Center for Plant Conservation Prepares Special Publication on California's Flora
The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is a national organization dedicated to preventing the extinction of native plants in the United States. Headquartered at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, CPC publishes the newsletter, Plant Conservation. In 2001, CPC created a special issue of Plant Conservation that focused on the imperiled flora of Hawaii. This year they are preparing a second special issue that will focus on plant conservation efforts in response to threats to California's diverse native flora.
The CPC group met with a long list of others, including several state and federal agency staff, during their mostly southern coastal, transverse range, and desert-focused itinerary, and we eagerly await the CPC's Plant Conservation special issue on California's native flora, due in late 2011 or early 2012.
New CNPS Online Inventory (8th Edition) Updates and Tips
Aaron E. Sims
Sulphur Creek brodiaea (Brodiaea matsonii)
© 2007 Robert E. Preston, Ph.D.
The featured new addition to the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants is Sulphur Creek brodiaea (Brodiaea matsonii). Sulphur Creek brodiaea is a perennial, bulbiferous herb that occurs along streambanks in Cismontane woodland. It is unique among other brodiaea's in having pale pink flowers (most other brodiaea's have purple or deep-blue flowers). Sulphur Creek brodiaea was added to the CNPS Inventory on July 12th, and was afforded the highest rarity and threat rank possible: California Rare Plant Rank (formerly List) 1B.1 – plants rare, threatened, or endangered in California and elsewhere; seriously threatened in California.
Sulphur Creek brodiaea is only known from a few hundred individuals in the vicinity of Sulphur Creek, north of Redding. It is potentially threatened by powerline maintenance, foot traffic, and horticultural collecting; and possibly threatened by development. Brodiaea matsonii was described by Rob Preston, a Sacramento botanist, who named the plant after the late Gary Matson.
Gary was a well-known horticulturist from Redding who first spotted the plant in 1993. He joined CNPS in 1983 as a charter member of the Shasta Chapter. In 1999, Gary and his partner Winfield Mowder were murdered in an apparent hate crime at their home in Happy Valley, just outside of Redding. Amongst being a teacher and community activist for the protection of rare plants and their habitats, Gary promoted horticultural use of native plants and was a founder of the Redding Arboretum. He also helped form the Redding Museum/Caldwell Park complex and the Carter House Children's Science Museum. In addition to these projects, Gary made various other significant contributions that are far too numerous to include here. It was a very nice gesture for Rob Preston to name this plant after Gary.
More information about Gary Matson can be found in "In Memoriam – Gary Matson 1949-1999", Fremontia Special Issue – Vernal Pools pp. 71-72.
More information about Brodiaea matsonii can be found in the Online Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants or by contacting Aaron E. Sims (email@example.com). In addition, see Redding.com for an article by Laura Christman on the discovery of Brodiaea matsonii.
In order to search for plants added by year, visit the Inventory "Simple Search" page and enter a year in the before and/or after box in the "Plants Added by Year" section located towards the bottom center of the page.
Multi-Agency Group Looking for Data-Tracking Partners
Have you noticed the flowers in your neighborhood blooming sooner? Do the geese seem to be migrating a little earlier every year? The National Phenology Network, which includes its California affiliate the California Phenology Project, are recently formed multi-agency partnerships interested in tracking changes like these so state and federal natural resource agencies can get a better handle on how climate change is affecting the phenology (biological timing) of wildlife, and when and how these data should be used in developing management decisions.
Susan Little, CNPS Legislative Staff Person of the Year
Executive Director Tara Hansen and CNPS Legislative Advocate Vern Goehring will be presenting the statewide Legislative Staff Person of the Year award to California Assembly Floor Analyst, Susan Little at the local Sacramento Valley Chapter meeting on October 12th.
As a staff analyst in the Assembly Floor Analysis office, Susan Little, along with her colleagues, reviews and prepares a final analysis on bills before they are voted on by the full Assembly. In this role she is independent of the various policy committees and the analysts working for the policy committees. In other words, she is responsible for independently reviewing committee bill analyses for accuracy and consistency with a bill's final provisions.
Susan was recommended for this distinguished statewide award by Vern Goehring, CNPS's Legislative Consultant. In recommending Susan for this award, Vern describes how her sharp attention to detail and superb analytical skills have identified serious potential impacts to plants and wildlife in proposed legislation. When these details and impacts are brought out in the final analysis, it alerts CNPS and other conservation groups to advocate for amendments to improve legislative outcomes for the environment. Without individuals like Susan that have the strength of character to raise these important flags even at the 11th hour, some of these impacts could be missed and a bill could pass without an opportunity to amend – all to the detriment of CNPS and the California public.
The state office will be providing desert and coffee after the meeting to help celebrate Susan's award. If you live in or near Sacramento please come join us at the McKinley Park Shepherd Garden & Arts Center and help us recognize Susan Little for her outstanding work in the California Legislature. For more information see http://www.sacvalleycnps.org/
CNPS Statewide Awards: Outstanding Agency Personnel
Greetings from Our New Conservation Communications Coordinator
CNPS welcomes William Hamilton who has recently joined CNPS to take over the duties of Conservation Communications Coordinator at the state office. William first became involved with the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CNPS over six years ago when he began leading vernal pool tours at Mather Field. In addition to his work with CNPS, he has spent time in the field doing plant surveys while teaching part time.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is proposing to create a programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for pesticide and herbicide spraying throughout the state. This PEIR would reduce the amount of subsequent analysis required for individual spraying projects new areas. Some are concerned that the PEIR would lock in an antiquated approach of spraying as better, less chemically dependent methods become available. There is also concern that once the PEIR is in place, future public input on individual programs will be overly-restricted and minimized. Some potential benefits of the PEIR are that it could streamline local invasive plant management projects, and would allow for a full review and vetting of chemicals to be employed by the statewide program.
The CNPS e-newsletter has a new look!
As you may have read in last month's e-newsletter, CNPS has upgraded to a new member web interface. This new interface also allows CNPS to send newsletters and other messages to members and subscribers. As we are switching providers, it is very important if you signed up to receive the CNPS e-newsletter prior to August 31, 2011, to please go here to create a user profile. Doing this will ensure that you can opt-in to continue receiving the CNPS e-newsletter and other CNPS communications under the heading "My Email Preferences". (If you have already created a user profile, please make sure that you have selected to receive the e-newsletter in your email preferences.) If you do not opt-in to receive the e-newsletter through the new CNPS portal, you might stop receiving these interesting and informative newsletters!
Sierra Foothills Chapter
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