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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 2020 Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter is online - read online or download and print.

The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is August 15th, 2020.

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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 EventUpcoming Bristlecone Chapter Field Trips in July - ALL TRIPS CANCELED

Harkless Flat, Leader: Steve Matson. A visit for a population of Cuniculotinus gramineus. Specific details TBD.

White Mountains, Leader: Elijah Hall. Follow Elijah to his research sites and learn about his research. Details TBD.

CNPS EventCANCELED July 7-8, 2020: Rare Plant Survey Protocols, Truckee, State CNPS Workshop

California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond. Pre-registration is required and many workshops sell out early. Sign up now and secure your spot for 2020 workshops!

Rare Plant Survey Protocols: A Scientific Approach, taught by Heath Bartosh & Aaron Sims, with a guest lecture from Kristi Lazar. In this workshop you will learn to conduct rare plant surveys and report your findings, contributing to the documentation and protection of California’s profusion of unique rare plants. This training includes a full day in the field getting hands-on experience. $395 CNPS Members / $425 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

CNPS EventCANCELED July 28-30, 2020: Intro to Plant Identification, Mammoth Lakes, State CNPS Workshop

California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond. Pre-registration is required and many workshops sell out early. Sign up now and secure your spot for 2020 workshops!

Introduction To Plant Identification 15 Common Plant Families of Southern California, taught by Nick Jensen & Sandy Namoff. In this workshop you will learn to identify plants in 15 common families, which account for over 5,000 taxa – more than 70% of the plant diversity in CA! Together we’ll cover plant parts/terms in the classroom and get hands-on field experience in the Eastern Sierra. $395 CNPS Members / $415 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

CNPS Event August 15: September-October Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

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

CNPS Event August 18-20, 2020: Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé: The CNPS & CDFW Combined Method, Santa Cruz, State CNPS Workshop - NOTE - CNPS is cancelling April-July workshops and is postponing decisions on Aug-Oct workshops. They are working on processing refunds for cancelled workshops.

California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond. Pre-registration is required and many workshops sell out early. Sign up now and secure your spot for 2020 workshops!

In this workshop you will learn to sample vegetation hands-on using the rapid assessment/relevé survey methods, which provide scientific methodologies to collect data crucial for knowing and understanding California’s unique vegetation communities. $375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

CNPS Event August 16-21 - ONLINE - The Bristlecone Chapter Annual Plant Sale will be online, with curbside plant pick-up on August 22nd at the White Mountain Research Center:

Normally, this is the largest native plant sale of the year located at the White Mountain Research Center (3000 E. Line St in Bishop). In consideration of public health and safety, we are putting a new plan of action in place: an online sale with curbside pickup. The online sale will be open from the 16th to 21st of August. Orders are to be picked up on Aug. 22nd. As orders come in, pick-up times will be arranged to avoid too large a group at the WMRC. More details to follow, so check your email and/or the website in the coming month.

Here is a list of plants currently growing for the plant sale (only plants with numbers listed are available - updated in May 2020).

Prices: Plant prices are $5.00 for small tree pots (half-gallon), $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 when you come pick up your plants.

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.

CNPS Event September 1-3, 2020: CEQA Impact Assessment With Emphasis on Biological Resources, Sacramento, State CNPS Workshop NOTE - CNPS is cancelling April-July workshops and is postponing decisions on Aug-Oct workshops. They are working on processing refunds for cancelled workshops.

California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond. Pre-registration is required and many workshops sell out early. Sign up now and secure your spot for 2020 workshops!

In this workshop you will learn how CEQA can be leveraged to give California’s plants and lands a voice in the face of development. We’ll cover how to read and analyze the biological resources section of an EIR or MND, and to submit critical, scientifically-based comments. $375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

September 15-17, 2020: New Dates: October 5-7, 2021: H5II – The Second Conference on the Research and Management of High Elevation Five Needle Pines in Western North America from, Missoula, MT - https://highfivepines.org/ The 2020 H5II Conference was been rescheduled for 2021 due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The website will be fully updated soon. Registration and Abstract Submission remain open. Already registered for 2020? We will be contacting you with options and refunds if necessary.

The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation is proud to host H5II, an international conference bringing together forest managers, researchers, and advocates on the future of five-needle pines in high-elevation ecosystems of Western North America. Many high-elevation, five-needle pine forests are rapidly declining throughout North America. In particular, the six species we will focus on (including Great Basin and Rocky Mountain Bristlecone, Whitebark, Limber, and Southwestern White Pine) are of great ecological and symbolic importance to both the U.S. and Canada.

With this conference we intend to: (1) bring together scientists, managers, and concerned citizens to exchange information on the ecology, threats, and management of these important pines; 2) learn about the threats and current status of pine populations; (3) describe efforts to mitigate threats through restoration techniques and action plans; and, (4) build a foundation for the synthesis of research efforts and management approaches. Go to https://highfivepines.org/ for more information and to register

September 24-27, 2020: Some Like It Hot: Late Summer Flora of the Eastern Mojave Highlands, Jim André and Tasha La Doux, Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (NOT cancelled, but check website)

The Eastern Mojave Desert represents one of the most floristically diverse regions in California. This incredible diversity is, in part, due to the region's proximity to the North American Monsoon and its prominent summer rainfall regime. Approximately 10% of eastern Mojave annuals are considered "summer annuals," species that germinate following summer rainfall. In addition, more than 25% of perennial species in this region flower in late summer/early fall. Examples of plant families that respond to summer rain include: Nyctaginaceae, Amaranthaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Polygonaceae, Poaceae, and Asteraceae. This course will introduce botanists to the ecology and taxonomy of the diverse late summer/early fall flora in the eastern Mojave Desert, with special emphasis on rare or unique species. Through field observation, lab identification, and evening presentations, participants will gain a better understanding for the major plant families that comprise the hot-season flora. This field-intensive workshop is intended for botanists with moderate to advanced taxonomic training, but also for those with an interest in learning more about this seldom-seen component of California's flora. Field trips will target the mid to higher elevations of the Mojave National Preserve, planned in accordance to optimal blooming conditions.

Accommodations: Shared dormitories with bathrooms. Tent camping will also be available.
Meals: Dinner Thursday through lunch Sunday included.
Transportation: Vehicles must have good clearance and sturdy tires (including spare!). Carpooling possible. High clearance 4x4 with extra passenger space preferred.
Hiking: Easy to moderate; short hikes in sometimes rugged terrain.
Start/End: Thursday afternoon - Sunday 12:00 pm.
Course Fee: $570/600
Credit
: This workshop has been approved for 7 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out this Google form

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