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Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

Spring Flower - Mojave Woodyaster

Mojave Woodyaster, Black Canyon,
Photo by Larry Blakely

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a state-wide 501(c)3 non-profit organization of lay persons and professionals who share an interest in California’s native plants. The Society, working through its local chapters, seeks to increase the understanding of California’s native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to all.

The Bristlecone Chapter covers all of Mono and Inyo Counties and northeastern Kern County, an area that includes the east slope of the Sierra Nevada, the Northern Mojave Desert, the Inyo and White Mountains, and the Owens Valley. The southern end of the Bristlecone Chapter’s geographically large territory, in and around the Indian Wells Valley, has its own sub-chapter, Creosote Ring.

News:

The July-August 2015 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is August 15th.

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Upcoming CNPS Events

Field Trips, Meetings, and other events of interest scheduled for the next month or so – for more events, including non-CNPS events which may be of interest to our members, see our Events Page.

CNPS Event July 4, Saturday, 8:30am: Golden Trout Lake, Leader: Sue Weis, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip

Strenuous 3 mile hike (6 miles round trip), but we may find some RPTH plants that haven’t been visited for a long time. New trail for me, but sounds interesting. Bring a lunch, sun gear, good shoes, for a full day hike. Meet at Forest Service west parking lot, off West Line on Pacu Lane, at 8:30 am. For more information call Sue Weis at 760-873-3485 or at sueweis@aol.com.

CNPS Event July 6-8, Tuesday-Wednesday: Introduction to Plant Family Identification, CNPS Education Workshop

Save the Date! For updates or more details - see CNPS Education Workshops page

Taught by: David L. Magney
Location: Sagehen Field Station, Truckee

July 7, Tuesday, 7pm: Sources of Bacterial Contamination in Eastern Sierra Nevada Streams, Dr. Roland Knapp, Research Biologist, SNARL, UC Santa Barbara (SNARL Lecture) - note new venue!

Lectures are held 7 PM Tuesday evenings at the Page Center at SNARL (1016 Mount Morrison Road). Admission is free and the public is invited. Not suited for young children. Lectures last approximately one hour. For more information contact Annie Barrett, anne.barrett@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5655, Or Kim Rose, krose@ucsb.edu; 805-893-5654. For more of the SNARL Spring Lecture Series, see this year's flyer: SNARL 2015 Lecture Series (pdf).

July 10-12, Friday-Sunday: Mono Basin Natural History: Aquatic & Terrestrial Habitats, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

The Mono Basin is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the continent; this field seminar will be an overview of the varied habitats that are found here. We will enjoy the rich diversity of mammals, butterflies, wildflowers, trees, and other plants as we explore the Mono Basin, and a major focus of this seminar will be the identification and ecology of birds that breed here. A kayaking exploration of Mono's south shore is included in this class. David Wimpfheimer has been educating and interpreting birds and California's natural history for over 20 years. $245 per person / $230 for members. More information and registration...

July 11, Saturday, 7:30am: Monthly COSA Bird Walk & Census, Eastern Sierra Audubon

Audubon volunteers lead monthly bird walks on the second Saturday of each month (unless otherwise indicated). We meet at 7:30 am in June, July, August, and September, and 8:30 am the rest of the year. Meet at the trailhead behind the BLM/Forest Service Building on West Line Street, and we will walk from there to the Bishop Paiute Tribe's Conservation Open Space Area. We are keeping species lists and observing behavior as well as identifying birds, for the purpose of creating bird lists for the site. We hope to see you there!

All are welcome - these walks are for birders of ALL LEVELS, beginners included! We will bring extra binoculars and field guides to share. Please meet at 8:30am at the BLM/Forest Service Building on West Line Street in Bishop. Contact Hillary Behr for more information, or if you are interested in leading a future monthly walk: hillarybehr@yahoo.com.

July 16-19, Thursday-Sunday, Jepson Herbarium Workshop: Advanced Grasses - Workshop Full: Wait List Only

Location: SFSU Field Campus, Yuba Pass
Instructor: Travis Columbus

For those who have taken the introductory workshop or have experience with grass identification, the advanced grasses workshop offers a greater variety of California genera and species for study, more practice with keying, and more genera to learn on sight. Time will be split between the lab and field. Completion of the Poaceae workshop, or equivalent prior experience, is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of grasses to share with the group. Hiking will be easy to moderate. Read more...

Workshop fee ($490/$530) includes instruction, tent or tent cabin camping at the Field Station, and meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. Accommodations include showers, toilets, and potable water.

