CNPS Happenings Feb/Mar 2015
Beginners and experts, non-members and members are all welcome at our programs and on our outings. Almost all of our events are free. All of our events are made possible by volunteer effort.
Second Wednesday evening, September through May. Refreshments at 7 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m. at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road, near 7th and Union, Arcata.
Botanical FAQ’s: At 7:15 p.m. Pete Haggard or another presenter will share a brief, hands-on demonstration and discussion of some botanical topic.
February 11, 7:30 p.m. “Making It How It Was: Dune and Salt Marsh Restoration around Humboldt Bay.” Andrea Pickart of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge will evaluate the 25-year history of dune restoration on our coast and discuss efforts to address the sea level rise. Michael Cipra, executive director of the North Coast Regional Land Trust, will share the inspiring results of his organization’s five-year-old project to restore a 35-acre tidal wetland at Freshwater Farms Reserve.
March 11, 7:30 p.m. “Burning the Bald Hills: Managing Savanna and Woodland Ecosystems in Redwood National Park.” One hundred years of fire suppression now requires the park to consider other options to preserve the habitats under its management. Eamon Engber, Interagency Fire Ecologist with Redwood National Park, will explore oak woodland and serpentine ecosystems and discover the fire and non-fire alternatives to achieve renewed native biodiversity. He will share how this management relates to the Little Bald Hills serpentine pine savanna.
Field Trips & Plant Walks
Saturday, February 28. Requa to Lagoon Creek Day Hike (Coastal Trail, Hidden Beach Section, in Redwood National Park). Osoberry, Red-flowering Currant, Western Coltsfoot, Candyflower, Milkmaids, Smith’s Fairy Bells, Western Trillium and Giant Purple Trillium could be blooming along this 4-mile, gentle hike from the spectacular Requa trailhead on the north side of the mouth of the Klamath River to Lagoon Creek, where we will leave shuttle cars. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange a place farther north. Dress for being in the weather all day! Bring lunch and water. Return late afternoon. Please tell Carol you are coming 822-2015.
Saturday, March 14. Flint Ridge Trail Day Hike. This trail in Redwood National Park just south of the mouth of the Klamath River will take us through majestic, upland old growth Redwoods, with blooms of Milkmaids, Smith’s Fairy Bells, and Redwood Violets, as well as along the banks of Marshall Pond and through Red Alder-Sitka Spruce forest. The group will decide whether to do the full trail, 4.6 miles with 800 ft. elevation gain and loss, by shuttling vehicles, or do a shorter, up-and-back version. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange a place farther north. Dress for being in the weather all day! Bring lunch and water. Return late afternoon. Please tell Carol you are coming 822-2015.