Registration open until May 30
Rare Plant Survey Protocols
June 7-8, 2017 (Wednesday - Thursday)
Instructors: Heath Bartosh, Senior Botanist, Nomad Ecology; Aaron Sims, Rare Plant Botanist, CNPS; plus a guest lecture from Kristi Lazar, Lead Botanist, California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW)'s California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB)
Target Audience: Professional botanists, ecologists, land managers, resource specialists, academics, and conservationists. Participants should have an understanding of plant terminology and capable plant identification skills.
Description: This course is designed to approach rare plant surveys using the best scientific information available. This scientific approach is built on conducting proper background review and literature searches, evaluating ecological information, assessing annual phenology, appropriate study design based on the scale of the survey area, survey execution, and adequate documentation of rare plant populations encountered.
This 2-day course will include classroom and field settings where the instructors will cover three topic areas: preparing for surveys, conducting surveys, and reporting findings. These topics will be discussed based on applicable botanical survey guidelines. Time spent in the field will be applying the concepts learned during classroom sessions. There will also be a homework assignment due at the beginning of the second day of class. A small amount of time will be spent on the proper methods of collecting voucher specimens. This course includes a certificate of completion for participants who complete CNDDB forms satisfactorily and pass an open book exam at the end of the course.
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Please note: class size is limited to 20 participants.
Cancellation Policy: The last day to cancel your registration and receive any refund is Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Refunds may be subject to processing fees. Please send cancellation requests by e-mail to Becky Reilly, . Click here for more details on the cancellation policy for CNPS workshops.
Day 1 - Wednesday, June 7
Day 2 - Thursday, June 8
Venue: Day 1 will be held in a classroom setting in the main conference room at the McConnell Foundation's Lema Ranch, 800 Shasta View Dr., Redding, CA 96003. Day 2 will be held entirely in the field at Hog Lake, located about 10 miles northeast of Red Bluff on CA-36. Maps and directions will be provided to registered participants about a week before the workshop.
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Materials Provided: CNPS will provide handouts and a certificate of completion after successfully completing CNDDB forms and passing an open book exam.
Physical Requirements: Participants should be physically able to hike 3 miles over uneven terrain and remain in the field for up to 8 hours at a time. On Day 2 we will be hiking about 3 miles round-trip to the field site, and we will remain in the field all day. This workshop will be held rain or shine. We will spend approximately 50% of the time in the field.
About the Instructors
Heath Bartosh is co-founder and Senior Botanist of Nomad Ecology, based in Martinez (CCo, SnFrB), and a Research Associate at the University and Jepson Herbaria at UC Berkeley. After graduating from Humboldt State University, Heath began his career as a professional botanist in 2002 and has been refining his survey methodologies over the past 10 years. In 2005 he became an active member of the California Native Plant Society, East Bay Chapter. He is currently Rare Plant Committee Chair for the Chapter. In 2009 he became a member of the Rare Plant Program Committee at the state level of CNPS. His role on these committees is to ensure these programs continue to develop current, accurate information on the distribution, ecology, and conservation status of California's rare and endangered plants; and helps to promote the use of this information to influence on site plant conservation in California.
Aaron Sims is the statewide Rare Plant Botanist for CNPS, with primary duties as implementer of the rare plant status review process and updating and maintaining the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants. He received a degree in Ecology and Systematic Biology with an emphasis in Botany from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he also assisted with David Keil's Field Botany course for five consecutive years. Prior to employment with CNPS in 2010, Aaron worked in environmental consulting and as a biologist for California State Parks on the Central Coast, performing rare plant and vegetation surveys, prescribed fire management, and producing a multitude of GIS maps pertaining to sensitive resources. Aaron has also contracted with the US Fish and Wildlife Service conducting sea bird monitoring, and with the Morro Bay National Estuary Program, producing the Atlas of Sensitive Species of the Morro Bay Area (2010) and the Green Infrastructure Network of the Baywood Fine Sands Community (2013).
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