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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 2017 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 August 19, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Glass Meadow. Leaders: Julie Anne Hopkins and Sue Weis.

Glass Creek Meadow is a beautiful spot about 1 1/2 to 2 miles west of Obsidian Dome. We should see lovely summer meadow flowers, a few Mono Lake lupines in sandy open spots among the pines, and some riparian flowers along Glass Creek, including Lewis' monkeyflower. The hike is sandy and uphill. Meet at the parking area next to 395 at 9:00 am and we will carpool from there. Bring lunch, water, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.

CNPS Event August 26, 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 an updated plant list showing what and how many of each plant will be available at the sale, as of 7/7/2017. This list will continue be updated up until the sale. New plants this year are Penstemon rostriflorus (scarlet penstemon) and Eriastrum densifolium (heavenly blue). I didn't have any luck germinating Eriogonum fasciculatum or E. umbulatum so there won't be any of those at the sale.

Julie Fontaine will be at the sale with her magical compost tea. If you have your garden ready for your new plants when you come to the sale, adding the tea will really help the plants take root. As a reward for people keeping up their membership this year, people with current membership cards (remember to bring them) will be able to buy plants starting at 8 am. If you need to start a membership or renew one, then you can do that at 8 am as well.

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!

CNPS Event September 13, Wednesday, 6pm: CNPS Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

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

CNPS Event September 20, Wednesday, 7pm, Bristlecone Chapter Program: Rock Creek Wildflowers: Exploring a Botanical Paradise Presenters: Cathy Rose and Stephen Ingram. White Mountain Research Center, 3000 East Line Street, Bishop

A spectacular high Sierra Nevada valley is the subject of a new wildflower guide called Rock Creek Wildflowers, published by the California Native Plant Society in 2015. Little Lakes Valley, at the head of Rock Creek Canyon, has been a favorite of flower-lovers, hikers, anglers, climbers, and sight-seers for generations. Author Cathy Rose, and photographer Stephen Ingram, have teamed up on a presentation featuring some of the most interesting plants of the valley, starting at the trailhead at Mosquito Flat and covering the trails to Mono Pass and Morgan Pass.

Cathy Rose, a native Californian, grew up at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, graduated from UC Berkeley, and taught middle school English for 28 years. She studied plants in Yosemite on field trips with renowned botanist Carl Sharsmith and led botanical walks for the National Park Service in the Tioga-Tuolumne Meadows area for 15 years. Stephen Ingram, a local photographer whose images have been used in numerous books, magazines, and calendars, specializes in California plants and landscapes. He studied botany at UC Santa Barbara and wrote Cactus, Agaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada, published by Cachuma Press in 2008.

Rock Creek Wildflowers will be available for purchase at the presentation and is also for sale at local bookstores and visitors centers in Mammoth and Bishop, as well as at Rock Creek Lakes Resort.

For further information contact Michèle Slaton.

CNPS Event October 7, Saturday: Klondike Lake; Leader Steve Matson

This is not a spectacular flower show trip. Late season shrubs and a few special plants like Chloropyron maritimum, Cleomella plocasperma, Ericameria albida, Pyrrocoma racemosa, and Stutzia covillei will be seen in all their understated glory. We will walk about a half-mile out and back near the west shore of Klondike Lake. The low level alkaline habitat with a shallow water table presents an important component to the suite of plant habitats in the Owens Valley. Meet at 9 AM at the junction of 395 and 168 in Big Pine, or at the Klondike lake turnoff a mile or so north of Big Pine. Leader: Steve Matson, phone 775-843-0389 or email ssmat@sbcglobal.net.

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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