CNPS Happenings Oct/Nov 2014

October, 2014



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

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.

October 8, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. Discovering a new species in the Trinity Alps Wilderness:  Antennaria sawyerii, with Pete Figura, Environmental Scientist with the USFS. Pete will summarize the discovery, characteristics, and ecology of a new species of pussy-toes (Antennaria) from the Trinity Alps. A. sawyeri appears to be another Klamath Mountains endemic and is currently known only from a spectacular subalpine, ultramafic area near Siligo and Van Matre meadows in the eastern part of the wilderness.  The new plant’s specific epithet will honor the late Dr. John O. Sawyer, Jr., a founding member of the North Coast Chapter and friend and mentor to many in the north state botanical community.

October 15, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. “In Praise of Woody Diversity” with Mark Turner, author of Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest.  See flyer, right.

November 12, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. Book Release Party! “Field Guide to Grasses of California.”
Dr. James P. Smith. There are more than 300 species of native California grasses and they are found in almost every climate and habitat.  Despite their importance, grasslands remain one of the most underprotected of California’s vegetation types, and native grasslands have undergone the greatest percentage loss of any habitat type in the state. Join us for an evening with our own agrostologist superstar. Books will be for sale
at this event.

December 10, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. Native Plant Show and Tell. 
An informal evening for anyone to share photos, artifacts, readings or food relating to native plants and their habitats.  More details on our web page in November.


Field Trips & Plant Walks

October 12, Saturday.  South Fork Janes Creek Trail Day Hike.
This trail is an almost-three-mile loop through redwood forest, crossing the creek three times, traveling the ridge as well, and necessarily ascending and descending in between.  Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd, Arcata) or at 9:15 a.m. at the trailhead at the top of Diamond Drive.Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Return mid-afternoon. Contact Carol: 707-822-2015 or

November 1, Saturday. Eel River Estuary Preserve Day Hike.
The meeting of the Eel River and the ocean, fresh and saltwater, beach sand and bottomlands mud. The Wildlands Conservancy has established this preserve, not yet open to the public. With the preserve ranger we will walk 2-4 miles on established trails through tidal wetlands, fresh water marsh, sand dunes, grasslands, and beach.  Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or at 9:45 a.m. at the south end of Bayshore Mall parking area, or arrange another place. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Return late afternoon. Contact Carol: 707-822-2015 or


Fall Native Plant Sale, Saturday October 4

Fall is planting time!
Join us for the Fall Native Plant Sale at the Bayside Grange, 2297 Jacoby Creek Road, Bayside (just off Old Arcata Rd.). Find a wide selection of trees, shrubs, ferns, perennials, annuals, bulbs, shade plants, sun plants, wetland plants, native gardening resources, and friendly, knowledgeable people to help you create or add to your bee-, butterfly-, and bird-friendly garden or your habitat garden or your potted plant garden or wherever you want to bring species from our native ecosystems.

Experienced growers, gardeners and botanists will be on hand to assist you in choosing plants to meet your gardening and landscaping needs and to help answer your questions. We have reference books available for use and educational materials on hand to further assist gardeners who want to incorporate native plants into their landscapes. Cash, check, or credit card accepted. Please bring boxes to carry
your purchases.

All proceeds benefit the North Coast Chapter. For more information, or to volunteer to help with the sales, contact Chris Beresford 707-826-0259 or Anna Bernard 707-825-6991.

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