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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 November-December 2018 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is December 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.

November 2, Saturday, 6pm: Special presentation on the Inyo National Forest Plan, at The Fort, Sierra Center Mall, 452 Old Mammoth Rd, 1st Floor, Mammoth Lakes

The Inyo National Forest has released its final forest plan that will shape the future of wilderness, water, wildlife, recreation, fire management, and other essential Inyo Forest resources and activities for decades to come. Sierra Club and Friends of the Inyo are hosting this special presentation to discuss what's at stake with this flawed plan that has received many objections from groups such as the Board of Supervisors of both Mono and Inyo counties, Mono Lake Committee, off-road vehicle groups, and more. Sierra Club and its allies are committed to encouraging public involvement and promoting protection of our forests, and they will continue to be involved in the Forest Service's objection resolution meetings that will be held in Bishop in the next few months. All are invited to attend to learn more. Refreshments will be served.

November 8, Thursday, 6pm: Astronomy Lecture Series: Using Extragalactic Flashes of Radio Waves to Probe the Stuff Between the Stars, Kathryn Plant (Caltech), at Cerro Coso, Bishop

CalTech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory is hosting their annual Astronomy Lecture Series at Cerro Coso College in Bishop. Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday evenings. Location: Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College, 4090 West Line Street, Bishop, CA. Lectures are FREE. For more information, call Dr. Mark Hodges at (760) 358-6410. Download flyer here.

CNPS Event November 14, Wednesday, 6pm: Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting

Bristlecone Chapter Board Meeting Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 pm at the Eastern Sierra Land Trust, 250 N. Fowler, Bishop. All members are welcome.

December 6, Thursday, 6pm: Astronomy Lecture Series: The CO Mapping Array Pathfinder, Kieran Cleary (Caltech), at Cerro Coso, Bishop

CalTech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory is hosting their annual Astronomy Lecture Series at Cerro Coso College in Bishop. Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday evenings. Location: Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College, 4090 West Line Street, Bishop, CA. Lectures are FREE. For more information, call Dr. Mark Hodges at (760) 358-6410. Download flyer here.

CNPS Event December 12, Wednesday, 6pm: Bristlecone Chapter and Eastern Sierra Audubon Joint Potluck Dinner, White Mountain Research Center

We are excited to have our annual potluck as a joint event with Eastern Sierra Audubon Society. All members and non-members are welcome to attend. Bring your favorite potluck dish, drink, and your own place settings.

At 7pm, speaker Barshe Miller of ESAS will be presenting about the Mono Basin area, program details TBA. Additionally, please bring on a thumb drive up to 10 slides of botanical interest, especially related to the Mono Basin area, to share with the group.

CNPS Event December 15, Saturday: January-February Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

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

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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Facebook Page

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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