North Coast CNPS



Evening programs are free, public programs on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m. For information or to suggest a speaker or topic contact Michael Kauffmann at 407-7686 or michaelekauffmann

Outings are open to everyone, not just members. All levels of expertise, from beginners to experienced botanizers, are welcome. Address questions about physical requirements to the leader. It is wise to contact the leader before the trip, in case plans change.

September 13, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. "Understanding California's Rarest Conifer.”  California is a world hotspot for conifer diversity and home to over 50 species of this ancient lineage.  Michael Kauffmann, local educator, author, and ecologist, spent time in the summer of 2017 mapping and monitoring what might be California's rarest conifer.  The yellow-cedar (Callitropsis nootkatensis) survives at the southern extent of its range in northwest California's Siskiyou Mountains.  The California Native Plant Society, in collaboration with the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests, surveyed the Siskiyous to assess the health and extent of this amazing species and how climate change is affecting it throughout its range.  Join us for a photographic journey about an ecological outlier surviving (and thriving) at the southern extent of its range.

(Sorry, Susan Harrison's talk was cancelled.)

September 23, Saturday. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fall Native Plant Sale at the nursery, 2182 Old Arcata Rd., Bayside. Members only pre-sale 9-10 a.m.. You can join at the entrance. 826-0259.

October 8, Sunday. Inland, Fall Day Trip. Driving east along Highway 299 we will see fall color of Big-leaf Maple, Poison Oak, and Oregon White Oak.  We will stop at all the vista points, summits, campgrounds, and rest areas, taking in the season as presented by the fading winter-deciduous species, the freshly washed evergreen species, and the sprouting annual or summer-deciduous species.  We might get as far as Burnt Ranch Campground. We will make short walks from the cars; be prepared for the weather.  Bring lunch and water.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) to carpool.  Return late afternoon, or possibly in the evening after dinner in Willow Creek. Tell Carol if you know good places to stop, or if you are coming: 822-2015, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

October 11, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m."The Wonderful World of Geophytes."  The flower-covered landscapes of pre-European California included a colorful, diverse, and abundant group of plants whose survival depended on underground bulbs and tubers.  These plants, referred to as geophytes ("earth plants"), included lilies, fritillaries, brodiaeas, and many other species, many of which were important food sources for Native Americans.  An abundance of evidence now suggests this group is declining rapidly.  Based on 35 years working in this area, Dave Imper, retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife ecologist, and the local "Mr. Lily," will highlight the exceptional diversity of this group locally, explain the large-scale changes that have affected their habitats, and tell what management actions could slow the loss of these treasurers.  The recent Fremontia issue (journal of the California Native Plant Society) devoted to geophytes will be available for purchase. 

November 8 , Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. "Ancient but Still Evolving:  the Ferns among Us."  Ferns are a fascinating group of plants, with rich, and often bizarre, ecologies and natural histories.  Carl Rothfels, Assistant Professor and Curator of Ferns and Lycophytes at the University Herbarium, U. C. Berkeley, will take us on a meander through ferndom from a slightly evolutionary perspective, starting at the broadest scale (What are ferns?  How did they evolve?) and ending closer to home with a tour of northern California fern diversity.  Along the way, he will touch on ferns' secret double life, on the wonders of "instantaneous" speciation, the trick to being a fern in the desert, the challenges of fern taxonomy (Why do these names keep changing??), and more.

December 13, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.  "Native Plant Show and Tell".   Members share native plant photos, food, prose, poetry, or art. Tell Michael Kauffmann if you want to contribute:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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