California Native Plant Society

CNPS eNewsletter

February 2013

San Jose Adopts Habitat Conservation Plan

Stuart Weiss - Bay checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis) on Allium serra at Coyote Ridge
Bay checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis) on Allium serra at Coyote Ridge
The City Council of San Jose adopted the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) at the end of January 2013. They were the last local partner public agency to do so. The County of Santa Clara, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the Cities of Morgan Hill and Gilroy, and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) had approved the Plan over the last several months. Adoption means that funds can flow and steps can be taken to insure the protection of rare plants and wildlife on Coyote Ridge and elsewhere in the southern Santa Clara County.

Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Chapter members Linda Ruthruff, Pat Pizzo, and Don Mayall spoke at the San Jose City Council meeting. This is a culmination of twenty years of work by SCV chapter members, including some eight years by Kevin Bryant representing CNPS on the Stakeholders Group. Many SCV chapter members signed postcards illustrated with Stuart Weiss’ photographs of Coyote Ridge supporting the Plan to city council members. Many thanks are due all for their efforts.

The plan will generate $665 million over the course of 50 years, to acquire and manage 46,000 acres of open space lands. This will include habitats for such rare plants as the Santa Clara Valley dudleya, Metcalf Canyon jewelflower, coyote ceanothus and Tiburon Indian paintbrush, as well as such animals as the Bay checkerspot butterfly and the California red-legged frog.

As victory in securing protection for Edgewood Preserve was in sight, the SCV chapter began focusing on the serpentine area south of San Jose that came to be known as Coyote Ridge. At that time the entire area was in private hands, with some 250 acres leased temporarily as a mitigation for the impacts on butterfly habitat of the Kirby Canyon landfill. Chapter members began gathering data, leading field trips to the ridge and formed a coalition with other environmental organizations to explore ways of protecting this remarkable plant habitat. As a result of our educational efforts, land acquisition began and some 1000 acres were preserved as public agencies such as the VTA and the Water District bought land for mitigation purposes. But it was clear that more land needed to be preserved.

The Habitat Conservation Plan, a federal program for protecting rare species, combined with the state’s Natural Communities Conservation Program (NCCP), provided opportunities to make further acquisitions. Development of this plan began nearly ten years ago when the widening of Hwy. 101 was undertaken, and the wildlife agencies and local officials recognized that multiple threatened and endangered species could be impacted by this work.

Under this program, permitting for development is streamlined in exchange for fees to fund meaningful conservation actions such as acquisition and management of lands containing rare and endangered species. (For more information about this very complex plan, and to view or download the final document, go to www.scv-habitatplan.org.)

A coalition of environmental groups called Habitat Conservation Now was formed to help public officials understand and adopt the plan. The coalition included CNPS, the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, the Committee for Green Foothills, the Greenbelt Alliance and the Nature Conservancy. The votes needed by the public agencies to adopt the plan, including the recent vote by the City of San Jose, were the culmination of these efforts.

Many of the details of Plan Implementation still need to be worked out, but the framework of the Plan has been approved. The challenge that faces us now is to continue working with our coalition partners, local government, and the wildlife agencies on the details of implementation, and to make sure the Plan protects and enhances our plant communities and the rare species habitats they contain.


Desert Washes

California's deserts are very flat and sunny places - two attributes that put them at the center of our national energy future. Solar and wind energy can be great for our planet provided we choose how and where to build projects wisely, but recent energy decisions are tearing apart the fabric of intact desert wildlands without fully considering the value of these places. Greatly affected by these decisions are desert streams, often called desert washes.

Spreading outward from the base of desert mountains, desert washes provide natural corridors where animals and plants find food, water, shelter, and safe travel. Whether bordered by trees and shrubs, or simply lined with grasses and flowers, a desert wash provides habitat value to desert plants and animals that is not available across the upland landscapes.

