CNPS Holiday Gift Guide

What to give the plant lover in your life? We’re so glad you asked!

*A CNPS membership…Mt Lassen Chapter at Sutter Buttes - Woody Elliott

is one-size-fits-all, never goes out of style, and lasts all year long. When you give a gift of membership to CNPS, your recipient becomes a member of a wide network of nature and native plant enthusiasts – and best yet, you help contribute to the success of CNPS to protect and promote the native species and landscapes that help make California so special.

The recipient of your gift will receive the full suite of benefits available to all CNPS members, including subscriptions to Fremontia and Flora, discounts on workshops and plant sales, membership to their local CNPS chapter, and a letter that informs them of your generosity. Click here to give the gift of CNPS by December 14 to ensure delivery of your acknowledgement by December 23.

*A lush, photo-rich volume of California’s beautiful landscapes!

California’s Botanical Landscapes: A Pictorial View of the State’s Vegetation provides a vivid exploration of the Golden State’s Native Vegetation. It is a must-have book for anyone interested in the botanical diversity of California: botanists, ecologists, environmental scientists, natural historians, and plant lovers of all kinds. With over 600 inspiring photographs as well as in-depth, naturalist prose written for the public, the work explores California through 14 ecoregions with a look at the important plant communities found within each.

*For the proud gardener:

Let them tell everyone, “Native plants live here!” Encourage other gardeners to go native and inform them where they can find helpful information to do so! Available in both English and Spanish, and in two sizes (6.75″ x 9″ or 9”x 12”), this full-color aluminum sign can be posted on a wall or a post and is a must for any Californian native garden.

*For the botanical professional, academic, or student:

Register your favorite conservation professional or native plant nerd for the CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference, a pre-conference workshop, or field trip! The conference is Feb. 1-3 in Los Angeles, with the pre-conference workshops taking place Jan. 30-31. With over 20 technical conference sessions, 21 workshops in interests ranging from photography, gardening, legislation and GIS, quickly-filling field trips in the L.A. basin, and a lively banquet –plus art, music, auctions, student events, and contests– there is something offered for everyone, no matter what their botanical level or interest.

*For the adventurous cook or someone who wants to learn how to heal with California’s native plants…

Living Wild: Gardening, Cooking, and Healing with Native Plants of California, 2nd Edition by Alicia Funk & Karin Kaufman is an essential guide to the uses of over 100 native plant species. The expanded 2ND edition offers a deep awareness of the landscape with advice on cultivating, harvesting, and preparing wild food cuisine and herbal medicine recipes. We heard recently that the Madrone “Beyond Cranberry” Sauce recipe in particular was a big hit at holiday dinners, and we’re sure the Elderflower Champagne would help usher in anyone’s new year in style.

*For the budding botanist or nature lover:

The CNPS Nature Journaling Kit is perfect for children of all ages! Featuring a blank nature journal, recycled ruler, hand lens, and easy carry sling pack, and designed to be the perfect companion to the CNPS Children’s Curriculum, this gift can inspire children young and old to start observing and recording the world around them.

*Because you can never have too many hats:

The CNPS Logo Hat: look smart, and protect your face from the sun, all while representing the preeminent native plant conservation organization in California! Neutral khaki color with full colored embroidery and adjustable buckle closure.

 

Islands of the Californias

Fremontia V.45 N.3 •  November 2017

From the editor

Fremontia V45 N3 is printed in English and Spanish.

After a childhood enchanted with island literature, aptly including Island of the Blue Dolphins, it took nearly 20 years to find myself on a real island. While teaching for the Los Angeles County Outdoor Science School, I ventured to Santa Cruz Island in 1998 with ten other young, eager naturalists. Marooned for the weekend, we gained our first place-based experiences with island biogeography while hiking and kayaking.

On this adventure we witnessed island endemics including island scrub jay (Aphelocoma insularis) and island fox (Urocyon littoralis). Checking these and other species off our life lists, our appreciation for island time deepened over a sunset staring back at the mainland—our love for biogeography was burgeoning.

Around a campfire under the eucalyptus at Scorpion Canyon we pondered speciation events, biogeographic patterns, and the audacity of invasive species. Falling asleep that evening, I contemplated my study of Lord of the Flies in high school and further understood all the mainland offers an island.

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The CNPS North Coast Chapter Research Grant

The North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is offering a research grant (2 awards per year) of up to $1,000 for studies of local, native plants. The grant is available to undergraduate and graduate students at Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods. Its purpose is to encourage learning about native plants in Humboldt, Trinity, Siskiyou and Del Norte Counties and to support projects that will advance knowledge of them.

