Workshop: Identifying Invasive Oak Pests and Diseases in San Luis Obispo County

April 20, 2017 @ Atascadero Library 6555 Capistrano Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422
**FREE Workshop & DPR CEU’s are applied for**
Agenda:
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Check-In
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Welcome and Introductions Lauren Brown, California Native Plant Society, San Luis Obispo County
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Goldspotted Oak Borer: Life Cycle, Identification and Management Speaker: Kevin Turner and Kim Corella, Cal Fire
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Identification, Impact and Management of Shot Hole Borer Speaker: Akif Eskalen, University of California, Riverside
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Sudden Oak Death: Identification and Management Speaker: Kerri Frangioso, University of California, Davis
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Questions for speakers

Growing Grounds Farm Plant Sale

Growing Grounds Farm is a non-profit wholesale nursery located in San Luis Obispo. Growing Grounds offers California natives, Mediterranean perennials, succulents, restoration and mitigation plants, a wide variety of grasses, and a selection of perennial herbs.

Growing Grounds Farm is a wholesale nursery and does not sell directly to the public except on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m

Irish Hills Exploration

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, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

Rain cancels

Wind Wolves Preserve

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, bill.waycott@gmail.com

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Pecho Ranch CANCELLED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO RAINMdO

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, bill.waycott@gmail.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.

Rain cancels

 

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

Spring La Purisima Burton Mesa Wildflower Walk

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, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip Meeting at Carrizo Plain

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.

For more information contact: George Butterworth, (805) 438-3641, gbutterworth8@gmail.com or Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com. Rain cancels.

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