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Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

Spring Flower - Mojave Woodyaster

Mojave Woodyaster, Black Canyon,
Photo by Larry Blakely

Plant Sale Online This Year!

Due to the pandemic, we are not able to have groups of people come to the Native Plant Sale at the Research Station this year, so we have arranged to have our plant selection listed on an online store. When you receive the sale website URL, you will choose the plants you want, pay with a credit card, choose your pick-up time, and enter your contact information in case of questions or changes. 

We have 67 species of plants available but fewer numbers than in the past so ordering early in the week will increase your chances of getting what you want. The inventory is automatically adjusted after each sale. The plants we expect to be available are listed here (only plants with numbers are available) and also on our sortable database, here.

Bristlecone Chapter members will receive the URL for ordering plants on August 16th (via email), one day before the general public, and will be able to order from August 16-20. On the 17th, we will post the URL on Facebook and the website and contact any non-members who have let us know they wish to participate (email plant_sales@bristleconecnps.org if interested). These customers will be able to order from August 17-20.  When you place your order, you will be able to schedule a pick-up time on August 22nd at the White Mountain Research Center (WMRC), Owens Valley Station, 3000 E. Line Street, Bishop.

The pick-ups will be scheduled so that four customers every 15 minutes will be able to safely pick up their plants at WMRC. Follow the signs for entry and exit. You must wear a mask and stay in your vehicle. Volunteers wearing masks will bring your plants out to your vehicle. Please bring a box to carry your plants home.


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 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 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. See details here, and check your email and/or the website this month to access the online store.

Plants: Here is a list of plants currently growing for the plant sale (only plants with numbers listed are available - updated in July 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 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 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

CNPS Event October 15: November-December 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.

October 17, 2020: Spatial phylogenetics: A "big data" approach integrating ecology, evolution, and conservation, Brent Mishler, UC Berkeley, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (NOT cancelled, but check website)

Biodiversity has usually been measured by examining changes in the number of species across a region to identify areas of particularly high species diversity and endemism. Beta-diversity, or turn-over on the landscape, is likewise typically measured by comparing proportions of species shared among subareas. However, investigations based on species distributions alone miss the full richness of understanding that can result from taking a phylogenetic approach. Fortunately, advances in digitization of natural history collections, broad-scale DNA sequencing of many taxa represented in pubic databases, and scaling-up of methods for building phylogenies have made it possible to apply a phylogenetic approach to assessment of biodiversity and endemism that can be termed "spatial phylogenetics." New methods such as Categorical Analysis of Neo- And Paleo-Endemism (CANAPE) and phylogenetic range-weighted turnover (PhyloRWT) can identify hotspots of diversity and endemism, assess their make-up, and characterize similarities and differences among them. Using hypotheses tests based on a spatial randomization, insights can be gained into ecological, evolutionary, and biogeographic processes that have shaped these patterns. These new phylogenetic methods are also useful in conservation assessments by identifying complementary areas of biodiversity that have unique evolutionary histories.

This workshop will be a combination of lecture, classroom activities, and discussion and will cover the basic principles of the methods described above. Examples will be given from the several floras from around the world including Australia, Chile, Norway, and Florida. The cost of this workshop also includes an evening event and reception where the instructor will give a presentation focused on recently published applications of these methods to the California flora.

Start/End: 1-5 pm.
Course Fee: $75
Credit
: This workshop has been approved for 2 Professional Development Credits by the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification

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

October 19-21, 2020: Wetland Delineation: Identification and Delineation of Federal and State Aquatic Resources, Terry Huffman, Rush Ranch, Solano County, California, Jepson Herbarium Workshop (NOT cancelled, but check website)

Aquatic resources include wetlands, as well as all other types of aquatic habitats. Wetlands are typically viewed as the soggy portions of the landscape that are covered—often intermittently—with shallow water, have soils saturated with water, and have plants that look different from those in surrounding areas. Scientific studies show that wetlands are essential for maintaining the biological, chemical, and physical integrity of the aquatic ecosystem. Federal and state programs regulate impacts to wetlands and other aquatic habitats as part of their overall water quality protection strategy. These agencies differ in how wetlands and other waters are defined and how they are geographically delineated.

This three-day workshop will emphasize the definitions and delineation methods for wetlands and other aquatic habitats used by the (1) US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Environmental Protection Agency; (2) California State Water Resources Control Board and its Regional Water Quality Control Boards; (3) California Department of Fish and Wildlife; (4) San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; and (5) the California Coastal Commission. Other definitions and delineation methods used by US Department of Agriculture and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to identify and delineate aquatic resources will also be discussed in comparison to the wetland and other waters definitions and delineation methods used by the Corps and EPA.

The course offers clear and concise explanations and comparisons of the wetland definitions and methods used by these agencies, including the latest changes in methodology and approaches for delineating jurisdictional boundaries; explanations of key terminology; and practical hands-on field experience for private consultants, agency personnel, attorneys, academics, and the general public who are involved with resource protection, impact assessment, environmental restoration, and/or seeking project authorization from the above mentioned agencies. Our course instructor’s primary method of instruction is “learning by doing,” so prepare to get dirty!

We will meet at the Solano Land Trust’s Rush Ranch facility near Suisun City, Solano County, California, for classroom lectures and field training exercises. Classroom lectures in the mornings will prepare us for afternoon field training exercises that provide hands-on experience using the various wetland delineation methods, with a focus on field delineation of wetland-upland boundaries and analysis of results. Field work will include exploring how and why the various definitions and associated methodologies produce different results in terms of wetland area delineated. Class will be held rain or shine! Presented in cooperation with the Solano Land Trust.

Transportation: Personal vehicle required for field trip (carpooling possible)
Hiking: Easy, flat terrain.
Start/End: Monday, 9:00 am – Wednesday, 5:00 pm.
Course Fee: $475/$505
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

CNPS Event October 27-29, 2020: Mitigation Measures & Monitoring With Emphasis on Botanical Resource Issues, Imperial Beach, 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 the framework for mitigation and mitigation monitoring, especially considering botanical resources, and how laws like CEQA can be leveraged to advocate for responsible mitigation measures that keep California’s natural habitat resources in mind. $375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members. Go to the workshop page for details or to register.

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

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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.

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