CNPS went live with past week with the new Calscape feature whereby users can search for host plants by butterfly species and location. (https://www.cnps.org/news-releases/help-for-the-insect-apocalypse-calscape-adds-host-plant-information-for-california-native-butterflies-and-moths-16245). This exciting addition to the Calscape website occurred during National Pollinator Week and is a tangible way ordinary folks can play a part in halting the dramatic insect decline.
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- 01http://cnpsslo.org/event/chapter-meeting-august-1/7:00 pm-9:00 pm08-01-2019SLO Vets Hall801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA
CNPS will hold its first-ever meeting in August, on Thursday, August 1st, at the SLO Vets’ Hall at 7:00 pm. The featured speaker will Greg Rubin, an expert in native residential landscape design with special emphasis on fire resistant species. Greg will talk on his experience in Southern California, working in chaparral ecosystems. He will present the current approach to best practices for fire-safe plant selection and placement in suburban environs.
Greg Rubin, President and Founder of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. is a licensed landscape contractor who has worked with California native plants since 1985. His company has designed over 700 native landscapes in Southern California.Specialties include residential, commercial, and institutional landscapes that cover an array of garden styles, while providing year-round appeal, low maintenance, water efficiency, rich habitat, and fire-resistance. Greg has been featured in a number of periodicals including the Wall Street Journal, San Diego Union Tribune and Los Angeles Times, and magazines such as Sunset, San Diego Home and Garden, California Gardener and Kiplinger’s. Media coverage includes repeat appearances on NPR. Greg regularly gives presentations and workshops on native plants to conferences, garden clubs and other organizations throughout Southern California. Greg is co-author of a new book with Lucy Warren, “The California Native Landscape: The Homeowners’ Design Guide to Restoring its Beauty and Balance”, published by Timber Press. This popular native horticultural work covers all aspects of native landscape design. Greg also served on the boards of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, California Native Plant Society, the Lux Art Institute, and the Garden Native foundation.
- 03http://cnpsslo.org/event/mountain-bike-ride-and-hike-to-cone-peak-big-sur/All day08-03-2019Junction of Nacimiento-Fergusson Road and Coast Ridge RoadForest Rte 22S05, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Ride the Coast Ridge Road to the Cone Peak trailhead, then hike to the summit (5,155 ft.) and return. Along the way, take in the amazing views and see some rare plants – Santa Lucia fir and Sugar pine.
Meet at the junction of Nacimiento-Fergusson Road and Coast Ridge Road (36°00’35.7″N 121°27’08.3″W) at 10:30 am. For a carpool option, meet either at Santa Rosa Park in San Luis Obispo at 7:30 am or at the Washburn Day Use Area of San Simeon State Park, 1.5 miles north of Cambria (35°35’40.7″N 121°07’27.2″W), 8:20 am.
The bike ride is 11 miles round trip to the Cone Peak trailhead and back.The hike is 5 miles round trip. Bring a helmet, water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, as well as shoes/boots and a hat for the hike. Also, bring a cable lock for your bike to use during the hike. For those interested in carpooling, a pickup truck is preferable to transport others and their gear. Contact Bill, 805-459-2103.