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Meeting and Program work on the California Academy of Sciences living

Thursday, May 20th, 7:00 PM roof. He is also developing the first master gardener
program that focuses on native plants and best practices
Pacific Grove Museum of
for utilizing their potential for aesthetic balance and
Natural History beauty while maintaining responsible water use
practices. Recently, he has focused on rainwater
Creating Habitat with California Native Plants catchment systems that collect and re-use water for his
in Green Roofs and Sustainable Landscapes gardens and roofs.
Speakers: Casey Lyon & Cooper Scollan Cooper began his career in horticulture in 1993 working
California native plants play a major role in for a Monterey county landscape design / installation
attracting birds and beneficial insects, and support firm creating native California and Japanese gardens.
all aspects of native ecosystems. We will be Over the last 16 years he has extensively studied
exploring ways to encourage habitat in Living or ornithology, ecology, horticulture, botany and
„Green‟ Roofs and ecologically friendly / landscape design while working for several different
sustainable landscapes. Our talk will focus on landscape companies. In 2005, he managed a California
these interactions as well as highlighting a few of native plant nursery specializing in the propagation of
our favorite natives for these applications. We plant material for landscapes, restorations and green
will also delve into the capture, storage and reuse roof installations.
of roof water in landscapes. Please join us for a
look into the world of green roofs! Cooper has been directly involved in over 40 green roof
projects throughout California, including the design,
Casey Lyon, Founder and Sole Proprietor of grow-out and installation of the California Academy of
Habitat Gardens, is a leading expert in Native Sciences living roof and ground plane. Cooper‟s work
Gardens and Green Roof technologies. Trained at has been highlighted in the New York Times, San
California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo with a Francisco Chronicle, Pacific Coast Nurseryman
degree in Horticulture that focused on Restoration magazine, Monterey County Herald as well as in
Ecology, he has built over 150 native gardens and documentaries on the Discovery Channel, Sundance,
living roofs while collaborating with the best Good Morning America, Big Ideas for a Small Planet
landscape architects and designers in his field. He and the Science channel.
has won several awards for his living roofs and
has had his gardens featured in Garden Design
Magazine and Gardens Illustrated.

He has been highlighted on the television program

„Big Ideas for a Small Planet‟ that featured his
CONSERVATION REPORT List 1B and 2 of the California Native Plant Society
Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants of California are
considered rare and endangered pursuant to CEQA).
Unfortunately the proposed language refers only to listed
The Monterey Bay Chapter (MBC) submitted a letter
plants. On steep slopes, the plan would allow conversion of
on Apr. 19 to the Bureau of Land Management
native habitats to permanent plantings of orchards and vines
(BLM) urging stronger protection of endangered and
on slopes up to 50%, compared to the current limits of 25%
threatened plants and sensitive habitats, pointing out
in most of the county. This would destroy habitat, accelerate
that most of the seven alternatives in the Draft
erosion, impact wildlife corridors, increase water use, and
Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact
encourage the spread of non-native species.There are many
Statement would allow further deterioration of these
other flaws in this plan, but these are the worst from the
protected resources. The unique Idria serpentine
MBC viewpoint. Members are urged to write planning
formation supports an unusual forest (once the San
commissioners urging correction of these flawed proposals.
Benito National Forest), which is the only place that
Jeffrey pine, Coulter pine and gray pine occur
naturally together. In addition to the Federally listed
been working for decades to get better protection for the
San Benito Evening Primrose (Camissonia benitensis)
native Monterey pine. Although the Monterey pine (Pinus
there are a number of other unusual plants that deserve
radiata) is considered the most widely planted landscape and
improved monitoring and protection from off-highway
timber tree in the world, the native forests are limited to
vehicles (OHVs). MBC worked to establish the San
three small areas in central coastal California, of which the
Benito Mountain Natural Area within the Clear Creek
Monterey Peninsula is the largest. These populations contain
Management Area (CCMA), which was intended to be
the genetic diversity forged over millions of years of
closed permanently to all OHV use according to the
existence, yet they are rapidly disappearing because of
original Framework Plan of 1970. Instead, OHVs have
clearing for development, disease, fire protection, air
continued to expand their impacts on the rare flora, as
pollution, and other urban impacts. Efforts over the years to
MBC has repeatedly documented with monitoring and
improve protection have brought the response that the
photographs. MBC asserts that the current complete
General Plan Update was the logical time to do this. Now
closure of the area (because of asbestos hazard) is
that GPU5 seems to be in the home stretch, the Supervisors
unfair to passive, low-impact recreation uses (such as
scheduled a hearing on March 16 to consider upgrading
hiking, birding, botanizing, photography, etc.), which
protection. A large percentage of the pines are in the Coastal
should be allowed on the county roads. MBC oppose
Zone, where they qualify as Environmentally Sensitive
selling off any of these lands as well as withdrawing
Habitat according to the Çoastal Act; but those on the inland
grazing allotments to turn them into OHV play areas
side do not even have as much protection as oaks and
and opening other new areas to OHVs. For these
redwoods. The staff report recommended that Monterey
reasons MBC cannot support any of the seven
pines in inland areas be given immediately the same
alternatives; however, Alt. C has the potential to be
protection as oaks, and that for the long term the county
consistent with endangered species protection if
consider preparation of a comprehensive Monterey Pine
changes are made that include adequate surveys for
Management Plan that would ensure consistent treatment
sensitive plants and animals; consistent, frequent
throughout its native range. Long-time activist and Pine
monitoring; and conscientious enforcement.
Watch leader Joyce Stevens attended the meeting to testify
in support of the proposals, and the supervisors did agree to
give the pines the same protection as oaks; but lack of funds
On Apr. 14 the Monterey Co. Planning Commission
prevented any action on the long-range plan.
began hearings on GPU5, the newest version of the
update process that began over 10 years ago. MBC
submitted testimony deploring the weakening changes
Mother's Day weekend, May 8-9, the Fort Ord Base
that have crept into the plan in the interim, particularly
Realignment and Closure Office (BRAC) will sponsor a
in the areas of protection of rare, threatened and
booth in the Marina Festival of the Winds with information
endangered (RTE) species and agricultural
about the cleanup program. For details, go to
development on steep slopes. Regarding RTE species, . On Saturday, June 26 BRAC will
CEQA guidelines state that any activity that would
hold its free, semi-annual, 90-minute bus tour of cleanup
substantially reduce the number or restrict the range of
sites including stops near the areas scheduled for burning
a rare or endangered species would be considered a
this year. There will also be an Open House featuring
significant impact. Although there is some latitude in
information on groundwater cleanup, habitat management,
the definitions, in practice all plant species listed or
and landfill actions. For details or a copy of the current
proposed for listing by a government agency, as well
quarterly newsletter listing the release schedule of
as plants that meet scientific standards for
environmental documents, email:
endangerment (generally, those that are included on or call her at 393-1284.
mile north of intersection with Goss Ave., Isbel Dr. &
Market St. Meet in the parking lot next to the children's
playground, near park entrance. Carpools (always)
recommended. No reservations necessary; open to the
public. Justen Whittall (Department of Biology, Santa Clara
Univ.),, (831) 332-3389 (cell)

