CNPS Student Travel Scholarships

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Join CNPS in the Eastern Sierras!
Applications due – Tuesday, Sept 4 by 11:59pm

CNPS is hosting our annual Conservation Symposium in the beautiful Eastern Sierra, Sept 7-9. Scholarships are available now for undergraduate and graduate students interested in native plants and conservation issues.

This is a great opportunity for students to gain insight into conservation work, collaboration between environmental partners, and opportunities for future involvement.

When | Sept 7-9, 2018
Where | Lee Vining, CA
What | Expert speakers, networking, and field trips!


Friday, Sept 7 – Field Trips

10 am | Ecology of Mono Basin
Interpretive walk (Bartshe Miller, Mono Lake Committee).  Meet at South Tufa.

1:30 pm | Bodie Hills walk with April Sall
Details TBA.

1:30 pm: Rare Plant Treasure Hunt
Virginia Lakes Basin  with CNPS RPTH Manger Amy Patten and Katie Quinlan

Saturday, Sept 8 – Symposium

8:30-9:00  Registration, Greetings, and Welcome
Light breakfast provided

Part 1: CNPS Conservation Program

9:00-9:30  Call to order & Introductions – Marty Foltyn, Greg Suba (CNPS Conservation Program Director)

9:30-10:00  CNPS Southern California Conservation, Nick Jensen
Providing a central voice for and leading coordination of southern California CNPS conservation, CNPS Southern California Conservation Analyst Nick Jensen will report on on-going and upcoming work in the southland.

10:00-10:30  A new gap analysis of the California flora incorporating phylogenetic information: evolutionary diversification, divergence, and survival as conservation targets. Brent Mishler, Director University and Jepson Herbaria, UC-Berkeley

11:00-11:30  CNPS Important Plant Areas (IPA) Program, Sam Young
Valuing what we know, conserving what we value. Identifying and mapping important plant areas is a global plant conservation strategy to achieve this vision. CNPS IPA Program Manager Sam Young will share how CNPS is developing IPAs for California.

11:30-12:00  CNPS Conservation in 2019: Legislative opportunities and challenges ahead, Alfredo Arredondo and Greg Suba
2019 will bring a new Governor and administration to California. CNPS Legislative Consultant Alfredo Arredondo will review our recently adjourned legislative session and forecast what opportunities and challenges lay ahead for 2019.

12:00-1:00  Lunch

Part 2: Conservation on the East Side

For years, individuals and organizations have advocated passionately to preserve the beauty and wild nature of California’s East Side. We highlight organizations working on conservation of the East Side.

1:00-1:30  Bartshé Miller, Mono Lake Committee

1:30-2:00  April Sall, Director, Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership

2:00-2:30  Jason Canger, Mono County Counsel’s Office
– an update on Mono County’s Keep Long Valley Green campaign

2:30-3:00  Break

3:00-3:30  Jora Fogg, Friends of the Inyo

3:30-4:00  Kay Ogden, Eastern Sierra Land Trust

4:00-4:30  CNPS review of Inyo NF Plan Revision: Plant Species of Conservation Concern, Greg Suba

4:30-5:00  Closing remarks & Adjourn, Greg Suba

Evening Program
5:30-6:30 – Social hour at the church
6:30 to 7:30 – Catered dinner at the church
8:00-9:00 – Located at the Mono Basin Visitor Center Auditorium
Program with Cathy Rose: “A Botanical Ramble through California to Rock Creek.”

Sunday, Sept 9 – Field Trips 1 p.m.

For those headed back to SoCal:
Convict Lake (Cathy Rose). Details TBA

Tioga Meadows (Ann Howald). Details TBA

Credit Stacey Flowerdew.
Credit Stacey Flowerdew.

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Applications due Tuesday, Sept 4

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