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2011 DeDecker Botanical Grant Awards

The Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has recently awarded these grants for botanical projects. The Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant Program annually awards funding for projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of our region’s unique native flora.

These grants are supported by the annual native plant sale. Persons funded are required to report on their research findings or how they used the grant money.

Graduate Student project recipients:

Diane Jolles, Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, "Leaf adaptation among members of the Pyrola picta (Ericaceae) species complex across multiple climatic gradients in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, California"

Christopher Kopp, University of California, San Diego, "Shrub invasion of alpine areas: An uphill battle?"

Local project recipients:

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (VESR), Native Plant Project. The Native Plant Project enhances the Mammoth Elementary School biological curriculum through hands-on learning. Fourth-grade children grow native plants from seed and plant the seedlings at Cerro Coso Community College. Fourth- and fifth-grade children participate in a week-long summer camp called Where Wild Things Grow.

Mono Lake Committee, Mono Basin Weed Removal Stewardship Project. Healthy plant communities throughout the Mono Basin are threatened by the incursion of non-native invasive weeds, including sweet clover (Melilotus albus). This project will supply volunteers with proper tools and coordinate their efforts in removing sweet clover at Mill Creek and Old Marina.

Ceramic Mural Project, Inyo County Free Library, Bishop. Local ceramic artist and instructor, Patty Holton, will be using funding from the Bristlecone Chapter and many other sources to create a full-color guide to the mural, to be available at the library and for sale locally. Many native plants and wildlife species are represented on this beautiful mural and CNPS Bristlecone Chapter is pleased to be able to help.