Luxurious Joshua tree woodlands, showing robust regeneration near Conglomerate Mesa in Inyo County. A place to preserve rather than develop. Photo by Greg Suba.
By October 2014, the public will get its first chance to review a draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Over the past year, in part through funding from the Mead Foundation, CNPS has assembled maps of important locations within the DRECP area that highlight rare plant taxa and plant communities at risk of impacts from energy-related development.
These maps serve two key purposes. First, the mapped botanical information is being integrated with other desert wildlife information as part of a broader conservation coalition effort. The coalition's goal is to ensure the DRECP can provide ecologically sound reserve areas and management actions necessary to meet the plan's conservation goals.
Additionally, this information is being used to assist CNPS desert chapters engaged in desert energy planning that is occurring simultaneously at the county level. Specifically, Inyo, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties are currently developing or revising General Plans to include renewable energy development ordinances related to the DRECP.
To date, the CNPS Bristlecone Chapter has been most involved in providing Inyo County General Plan authorities with relevant and important botanical information about proposed new energy development areas. Other CNPS desert chapters have an important opportunity to do likewise. If you would like to find out more about what botanical information is available within your chapter, and/or how you can help provide plant information to ongoing processes in San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties, please contact CNPS Conservation Director Greg Suba (, 916-447-2677).
CNPS will use these desert botanical priority maps to advocate that important desert plant areas are included in newly established conservation areas through the DRECP, and to ensure important botanical areas in proposed development areas are clearly identified so impacts can be avoided or minimized.
Two Newly Described Morning Glories Make a Rare Baker's Dozen
Prior to the recent additions of lucky morning glory (Calystegia felix) and Van Zuuk's morning glory (C. vanzuukiae), the CNPS Inventory included a total of eleven rare morning glory species; now the total number reaches thirteen.
Calystegia vanzuukiae. Photo by Steven Perry.
Van Zuuk's morning glory is only known from the Central Sierra Nevada foothills. It was recently described and added to California Rare Plant Rank 1B (rare in California and elsewhere) of the CNPS Inventory in mid-July. Van Zuuk's morning glory is included in the CNPS Inventory as a 1B because it is currently only known from ten populations in the entire world, and is potentially threatened by mining, vehicles, and non-native plants. It occurs in chaparral and cismontane woodland habitat, and has only been found growing on serpentine or gabbro soils, so it is expected to be restricted to these soil types. Additional information about Van Zuuk's morning glory can be found in the Online Inventory.
Lucky morning glory was recently described as a new species from Southern California. Although it was historically associated with wetland and marshy places, it is currently only known from irrigated landscaping. The distribution of lucky morning glory is very small; it is currently only known from six living populations, and from four populations that likely went extinct due to development and urbanization. Lucky morning glory was added to California Rare Plant Rank 3 of the CNPS Inventory this July. Its sole occurrence in human created, non-natural habitat has brought up questions about its life history, origin, and potential weediness. Once more information becomes available about this species, its conservation status will be re-evaluated. Additional information about lucky morning glory can be found in the Online Inventory.
To find out more about the rare morning glory baker's dozen, please explore them in the CNPS Online Inventory, and as always, don't hesitate to contact Aaron Sims, CNPS Rare Plant Botanist, at if you have any questions.
CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference
The CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference is coming up January 13-17 in San Jose! Join over 1000 attendees in the heart of Silicon Valley for this historic event. The conference will begin with two days of skill-building workshops and field trips to area locations.
The main conference starts on the 15th, with keynote speakers (including Michael Soulé!) and over 300 presentations in 25 sessions by students, researchers, and CNPS chapters. The event will host fun social events, art, poetry, music, and photography, too - not to mention your chance to explore the Bay Area and more from the ideal central location of San Jose.
To get even more involved you can volunteer, and sponsor or exhibit to get special benefits and connect with the biggest gathering of conservationists and native plant enthusiasts in the State of California. Kicking off the 50th anniversary of CNPS, this conference will be larger and more exciting than ever before, so don't miss out - be a part of the discussion about what the next 50 years will hold! Discounted early registration is open now through October 31 online. Visit cnps.org/2015 for more information.
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. Even more events from CNPS chapters and partners can be viewed on the Horticulture Events Calendar.
Even in a dry year the wetlands of the bog and the lagoon edge should have fresh, green things to look at, including the rare Bog Club Moss. We will probably explore the spruce forest, the sandy spit, and the ocean bluff as well. This will be off-trail tramping around, not great distances. Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd, Arcata) or at 9:30 a.m. at Big Lagoon School. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Wet feet are a real possibility. Please tell Carol you are coming: 822-2015, .