Registration information available at ucjeps.berkeley.edu/workshops/2015/regform_2015.html or call the Jepson Herbarium: (510) 643-7008.

July 17-19, Friday-Sunday: Insects & Plants: An Ecological Marriage for the Ages, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

Explore the complex, intimate relationships and attractions between insects and plants, including the threats to this essential relationship and how cultures, artists, and poets have interpreted this "marriage for the ages." Richard Potashin is a longtime Eastern Sierra resident who, in a previous life as a landscape gardener, developed a passion for native flora. Nancy Hadlock has been a naturalist, interpreter, and educator for the National Park Service and US Forest Service for over 30 years. $165 per person / $150 for members. More information and registration...

CNPS Event July 18, Saturday, 7am: Upper Convict Creek and Mildred Lake Basin. Leader: Jerry Zatorski. Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip

Mildred Lake basin is known as one of the few locations for two rare California native shrub species, Short-fruited willow, Salix brachycarpa, and Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. Aside from these rare shrubs there are also an additional handful of other rare species, hard to find elsewhere in the Eastern Sierra. The hike up to Mildred Lake is about 6 miles one way with a round trip of 12 miles, beginning at 7621’ going up to 9800’. This is a moderate to strenuous trek for most hikers, and participants should be in good hiking condition at high elevation. We should be back down by late afternoon. Participants should bring lunch, snacks and plenty of fluids, field guides, hand lens. Don’t forget binoculars! This is also an excellent place to see and hear many breeding bird species. Dress for the weather, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes... We will meet at 7:00 AM at the Convict Lake trailhead (1.7 miles S of US 395 on Convict Lake Rd the parking lot is a right turn before Convict Lake Resort). For more information contact Jerry at 760-387-2920 or jerryzat@gmail.com.

CNPS Event July 18, Saturday, Joint Bristlecone Chapter-Friends of the Inyo Field Trip: Coyote Plateau. Leaders: Julie Anne Hopkins from CNPS and Jora Fogg from Friends of the Inyo

Join Friends of the Inyo and CNPS Bristlecone Chapter for an exploration of the Coyote Plateau with a special emphasis on alpine wildflowers. We will explore the central plateau by 4WD but some moderate hiking to look at flowers will be incorporated.

Meet at Friends of the Inyo office at 819 N Barlow Ln, Bishop at 8:30am. We plan to return to vehicles no later than 3pm. Bring water, lunch, hiking shoes, sun protection, and cameras.

Contact: Julie Anne Hopkins at 831 566-6012.

July 18, Saturday: Los Angeles Aqueduct Tour, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

The Mono Basin extension of the Los Angeles Aqueduct began transporting water 350 miles south to the City of LA in 1941. Visit all the major aqueduct facilities in the Mono Basin and learn about the aqueduct's effects on Mono Lake, its tributary streams, the Upper Owens River, and land management in the area. The group will discuss the history of water diversions, the effort to save Mono Lake, and the future of habitat restoration. Greg Reis is the Committee's Information & Restoration Specialist with nearly 20 years of experience in Mono Basin hydrology and restoration. $105 per person / $95 for members. More information and registration...

July 19, Sunday: Mono Basin Streams: Flow, Fish, Forest, & Fowl, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

The new stream restoration agreement reached with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power will begin changing the Mono Basin's streams for better in the next few years. Join the Committee's Information & Restoration Specialist Greg Reis for a tour of Lee Vining and Rush creeks to see and discuss evolving restoration philosophies, the process of reaching the stream restoration agreement, and what the expected results are for flows, fish, trees, birds, mammals, and Mono Lake. $75 per person / $65 for members. More information and registration...

CNPS Event July 24-25, Saturday ( Friday optional): Glass Mountain Peak and Sawmill Meadow. Leaders: Michael Honer and Julie Anne Hopkins. Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip

We will explore the eastern flank and summit plateau of this obscure volcanic peak following a vague hiking trail near Sawmill Meadow. Starting in lodgepole and Jeffrey pine woodland, we’ll quickly ascend a deep pumice valley passing things like Penstemon newberryi, Monardella odoratissima, and Eriogonum lobbii. We’ll lunch on the wide summit plateau accompanied by dwarfed Pinus albicaulis, Penstemon speciosus, Astragalus monoensis, and Raillardella argentea. Stupendous 360-degree views of the Mono Basin, Adobe Valley, Long Valley, Sierra and White Mountain crests will be unavoidable.