Saturday, May 15, 11 am. Malpaso Canyon

Meet at 10:45 at the Rio Road Park & Ride or 11 am at the
parking place at the junction of San Remo and
Malpaso Road in Carmel Highlands for this easy 1.5-mile
stroll. We follow a mainly level private road past slopes
filled with a multitude of colorful wildflowers, ending in a
FIELD TRIPS cool, shady redwood forest. Leaders Corky Matthews and
Bonni Weinstein. For CNPS members and their guests only
May 14 – 15, Friday and Saturday Overnight because of special access to private property. Bring lunch
and water; back mid-afternoon. For info call Corky, 659-
Grassland Survey at Big Sur Land Trust’s
Arroyo Seco Ranch Join The Big Sur Land Trust
Conservation Projects Manager, Cammy Chabre on a
visit to the Land Trust‟s Arroyo Seco Ranch. There we
will monitor grassland plots and explore diverse native
Saturday May 22, 11am-1pm
habitats from oak savanna to sycamore alluvium Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve w/ Val Haley
woodlands. Grassland botanists are encouraged to join Come see plant succession in action, two years after the
us as we monitor the effects of fire suppression Martin Fire. There is abundant regrowth and a diversity of
activities initiated during the Basin Complex Fires. fire followers. Last spring was amazing. The walks will
Arroyo Seco Ranch features spectacular scenic river highlight unique Santa Cruz Sandhills geology, rare plants,
views along with a wealth of diverse plant plant communities, and fire ecology. This walk will be led
assemblages. This will be our chance to observe late- by botanist and sandhills specialist, Val Haley. Walk will
season annual blooms and to marvel at perennial start at 11:00 am and last about 2.5 to 3 hours. It will be a
shrubs as they begin to explode in color. moderate hike about 2.5 miles, so wear hiking shoes, sun
We will meet at The Big Sur Land Trust Office, 126 protection, and bring food and water. We will meet at the
Clock Tower Place, Ste. 101, Carmel, 93922 at 8:00 Reserve Parking lot next to the old firehouse on Martin
A.M. sharp and will return on Saturday. Directions: Road. The main cross streets are Ice Cream Grade to the
from Hwy 1 South, Left Rio Rd., Left Clock Tower north and Bonny Doon Rd to the south. Please RSVP to Val
Place. This trip is limited to 8 people so please call by phone or email if you would like to attend (425-0687 or
early and reserve your spot. Reservations are required. The walks are limited to 15 people per
Cammy Chabre;; (831) walk, so reserve your spot, and pick a date
625-5523 x 110

