Rare Plant Treasure Hunt
2010 Volunteer and Partner Recognition
Grand Prize – Duncan Bell, Treasure Hunter Extraordinaire
Duncan searched the Arica Mountains in Southern California and discovered and documented rare plants there such as Eriastrum harwoodii, the rare Woollystar.
Second Place- Clyde Golden, Intrepid Treasure Hunter
Clyde, a member of the Kern County Chapter, searched Inyo, Kern, Mono, San Bernardino and Tulare Counties discovering and documenting rare plants, including the rare Calico monkeyflower, Mimulus pictus, list 1B.2.
Third Place – Natalia and Bill Blackburn, Terrific Treasure Hunters
The Blackburns surveyed in the Tahoe and El Dorado National Forests and found populations of Viola tomentosa, Felt leaved violet, list 4.2 and Erigeron miser, Starved daisy, list 1B.3.
Grand Chapter Prize- San Gabriel Mountains Chapter
Dedicated members from this chapter surveyed the Lily Springs Area in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California from May to November and made many interesting rare plant discoveries! Among these discoveries were several sightings of a rare plant that had never been documented in Los Angeles County, Viola pinetorum ssp. grisea, gray-leaved violet, CNPS list 1B.3. See http://cnps-sgm.org/lilyspring/lsas-atricle_2010fall.php
Second Place Chapter Prize-San Diego Chapter
San Diego chapter’s Rare Plant Treasure Hunt had a single target, the state endangered, federally threatened San Diego thornmint (Acanthomintha ilicifolia), list 1B.1. In conjunction with local conservation groups and the USFWS, they surveyed known, publically accessible populations of the thornmint. The last systematic count of this species was performed by paid consultants in the early 1990s. It covered a fraction of the sites visited by their volunteers, who collectively spent over 300 hours on the survey. They had nine groups who surveyed 15 sites and found over 52,000 thornmints.
Best Photo - Lara Hartley, CNPS member Kern County Chapter
2nd Place Photo - Ben Smith
3rd Place Photo - Don Davis
Clyde Golden, Most prompt form submitter-Thank you for getting your forms in so quickly!
Millie Nielson, 4 years old, of Nevada - Youngest Treasure Hunter
PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNITION:
George Butterworth, Department of Fish and Game-most occurrences updated!
Karen Cotter and volunteers, Santa Clara County Parks-2nd most occurrences updated!
Michael Chasse and volunteers at the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, National Park Service hosted “Rare Plant Thursdays in Your Local National Park.” This year's locations included Mori Point, Sweeney Ridge, Land's End, the Presidio, Marin Headlands, Tennessee Valley, and Nicasio Ridge. Half day and full day hunts were held most Thursdays from March to August. One of their early finds was the Marin Checker lily pictured below.
Tanya Chapple and interns from the Mid Klamath Watershed Council worked this summer surveying for invasive weeds and rare plants within the Marble Mountains and Siskiyou Wildernesses. Among other things, they found the very beautiful and unique Gentiana plurisetosa, Klamath Gentian, list 1B.3, pictured below.
Tarja Sagar and interns, Santa Monica Mountain National Recreation Area, National Park Service welcomed the CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt as an avenue to train botany and natural resource interns in rare plant surveys. They targeted five species: Astragalus brauntonii, Calochortus plummerae, Deinandra minthornii, Eriogonum crocatum and Nolina cismontana. The interns conducted surveys of 21 populations, several of which had been noted during post-fire monitoring but had not been carefully assessed.