2012 DeDecker Botanical Grant Awards
The Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has recently awarded these grants for botanical projects. The Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant Program annually awards funding for projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of our region’s unique native flora.
These grants are supported by the annual native plant sale. Persons funded are required to report on their research findings or how they used the grant money.
Graduate Student project recipients:
Joy England, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, “The vascular flora of Little Lakes Valley and Rock Creek Canyon, Eastern Sierra Nevada, California”
Will Wetzel, University of California, Davis, “The susceptibility of big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) to gall-making insects”
Local project recipients:
Maureen Finnerty, Devils Postpile National Monument, “Continue the involvement of Native American youth in the First Bloom program through the purchase of native plants and educational signage for the First Bloom native plant garden plot in the Bishop community garden”
Leslie Dawson and Sherry Taylor, Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (VESR), Native Plant Project. The Native Plant Project enhances the Mammoth Elementary School biological curriculum through hands-on learning. Fourth-grade children grow native plants from seed and plant the seedlings at Cerro Coso Community College. Fourth- and fifth-grade children participate in a week-long summer camp called Where Wild Things Grow.