Close to a mountain, desert washes cut deeply into surface rocks and soil, and are easy to discern against an otherwise continuous vista of creosote and dry land shrubs. Farther away, they become more subtle depressions bounded by tell-tale vegetation, or a path that traces where opportunistic plants have soaked up the chance to sprout and reproduce - just as they have for thousands of years. Through these channels, a desert cloudburst distributes its energy, moving rocks, soil, nutrients, seeds, and water across a parched desert landscape.

Scientists are busy mapping and studying desert washes, but their work cannot keep pace with the number and size of projects currently severing mile after mile of largely unexplored desert wash areas.

If we cannot avoid destroying desert washes, then we must at least make a better effort to account for their occurrence and biodiversity, both great and small, across the desert landscape. Through greater awareness and understanding of desert washes, we can better assess what is being lost, and how much disturbance is too much.


New Legislative Session Gets Underway

State Capitol, Sacramento, CA - Stacey Flowerdew With much anticipation and apprehension within the environmental community the 2013 Legislative year is well on its way to becoming another memorable experience.

We said goodbye to the last Legislature with several notable issues left hanging in the air: tax increases proposed in Proposition 30, legislative elections, and a key Senate chairman committed to “modernizing” the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The passage of Prop 30 means the Governor and the Legislature are looking at balancing the budget without making hugely difficult cuts. A surprisingly strong election turnout leaves the Democrats with a 2/3 majority in both the Senate and the Assembly, though special elections to fill the seats of legislators who have left for Washington D.C. remain to take place. And lastly, Senator Michael Rubio (D, Kern County), who had promised major changes to CEQA favoring development, abruptly resigned his Senate office last Friday, February 22, 2013.

Recently appointed chair to the Environmental Quality Committee, Senator Rubio surprised everyone last Friday by announcing his resignation to become the Director of Government Affairs for Chevron Oil Company. His public statements point to a desire to spend more time with his wife and two young daughters. He leaves a job he was first elected to just two years ago to go to one some say likely carries a significantly higher salary.

Rubio’s redrawn district now favors the Republicans by 16%, meaning he would likely have increasingly tilted toward conservative positions - even more than he already has. However, now that he does not need to worry about losing his seat in two years, he may have in fact increased his political clout. Having been both a Senate staff member for many years as well as a Senator, he leaves with enviable personal relationships within the Legislature and will direct a lobbying and political support operation with few rivals. In recent years Chevron has spent $600,000-800,000 annually lobbying and contributing to candidates.

Everyone is watching to see what happens now with his campaign to reform CEQA. Will another legislator take over the reins of the movement? How committed are Senate President Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez to CEQA changes? Time will tell.

In the meantime, CNPS and many partners are working to protect CEQA and even possibly make it better. (Check out the CEQA Works campaign here: http://ceqaworks.org/) Numerous amendments were prepared in a dual strategy: improve CEQA and counter-balance CEQA attacks. Nearly 1,400 bills were introduced in the three days prior to the February 22 deadline for introducing new bills. Many CEQA bills were introduced by friendly authors, while others will be challenging. New bills are posted on the CNPS Conservation website pages (http://www.cnps.org/cnps/conservation/legislation/).

Forestry and timber harvesting will be another big focus for CNPS in 2013. With the 2012 enactment of a new lumber sales assessment to fund forest and timber harvest management, funding will be available to increase the Department of Fish and Wildlife Timber Harvest Plan (THP) staff to 45 positions, 35 more than the current year. We will work hard to get the proposed budget adopted by the Legislature in face of opposition from the industry. See our press announcement here http://www.cnps.org/cnps/press/20130110-cnps-forestry.pdf

Two additional forestry related legislative issues at CNPS will focus on (1) developing forest ecosystem standards that will serve as benchmarks to ensure we avoid degrading forests through cumulative effects when approving THPs, and (2) reconstructing the Non-industrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP) to increase forest protection certainty while increasing the acreage allowed per plan.

It’s going to be another interesting year and your help is vital to our success. Learn about and follow legislation, engage your local state legislators, and contact them when key votes arise. We will work to keep you informed and prepared to help protect laws that protect California's native flora.


