Dedicated to the preservation of California's native plants
The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.
Author: WOODY FREY, Professor emeritus, OH Department, CalPoly, San Luis Obispo. This article was first published in Pacific Horticulture and is reprinted here with permission. Six miles north of San Luis Obispo, California, up a winding road off Highway 101 at an...read more
The purpose of the SOD Blitz is to inform and educate the community about the disease and its effects, get locals involved in detecting the disease, and produce detailed local maps of disease distribution. The maps can then be used to identify those areas where the infestation may be mild enough to justify proactive management.read more
OCTOBER SEED EXCHANGE – Marti Rutherford There WILL be a seed exchange at our October meeting, and so we will need seeds. Many of our natives are just beginning to flower. But seed set has already occurred on some plants, such as manzanita. So keep your observational skills tuned and your collecting bags ready. Don’t forget the flowers that bloom in the summer and early fall.
NEW VEGETATION COMMITTEE BEING FORMED Are you interested in vegetation sampling? Do you have a favorite plant community, alliance or association? Then please contact Melissa Mooney, chair of the newly-enlivened Vegetation/Plant Communities committee of our SLO Chapter (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). We’ve been in touch with Julie Evens and Jennifer Buck of the State CNPS Vegetation Program, and will be coordinating with the folks in the East Bay Chapter who are doing similar work. First order of business will be to prioritize what communities need focus for possible assessment and mapping and lay out our goals. Serpentine communities? Morro manzanita maritime chaparral? Valley Oak Savanna? Get those ideas coming and lets do some sampling!
Wildflower Updates from our Community
OH MY GAWD! This is an exact quote from a CNPS member on seeing the super-bloom on the Carrizo Plain. Below is Marlin Harms’ picture of our ﬁeld trip. While national press has focussed on the wonderful color in the Temblors, there are great ﬂower displays on the west...
For those who want more in-depth wildflower updates, The Theodore Payne Foundation does a great job
Theodore Payne Wildflower Hotline
818-768-1802 extension 7
- 0101.April.Saturdayhttp://cnpsslo.org/event/malcolm-mcleod-annual-field-trip-meeting-at-carrizo-plain/Santa Margarita Park and RideUS-101 & El Camino Real & US-101, Santa Margarita, CA 93453, USA
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8:00 am
Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip Meeting at Carrizo Plain
Join us to explore and appreciate the remarkable and unique display of annual and perennial spring wildﬂowers in eastern San Luis Obispo County. This could be the BIG YEAR in this giant swath of undisturbed California Prairie. Remember, this is a remote area, so make sure you have plenty of gas, water, as well as food.
Meet at the Santa Margarita park-and-ride (freeway exit, State Route 58 at Hwy 101) at 8:00 am. We will caravan from there with a brief stop at Shell Creek. You may be able to carpool with someone, so it is recommended to arrange your ride ahead of time, or jump in with others at the meeting place. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, bring sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing for warmth, as needed.
- 0202.April.Sundayhttp://cnpsslo.org/event/spring-la-purisima-burton-mesa-wild%ef%ac%82ower-walk/La Purisima Mission2295 Purisima Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436, USA
Sunday 2 April 2017 9 AM
CNPS, LVBHS, and Sierra Club Spring La Purisima Burton Mesa Wildﬂower Walk
Meet at the La Purisima Mission Parking Lot, corner of Purisima and Mission Gate Rds. (2295 Purisima Rd. Lompoc) at 9 AM for this annual California Native Plant Society and Sierra Club spring tour of the beauties of the Burton Mesa Chaparral. This should be a great year for wildﬂowers, annuals as well as shrubs; Optional afternoon tour.
Sturdy shoes, lunch & liquids, camera and binoculars advised. For more information, call Charlie at 733-3189 Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 am, Pecho Ranch, (PG&E property) near Montaña de Oro State Park. This is an RSVP only ﬁeld trip open to 40 CNPS members.
Details will be available in the April Obispoensis and via e-mail announcements. To place your name on the list, contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, email@example.com.
- 0808.April.Saturdayhttp://cnpsslo.org/event/pecho-ranch/Pecho RanchPecho Valley Rd, Los Osos, CA 93402, USA
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 am, Pecho Ranch, (PG&E property) near Montaña de Oro State Park
We will walk to the top of the ridge road, located on the north ranch. As we ascend the road, you will see the habitats change from coastal sage scrub to chaparral and bishop pine forest. The top of the road offers a view of Morro Bay and the Coon Creek drainage. Total distance is 5 miles, elevation gain is 800 ft., three hours.
This is an RSVP only field trip open to 40 CNPS members. To place your name on the list and receive details about this field trip, contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, firstname.lastname@example.org. Bill will ask for some personal contact information to be forwarded to PG&E.
Deadline to sign up for this field trip is March 25th.
We will meet at the Point Buchon Trail check-in station. See map here: https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/in-your-community/local-environment/diablo-canyon-trails/point-buchon-trail.page
- 0909.April.Sundayhttp://cnpsslo.org/event/wind-wolves-preserve/Wind Wolves Preserve39611 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399, USA
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 9:00 am
Wind Wolves Preserve
16019 Maricopa Highway (State Route 166), between Maricopa, CA and Interstate 5.
Join us for a daylong visit to Wind Wolves Preserve, part of the Wildlands Conservancy, located on the north slope of the Transverse Ranges, east of Maricopa, CA.
This area has spectacular open spaces with carpets of wildﬂowers that stretch up into pine forests.
We will meet outside the administration building at 9:00 am.
Be sure to bring water, food, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing for warmth, as needed.
Carpooling is available.
RSVP if you plan to participate: Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, email@example.com
- 1616.April.Sundayhttp://cnpsslo.org/event/irish-hills-exploration/Irish Hills Trailhead1691 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA
Sunday, April 16th, 1:00 p.m
Join us for a plant walk from the Madonna Road trailhead (southwestern terminus of Madonna Rd.) into the upper reaches of the Irish Hills Open Space.
The vast majority of soils in this area are derived from serpentine, which is a metamorphic rock, high in magnesium and iron, while low in calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. The excess magnesium in combination with low levels of calcium, phosphorus, and potassium create a stressful environment for plant growth, and therefore inhibit the growth of the vast majority of both native and introduced species. The unique assortment of plants that do grow in the Irish Hills and on other serpentine-based outcrops surrounding San Luis Obispo, make for an exceptional mixture, which we will see in bloom on this walk. A plant list will be provided.
The length is 5 miles, 700 ft. elevation gain, 3 hours. Be sure to bring water, food, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing, as needed.
Contact: Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, firstname.lastname@example.org.