Presented by Ellen Mackey. After the dust clears from removing your lawn and replacing it with native plants, you need a long-term-care plan to keep your garden healthy and happy for years into the future. Ms Mackey will review the process and resources needed to create tailor-made manuals for residential native plant gardens. Before losing track of their garden plans, irrigation info, species info, and other resources, native plant gardeners would be prudent to pull together all of this data into one package. Maintenance manuals document the garden concept, planting plan, irrigation plan, storm water plan (if present), common weeds, and hardscape care and can be targeted to various audiences. Unique to these plans is the Maintenance Checklist, a site-specific month by month schedule of tasks. First United Methodist Church
1008 11th Street, Santa Monica.
A wonderful array of native plants is offered every year. We've been busy coaxing from seed dozens of brittlebush, various buckwheats, penstemons, Mojave aster, lupine and many more favorites! Prices: Plant prices are $2.00 or 3 for $5.00 for Super Cells, $5.00 for small tree pots, $8.00 for gallon pots, and $10 for tall tree pots. Proceeds from the annual native plant sales provide funding for our Mary DeDecker Botanical Grants. The grant program is a fitting way to remember Mary DeDecker's many contributions to the people and plants of the Eastern Sierra. Click here to view an updated list of the plants available for sale.
This symposium is intended to address sustainable and responsible approaches to gardening in a low-water environment. Topics will be how to design a pleasing landscape, choose and maintain native plants, create bird and pollinator habitat and use less water and fertilizer. There will also be a question and answer session with our expert presenters. Symposium attendees will also have the opportunity to buy native plants chosen to do well in this area, and a variety of native plant gardening books for purchase. The cost for the symposium is $35 or $30 for a current CNPS member. Cost includes lunch and attendees will also receive a packet of useful materials. Register online at mountlassen.cnps.org.
Leader: Margaret Willits. Hiking Level: Moderate - short distances, but some steep slopes and a creek crossing. Meet at 9:00 AM at the Junction Shopping Center in Sonora at the back of the parking lot between the McDonalds and Kohl's. Margaret welcomes suggestions of where else to go in addition to the yews. For more info, contact Margaret at .
Milo Baker Chapter
Program Meeting: Gardening with California Native Plants During Drought Conditions
Tuesday, September 16, 7:30 pm
The current drought has caused people to question traditional landscaping residential gardens. Presented by Bart O'Brien. Bart O'Brien is the Botanic Garden Manager for the Regional Parks Botanic Garden, East Bay Regional Park District. Plant ID Hour begans 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 at 2050 Yulupa Street in Santa Rosa.
Orange County Chapter
Program Meeting: California Bees and Flowers: A Selective Love Affair
Thursday, September 18, 7:30 pm
Covering native bee ecology, bee-plant relationships, and the implications they have on habitat gardening, this talk provides the listener with knowledge to start encouraging native bees at home. With 1,600 bee species in California alone (nearly 40% of the total diversity in the U.S.!), native bees are an important part of California's natural history and essential to the health of our diverse ecosystems. Sara Leon-Guerrero has been working as a research assistant for Dr. Gordon Frankie in the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab since 2012 dedicating the past 2 years to exploring bee-plant relationships in urban and agricultural landscapes. She is project manager for the Lab's Farming for Native Bees project. Location: Duck Club, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary next to the IRWD water treatment facility, in Irvine.
El Dorado Chapter
Program Meeting: California Native Perennials and Shrubs for Sierra Foothill Gardens
Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 pm
There will be slides and descriptions of over ninety beautiful native species of grasses, sedges, rushes, geophytes, perennials and woody shrubs that are well suited for use in home landscapes. The plants are organized and presented by the types of habitats where they are found growing in the wild. The presentation also discusses irrigation and water management, drought tolerance, wildlife value, deer resistance, and many other aspects of each plant species. Nancy Gilbert has a MS degree in Science Education and has worked for years as a naturalist, environmental educator, designer/project manager, and horticulturist. She has served as the Education Chair of the Redbud chapter of CNPS and is a member of the Editorial Review Committee for the forthcoming book by the chapter: Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties. Planning Commission Room, Building C of the County Government Center, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville.
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, September 27, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Fall is the best time for planting! Doors open at 9:30 for the general public and 8:30 for current CNPS members. Join at the door for best selection! Featuring California native trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, bulbs, and seeds. Free information on native plant gardening topics. Books, posters, note cards, prints of native plants, t-shirts, and totes. North Star House, Grass Valley at 12183 Auburn Rd, adjacent to Saturday morning Nevada County Certified Grower's Market.
Contributors and Photo Credits
Becky ReillyDeidre Kennelly
Greg Suba - luxurious Joshua tree woodlands, showing robust regeneration near Conglomerate Mesa in Inyo County. A place to preserve rather than to develop.
Steve Perry - Van Zuuk's morning glory, Calystegia vanzuukiae