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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 September-October 2019 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is October 15th, 2019.

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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.

August 8, 16, 23, and 8/30, Fridays, 10am: Mountain Formation at Convict Lake with Julia, Friends of the Inyo

Mountain Formation at Convict Lake with Julia, Friends of the Inyo Trail Ambassador – Fridays 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30 (all at 10 AM). Meet at the day hiker parking on the right, before the resort.

August 10, 17, 24 (come after the plant sale!), and 31, Saturdays, 9am & 1pm: Botany in Rock Creek with Robin, Friends of the Inyo

Botany in Rock Creek with Robin, Friends of the Inyo Trail Ambassador – Saturdays 8/10 (9 AM & 1 PM), 8/17 (9 AM & 1 PM), 8/24 (1 PM), 8/31 (9 AM & 1 PM). Meet at Rock Creek Lakes Resort, across from Rock Creek Lake on Rock Creek Road.

August 10, 17, 24, and 31, Saturdays, 10am & 1pm: Sierra Meadows at North Lake with Kimball, Friends of the Inyo

Sierra Meadows at North Lake with Kimball, Friends of the Inyo Trail Ambassador – Saturdays 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31 (all at 10 AM) – Meet at the day hiker parking near the pack station.

CNPS Event August 15: September-October Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at newsletter@bristleconecnps.org. Contact Elaine with any questions.

August 16, 23, and 8/30, Fridays, 10am: Nature Journaling at Coldwater Trailhead in Mammoth Lakes Basin with Lauren, Friends of the Inyo

Nature Journaling at Coldwater Trailhead in Mammoth Lakes Basin with Lauren, Friends of the Inyo Trail Ambassador – Fridays 8/16, 8/23, 8/30 (all at 10 AM). Meet at the Coldwater trailhead, above the Coldwater campground in the Mammoth Lakes Basin.
Mountain Formation at Convict Lake with Julia – Fridays 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30 (all at 10 AM). Meet at the day hiker parking on the right, before the resort.

CNPS Event August 24, 9-11am: the Bristlecone Chapter Annual Plant Sale at the White Mountain Research Center:

This is the largest native plant sale of the year, and yes, we can accept credit cards! Open to the public at 9am. Members can start at 8, and if even you become a member that morning, you can get in at 8am! 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 is a list of plants currently growing for the 2019 plant sale (updated in June 2019).

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.

CNPS Event September 11, 2019, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Location: Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N. Fowler, Bishop. All members are welcome.

CNPS Event September 18, 2019, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter General Meeting Potluck followed by presentation at 7pm at the US Forest Service Supervisor's Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop (behind the DMV on W. Line St.) "Bush-mallows - The genus Malacothamnus" Speaker: Keir Morse, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Malacothamnus is a genus of fire-following shrubs in the mallow family, many of which are of conservation concern. Confusion between taxa and disagreement on which taxa should be recognized makes managing them for conservation problematic. Keir Morse, PhD student at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and DeDecker Grant Recipient, is trying to sort out the taxonomy. He will give an introduction to the genus Malacothamnus and share what he has learned so far about populations across southern California, including Inyo County. See his progress report here (pdf).

September 19-22, 2019: Some Like It Hot: Late Summer Flora of the Eastern Mojave Highlands, Jim André and Tasha La Doux Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, Jepson Herbarium Workshop

The Eastern Mojave Desert represents one of the most floristically diverse regions in California. This incredible diversity is, in part, due to the region's proximity to the North American Monsoon and its prominent summer rainfall regime. Approximately 10% of eastern Mojave annuals are considered "summer annuals," species that germinate following summer rainfall. In addition, more than 25% of perennial species in this region flower in late summer/early fall. Examples of plant families that respond to summer rain include: Nyctaginaceae, Amaranthaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Polygonaceae, Poaceae, and Asteraceae. This course will introduce botanists to the ecology and taxonomy of the diverse late summer/early fall flora in the eastern Mojave Desert, with special emphasis on rare or unique species. Through field observation, lab identification, and evening presentations, participants will gain a better understanding for the major plant families that comprise the hot-season flora. This field-intensive workshop is intended for botanists with moderate to advanced taxonomic training, but also for those with an interest in learning more about this seldom-seen component of California's flora. Field trips will target the mid to higher elevations of the Mojave National Preserve, planned in accordance to optimal blooming conditions.

Accommodations: Shared dormitories with bathrooms. Tent camping will also be available.
Meals: Catering included.
Transportation: Vehicles must have good clearance and sturdy tires (including spare!). Carpooling possible. High clearance 4x4 with extra passenger space preferred.
Hiking: Easy to moderate; short hikes in sometimes rugged terrain.
Start/End: Thursday afternoon - Sunday 12:00 pm.
Course Fee: $570/600

Register for this workshop here

CNPS Event October 15: November-December Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at newsletter@bristleconecnps.org. Contact Elaine with any questions.

October 15-18: Cal-IPC Symposium, California Invasive Plant Council, Riverside, CA

Save the date!
Oct. 15-18, 2019 in Riverside
Join Cal-IPC for another dynamic gathering of California colleagues to network, learn, and celebrate our hard work!

We will be meeting at the Riverside Convention Center and staying at the historic Mission Inn. Both are located in downtown Riverside, steps away from restaurants and entertainment.

Field trips on Friday will explore invasive plant management projects and restoration efforts in the region.

Registration opens this spring! Check the Cal-IPC Symposium page for updates

October 25-27, Tecopa, California: Meet the Amargosa, Amargosa Conservancy

The Meet the Amargosa seminar and festival brings people together to experience and learn about the natural world and history in the Amargosa Region. It takes place over three days, with a happy hour gathering Friday night, then presentations and field experiences on Saturday, followed by a dinner celebration. Sunday wraps up the event with optional more adventurous field opportunities, self-guided tours, and a restoration activity.

Many of our presentations this year focus on the theme of geology. You’ll have a chance to learn about the long history of the land and take field trips to see an overview of some the special features of the area. AC board member Bill Neill will present the general geology of the region, Andy Zdon returns for an update about the hydrological study of the area, and we are tentatively arranging for a presentation on the seismology of the region!

We’ll also be celebrating 25 years of the California Desert Protection Act, and 10 years of the Amargosa Wild and Scenic River.

Additional information and registration can be found at http://www.amargosaconservancy.org/mta2019
We hope you can join us for a fun, beautiful, and educational weekend in October!

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

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