CNPS SLO Chapter Meeting
December 3, 2020, 7 pm
Bryant Baker, Conservation Director @Los Padres ForestWatch
From the Ashes: A Journey Through the Post-fire Landscape
Bryant will take us on an exploration of post-fire landscapes along the Central Coast and in the Sierra Nevada. Learn about how native plants cope with fire, see how mountain slopes transform over the years after burning, and find out about the latest research on forest and chaparral fire ecology. He will also discuss some the biggest misconceptions about wildfire, and what we can learn from this year’s record-breaking fires from around the state.
Los Padres ForestWatch is a nonprofit conservation organization that works to protect the Los Padres National Forest and other public lands along the Central Coast. For the last several years, Bryant has worked on everything from protecting the Carrizo Plain National Monument’s designation to stopping commercial logging in our local national forest. In addition to his work at ForestWatch, Bryant also conducts research with the California Chaparral Institute, where he focuses on broadening our understanding of native shrublands and the threats they face throughout the state. You can preview some of his amazing photography and follow his educational adventures on Instagram @bryant.the.shrublander.
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ATASCADERO, Mar 5th 2020 Thursday – 7pm social, 7:30pm program
Kiwanis Hall, adjacent to clubhouse, Atascadero Lake
Program presented by Kyle Nessen and Lynne Dee Althouse
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.
See https://cnpsslo.org/2020/02/chapter-meeting-rare-plant-meets-new-technology-snakeroot-science/ for more information
Program speaker: Ann Howald
Mixer and Browse Sales Table 7:00 pm, Program 7:30 pm
Ann is a retired botanist who attended UC Santa Barbara, and was a teacher, consultant, and agency botanist during her working life. Her retirement project is to complete an annotated checklist of the plants of Mono County, where she now lives in the summer in her Airstream trailer, a used model refurbished as her botany lab. Her winter work takes her to herbaria all over the state, where she studies plant collections from Mono County made by others. She also is a fieldtrip leader and weed puller for the Milo Baker and Bristlecone chapters of CNPS.
Annual Potluck Banquet
Saturday, January 11, 2020
$10 per person, plus a pot luck item for the dinner
Morro Bay Veterans Memorial Building
209 Surf St, Morro Bay
Social Hour – 5:30 pm
Buffet Style Potluck Dinner – 6:30 pm
Chapter business – 7:30 pm
Program – 8:00 pm
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CHAPTER MEETING Dec 5th 2019 – Thursday – 7pm, social, 7:30pm program
Place to Land: Conserving Habitats for People, Plants, and Wildlife
Daniel Bohlman and Lindsey Roddick of the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County
The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County has been protecting diverse landscapes throughout San Luis Obispo County for the last 30 years. Land conservation has had intentional and unintentionally benefits for rare and common plants. Daniel Bohlman and Lindsey Roddick of the Land Conservancy will share how this non-profit organization has succeeded in protected important landscapes and how those conservation actions have benefited natural communities throughout San Luis Obispo County.
Daniel Bohlman has worked on conserving the Central Coast for the last 18 years through his work at The Nature Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and for the last 14 years at The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. He is currently the Deputy Director and works closely with local land owners to preserve the Central Coast landscape.
Lindsey Roddick is the Senior Restoration Ecologist at The Land Conservancy and ensures stewardship of the land under The Land Conservancy’s care is ecologically sound and provides for long-term health of the landscape.
Please join us on Thursday November 7 for a talk titled “Can you be a Sprouting Pine Nut?” about a plant community with some notoriety in our neck of the woods: Monterey Pine Forest. The story isn’t about the trees, which seem to grow everywhere in the California landscape and are found around the world in vast plantations – the story is about the natural Monterey Pine Forests of the Central Coast and the biological, economic and inspirational values these plant communities sustain. Nikki is a Central Coast native who will share the ecological story about Monterey Pine Forests and how a small group of pine enthusiasts in Carmel came together nearly 30 years ago to advocate for the conservation of native forest habitat.
