The Bristlecone Chapter is small relative to other chapters of the California Native Plant Society elsewhere in the state, but we have a big impact! If you are an interested, environmentally-conscious person living and working in Inyo and Mono counties, we invite you to join us.
Membership Application (pdf)
- Come on on of our field trips or join us for an evening program
- Also check for programs in our southern sub-chapter, Creosote Ring
- Learn about a local conservation issue and become an active advocate
- Lead a field trip to one of your favorite areas
- Bring refreshments to a meeting
- Pitch in at a native plant garden work day or seed cleaning party
- Assist in organizing a banquet or Sierra Spring Sojourn
- Contribute articles or photos to the chapter newsletter or website
- Volunteer to work with school children or with other local groups who request our expertise
- Facilitate preparation and distribution of the chapter newsletter or help publicize upcoming events
- Help clean litter from our section of Highway 395
- Contact another member and volunteer your time or suggest new ideas
- Check the newsletters and website for these and other volunteer opportunities
The Chapter is lead by a board of directors (see membership application). Volunteers take charge of sales of books, t-shirts and posters. We also have a webmaster and someone responsible for publicity for our many programs and field trips. The board meets every other month and members are welcome to attend. Officers are nominated by a nominating committee, elected by the membership, and serve one-year, renewable terms.
Originally formed in 1965, the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professional with a common interest in California's native plants. The Society, working through its 32 local chapters, seeks to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations.
For years, the establishment of a local eastern Sierra chapter of CNPS had been a vision in the mind of Mary DeDecker, noted botanist and conservationist for Independence. Two major factors for establishing a local chapter of CNPS included the unique floristic environment of the "other side" of the Sierra and the need to protect the Owens Valley from the loss of vegetation due to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's groundwater pumping activities. With enough environmentally-conscious, interested people living and working in inyo and Mono counties, the time seemed ripe in 1982 to start a new CNPS Chapter. Consequently, on March 31, 1982, the Bristlecone Chapter was formed. This chapter was unanimously named Bristlecone in honor of the famous bristlecone pine, Pinus longaeva, nature's oldest living tree found in the high desert mountains of Inyo and Mono counties.