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Point Reyes National Seashore Rare Plant Monitoring
June 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday, June 13, 2019 9:00-4:30
Point Reyes National Seashore is seeking volunteers willing to participate in its annual monitoring of the only extant population of Sonoma spineflower (Chorizanthe valida). This species was believed to be extinct until the 1980s, when the CNPS-Marin Chapter happened to find it within one of the leased ranches in the Seashore. For the last 15 years, the Seashore has been monitoring this population. This data not only helps the Seashore and USFWS track the status of the species and progress toward recovery; it helps the Seashore determine what adaptive management measures might be necessary to ensure this population’s continued survival. Those interested in assisting will be trained in how to count the plants and how to differentiate the Sonoma spineflower from the non-federally-listed spineflower species. Be prepared for bending and kneeling to examine the plants!
We will meet at 9 a.m. at Bear Valley headquarters at the Seashore and then carpool from there to the ranch site. It is a short walk from the car parking area to the spineflower site. We should note that there will not be time for independent botanizing, except during the lunchtime. People should bring lunches, lots of water, sun lotion, and layers in case it’s gets cold and windy.
Directions: The address is 1 Bear Valley Road, located just outside of Olema. (But mailing address is Point Reyes Station).
From the north: take D Street in Petaluma to Point Reyes-Petaluma Road. Past Nicasio, go straight at the Purple (or multi-colored) bridge to Platform Bridge Road. Take a right on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
From the south: Take Sir Frances Drake Blvd. west from Highway 101 until you reach Highway 1
When that dead-ends into Highway 1, make a right on Highway 1. You will make the very next left onto Bear Valley Road. (You will see a Red Barn at the corner). Make an immediate right into the parking area. Park in the grassy area on the left, and then walk across the bridge. Walk on the paved road and make the first right after an open grass area with a house on the right. Pass garages on right to some buildings with a picnic table. We will meet there.
PLEASE RSVP!!! Please email Lorraine Parsons at Lorraine_Parsons@nps.gov. Otherwise, messages can be left at (415)464-5193. Please make sure to give Lorraine your cell number so she can contact you if there is a change in plans.