Nikki Nedeff is a Monterey County native with an enduring love of wild places and open spaces. Her professional experience spans more than three decades with non-profit conservation organizations and public resource management agencies in land acquisition and stewardship positions. Nikki’s academic background includes degrees in Biogeography from UC Berkeley, where her graduate work focused on riparian plant ecology. She teaches plant community ecology each spring at California State University Monterey Bay and works with the Big Sur Land Trust as Associate Director of Conservation. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The October meeting of the California Native Plant Society will take place on Thursday evening, October 3rd, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the SLO Vets’ Hall, 801 Grand Ave. in San Luis Obispo. The first third of the meeting will be devoted to a California native seed exchange. If you have an interest in planting native seeds and/or have native seeds to share with others, you are asked to come prepared to participate. During the meeting, seed traders will share their tips on how to plant the seeds and grow the plants they brought to share.
The second part of the meeting will feature presentations by local members, reporting on botanical places of interest they visited during the summer. Join us for refreshments (please bring a dessert to share) and some exciting photographs and stories of forays into the wild. If you would like to present some of your tales of discovery out in nature, bring your photos in a viewable format to the meeting, on a thumb drive, or you can e-mail your photos to David Chipping email@example.com) 24 hours before the meeting. Show your pictures… plants. mountains, birds or anything you would like to share; 10-15 slides per person. Dave can also answer any questions about formatting your photos, noting that progressive title slide numbering or alphabetization works in preserving slide order.
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.
CHAPTER MEETING June 6th 2019 – Thursday – 7:00 pm
7:00 social, 7:30 program
Veteran’s Hall, Grand Avenue at Monterey, San Luis Obispo
Reed Kenny, MS Candidate, Cal Poly, CNPS McLeod Scholar, Floristic Survey of Halter Ranch, San Luis Obispo County,
Halter Ranch, a portion of which is a working winery, is approximately 2,000 acres in size and has areas of intact oak woodland, grassland and manzanita chaparral. Located in northern SLO County near Adelaida, it includes portions of the historic MacGillivary Ranch, which hasn’t been surveyed by botanists since 1984, and additional areas that may not have been surveyed at all. This talk will summarize the results of this season’s field surveys.
With Dr.’s Matt Ritter and Dave Keil, Cal Poly.
Paul Excoffier, MS Candidate, Cal Poly, CNPS McLeod Scholar, Climate Change and San Joaquin Woollythreads (Monolopia congdonii)
San Joaquin woollythreads, Federally-listed as Endangered, was historically found throughout the rain shadow of the southern Coast Ranges. However, the current range of M. congdonii has been greatly reduced by habitat loss. Current conservation strategies for M. congdonii focus on conserving extant populations and re-establishing populations within its historic range. However, climate change represents a key unknown in determining if these strategies will be successful. This talk will discuss work in progress on testing the performance of M. condonii and other winter annual species under simulated future climates and investigation of its seed longevity.
With Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna, Cal Poly, and Ryan O’Dell, Bureau of Land Management.
March 7, 2019, Thursday, 7 pm
Atascadero Kiwanis Hall
Mixer and Browse Sales Table 7 pm, Program 7:30 pm
The native cacti of California are wonderful, but they are new-comers …
Cacti originated in South America and evolved there for millions of years before any cactus was able to migrate to North America. In South America, there are still cacti that are ordinary leafy trees, cacti adapted to jungles, others that are at home next to snow banks high in the Andes. Argentina has giant columnar cacti that look like California’s saguaros, and nearby grow dwarf cacti that are smaller than your little finger when mature and flowering. Many cacti have spines that are modified into glands that secrete nectar: the cacti have a bargain with ants, trading a bit of sugar water for protection against mites.
James Mauseth is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, and a world-famous plant anatomist and cactus expert. An award-winning teacher, he has been invited to teach Plant Anatomy at Cal Poly this quarter. Jim’s specialty is plant anatomy, studying the cells and tissues of cacti and comparing them to the equivalent parts of plants that have more ordinary structures typical of non-succulent plants. He has traveled extensively in South America, and is a Fellow of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. He will present a talk entitled The Evolution and Diversity of Cacti.