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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 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 July 8, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Bodie Hills. Now a joint field trip with the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership. Leader: Ann Howald.

This will be a driving loop trip going in on the Masonic Road and returning on the Aurora Canyon Road. Meet at 9 am at the Bridgeport Forest Service Office on Highway 395, a few miles south of Bridgeport. On the Masonic Road we’ll be stopping to look at pinyon-juniper woodland, seasonal wetlands, aspen groves, and montane sagebrush scrub. Easy walking. An all-day trip. Roads may be more rough than usual with wet spots, so high clearance vehicles are essential (but not 4WD). Contact: Ann Howald, (707) 721-6120 or

CNPS Event CANCELLED - July 15, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: Glass Mountain Peak and Sawmill Meadow. Leader: Julie Anne Hopkins.

We will explore the eastern flank and summit plateau of this obscure volcanic peak, following a vague hiking trail near Sawmill Meadow. Starting in lodgepole and Jeffrey pine woodland, we’ll quickly ascend a deep pumice valley passing things like Penstemon newberryiMonardella odoratissima, and Eriogonum lobbii. We’ll lunch on the wide summit plateau accompanied by dwarfed Pinus albicaulisPenstemon speciosusAstragalus monoensis, and Raillardella argentea. Stupendous 360-degree views of the Mono Basin, Adobe Valley, Long Valley, Sierra and White Mountain crests will be unavoidable. We should return to the cars around 3:00. Check back closer to the date for more logistical details and a map. Contact Julie Anne Hopkins for more information.

CNPS Event July 15, Saturday, 9-11am: Mammoth Region Native Plant Sale

When: Saturday, July 15 9-11 am; Where: 107 Sugar Pine Drive, Mammoth; Bring: A box (or wine carrier) to transport your new plants. All plants are quart-size pots ($5). Proceeds go to the Native Plant Society Bristlecone Chapter. Not as many plants this year because of the big winter...about 180.

Plant List (suitable for high elevation gardens): Sulphur Buckwheat (5), Pennyroyal (3), Angelica (23), Mountain Pride Penstemon 990, Scarlet Penstemon (12), Wallflower (28), Alpine Columbine (26), Scarlet Gilia (15), Delphinium (10), Common Monkeyflower (15), Large-leaved Lupine (10).

CNPS Event July 22, Saturday, Bristlecone Chapter Field Trip: White Mountains / Crooked Creek. Leader: Courtney Collins.

Plant identification in the White Mountains-Sagehen Flat. Meet at Crooked Creek research station at 9 am and we will do a short hike up to Sagehen Flat. Bring: comfortable shoes, water, and pack a lunch (no lunches will be available at Crooked Creek after all - sorry for the inconvenience). Please try to carpool as much as possible as parking will be limited. Be prepared for high altitude conditions (3258 m, 10,698 ft). We will focus on plants from the GLORIA survey list. Here are some plant lists, one with photos, and a text list with locations, to help narrow it down.

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: Subject TBA Presenter: TBA. White Mountain Research Center, 3000 East Line Street, Bishop

Save the date - check back for details! 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

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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