CA Board of Forestry and CalFIRE Propose a Bad Vegetation Management and Fire Safety Program, Again

Julie Evens - Clear cut chaparral in San Diego County The California Board of Forestry (BoF) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFIRE) are seeking to obtain CEQA certification for a program that would allow California landowners and managers to clear, burn, spray, and graze over 450% more vegetation per year than CalFIRE currently manages to treat, in the name of fire safety.

In early December 2012, the BoF released for public review and comment their Vegetation Treatment Program Draft Environmental Impact Report (VTP DEIR or Program). CNPS, along with several other organizations and independent science reviewers, submitted comments critical of the proposed Program by the close of the comment period on February 25th.

Throughout much of the draft document, the stated need for conducting the proposed vegetation treatments, and the purported benefits the treatments would provide residents, structures, and wildlife are based on outdated and debunked science, and are at times unsupported by any evidence.

Underlying the controversy of whether a staggering increase in clearing and burning vegetation in the name of fire safety is a good idea, is the lack of clarity on how the public would be able to participate in future review of projects that would tier from this Program EIR. Without clearly defining how local citizens would be able to participate in future project review, the VTP DEIR sets up the potential for CalFIRE to rubber stamp bad projects without the benefit of a transparent public disclosure process.

CNPS will continue to work for a better outcome regarding the Board of Forestry's proposed Vegetation Treatment Program as in its current draft, it represents an unsupportable plan. By opposing the certification of the proposed Program, CNPS's message is not to discourage fire safety, of course, but to make wise decisions regarding how to plan and implement vegetation management in the name of fire safety.

For further detail regarding CNPS's concerns about the proposed Program, view the CNPS VTPEIR comment letter.

New CNPS Online Inventory (8th Edition) Updates and Tips


Orocopia Mountains spurge (Euphorbia jaegeri) © 2012 James M. Andre

The featured new addition to the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants (the Inventory) is Orocopia Mountains spurge (Euphorbia jaegeri). Orocopia Mountains spurge is a perennial shrub in the Spurge family (Euphorbaceae) that is known only from the Bristol, Marble, and Orocopia Mountains of southern California. It occurs in dry rocky hillsides and arroyos of Mojavean desert scrub, primarily in gravelly soils or rock crevices and in substrates that vary from granitic, metamorphic, or calcareous origin.

Orocopia Mountains spurge was added to California Rare Plant Rank 1B.1 (plants rare, threatened, or endangered in California and elsewhere; seriously threatened in California) of the CNPS Inventory in mid-January of this year. The Orocopia Mountains spurge received its scientific name, Euphorbia jaegeri, after Edmund Jaeger, a renowned ecologist who was the first person to collect this species in December 1939. He collected it in the Orocopia Mountains, which attributes its common name.

Orocopia Mountains spurge is distinctive from all other spurge species in mainland California by its shrubbiness, where all of its relatives are herbaceous in habit. Although first collected nearly 75 years ago, Orocopia Mountains spurge was only recently described to science. It was originally thought to possibly be a new variety of small seeded spurge (Euphorbia polycarpa), but remained undescribed until seeds could be examined. Examination of subsequent collections with the presence of seeds, along with a further examination of its flowers showed that the Orocopia Mountains spurge is clearly a unique species.


Flowers of Orocopia Mountains spurge (Euphorbia jaegeri) © 2012 James M. Andre
The Orocopia Mountains spurge is currently only known from four occurrences, and its entire area of occupancy is potentially threatened by large-scale wind energy development. The southernmost Bristol Mountains population is bisected by a radio tower access road and is further threatened from the south by a rapidly approaching strip mine. The other Bristol Mountains population and the Marble Mountains population are very small, and potentially threatened by mining activities. The Orocopia Mountains occurrence is the largest of the four, and possibly the least threatened as a portion of the population occurs within the Orocopia Mountains Wilderness Area.

