace Makers and Milestones of Southern California Botany
1:20-1:40 Jane Tirrell, W. Fidler,  J. Strong, G. Bothwell Survey and Phenology in a High Altitude Region of the  San Gabriel Mountains
1:40-2:00 Fred Sproul The Story of Southern California Wild Flowers 1928-1955, an Account of Caroll Dewilton Scott's Manuscript.
2:00-2:20 Vince Scheidt On the Brink - The 10 Most Endangered Plants of San Diego County
2:20-2:40 Linda Prince The Relationship of Monardella viminea to Closely Related Taxa Based On Analyses of ISSRS and Chloroplast DNA Sequence Data.

Part 2, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Hampton, 3:00 pm-4:40 pm

3:00-3:20 Genevieve Arnold, M. Wall Is in Situ or On-Site Conservation Enough?  Ex Situ Conservation: Working With Seeds in Plant Conservation
3:20-3:40 Tommy Stoughton Hitting the Ground Running: Seeds of Success Efforts in the California Desert District Make Major Headway
3:40-4:00 Jim Rocks The Genus Ceanothus in San Diego County:  Threats and Endemism
4:00-4:20 Frank Landis San Diego Rare Plant Treasure Hunt:  Thoughts On a "Breakable Survey"
4:20-4:40 Jeannine Ross, L. Goodwin, T. Nguyen Conservation Through Community-Based Restoration in City Heights' Swan Canyon

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Session 21: Botanical Wonders of Northern California

Session chairs: Linnea Hanson and Samantha Hillaire

Early Afternoon session - ‘Species Conservation in Northern California’
Late Afternoon session - ‘Ecosystem Health and Restoration in Northern California’

Part 1, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Tiki Pavilion, 1:00 pm-2:40 pm

1:00 -1:20 Chasse, Michael, B.Holzman, J. Davis, V.T. Parker, San Francisco's Rare Endemic Manzanitas: Prospects for Recovery Through Restoration
1:20-1:40 Nelson, Julie, B. Wilson, R. Brainerd,  N. Otting Problems When the Conservation Target is a Subspecies: Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. pallescens
1:40-2:00 Diana Jolles Reproductive Isolation among Members of the Pyrola picta species complex (Monotropoideae: Ericaceae): a Case Study from Northern California
2:00-2:20 Cheri Sanville, B. Hayashi Rare Erythronium Species on Green Diamond Resource Company (GDRCO) Property: Addressing Problematic Characteristics Present in Northwestern California Populations
2:20-2:40 Kandis Gilmore Build It and They will Come? Differences in Frequency and Abundance of Pollinators of Endangered Plants in Natural and Constructed Vernal Pools on the Santa Rosa Plain

Part 2, Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Tiki Pavilion, 3:00 pm-4:40 pm

3:00-3:20 Julie Nelson Forest Service 101
3:20-3:40 Jennifer Burt, S. Gross Development and Evaluation of a Regional Seed Mix for Sierra Nevada Ski Slope Restoration
3:40-4:00 S. Gross, W. Christensen Assessing Status of and Trends in Grass Lake Research Natural Area, Lake Tahoe, California: Using Two Genera of Bryophytes (Sphagnum and Meesia) as Indicators of Ecosystem Health
4:00-4:20 Sheherezade Adams Serpentine Flora Conservation in the Central Mayacamas Mountains
4:20-4:40 John Hunter Conservation Status of the Endemic Flora of the Sierra and Cascade Foothills

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Session 22: Planning Tools for Rare Plant Conservation

Session Chair: John Hopkins

Natural Community Conservation Plans and regional Habitat Conservation Plans provide landscape-level planning approaches for the conservation of natural communities and rare plants. The presentations examine case studies from San Diego and Riverside Counties, the California Desert and Northern California. They include lessons learned, challenges and ideas for improving planning efforts.

Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Windsor, 1:00 pm-2:40 pm

1:00 -1:20 Thomas Oberbauer Multiple Species Conservation Planning in San Diego County
1:20-1:40 David Hogan San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Plan and Vernal Pools - Lessons Learned?
1:40-2:00 Stephanie Dashiel, K. Delfino The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan
2:00-2:20 Katie Barrows Preserving the Whole: Rare Plant Conservation in the Deserts of Southern California
2:20-2:40 John Hopkins Rare Plant Conservation in Northern California Regional Conservation Plans

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Session 23: Impacts and Mitigation

Session chair: Sarah VonderOhe

The Impacts and Mitigation session presents a variety of plant/vegetation community impact and restoration topics, from understanding vegetation community impacts to the success of mitigation methods/strategies. 

Saturday, Jan 14
Room: Windsor, 3:00 pm-4:40 pm

3:00-3:20 William Jones Conservation of Orcutt's Yellow Pincushion (Chaenactis glabriuscula Dc. Var. Orcuttiana (Greene) Hall) at Ballona Lagoon, Habitat Restoration by the City of Los Angeles.
3:20-3:40 Wendy Renz Constructing Vernal Pools for Ecological Function: An Historical Study of Ten Vernal Pool Creation Sites in the Northern Central Valley, California
3:40-4:00 Debra Sykes, E. Stitt, T. Collins, S. Snider, P. Balfour Effects of Seasonality on Cram Scores for Vernal Pools in Eastern Sacramento County.
4:00-4:20 Daniel Gluesenkamp Acting to Save Plants from Climate Change: Benefits, Risks, and Tools for Management Success.
4:20-4:40 Stuart Wiess Smog Is Nitrogen Fertilizer: Chemical Climate Change Threatens California Native Plant Diversity

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