President’s Notes – March 2017 Obispoensis |At CNPS-SLO, we are involved in our communities!! Here are a good few examples.

Students at Los Osos Middle School listening to John Chesnut discuss planting technique.

CNPS volunteers participated in the Los Osos Middle School landscape planting day, in mid-January. All 7th and 8th Grade science classes took turns pulling weeds, preparing soil, and transplanting CA native plants into the landscape they had prepared at the school. The very significant thing about this ongoing project is that the plants used in this exercise were all started by the students from seed and then propagated to mature, one gallon plants in the school’s garden greenhouses. John Chesnut and Susi Bernstein are the masterminds of this work, along with the two dynamic science teachers, Mrs. Stoneman and Mr. Hopkins. There is interest to spread this hands-on learning to other schools in the county, so stay tuned!

Volunteers at the SLO Creek restoration workday at the Mission Plaza

Forty-five volunteers participated in the SLO Creek restoration workday at the Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo in late January. Invasive weeds were removed and CA native plants were added to slopes on either side of the creek. This is an on-going project with the goal of returning this riparian corridor to its once majestic splendor. The next workday will be Sunday, Feb. 26th at 10:00 am.


Volunteers receiving instructions before being deployed to work on trails at Montaña de Oro State Park

Over two hundred volunteers spent the morning working on the trails of Montaña de Oro State Park, recently during Super Bowl Sunday. This work has become a tradition on this Sunday, sponsored by the Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers (CCCMB). People came to clear trails, open up drains and water bars, and set things right for the next six months. Trails change and need re-work throughout the year. Through the efforts of CCCMB, CNPS and other user groups, we all give some love back to the community on these workdays, to support the extensive network of trails available to us in this county. We are fortunate to have a strong trail alliance that maintains this critical means of access into the back country for all trail users!

Bryophyte enthusiasts combing the hillside for mosses and liverworts in the verdant landscape

On a Saturday in mid-February, 25 passionate botanists met at Cal Poly Canyon to hunt for bryophytes, the small, non-vascular plants such as mosses and liverworts growing in damp places. With the good rainfall we have received in San Luis Obispo this year, the outing was successful in finding more than 20 species. During the walk, samples were collected for viewing under magnification in the botany lab at the end of the outing. We are grateful to Paul Wilson and Joe Flynn for preparing the field trip so that we neophytes could get a solid grasp of these tiny, nearly microscopic plants. This is where the phenomenon of “belly botany” is often performed and where an appreciation for the diminutive plant world really comes to light!

Volunteers receiving instructions before being deployed Bryophyte enthusiasts combing the hillside for mosses
to work on trails at Montaña de Oro State Park. and liverworts in the verdant landscape.