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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.


The May-June 2018 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is May 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 June 2, 2018, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Bodie Hills, Masonic Area. Leader: Ann Howald, partnering with Dick Hihn of the Range of Light Sierra Club group.

Meet at 9am at the Bridgeport Forest Service Office on Highway 395, a few miles south of Bridgeport. Going into the Bodie Hills on the Masonic Road, we’ll make a couple of stops to look for pinyon-juniper understory plants, then continue on to do some easy to moderately strenuous hiking in the Masonic town area and/or lower Masonic Mountain. We’ll be looking for some not-too-commonly seen taxa like: Astragalus oophorus var. lavinii, Boechera bodiensis, Collomia tinctoria, Lathrocasis tenerrima, Lupinus brevicaulis, Muilla transmontana, Nemacladus rigidus, and Phacelia monoensis. We’ll return on the Masonic Road. This will be an all-day trip. High clearance vehicles needed. A joint trip with the Range of Light Chapter of the Sierra Club, but conducted at our usual botanist’s pace! For questions contact Ann: (707) 721-6120 or or, from the Range of Light Group, Dick Hihn (760-709-5050;

June 5, Tuesday, 7pm: Back from the Brink: Bighorns, Peregrines, and Foxes in Yosemite National Park. Sarah Stock, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL) Spring Lecture Series.

We welcome you every Tuesday evening this spring to our free public seminars. Seminars are from 7-8 PM and doors open at 6:30. All seminars will be held in the Page Center at SNARL, 1016 Mount Morrison Road. Small tasters of food and drink will be provided by local businesses. See the full 2018 schedule here.

Sarah Stock, Wildlife Ecologist at Yosemite National Park, CA

CNPS Event June 23, 2018, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Botany for Beginners, Mammoth/Long Valley. Leader: Michèle Slaton.

The general public, including adults and kids of all ages, are welcome on this field trip to learn some basic skills to get you started in identifying plants. We will focus on learning common wildflowers, starting with common traits used to recognize plant families. You’ll learn how to identify plant parts and how to use a plant key.

Have you ever wished you knew the names of the native plants near your home or on your favorite outings? Do you ever wonder how to figure out a plant’s name? Now is your chance! We will explore places in bloom from Long Valley meadows to Convict Creek and the Sherwins, and get to know the common plants in flower. Experienced botanists are welcome also to share their skills.

We will meet at 9am at the Green Church at the intersection of Hwy 395 and Benton Crossing Road, and carpool to the extent possible. Bring everything you need for a full day in the field. All instructional materials will be provided, but bring a hand lens or magnifying glass, and plant guide/key if you have one. Contact Michèle Slaton (760-920-8693 or with questions. Michèle taught college botany for two years and has worked for the past 18 years as a Forest Service and Park Service botanist and ecologist in eastern California.

CNPS Event June 30, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Brown and Green Lakes. Leader: Sue Weis.

We will hike along the pipeline from South Lake to Brown Lake and then Green Lake in the Green Creek Basin that lies between the South Fork of Bishop Creek and Coyote Ridge. Wildflower displays in the meadows of Green Creek Basin are a highlight of the hike. The round trip is 4.8 miles with an 1150 foot vertical gain. We may take an alternate way part of the way down and end at Parchers if people are interested in a shuttle. Some walking on the pipeline will be required so bring some walking sticks for balance. Meet at 9AM at the upper South Lake Parking area, ready for an all day hike. If you have any questions, contact Sue at (760) 937-2595 or A joint trip with the Range of Light Chapter of the Sierra Club.

CNPS Event July 21, 2018, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Wyman Canyon, White Mountains. Leaders: Courtney Collins & Michèle Slaton

We will explore the areas in bloom from the bristlecone pine forest down into pinyon-juniper woodlands and riparian areas. We can expect to see several showy wildflowers, and also rare plants, including Dedecker’s clover (Trifolium kingii ssp. I), small-flowered rice grass (Stipa divaricata), and Nevada ninebark (Physocarpos alternans). We’ll spend time searching for the limestone daisy (Erigeron uncialis) – a treasure first seen in Wyman 30 years ago, but not documented since.

We will meet at 8:30am in Big Pine at the intersection of 395 and 168, and regroup again at 10am at the top of Wyman Canyon (the southern intersection of the Bristlecone Road with Wyman, ca. 2.5 mi. north of Schulman Grove). 4WD will be required. Bring everything you need for a full day in the field. Contact Michèle Slaton (760-920-8693 or with questions.

CNPS Event August 25, Saturday, 9-11am, CNPS Native Plant Sale - Bishop, White Mountain Research Station

This is the largest native plant sale of the year, and this year, we can accept credit cards! A wonderful array of native plants is offered every year.  A variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees adapted to our area will be for sale. See our sortable database of previous years' plants to see examples of plants that may be available. The numbers available for 2018 will be updated as we get closer to the date of the sale.

Prices: Plant prices are $5.00 for small tree pots, $8.00 for gallon pots, and $10 for large tree pots. If you have any of the black plastic pots from last year’s sale we would love to recycle them for you.

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!

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

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Conservation Updates

See our Conservation pages for updates on current issues relating to native plants and their habitats, such as Inyo National Forest Plan Revisions and Invasive Species. We will start up the Conservation Alerts emails again soon, if you signed up previously or wish to sign up - check back to the Conservation page!

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