To apply for the grant submit the following by March 1, 2018 (two pages please):

  • Title of the project, applicant’s name, address, phone number, email address, and the date submitted.
  • Estimated time frame for project.
  • Description of the project: Outline the purposes, objectives, hypotheses where appropriate, and methods of data collection and analysis. Highlight aspects of the work that you believe are particularly important and creative. How will it advance our knowledge of our local native plants?
  • Description of the final product.
  • Budget: Summarize intended use of funds. Our grant does not approve the outright purchase of capital equipment or high-end items such as computers and software.
  • Academic status (school, graduate student, undergrad)
  • Letter of support from a sponsor, such as an academic supervisor, major professor, professional associate or colleague should accompany your application.
  • Your signature, as the person performing the project and the one responsible for dispersing the funds. All of the information related to your application may be submitted electronically.

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Northern California Botanist Certification Exam

Caulanthus californicus photographed by Greg Suba, CNPS Conservation Director

The first-ever Botanist Certification Exam at a Northern California venue is scheduled for October 30th, 2017, at the Blue Oak Ranch Reserve (BORR) near San Jose, CA. While CNPS has already put on two exams in Southern California, one in Ojai and one at the Cal State Fullerton Arboretum, an exam had yet to happen up north! We are very excited to hold the event at BORR, one of the UC Berkeley-managed lands in the wonderful UC Reserve system.

Amidst such treasured habitats as blue oak woodland, valley oak woodland, and native perennial grasslands, botanists from all over Northern California will come together to showcase their abilities during the certification exam. The test consists of written, keying, and sight identification portions in order to set a high standard of excellence in the profession. The Board of Certification, which is currently administering the certification, recommends that botanists have at least five years experience in the botanical consulting field, in the case of the Field Botanist certification level, and eight years of experience, in the case of the Consulting Botanist certification level, before considering taking the exam.

Wondering why the Botanist Certification is so important? Check out this wonderful article on the CNPS Blog.

If you are interested to register for the exam, please visit the Botanist Certification website or contact Catherine Curley, Assistant Botanist for the Rare Plant Program, at ccurley@cnps.org, with questions.

CNPS Garden Ambassadors

Are you passionate about California native gardening?  Ready to inspire others?  Become a CNPS Garden Ambassador!

CNPS Garden Ambassadors are a community of individuals who are willing to share their enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge to demonstrate the beauty and possibilities of California native plant gardens.  As an ambassador, you will help kick-start a movement in California native landscaping, and inspire others to “restore nature one garden at a time.”  You will make a difference in your community, and receive lots of ambassador rewards and recognition too!

There are many ambassador activities for you to choose from depending on your interests and experience.  Here are a few ways you can be involved:

  • Share photographs of your California native garden.
  • Host garden talks/visitor events in your garden.
  • Contribute to CNPS Garden Ambassador social media.
  • Participate in CNPS Garden Tours and events.
  • Volunteer at retail nurseries to educate customers about California native plants.
  • Teach workshops on California native gardening.

To acknowledge and honor all of your enthusiasm and dedication, here are a few fun rewards you will receive!

  • CNPS Membership Discount
  • Annual Nursery and CNPS Store Discount
  • CNPS Garden Ambassador of the Month recognition
  • Garden Ambassador Appreciation Events
  • Profile featured on the Garden Ambassador webpage
  • Free CNPS Natives Live Here sign
  • Brochure about your garden
  • Photography of your landscape
  • Garden Ambassador name tag, and more!

 

Apply for the Garden Ambassador program today!  Click here to complete the online questionnaire: http://bit.ly/2gQu4QY

 

Legislation update: #ReformOHV and SB249

California state vehicle recreation area

Uncontrolled riding yields a scarred landscape at a California State vehicle recreation area. Photo/Friends of Tesla Park

SB 249 is a bill introduced by Senator Ben Allen (Santa Monica) to repair, reduce and prevent Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) damage to California’s natural and cultural resources. (See the most recent July –September 2017 CNPS Bulletin for a complete report on SB 249.)

Following much debate and many amendments, SB 249 is nearing the end of the legislative process. It has passed out of Senate committees and the Senate floor and the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee. It is now pending in the Assembly Appropriations Committee prior to consideration of the full Assembly.

SB 249 focuses on three key areas for improvement:

Greater Environmental Protection – SB 249 improves transparency and clarifies commonsense steps to protect sensitive cultural and natural resources. The science of conservation continuously changes and managing OHV recreation needs to change with it.

Better Value for Our Dollars – The State Parks OHV Program enjoys a substantial 100% surplus ($117.5M in 2017/18) and yet illegal riding and resource damage continues to be a serious problem.  The State needs to do a better job enforcing laws and protecting resources on state, federal and private lands with the funding they have available.

Accountable Management – SB 249 clarifies State Parks organization and management to improve efficiency and transparency.

How You Can Help

SB 249 continues to face considerable resistance from opposition user groups and from the Department of Parks and Recreation. Additional amendments that weaken the legislation are a real possibility. Please make a phone call to your local Assembly member and ask him or her to support SB 249. Tell them you are a resident in their District and that the bill is needed to reform OHV recreation – protecting natural resources and recreational opportunities of all kinds – it is not a bill to destroy or stop legal riding. It is a win-win for California.