Sun May 23 10am Pescadero Marsh and Dunes

Saturday, May 15, 3pm-5pm. Flowers and Join Toni Corelli and State Park volunteers Avis Boutell and
Pollinators of DeLaveaga Park w/ Justen Nancy Frost for a walk on the North Pond Trail at Pescadero
Marsh. This is a great place to see coastal scrub, native
Whittall prairie and wildflowers, along with saltwater marsh wetlands
The focus of this field trip will be on flower colors in
and the birds associated with it. This will be an easy one-
the forest (Whittall's specialty) and the primary
way walk of about 1 mile and we will return along the same
pollinators in these communities. The hike will
trail. After lunch we will go to the Pescadero dunes to see
highlight understory plants of the Redwood Forest &
different plants and how they manage to live in this extreme
Mixed Evergreen Forest. The out and back walk to the
habitat. We‟ll meet at the North Parking lot of Pescadero
"Top of the World" is approximately 3 miles total
Marsh at 10am. Directions: From Hwy. 1 park at the north
distance with less than 200 feet elevation gain (Easy-
parking lot at Pescadero Marsh. A parking fee is required
Moderate hiking). Bring water and a snack. You might
and there are restrooms at the parking lot. Bring lunch and
sneak a peek at his website, to whet your appetite for
wear layers. The tour will go until 3pm. For more
knowledge on the evolution of flower colors!
information contact Toni at (650) 464-1289 or Meet at the DeLaveaga Or see the map at
Park Main Entrance. Branciforte Dr. approximately 1
lunch break, should be completed by 2:00pm. The trip is
Mon-Fri May 24-28 limited to 18 participants. Reservations are required. To
High Desert Trip - South-eastern Sierra reserve a spot, contact Sally Casey at (408) 377-0989 (best
This trip captures the season just ending in the after dark) or email Carolyn Dorsch at
upper Mojave while just beginning on Sierra
slopes. (And it should be good if the abundant
June 12th, Fort Ord Wildflower Amateur
flowers in Short Canyon were an indication
Photography field trip
March 30.) We will be walking the upper "See spring through another lens as you join local plant
canyons toward the south and bajadas opposite enthusiast/photographer Nathanial Wigington on a hiking
Lone Pine. Haiwee Reservoir marks the tour through Fort Ord looking to capture nature's beautiful
uppermost Mojave Desert province. Calochortus spring colors inside a photograph. Traveling to various
kennedyi will be present. Later in the trip, the locations we will look to capture landscapes and floral
bajadas east of Mt. Whitney offer a unique closeups. Fort ord Offers many scenic landscapes and boasts
Ceanothus cuneatus / C. leucodermis brush a spring display that is still growing strong. Field trip is
community and also late-season desert flowers. limited to 15 people, sign up now and reserve a spot.
Camping will be primitive sites or motel lodging Contact Nathanial Wigington (
at your choice (with motels at Lone Pine or (706-284-5628).
Ridgecrest). Dates are event days: we‟ll hike
Monday afternoon and the last overnight stay will
be Friday night. Reservations are required. For 11th Annual Early Summer Wildflower Show
more information or to reserve your spot contact Garland Park, Carmel Valley June 12th and 13th
one of the trip leaders: Joe Cernac at (408) 292- Wildflowers, Field Sketching Workshop and Watercolor Art
Demo, Hikes, Lectures, and more. More information to be
5465 or; and Stella announced: Contact Debbie Wyatt ( or
Yang at (408) 255-6233 or (831) 659-6065).