Although Orocopia Mountains spurge has been sought after throughout the Mojave Desert for the past several years, it has the potential of occurring in interjacent desert mountain ranges such as the Coxcomb, Eagle, Iron, and Sheephole mountain ranges. Focused surveys should be conducted in these, and other nearby, mountain ranges in attempts to potentially discover additional occurrences of this highly rare, threatened and endangered plant.

More information about Euphorbia jaegeri can be found in the Online Inventory (www.rareplants.cnps.org), and/or by contacting the CNPS Rare Plant Botanist at 916/324-3816, asims@cnps.org.

Inventory Tip:

Did you know that past synonyms are now included in the new Online Inventory, 8th Edition? Keeping up with all of the new names represented in The Jepson Manual, Second Edition is no easy task. The CNPS Rare Plant Program has been proactive in this regard, and started reviewing changes to the names of rare plants in the Inventory in late 2009. This has led to over 125 name changes in the Inventory in the past two years.


Results showing synonyms when searching for “Hibiscus” in the Full Data Search bar of the new Online Inventory. view larger


Species account page for Hibiscus lasiocarpus var. occidentalis in the new Online Inventory. Note that a full list of synonyms is now displayed under the family name. view larger

Searching for synonyms in the Inventory was developed to be as simple as possible. It can be performed on the Inventory home page or Simple Search page by simply entering the genus or full species name into the “Full Data Search” box. Hitting the search button will then result in taking you to the Plant List page, where all potential synonyms are shown for the specific genus or species entered.

Let’s search the genus Hibiscus as an example. Entering the genus name “Hibiscus” into the Full Data Search bar results in 4 matches found. Three of the matches are synonyms, while the remaining match is the current accepted name by the CNPS Rare Plant Program. Clicking any of the synonym names will bring up the species account page for the currently accepted name, which in this case is Hibiscus lasiocarpus var. occidentalis.

Once you are at the species account page, also note that all of the synonyms are included under the family name in the box at the top left corner. We hope that this will make it easier for users to keep up with, and recognize newly accepted rare plant names as they become available.

For additional information about searching for synonyms, and/or other functions of the Online Inventory, 8th Edition, please contact the CNPS Rare Plant Botanist at 916/324-3816, asims@cnps.org.

Third Annual California Native Plant Week

CNPW 2013California Native Plant Week (CNPW), a week dedicated to the appreciation, education, and conservation of California's flora, is coming April 14-21, 2013! CNPW legislation (ACR 173) was sponsored by CNPS and introduced by Senator (then Assemblymember) Noreen Evens during the 2010 session to help protect and promote California's native plant heritage by raising awareness about our state's rich botanical diversity. The California Native Plant Week calendar will be updated frequently in the coming weeks, so keep checking back for events near you- there are native plant sales, wildflower shows, gardening workshops, lectures, hikes, garden tours, and more. If you are involved in other organizations that have an interest in California's native plants, invite them to participate! If you know of a CNPW event that is not on the calendar, please send the event details, including type of event, date, time, location, and contact info (if applicable) to cnpw@cnps.org.

CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Trips

Rare Plant Treasure HuntThe Rare Plant Treasure Hunt (RPTH) is a citizen-science program started by CNPS in 2010 with the goal of getting up to date information on many of our state’s rare plants, while engaging chapter members and other volunteers in rare plant conservation. Many of California’s rare plant populations have not been seen in decades and some parts of the state have seen little to no botanical exploration at all. This program helps conserve our rare flora by providing invaluable data to the CNPS Rare Plant Program and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Treasure Hunters can join an organized rare plant search or learn how to plan their own trips by attending training events; those who already have some botanical experience can start leading their own trips! You can also sign up for the mailing list to be notified of upcoming events by sending an email to treasurehunt@cnps.org. New trips are added frequently. Check the RPTH Calendar for a treasure hunt in your region!

Upcoming CNPS Workshops

Further details, including a list of upcoming workshops in 2013, are available at http://cnps.org/cnps/education/workshops/index.php. Contact Josie Crawford for more information.