The hiking distance is only about 2 miles, but with a 2000-foot elevation gain. So bring plenty of water, lunch, sun protection, and warm / windbreaking clothing because the weather could be quite variable. Good hiking boots and GAITERS are recommended. The trip back down will be a fun cross-country glissade down steep slopes on crunchy pumice the size and texture of Kix cereal.

Meet 9:00 AM Saturday July 25 along Sawmill Meadow road, appx ¼ mile NW of the meadow. We should return to the cars around 3:00.

OPTIONAL Overnight camp at Sawmill Meadow: Friday July 24, starting around 2pm: we’ll poke around this spring-fed meadow & nearby slopes looking for other interesting things.

Contact: Julie Anne Hopkins at 831 566-6012.

July 24-25, Friday-Saturday: Mono Basin Mammals for Kids, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

This class is designed for kids ages 6 to 12 and their adult companions (a parent or guardian must accompany kids taking this seminar) who are curious about the mammals found in the Mono Basin, from desert sand dunes to the forests and alpine meadows of the high Sierra. Through live-trapping and field observation of tracks, scat, burrowing, and the animals themselves, this seminar will introduce participants to the diversity of mammals found in Mono Basin, with an emphasis on kid-friendly instruction. John Harris is a Professor of Biology at Mills College whose interest in Mono's mammals began in 1975 while studying chipmunks as an undergraduate. $90 per person / $80 for members. More information and registration...

July 24-25, Friday-Saturday: The Eriogonum Society Annual Meeting, Reno, Nevada

This year we will explore the higher regions near Reno. We will have a slightly different format than in past years with identification held in the field rather than a lab. Those of you who attended our inaugural meeting in Reno please note that this meeting will feature sites not visited then. This event is open to Eriogonum Society and Nevada Native Plant Society members only. Please join either group to become eligible for registration. For more information, see their meeting page and their field trips page.

July 31-August 2, Friday-Sunday: Mono Basin & Bodie Photography, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

Join this warm and supportive field seminar to enhance your photo-taking abilities in the uniquely beautiful Mono Basin and at the world-renowned Bodie State Historic Park. Field trips and classroom sessions will combine to cover a multitude of photographic topics. Plus, the group will visit Bodie for after-hours evening access. David Gubernick is an internationally and nationally published and award-winning nature photographer and workshop leader. His exhibition prints can be seen at Gallery Sur in Carmel and the Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur. Limited to 12 participants. $300 per person / $275 for members. More information and registration...

July 31-August 2, Friday-Sunday: Introduction to High Country Plants & Habitats, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

This class will explore the mosaic of habitats found in the Eastern Sierra high country—flower-filled meadows fed by meandering streams, sagebrush-covered slopes, lodgepole pine forests, subalpine lakes bordered by willows, and flowery rock gardens. Sight identification of common trees, shrubs, and wildflowers will be emphasized, as well as the many ways that plants, birds, insects, and other wildlife interact in high country habitats. Ann Howald is a retired consulting botanist who has taught popular Committee field seminars for over ten years. $165 per person / $150 for members. More information and registration...

CNPS Event August 1, Saturday, 9am-11am: Second Mammoth Area Native Plant Sale of the summer

The second native plant sale of the summer has been scheduled for Saturday, August 1 from 9-11 am. See the linked flyer. All of the plants have been grown from seed collected locally. Proceeds go to the California Native plant Society, Bristlecone Chapter. If you have specific questions about growing conditions or care, it is best to email in advance because it is sometimes difficult to talk the day of the sale.

When: Saturday, August 1 9-11 AM
Where: 107 Sugar Pine Drive, Mammoth
Bring: A box to transport your new plants

Thanks to those of you who recycled the square plastic pots by returning them to my house. Feel free to bring pots back the day of the sale. Reminder, I only use the 1 quart tall square plastic pot and have no way of recycling other pots.

Mammoth holds 2-3 smaller sales of plants that will grow well in the Mammoth area each summer. Contact Mammoth Plant Sale Coordinator, Sherry Taylor, mammoth.plant.sales@bristleconecnps.org and ask to be put on her mailing list for future updates.