Saturday June 5, 11am-1pm

Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve w/ Val Haley
and Mike Vasey Come see plant succession in
action, two years after the Martin Fire. There is STEWARDSHIP DAYS
abundant regrowth and a diversity of fire followers.
Last spring was amazing. The walk will highlight
unique Santa Cruz Sandhills geology, rare plants, plant Contact Jan at 236.0905 or for
communities, and fire ecology. Botanist and sandhills more info on any of the following CNPS events
specialist, Val Haley will be joined by manzanita
specialist, Mike Vasey, who has been doing maritime Third Sunday Soberanes Creek Cape Ivy Bash.
chaparral research at the Reserve. Walk will start at May 16th , 11am-2pm
11:00 am and last about 2.5 to 3 hours. It will be a Here Soberanes Creek falls into the ocean and needs our
moderate hike about 2.5 miles, so wear hiking shoes, help continuing to remove various invasive weeds, primarily
sun protection, and bring food and water. cape ivy. Meet at 1pm in Carmel on Rio Rd. in the Park n‟
We will meet at the Reserve Parking lot next to the Ride in front of the Black Bear Diner (across from the
old firehouse on Martin Road. The main cross streets Chevron Gas Station) to carpool. All supplies provided.
are Ice Cream Grade to the north and Bonny Doon Rd Bring a friend, water, and a snack. Contact
to the south. Please RSVP to Val by phone or email if
you would like to attend (425-0687 or Limited to 15 people, so reserve First Saturday Broom Bash on
your spot! East Side of Point Lobos State Reserve
June 5th, 1-4pm
Join us on these 1st Saturday of the month visits to the
Sat Jun 5 10am Grass Walk at Los Trancos beautiful Monterey pine forest on the east side of Point
Join Sally Casey to explore the native grasses at Los Lobos. We‟ll use several techniques to remove French
Trancos Open Space Preserve in Los Altos. See many broom and help restore this area that wants to thrive with
species of grasses in sunny and shady conditions. native plants. Meet at 1pm in Carmel on Rio Rd. in the Park
Bring a hand lens if you have one available, a sack n‟ Ride in front of the Black Bear Diner (across from the
lunch and water. The hike distance will be about 2 Chevron Gas Station). All supplies provided. Bring a
miles with minimal elevation gain. The walk, with a friend, water, and a snack.
Registration deadline: May 15, 2010
State Parks Staff and CNPS Volunteer Cape Send registration to: The Thacher School, 5025 Thacher
Ivy Weed Bash at Soberanes Ck. Road, Ojai, California · 93023
June 4th 9 am- 2 pm Attention May Adams, Botany Workshops
Join other volunteers and State Parks staff and help to OR Pay by phone to Thacher School: Sara Edwards,
reverse the spread of sticky eupatorium and Cape ivy (805)646-4377. For directions and detailed information
in the wonderful Soberanes Creek watershed. One about the camp: Visit the Golden Trout Wilderness Camp
“migrating” Friday each month we‟ll continue to website:
spend a wondrous day in paradise. RSVP with Bruce Or contact: Cam Spaulding:;
at or 831.277.7690 for (805)509-6685
logistical details.. All supplies provided. Bring a Questions about the workshop? Contact:
friend, water, and a snack. Susan D‟Alcamo:, Cell#
(925)899-0719 Julie Anne Hopkins:,
Cell # (831)566-6012
Sponsored by Golden Trout Wilderness Camp, field camp of
The Thacher School


April was a great month! A great Wildflower Show,

followed by our speaker, Carol Bornstein, made for a
successful several weeks. My thanks to Brian LeNeve
for another great show. Thanks also to all the
BOTANICAL WORKSHOP volunteers who helped make it happen. Please, if you
Flora and Natural History of the did help out with the show in any capacity, e-mail Brian
Southern Sierra the number of hours you spent doing this. The state
July 11 – 17, 2010 organization needs this info for potential grant
Location: Golden Trout Wilderness applications and for maintaining our non-profit status.
Camp, at 10,000 feet in the Southern Sierra We do have a serious HELP WANTED situation.
Instructors: Tim Thomas and Pam Brian has announced that he would like to step down as
McKay chairman of the show, so we need someone to step in
Workshop Organizers: Susan D'Alcamo, Julie Anne and take up the job. He is more than willing to help out
Hopkins while you get started and to help make a smooth
Camp Director: Cam Spalding transition. Detailed plant knowledge is not necessary.
Don‟t miss this amazing botany workshop that will
The job involves coordinating volunteers and
teach us about the flora and natural history of the
Golden Trout Wilderness, Cottonwood Lakes Basin communicating with the museum to get (and keep) the
and the John Muir Wilderness. Spend the week show running. We do need someone who is willing to
exploring high Sierra alpine habitats. Guided hikes and take on the job for several years. Please call me or
interpretive talks will be led by experienced trip Brian if you are willing to take on a big, but very
leaders, Tim and Pam. We will see an abundance of satisfying, task.
wildflowers in alpine meadows and encounter endemic
plant species while taking in the incredible Sierran
vistas. If you are unfamiliar with foxtail pines, a close
relative to the ancient bristlecone pine, now is the time
to meet this beautiful conifer. We will study plants in
the field during the day (remember to bring your hand Ever wonder just where that plant name came from?
lens) and the evenings will be lectures, slide shows Calflora‟s website, compiled by Michael Charters,
and an opportunity to key plants with dissecting may well have the answer. Check out the site at:
scopes. Plant list will be provided. htttp://
Cost: $495.00 (includes meals from Sunday dinner
through Saturday lunch)
Monterey Bay Chapter Nonprofit Org.
California Native Plant Society US Postage Paid
P.O. Box 221303 Carmel, CA 93923
Carmel, CA 93922 Permit No. 5

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Save the Date: Meeting and program

June 17th with Mike Evans, co-founder
of Tree of Life Nursery


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93921. 624-8497;
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(See Invasive Plants) Please make check payable to "CNPS" and send to: CNPS,
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