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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 2015 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.

CNPS Event November 5, Thursday, 5:30pm: CNPS Annual Potluck and Special Program: The Ebbs and Flows of Sagebrush and Why You (and Bugs) Should Care, with Hudson Intern, Sophie Winitsky, at White Mountain Research Center, 3000 E. Line St, Bishop.

The annual Bristlecone Chapter potluck begins at 5:30 PM this year. Bring food, drink and conversation to share, bring utensils and plates for yourself. Members and non-members welcome - click here for directions. We'll follow the potluck with Chapter Elections at, 6:45 PM, followed immediately by the Chapter Program at 7:00 PM.

Sophie Winitsky, the current CNPS and USFS botany intern honoring local naturalist Robert Hudson's bequest, will present her observations on sagebrush regeneration throughout the Inyo National Forest. Sophie is from Southern California and has a bachelorís in Environmental Studies. She has spent the last five months helping the Inyo National Forest with rare plant monitoring, assisting Jeff Holmquist and Jutta Schmidt-Gengenbach with aquatic insect studies, and conducting her own research project on the various factors leading to sagebrush success on the Inyo. Sophie has made a tremendous ecological contribution to the Bristlecone Chapter and Inyo National Forest, and her enthusiasm and curiosity are contagious!

CNPS Event December 4, 2015 Deadline extended to January 22, 2016 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 2016 Grant is January 22, 2016. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by early March, 2016. More information and application:

December 11-13 Friday-Sunday, Jepson Herbarium Workshop: Evolution and Diversity of Mushrooms

Location: UC Berkeley and a Bay Area Field Site
Instructor: Nhu Nguyen and Else Vellinga

The mild to cool, wet winters and the variety of habitats found in California make it one of the best places in North America to find both an abundance and a high diversity of fungi. This workshop will provide an introduction to the biology and identification of California’s mushrooms. Through a combination of lectures and discussions, workshop participants will learn about the evolutionary history of fungi and the ecological role of fungi in nature. Most of the time will be spent with fresh mushrooms in the lab, where participants will have hands-on opportunities for learning how to identify mushrooms. A field trip to Pt. Reyes National Seashore (with easy to moderate hiking) will be a highlight of the weekend. This workshop begins Friday morning. Read more...

Workshop fee $330/$370

Registration information available at or call the Jepson Herbarium: (510) 643-7008.

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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