Eight months per year, a special speaker or program is planned in keeping with the CNPS-SLO mission. Chapter meetings are generally held the first Thursday of the month at the San Luis Obispo Vets Hall on Grande Ave near the corner of Monterey Street. We do not schedule a meeting in July, August, September, and January. Come at 7:00 to socialize, enjoy refreshments, and browse the book table. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. with some brief announcements before the program begins.
OCTOBER SEED EXCHANGE - Marti Rutherford The seed exchange is back. The workshop time slot (6.00-7.15) before the October meeting is reserved for our second seed exchange. So think seed collection. There will be a few minor differences. There has been a request to...
We have a very active chapter membership who love to get together to explore old special spots and discover new favorites. Generally, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! Many of our field trips are loosely organized – just show up at the noted time and location. There are a few field trips, however, that are by reservation only so please read each description carefully. All upcoming Field Trips are shown on our calendar.
If you would like to share a photograph or two from a field trip you’ve attended with CNPS-SLO, please use this form
Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a serious exotic disease, is threatening the survival of tanoak and several oak species in California. As of 2013, SOD is found in 14 coastal California counties, from Monterey to Humboldt.
Researchers have discovered that Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen that causes SOD, spreads most often on infected California bay laurel leaves. Some management options are available, but they are effective only if implemented before oaks and tanoaks are infected; hence, timely detection of the disease on bay laurel leaves is essential for a successful proactive attempt to slow down the SOD epidemic.
CNPS-SLO Annual SOD Blitz
The SOD Blitz informs and educates the community about the disease and its effects, gets locals involved in detecting the disease, and produces detailed local maps of disease distribution. The map can then be used to identify those areas where the infestation may be mild enough to justify proactive management.
- A community meeting/training session held on a Friday evening in May, followed by collection of leaf samples by volunteers on Saturday and Sunday.
- Samples and accompanying forms are then turned in at a central location Saturday and Sunday afternoon/evenings.
- We provide a list of recommended areas for sampling at the meeting and divide into groups.
We participate in fairs, markets, and shows in the county that have an ecological, environmental or plant focus, including the Cambria Wildflower Show, events at the Botannical Garden, and the collaborative Morro Coast Audubon Society and CNPS picnic at Santa Margarita Lake to name a few. And we occasionally have a booth at the SLO Farmer’s Market thursday nights — look for us there! All upcoming Community Events are shown on our calendar.
HOOVER HERBARIUM VOLUNTEER SESSIONS
Please join Jenn Yost and Dave Keil on Mondays from 1 – 3 pm and Fridays from 9 – 11 am. Come and adopt your favorite group of plants while working on a vouchered collection for The Flora of SLO County. We will be processing new collections, mounting, annotating, and accessioning plant collections from around San Luis Obispo County. No experience is necessary. You will receive full instructions. By helping out, you will be preserving collections for future scientiﬁc research and learning about our ﬂora and new names in the process. Questions and RSVP to Jenn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks all, Jenn
PLANT SALE FUNDRAISER
Fall is the best time to plant natives, and we hold our annual plant sale fundraiser the first Saturday in November. Plants are grown by members and special purchases are made to resell, and there are plenty of native plant experts on hand to offer advice and information about planting natives in your garden. If you would like to volunteer to work at our plant sale, please fill out this form.
Our annual Potluck Banquet is held the third Saturday in January with social hour beginning at 5:30 pm and a keynote speaker presenting a don’t-miss program following dinner.
We provide refreshments and table settings and we ask that you bring your own eating utensils (although plastic utensils are available).
Tickets at $10 per person are available for purchase on our website or if you prefer, you may send payment to D. Krause, 2706 Newton Drive, Cambria, CA, 93428.
Questions? Contact David Krause at email@example.com or 805-927-5182 for information about our next banquet.
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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, email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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, email@example.com.