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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 January-February 2018 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is February 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 January 10, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

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

CNPS Event January 25, 2018: Deadline for Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant Applications

Grants for research and projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of native plants and ecosystems in the Eastern Sierra are available to graduate students, college students, and primary and secondary students (K-12). Research projects need not be academic or scholarly but must be relevant to the native plants of the northern Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, and Great Basin portions of eastern California. Applications must include written support from a major advisor or teacher.

Grant recipients receive up to $1,000 each for expenses and are asked to present their results to the Bristlecone Chapter either at a regular meeting or in the chapter newsletter. The deadline for the 2018 Grant is January 25, 2018. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by early March, 2018. More information and application:

CNPS Event February 1-3, 2018; Statewide CNPS Conservation Conference, Los Angeles Airport Marriott - Registration Deadline January 14th!

Every 3 years, the CNPS Conservation Conference brings together California's conservation community for the largest gathering of its kind. Scientific sessions cover a broad spectrum of topics, and special events provide time for collaboration, networking, and fun.

Pre-conference workshops provide professional skills training, while field trips allow you to get to know local plants with local experts. Three days of scientific sessions and special events provide a forum for collaboration and appreciation of our beautifully diverse flora. You will have opportunities to connect with like-minded others, while learning about current research and trends, and contributing to future plans for California's native plants and natural habitats.


Whether your career centers around natural resources or you just love native plants, the CNPS Conservation Conference will have something for you. Join more than 1,000 attendees including professional and amateur botanists, biologists, ecologists, conservationists, landscaping professionals, nursery managers, land use planners, students, agency staff, policymakers, environmentalists, researchers, backyard gardeners, volunteers, and native plant lovers from California and beyond! CNPS members are especially encouraged to attend and represent their local chapters and initiatives from around the state.

Start networking now – Register and share the Facebook event page!

CNPS Event February 7, Wednesday, 6pm: Field Trip Planning Meeting, followed by our CNPS Program at 7pm (see description below). Location: George Lozito Conference Room, 166 Grandview, behind Child Care Connection/JKBS/ICSOS offices, Bishop.

Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip Planning meeting. Wednesday, February 7, 6 pm. George Lozito Conference Room, Jill Kinmont Boothe School, 166 Grandview Dr., Bishop Bring your field trip ideas. Pizza and salad provided. All members are welcome.

CNPS Event February 7, Wednesday, 7pm: CNPS Program: Considerations when designing a native plant garden, learning from our mistakes, with Katie Quinlan. Location: George Lozito Conference Room, 166 Grandview, behind Child Care Connection/JKBS/ICSOS offices, Bishop.

California Native Plant Society Bristlecone Chapter's own plant propagator, Katie Quinlan, will be sharing tips and considerations when putting in a native plant garden. When planning a native garden there are many elements to think about: how tall will the plants grow, which plants tolerate shade and which ones need full sun, which plants would be good along a path, and which ones need space where they can spread? What is the best way to water and how often? Are native plants really just a bunch of weeds? Besides saving water, what other benefits do the native plants provide? What about fire, are natives more flamable than cultivated plants? All these questions and more will be answered.

Katie Quinlan has been the director of the Native Plant Probagation center since 2009. She has been an avid gardener since childhood but didn't start gardeneing with natives until she was given the job at the probagation center. Over the last 8 years she has converted much of her own garden to native landscapes and has learned a lot from mistakes made along the way.

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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The Bristlecone Chapter now has a Facebook Page! If you are on Facebook, head on over and "like" us (or click "like" in the box at left) to get updates in your Facebook newsfeed. While you are there, post a message on our wall, share photos or links of interest, let us know what you think!

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