Heath BartoshRare Plant Survey Protocols - A Scientific Approach
Instructors: Heath Bartosh, Aaron Sims, with a lecture by Roxanne Bittman
Walnut Creek
March 20-21, 2013

This classroom and field 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.

Cost: CNPS members $310; Non-members $335

Vernal Pool Plant Taxonomy
Instructors: Carol Witham and Jennifer Buck-Diaz
Various locations in Solano, Sacramento, and Yolo Counties
April 15-17, 2013

Carol WithamThis three-day course is a combination of laboratory and field studies of the taxonomy of vernal pool plants with a focus on difficult genera. The first day will take place in the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity where instructors will cover the distinguishing characters of several difficult genera in a lab setting. The following two days will be spent visiting hard pan and clay pan vernal pools with many rare and common vernal pool species.

Cost: CNPS Members $415; Non-members $440

California Rangeland Monitoring
Instructors: Jennifer Buck-Diaz and Ceci Dale-Cesmat
Merced and field site TBD
April 24 and/or 25, 2013

J. Buck-DiazCalifornia grasslands are incredibly rich in herbaceous plant species; however, most areas are labeled and mapped as “non-native grassland”. We know less about this vegetation than most other California habitats. This optional one or two day workshop is a collaboration between California Native Plant Society (CNPS), and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Day 1 - Maintaining grassland biodiversity and field site visit. Half day lecture/half day field visit.
Day 2 - Grassland vegetation sampling using the Relevé method. All day field survey training.

Cost:
1st Day: $25, includes coffee/tea, breakfast snacks, and lunch.
2nd Day: CNPS Members $150; Non-members $175.
Total for both days is $175 CNPS members; $195 Non-members.

Details and registration for all workshops: http://www.cnps.org/cnps/education/workshops/

Chapter Events - A Sampling from Around the State

To connect to your local chapter, or to find other events in your region, see this page for a list and map of CNPS chapters.

Marin Chapter

Field Trip: Spring Wildflowers at Chimney Rock
Friday, March 1, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Come catch the wildflowers at their peak at Chimney Rock, famous for its early spring displays. We'll look for Douglas iris, wallflower, Johnny tuck, pussy-ears, Indian paintbrush, baby-blue eyes, and many other beauties as we walk along this gentle trail. While we're at it, we'll keep our eyes out for birds, elephant seals, and gray whales making their northern migration, so bring binoculars. Meet at Chimney Rock parking area (outer Point Reyes, near the end of Sir Francis Drake Blvd.) Heavy rain cancels. Call trip leader Amelia Ryan (707) 481-9932 if in doubt.

Redbud Chapter

5th Annual Scotch Broom Pull at Hell's Half Acre
Saturday, March 2, 8:30 AM - Noon

Meet at the SE Corner of Parking Lot of Twin Cities Church, 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy, Grass Valley. Our annual scotch broom pull on either side of the Rough and Ready Highway near the Twin Cities Church is entering it's fifth year. Most of the area needs some repeated TLC to maintain the clearing of the scotch broom clearing we have done in the past. This area is the showpiece of Nevada County in the type of success the broom pulls can acheive. Reschedule date March 9 in case of rain.

Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter

Program: Retracing the Footsteps of California's Historic Botanists
Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 PM

Rare Plant Treasure Hunt desert leaders Kim Clark and Duncan Bell 'point and sweep' volunteers through canyons and washes, to locate and document our rarest plant treasures. They come to share the highlights of last year's desert botanizing, and entice us to join in the fun this year, both in the deserts and the Los Padres National Forest. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino.

Sacramento Valley Chapter

Field Trip: Jepson Prairie Preserve
Saturday, March 16, 10:30 AM - Noon

Join Bonnie Ross, expert docent, for a special CNPS walk among vernal pools, mima mounds and bunchgrass prairie. See rare, endemic wildflowers and experience vernal pool "critters" that live in the pools. It can be cold and breezy on the Prairie so bring warm clothes and a hat just in case. A donation is appreciated. Contact Bonnie. Directions: Meet at the Preserve parking lot.From Hwy 80 at Dixon, take the Curry Rd (66A) exit to Hwy 113. Follow 113 south for approximately 13 miles. Where the road turns east, you go straight onto the gravel road (Cook Lane). You will see the parking lot past the RR tracks. For additional information you can access the Solano Land Trust website.

