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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 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.

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 Bartshé 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. See flyer for more details.

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 Contact Elaine with any questions.

CNPS Event January 18, 2019: 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 2019 Grant is January 18, 2019. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by early March, 2019. More information and application:

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

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