CHAPTER MEETING, ATASCADERO, Mar 5th 2020 Thursday – 7pm social, 7:30pm program
Kiwanis Hall, adjacent to clubhouse, Atascadero Lake
Kyle Nessen and Lynne Dee Althouse
Snakeroot, a common name for members of the genus Sanicula, has a long history in early medicinal records. Sanicle species are common in chaparral and woodlands in California. A less common, and very special species occupies moist, deep clay in coastal grasslands in California. Kyle Nessen and LynneDee Althouse will describe ongoing research funded by a San Luis Obispo project with fascinating results regarding propagation and protection of the rare adobe sanicle (Sanicula maritima). They partner with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in this research effort. Adobe sanicle is a state-listed rare plant, and easy to find at Laguna Lake Natural Reserve in the spring. Kyle and LynneDee will describe the sanicle’s biogeography, natural history of our local rare species, and findings from some of their
early research efforts, as well as plans for using technology to better understand its distribution and habitat requirements. Kyle is Botanist and LynneDee is a Principal Scientist at Althouse and Meade, Inc. a local biological consulting group.
From US 101 Take Hwy 41 west from Freeway. Continue past Portola Avenue stoplight, war memorial, park and zoo on the left, turn left on narrow Pismo Avenue immediately west of the zoo, continue to intersection with Avenal Avenue. Kiwanis Building is single story building on your left, with parking for Hall and Atascadero Lake Pavilion to the left.
From Morro Bay drive to the first stoplight (San Gabriel Rd.). Pismo Avenue is the second road to the right. continue to intersection with Avenal Avenue. Kiwanis Building is single story building on your left, with parking for Hall and Atascadero Lake Pavilion to the left.