CNPS Event August 8, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Mono Pass (north). Leader: Michele Slaton

We will explore Bloody Canyon that leads to Mono Pass, between the Mono Lake Basin and Yosemite National Park. The hike will begin at about 8000 ft. at Walker Lake, and proceed up the steep trail about 5 miles, toward Mono Pass, at over 10,000 ft. We will hike through spectacular Jeffrey pine, fir, and western white pine forests, up into whitebark pine, mountain hemlock, and alpine zones. Our purpose will be to pursue a number of botanical mysteries! We will be looking to find and record the health of populations with sparse or uncertain occurrence and/or threat information on the Inyo National Forest, including alpine bentgrass (Agrostis humilis), Congdon’s sedge (Carex congdonii), Tioga pass sedge (Carex tiogana), and rock sandwort (Minuartia stricta). We will also explore the mysteries of 1880’s collections of Hall’s bush-mallow (Malacothamnus hallii), and Sierra milkvetch (Astragalus lentiginosus var. sierra) … the latter of which would be an extremely rare and important find if identified correctly!

There are options to day hike a short route, or to backpack in for 1 or 2 nights, so please contact Michèle Slaton (760-920-8693 or mslaton02@gmail.com) if you are thinking of coming, so that we can discuss logistics and secure permits.

August 8, Saturday, 7:30am: Monthly COSA Bird Walk & Census, Eastern Sierra Audubon

Audubon volunteers lead monthly bird walks on the second Saturday of each month (unless otherwise indicated). We meet at 7:30 am in June, July, August, and September, and 8:30 am the rest of the year. Meet at the trailhead behind the BLM/Forest Service Building on West Line Street, and we will walk from there to the Bishop Paiute Tribe's Conservation Open Space Area. We are keeping species lists and observing behavior as well as identifying birds, for the purpose of creating bird lists for the site. We hope to see you there!

All are welcome - these walks are for birders of ALL LEVELS, beginners included! We will bring extra binoculars and field guides to share. Please meet at 8:30am at the BLM/Forest Service Building on West Line Street in Bishop. Contact Hillary Behr for more information, or if you are interested in leading a future monthly walk: hillarybehr@yahoo.com.

August 13-16, Thursday-Sunday, Jepson Herbarium Workshop: The High and Wet Flora of the White Mountains - Workshop Full: Wait List Only

Location: Bishop and Crooked Creek Station, White Mountain Research Center
Instructor: Jim Morefield

Through driving tours and easy to moderate walks (up to about 3 miles), participants will have the opportunity to explore the southern half of the White Mountains, observing and identifying diverse flora and learning to recognize various geologic and ecologic settings that influence species distributions and adaptations. Thursday will be spent visiting lower-elevation wetland sites on our way up to our weekend base station at Crooked Creek (10,000 feet). Friday and Saturday will be spent visiting wetland and upland sites in various geologic settings at subalpine and alpine elevations (possibly up to 13,000 feet), depending on seasonal conditions. Sunday will include additional stops at lower elevation wetland sites as we leave the mountains. Hiking will be moderately strenuous. Read more...

Workshop fee ($510/$550) includes meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch, dormitory-style accommodations with indoor bathrooms and showers (or camping) at Crooked Creek Station, and some transportation. This workshop begins Thursday morning in Bishop.

Registration information available at ucjeps.berkeley.edu/workshops/2015/regform_2015.html or call the Jepson Herbarium: (510) 643-7008. Registration preference will be given to individuals who have not previously attended a Jepson-sponsored White Mountains Workshop.

August 14-16, Friday-Sunday: Geology of the Mono Basin, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

From volcanic craters to glacial moraines, earthquake faults to tufa towers, the Mono Basin displays some of the most unique, spectacular, and accessible geology anywhere in the world. This seminar, consisting mostly of field visits to the premier sites, will present in understandable fashion the geologic stories of the Mono Basin. Greg Stock is the first ever Yosemite National Park geologist. He has authored or co-authored over 50 papers and abstracts on Sierra Nevada geology, and is co-author of the book Geology Underfoot in Yosemite National Park. $165 per person / $150 for members. More information and registration...

August 20-21, Thursday-Friday: Birding the Migration: Mono Basin & Bridgeport Valley, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

The east slope of the Sierra Nevada is a major migration route for birds traveling from northern nesting areas to warm southern habitats. As a result, late summer is the time of year to see fall migrants and early arriving wintering birds in the Mono Basin and Bridgeport Valley. If the water level of Bridgeport Reservoir is high enough, this seminar will include a half-day of birding by boat. Dave Shuford has been a staff biologist at Point Blue Conservation Science for over 30 years. He has conducted numerous surveys and research projects in the Mono Basin and beyond and is well acquainted with where to find birds in the Eastern Sierra. $190 per person / $175 for members. More information and registration...