San Diego Chapter

Spring Plant Sale and Membership Day
Saturday, March 16, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Spring Plant Sale at Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano. There will be a series of speakers throughout the day from both the San Diego and Orange County CNPS chapters. All CNPS members will receive a 10% discount to celebrate membership day. You can join or renew your membership the day of the sale. If you are interested in volunteering for this sale, please contact Kristen Olafson, CNPS San Diego spring plant sale chair, at springplantsale@cnpssd.org. We need help staffing the membership table and working with customers to choose plants and provide native plant gardening advice. It's a great opportunity to share your love of native plants and work with our colleagues from the Orange County chapter. You get to spend several hours (or the whole day) in a beautiful setting. Lunch and snacks are provided to volunteers. 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.

Monterey Bay Chapter

Field Trip: Sensational Spring Flowers at Toro Park
Sunday, March 17, 9:00 AM

Welcome Spring with a hike into Toro Park with Gordon Williams. Our morning begins with a walk up the East Ridge trail. For lunch, we will climb a ridge where there should be a nice display of early spring flowers. The remainder of our field trip will be determined by wherever the wildflowers are. We hope to see at least 50 different species! Bring water and lunch. Meet at the Toro Park Entrance off of Hwy 68 off Portola Drive's exit. About 4-5 hours, 5.5 miles and 600 feet total elevation gain. Leader, Gordon Williams 372-6374.

Milo Baker Chapter

Program: Protecting California's Native Flora for (Almost) 50 Years
Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 PM

CNPS Conservation Director Greg Suba will discuss the work of the CNPS Conservation Program in promoting sound plant science as the backbone of effective natural areas protection. He will also describe the challenges of effective plant conservation and address the planning and development of desert wind and solar projects. Plant ID Hour begins at 6:45 before the General Meeting. We provide microscopes, so you can see plants up close and key them to species. Bring specimens you want to identify, or view the selections we have collected. Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Street in Santa Rosa.

Bristlecone Chapter

Mary Dedecker Native Plant Garden Spring Cleaning
March 16, Saturday, 9:00 AM

This is an annual spring cleaning for the garden. March is a great time to jump on any exotic weeds and get them out before they drop their seed as well as trim up anything that might need it. We'll meet at the garden at the Eastern California Museum in Independence at 9:00 AM, bring garden gloves, trowels, hand pruners, and wear sturdy work clothes. Leaders: Sue Weis and Katie Quinlan. For more information contact Sue Weis at 760 873-3485 or email at sueweis@aol.com.

East Bay Chapter

Field Trip: Kennedy Grove, El Sobrante
Sunday, March 17, 9:30 AM

Seafoam Loop and Black Oak Loop at Kennedy Grove, El Sobrante. Gregg Weber will be leading this trip to a botanically rich area in El Sobrante. In the shady areas under bay trees, there is more plant diversity than you would expect, with many common natives, and some unusual ones. This is a short 2.5 mile walk, with only a 400 feet elevation gain up to the ridge, and 150 feet elevation gain on Black Oak Loop.

Directions: From I-80, exit at San Pablo Dam Road and turn left onto Castro Ranch Road in El Sobrante. From Orinda, follow San Pablo Dam Road to El Sobrante. Turn right onto Castro Ranch Road. Go two blocks on Castro Ranch Road, and then turn right onto Hillside Drive. Go about 1/2 mile to the end of Hillside Drive, and then turn left on Patra Drive and park near the trailhead. No entrance fees. Do not turn into the Kennedy Grove park entrance on San Pablo Dam Road.

