CNPS Happenings & Financial Assistance Available to Lawn-Replacing Landowners

July, 2016


 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.

Evening Programs

No evening programs scheduled for June, July or August. The regular schedule will resume September 14, 2016.

Field Trips and Plant Walks

June 4, Saturday. Moss Day in Arcata. This is your chance to learn how to distinguish the components of the green, mossy blur in a redwood forest. Join experienced bryologist, teacher, and founding member of the CNPS Bryophyte Chapter Paul Wilson (from California State University Northridge) for a day in the redwood forest learning about common, and maybe some uncommon, mosses. We will walk about 2 miles in the Arcata Community Forest and probably sort our finds while we have lunch at a picnic table in Redwood Park. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot in the park at the top of 14th St., Arcata. Bring water, lunch, hand lens, and paper packets or envelopes. We will finish by 3 p.m. Contact:

June 11, Saturday. Rare Plant Treasure Hunt: Pink-margined Monkeyflower (Erythranthe trinitiensis). Traveling beyond Horse Mountain on Forest Highway 1 in Six Rivers National Forest, we will check out known sites of this diminutive monkeyflower at Grouse Mountain, White Rock Spring, and Cold Spring. At Cold Spring we will also look for the Mountain Lady’s-slipper (Cypripedium montanum), which was seen 20 years ago and possibly last year. Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata). Be prepared with sturdy shoes or boots for short hikes off gravel roads. Bring lunch, water, hats, sunscreen, and plant detectors. Tell John what kind of vehicle you can bring, if any. John McRae at 707-441-3513. or In partnership with Six Rivers National Forest.

June 11, Saturday. Plant Walk and Weeding in the Trinity Alps at High Point Trailhead. Help remove invasive Dyer’s woad (Isatis tinctoria) from a wilderness trailhead and join us for a ridge top walk to Rock Lake. Meet at the Panamnik Building in Orleans at 9 a.m. Contact Tanya Chapple for details, Co-sponsored by Mid-Klamath
Watershed Council.

June 17-19, Friday-Sunday. Grizzly Peak and Mount Ashland overnight and day hikes. Day hikes on these somewhat high elevation mountains (5,000-6,500 ft.) will find wildflowers whether the season is early or late. The basic plan is to drive to Ashland Friday afternoon, set up camp (site to be determined), hike Grizzly Peak Saturday, have a campfire meal that night, hike Grouse Gap (Mount Ashland) Sunday morning, and drive home that afternoon. Overnighting in a motel in Ashland would work too. If you are interested, tell Carol right now to be notified as plans develop:, 707-822-2015

June 25, Saturday. Rare Plant Treasure Hunt for salt marsh species in the Dead Mouse Marsh of Ryan Slough. A salt marsh community formed at Dead Mouse Marsh and now provides habitat for several rare species. We hope to locate populations of Pt. Reyes Bird’s-beak (Chloropyron maritimum ssp. palustre), Western Sand-spurrey (Spergularia canadensis var. occidentalis), and Lyngbye’s Sedge (Carex lyngbyei). We may also be able to detect post-bloom Humboldt Bay Owl’s Clover (Castilleja ambigua var. humboldtiensis). Contact: Greg O’Connell, or 707-599-4887.

July 9, Saturday. Plant Walk and Weeding in the Marble Mountains at Norcross Trailhead. Join us to remove invasive plants from a wilderness trailhead and for a walk up Elk Creek. Meet at the Panamnik Building in Orleans at 9 a.m., note however that this destination might change. Co-sponsored by Mid-Klamath Watershed Council. Contact: Tanya Chapple, Note: camping at a Forest Service campground along the Salmon River post- event will be convenient for the hike out of Forks of Salmon (see next event description).

July 10, Sunday. Champion Incense Cedar Hike. Salmon River Restoration Council will lead about a 4-mile, round-trip up Devil’s Canyon, a tributary of the Little North Fork Salmon River, to re-measure the California and national champion Incense Cedar and enjoy the summer wildflowers. Bring warm clothes, rain gear, lots of water, lunch, sunscreen, and bug repellant. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Forks of Salmon Community Park, or at 9:30 a.m. 10.5 miles upriver at the intersection of Sawyers Bar Rd. and Little North Fork Rd (FS40N51). Contact Mel at 530-462-4665 or

July 30, Saturday. Rare Plant Treasure Hunt for Wolf’s Evening Primrose (Oenothera wolfii) in roadside locations around Humboldt Bay and Trinidad. Oenothera wolfii struggles to survive due to road maintenance activities and hybridization with a similar, non-native species. We’ll attempt to map locations of Oenothera wolfii and its hybrids. Contact Greg O’Connell at or 707-599-4887.

August 6-7, Saturday-Sunday. Del Norte Weekend. From coastal bluffs and wetlands to serpentine ridges, botanical wonders are in every direction in Del Norte County. On this weekend, from headquarters in a campground (to be determined), some people will head out rare plant treasure hunting, while other people head for trail hikes. Rare plant hunters will explore the Gasquet region (and possibly Lake Earl area) looking for several late-blooming taxa with historical records from the areas, including Little-leaf Huckleberry (Vaccinium scoparium), Great Burnett (Sanguisorba officinalis), and several sedge species (Carex spp.). For rare plant details, contact Greg O’Connell at or 707-599-4887. For camping and hiking, contact Carol at 707-822-2015 or


Financial Assistance Available to Lawn-Replacing Landowners

When planting this season, consider replacing water-guzzling lawns with drought tolerant plants. Local landowners can effectively reduce their water footprint by making this switch, and available state rebates help mitigate the cost. Under California’s 2015 Turf Replacement Initiative, single-family households can apply for up to $2,000 in rebates to replace their turf with a drought-tolerant landscape.

With the goal of removing ten million square feet of turf, the state is offering these $2 per square foot rebates on a first-come, first serve basis. Applications are available online only and require photos, measurements, and a copy of a recent water or energy bill. After approval, you have four months to complete the conversion before you have to submit five “after” photos of your project. Rebates will be sent eight to ten weeks post-completion.  If you will be relying on these rebates to make your project feasible, wait for the initial response first before you begin work. Good news if you rent or lease—you are still eligible for this program if you obtain permission from the landowner.

This process appears straightforward and simple, and provides an opportunity to learn more about choosing which native, drought-tolerant plants have the highest likelihood of survival in your yard. Native plants can require little water or care once planted in an appropriate setting, but understanding what will work best can sometimes require planning. CNPS’s website ( provides helpful tools for replacing your lawn and the North Coast’s chapter website has great information about locally found plants ( For more information and to get started, visit

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