August 21-23, Friday-Sunday: Loosen Up with Watercolor, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

With larger brushes and brilliant transparent watercolor, learn to express your vision of the remarkable landscape of the Mono Basin through this field seminar. Painting exercises focusing on design and color will form the basis of this class for beginners to intermediate painters while working both indoors and outdoors. Instructor Penny Otwell paints professionally in the Sierra Nevada, and her distinctive syle has evolved as a self-taught painter. Her work has been influenced by the work of Chiura Obata, Maynard Dixon, Edgar Payne, and Wayne Thiebaud. $175 per person / $160 for members. More information and registration...

August 22-23, Saturday-Sunday, Jepson Herbarium Workshop: Late-Season Compositae - Workshop Full: Wait List Only

Location: UC Berkeley
Instructor: Bruce G. Baldwin and John L. Strother

Beginning with an overview of morphological characteristics of composites (family-wide), including a review of terms used in descriptions and keys, we will provide a synopsis of diversity within Compositae and a brief introduction to recognition of tribes. Then, we will concentrate on identifying the diversity of summer/fall-flowering composites that go unnoticed by spring-oriented botanists and will consider their evolutionary relationships and natural history. We hope this workshop will provide participants with botanical enthusiasm for California’s second spring, well after the last of the early-season bloom fades. This workshop does not include a field trip. Familiarity with a dissecting microscope and experience using dichotomous keys is useful but not essential. Read more...

Workshop fee $250/$290

Registration information available at ucjeps.berkeley.edu/workshops/2015/regform_2015.html or call the Jepson Herbarium: (510) 643-7008.

August 22-23, Saturday-Sunday: Birding the Migration: Mono Basin & Long Valley, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

The east slope of the Sierra Nevada is a major migration route for birds traveling from northern nesting areas to warm southern habitats. As a result, late summer is the time of year to see fall migrants and early arriving wintering birds in the Mono Basin and Long Valley. Dave Shuford has been a staff biologist at Point Blue Conservation Science for over 30 years. He has conducted numerous surveys and research projects in the Mono Basin and beyond and is well acquainted with where to find birds in the Eastern Sierra. $155 per person / $140 for members. More information and registration...

August 28-30, Friday-Sunday: Miwok-Paiute Basketry, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

During this seminar, participants will prepare materials and create a small Miwok-Paiute burden basket—used for gathering pinenuts, acorns, and berries. This seminar is designed for weavers of all levels and participants are encouraged (but not required) to camp with the group at the peaceful private campsite. Lucy Parker is a descendent of the Yosemite Miwok, Mono Lake Kutzadika'a, and Kayasha Pomo peoples. She learned traditional handiwork from her mother Julia, a master basket weaver who has dedicated her life to learning and teaching basketry. $190 per person / $175 for members. $80 materials fee; limited to 12 participants; optional primitive campsite near Lundy Canyon (no pets) More information and registration...

CNPS Event August 29, Saturday, 9am-Noon: Third (and final) Mammoth Area Native Plant Sale of the summer

Mammoth holds 2-3 smaller sales of plants that will grow well in the Mammoth area each summer. Contact Mammoth Plant Sale Coordinator, Sherry Taylor, plant.sales@bristleconecnps.org and ask to be put on her mailing list for future updates.

CNPS Event August 29, Saturday, 9am-Noon: CNPS Native Plant Sale - Bishop, White Mountain Research Center

A wonderful array of native plants is offered every year.  We’ve been busy coaxing from seed dozens of  brittlebush, various buckwheats, penstemons, Mojave aster, lupine and many more favorites!! Check back for updates on what will be available this year. To see what plants have been available in the past, explore our sortable database of species that have been available at our plant sales for ideas of what to expect.

Prices: Plant prices are $2.00 or 3 for $5.00 for Super Cells, $5.00 for small tree pots, $8.00 for gallon pots, and $10 for tall tree pots.

Proceeds from the annual native plant sales provide funding for our Mary DeDecker Botanical Grants. The grant program is a fitting way to remember Mary DeDecker’s many contributions to the people and plants of the Eastern Sierra.

See our Plant Sale Page for more details!

September 4-6, Friday-Sunday: Creating the Illuminated Field Journal, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

A field journal is an ideal vehicle to record moments of discovery about the natural world, as well as a quiet way of simply being present outdoors. In this workshop, artist/writer Hannah Hinchman will guide you in exploring the variety of nearby habitats, opening windows to nature's many secrets and learning to personalize these experiences through journal entries, both drawn and written. Hannah is the author of three books about field journals, and has been teaching field journal workshops all over the US for over 20 years. $175 per person / $160 for members. More information and registration...

