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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 September-October 2016 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is October 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 September 10, 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. Here's what's growing as of September 1st in 2016.

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!

Swainson's Hawks weighing down the piplines

Treeline in the White Mountains, Photo by Brian Smithers

CNPS Event September 22, Thursday, 7pm, Bristlecone Chapter Program: Tree species range shifts at and above treeline in the White Mountains and beyond: are we losing our alpine habitat and to what? with speaker Brian Smithers, DeDecker Grant Botanical Research Recipient. Location: White Mountain Research Center.

Brian Smithers is a graduate student at UC Davis pursuing his PhD in Ecology. His DeDecker Botanical Grant-supported work focuses on the effects of climate change on forests in the Great Basin. Brian’s work has shown that treeline in the Great Basin is moving upslope at a rapid pace and that the species making up that treeline advance isn’t what you might think! His work gets him into very photogenic places so the photos alone should be worth attendance.

His research has involved a combination of plot studies, experimental gardens, greenhouse experiments, genetic analysis, dendrochronology, and stable isotope analysis to examine what the winners and losers among mountain plants will be in rapidly changing climate. He has examined how genetic population structure differs between limber and bristlecone pine at the local and regional scales to look at differences in dispersal ability between the two species—an important aspect in adapting to climate change. His most recent work examines the role of very rare sub-alpine forest fire disturbance on shifting range limits among pinyon, limber, and bristlecone pines.

Come join the Bristlecone Chapter for this sure-to-be enlightening lecture with beautiful images and and learn what changes may be coming to our alpine environments in a changing climate.

CNPS Event September 24, Saturday, 9-10am, CNPS Native Plant Sale - plants still available! - At White Mountain Research Station

The CNPS Bristlecone Chapter still has many native plants for sale. Katie will be at the growing center Saturday, September 24, 9-10 AM, if you would like to get more native plants for your garden. The location is the greenhouses at White Mountain Research Station, 3000 E. Line St., Bishop, California. Email for more info.

CNPS Event October 1, Saturday, 8:30: BLM National Public Lands Day - Round Fire Habitat Restoration

Join Friends of the Inyo, the Bishop BLM, the Eastern Sierra Land Trust and other partners by helping care for areas impacted by the Round Fire. Volunteers will plant bitterbrush seedlings to restore native vegetation and mule deer habitat within the burn area. Also, we'll be pulling weeds, removing brush, and picking up trash along the Lower Rock Creek Trail to help maintain the popular mountain bike trail. Please wear work appropriate clothing- long pants and close-toed shoes are a must. Tools and gloves provided.

Meet at 8:30 at the Paradise Fire Station. Work runs until 12 pm and is followed by a BBQ at the fire station.

For more info, email or call (760) 873-6500.

CNPS Event No Bristlecone Chapter events planned for November yet - check back!
CNPS Event December 7, Wednesday, 5:30pm: CNPS Annual Potluck followed at 7pm by a Special Program: California Botany and Botanists of the Inyo Region, with Bruce Baldwin, Curator of the Jepson Herbarium. Location: Bishop United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 205 N Fowler, Bishop.

The annual Bristlecone Chapter potluck will begin at 5:30 PM. Bring food, drink and conversation to share, bring utensils and plates for yourself. Members and non-members welcome. We'll follow the potluck with Chapter Elections at, 6:45 PM, followed immediately by the Chapter Program at 7:00 PM.

A celebration of Inyo County’s 150th anniversary simply would not be complete without a tribute to the diversity of natural resources that have drawn worldwide acclaim from recreationists, explorers, and scientists alike. Much of what we know about plant diversification has come from studies of California's world-famous flora. Plant collectors have long been essential to those efforts and are responsible for much of our basic understanding of patterns of geographic distribution and trait variation within and across species. Field exploration of the Inyo County region has been an important part of that progress and has a fascinating history involving many notable and colorful figures in the history of botany. From salt flats and sand dunes, to ancient bristlecones and alpine wildflowers, the diversity of plants here has attracted a notable and colorful array of plant collectors. Their impact continues to be felt in part through the use of specimens they collected in herbaria, but also through their inspiration to both young and experienced plant-lovers and scientists. Following in the footsteps of renowned Inyo County botanists, like Mary DeDecker, Willis Jepson, and Frederick Coville, we can discover both the colorful history of innovative explorers, and also learn about hotspots of diversity and if and how these places are changing.

Bruce Baldwin is W. L. Jepson Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Curator of the Jepson Herbarium. He is Convening Editor of the Jepson Flora Project, which produced The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California and The Jepson Desert Manual: Vascular Plants of Southeastern California, and which maintains the Jepson eFlora online. The Jepson Herbarium was named for pioneer Californian botanist Willis Linn Jepson (1867–1946), who produced the first comprehensive treatment of the vascular flora of California, in 1925, and made extensive plant collections across Inyo County from 1900 to 1940.

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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