Channel Islands Chapter

Program: Photographing Landscapes
Thursday, March 21, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Speaker: Spencer Westbrook. Join CNPS and Spencer on a delightful and informational slide show and talk titled "Photo Tips and Tricks for Photographing Landscapes and Macro Photography". He will demostrate equipment choices, settings, use, techniques, and visualization of desired results. This will be followed by Spencer providing a slide show of his results. Spencer is an excellent photographer. Don't miss this opportunity to both learn how to take great landscape and macro photographs but also see the work of one of our own. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

Kern County Chapter

Field Trip: Redrock Canyon State Park
Saturday, March 23, 7:45 AM

Come to see what this lovely desert park has for us this spring! Trip leader Mark Faull, now retired, was the long time ranger there and he compiled a plant list during his tenure. Depending on the rains between now and then, we may see: the Red Rock Tarplant (Deinandra arida), endemic to the state park, the Red Rock Poppy (Eschscholzia minutiflora twisselmannii), endemic to the El Paso and Rand mountains, Charlotte's Phacelia (Phacelia nashiana), a beautiful blue limited range watch plant, and a new yet unnamed species of Monkey Flower (we used to think of it as Mimulus palmeri). Please meet at Taco Bell at the SE corner of Hwy 58 and 184 (Weedpatch Hwy) at 7:45 AM for carpooling. After checking maps and choosing carpools, we will leave promptly at 8:00 AM. This will be a full day trip. Please contact Lucy Clark by March 21st to let us know if you will attend.

Napa Valley Chpater

Field Trip: Aetna Springs
Saturday, March 23, 9:00 AM

Just off of Pope Valley Road, this is a prime area to see Fawn Lily, often blooming in masses along the road cuts. Scarlet Fritillary and Mission Bells will be blooming as well as shrubs, which grow only on the serpentine soils found here and elsewhere in Napa County. Leader: Mike Parmeter (707) 255-6757. Meet at the parking lot between Target and Pharmaca in BelAire Plaza off Trancas Street in Napa near Highway 29 by 9:00 AM.

North Coast Chapter

Field Trip: Horse Linto Day Hike
Saturday, March 30, 9:00 AM

The time to visit Horse Linto is before the poison oak leafs out. Hopefully this will also be the time that two trilliums and a fawn lily (Trillium kurabayashii, Trillium ovatum, and Erythronium californicum) will be blooming. This camp site in Six Rivers National Forest is about an hour from Arcata, north of Willow Creek. We will walk a short, uneven trail. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 9:00 AM at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Return mid-afternoon. Please tell Carol (822-2015) you are coming.

Mount Lassen Chapter

Field Trip: Spotted Fawn Lilies and McNab Cypress in Magalia
Sunday, March 31 9:00 AM

Meet at the Chico Park & Ride (Hwy 32/99) at 9 AM with lunch, water, and hiking gear. We park across the old Magalia RR station and then hike down the rough trail 1 1/2 miels to the West Branch of the Feather River for lunch. On this serpentine slope are endemic McNab cypress with carpets of yellow and white fawn lilies beneath in one of the most specatcular spring flower displays in the area. Scarlet fritillary may also be in bloom as well as other serpentine plants. Leaders: Wes Dempsey 530-342-2293 and Gerry Ingco 530-893-5123.

 

Contributors and Photo Credits

  • Kevin Bryant
  • Don Mayall
  • Greg Suba
  • Vern Goehring
  • Aaron Sims
  • Dan Gluesenkamp
  • Josie Crawford
  • Stacey Flowerdew
  • Mark Naftzger
  • Stuart Weiss - Bay checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha bayensis) on Allium serra at Coyote Ridge
  • Greg Suba - an example of a desert wash
  • Stacey Flowerdew - State Capitol Dome
  • Julie Evens - clearcut chaparral in San Diego County
  • Jim Andre - Euphorbia jaeger
  • Amber Swanson - Rare Plant Treasure Hunters
  • Heath Bartosh - View of Devil’s Pulpit and the Summit of Mount Diablo
  • Carol Witham - Vernal Pool
  • Jennifer Buck-Diaz - California grassland

 

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