September 12, Saturday, 7:30am: Monthly COSA Bird Walk & Census, Eastern Sierra Audubon

Audubon volunteers lead monthly bird walks on the second Saturday of each month (unless otherwise indicated). We meet at 7:30 am in June, July, August, and September, and 8:30 am the rest of the year. Meet at the trailhead behind the BLM/Forest Service Building on West Line Street, and we will walk from there to the Bishop Paiute Tribe's Conservation Open Space Area. We are keeping species lists and observing behavior as well as identifying birds, for the purpose of creating bird lists for the site. We hope to see you there!

All are welcome - these walks are for birders of ALL LEVELS, beginners included! We will bring extra binoculars and field guides to share. Please meet at 8:30am at the BLM/Forest Service Building on West Line Street in Bishop. Contact Hillary Behr for more information, or if you are interested in leading a future monthly walk: hillarybehr@yahoo.com.

September 12-13, Saturday-Sunday: Visions of the Past: Bodie & Aurora, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

In the Bodie Hills lie ghost towns full of stories of pioneer families, prospectors, muleskinners, heroes, and gunslingers. This guided tour will visit the town and the cemetery of Bodie, once the second-largest city in California, with tours of the Standard Stamp Mill and the Bodie Jail. Next, a journey that hasn't changed much since the historic mining days will end up at Aurora, once a bustling town of 8,000 souls in the 1860s. Your leader Terri Geissinger is a Bodie State Historic Park interpreter and guide, with a talent for making history come alive. $155 per person / $140 for members. More information and registration...

September 24-27, Thursday-Sunday, Jepson Herbarium Workshop: Fire Ecology in the Central Sierra Nevada

Location: UC Yosemite Field station in Wawona
Instructor: Anu Kramer, Kristen Shive, and Kate Wilkin

Fire shapes California. It is part of California’s past and future, so we need to coexist. Fire has wide ranging effects throughout the Sierra Nevada due to variations in land management and plant communities; there is both good and bad fire, and we will learn about the nuance of its effects on the landscape. In this workshop, we will explore how fire functioned historically in the Sierra Nevada and how it works today, given land management and climate change. We will compare how the effects of fire on natural communities in areas where fire has been restored as a natural process (e.g., the Illilouette Creek Basin) differ from the effects of the 2013 Rim Fire in areas where fire had been suppressed for over a century. The workshop will be grounded in fire physics, fire history studies, and modern fire effects studies.

We will meet late Thursday afternoon at the UC Yosemite Field station in Wawona for dinner and an introductory talk. Friday’s activities include morning classroom fire activities and a driving tour to the Rim Fire on both Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest lands, with up to one cumulative mile of easy to moderate hiking from a few pull-outs. On Saturday, we will hike into the Illilouette Creek Basin, where fire was first restored as an ecological process in California in the early 1970s; it will be a strenuous, hot, dry, and exposed seven mile round-trip hike with 1,000 feet of elevation gain, from 6,500 to 7,500 feet, over uneven terrain. On Sunday we will pack up and there will be a wrap-up talk followed by an optional, self-led hike in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Participants in the class may drive up to 100 miles per day to the field sites. Class will be held rain or shine. Hiking will be moderate to moderately strenuous. Read more...

Workshop fee ($490/$530) includes instruction, park entrance, fee, lodging, some transportation, and meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. Lodging is in cabins with dormitory-style beds, indoor bathrooms, and showers.

Registration information available at ucjeps.berkeley.edu/workshops/2015/regform_2015.html or call the Jepson Herbarium: (510) 643-7008.

September 25-27, Friday-Sunday: Mono Basin Moonlight Photography, Mono Lake Committee's 2015 Field Seminars

Nighttime photography opens up a new world of photographic possibilities, both compelling and challenging. Through guided practice sessions, field trips in the Mono Basin and upper reaches of the Eastern Sierra, coaching in the field, and review of images, you will learn to create nighttime images with visual impact. David Gubernick is an internationally and nationally published and award-winning nature photographer and workshop leader. His exhibition prints can be seen at Gallery Sur in Carmel and the Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur. $275 per person / $250 for members. Limited to 10 participants. More information and registration...

For more events, including some from other organizations, see the Bristlecone Chapter Events Page

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