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Welcome to El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Our chapter lies in El Dorado County on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, stretching from the foothills at the edge of the Sacramento Valley to the mountains at Echo Summit. Our chapter works to protect and teach about all native plants in the county, from rare to common. More.
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Tuesday, November 24th 7pm
SEVEN NATURAL WONDERS OF EL DORADO COUNTY - Floristic Diversity from the Valley Grasslands of Folsom to the Sierra Alpine Zone
An unnamed lake above Lake Winnemucca near Carson Pass. Photo: Tripp Mikich/DharmaSpringsPhotography
A talk and slide presentation with retired UC Davis plant ecologist and El Dorado Chapter Vice President Dr. Debra Ayres
El Dorado County Planning Commission Meeting Room, 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville
El Dorado County is one of the most botanically diverse places on the planet, home to over 2,300 native plant species. With an area encompassing just 1% of the state, it contains almost 30% of the plants native to California. Why is our county so diverse?
Debra Ayres, retired plant ecologist from UC Davis, current Vice President of the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and long time resident of El Dorado County will try to answer that question when she presents "Seven Natural Wonders: Floristic Diversity in El Dorado County from the Valley Grasslands of Folsom to High Sierra Alpine Zone of Carson Pass" at the Tuesday, November 24th meeting of the the Chapter, 7pm at the Planning Commission Meeting Room, Building C, 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville. The talk is free and all are welcome.
El Dorado Ranch (American River Conservancy) overlooking the Cosumnes River. Photo: Tripp Mikich/DharmaSprings Photography
The answer lies millions of years ago when the Sierra Nevada was uplifted, a process that continues today. The uplift created climatic zones that support seven distinct plant communities each containing 100s of native plants. Botanist and plant ecologist Ayres will present a floristic tour of El Dorado County, where we will travel from lower elevation plant communities like grasslands and oak woodlands to mountain forests and alpine rock gardens.
El Dorado County and Our Native Plants
El Dorado County lies on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Along the edge of the Great Valley, some grasslands contain vernal pools with a succession of spring-flowering annuals, while the lower foothills have areas of gabbro and serpentine soils which support special endemic plants, and the rivers and streams have lush riparian woodlands with a number of different species of shrubs and herbs. To the east of Pollock Pines we enjoy the Eldorado National Forest which offers a wide variety of destinations, from drought-tolerant foothill and montane chaparral to subalpine above 9000 ft in the Desolation Wilderness, to the shores of the largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe. Our Chapter covers lands west of Echo Summit, while the Lake Tahoe Chapter covers the Tahoe basin.
The California Native Plant Society is a state-wide organization dedicated to protecting the native vegetation that is too often seen as "in the way" when it comes time to bulldoze for a development! By joining, you will be getting to know the plants and learning their importance; then you too can contribute to the well-being and happiness of the community.
If you want to start learning about native plants and why theyneed protection, CNPS is for you.
General meetings: 7:00 p.m, the fourth Tuesdayof Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, and Nov. Chapter meetings are free and the public is always invited to attend. Meetings usually include a show-and-tell about one or more seasonally notable plants, announcements of upcoming chapter events and projects, and a speaker presentation. We hope that you will mingle and meet interesting new friends who share an interest in plants and the natural places of the surrounding foothills.
Directions: Meetings are held at the Planning Commission Room, Building C of the County Government Center, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville. If approaching from Highway 50 on Fair Lane, turn left at the top of the hill onto Fairlane Court and drive down the hill to the large parking lot in front of Building C. The Planning Commission Room can be entered from the right side of the building's atrium.
Nov. 24, 2015 7 PM
SEVEN NATURAL WONDERS OF EL DORADO COUNTY
Floristic Diversity from the Valley Grasslands of Folsom to the Sierra Alpine Zone
A talk and slide presentation with retired UC Davis plant ecologist and El Dorado Chapter Vice President Dr. Debra Ayres
El Dorado County Planning Commission Meeting Room, 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville.
Free and open to the public
We offer free field trips during Spring and Summer to many areas, and you are invited to attend. You don't need a science background to participate; most of our members are not formally trained botanists, simply people who enjoy learning about our native plants. Contact the trip leaders by the Wednesday prior to the hike if you wish to request a plant list and to let them know you're coming.
Follow the Example of Willis Jepson..."A scientific interest in at least certain features of our natural environment, as for example the trees, shrubs or herbaceous plants, directs one to useful and agreeable intellectual activity. Accurate and detailed knowledge of even a small area lifts the possessor out of the commonplace and enables him directly or indirectly to contribute to the well-being and happiness of his community."
-Willis Jepson, Trees of California, 1921
Our logo flower is the Pleasant Valley mariposa lily, Calochortus clavatus var. avius, a member of the Lily family that was once so common in the Pleasant Valley area of Placerville that people would dig them up for home landscaping. Now they are listed as 1B: Rare, threatened, or Endangered and can only be found in a dispersed population on the Eldorado National Forest, at one location in Placer County, and in eight small occurrences in Calaveras County. (Click on the thumbnail photo to open an enlarged photo.)
Chapter board meetings are held to discuss business items concerning the chapter and its activities. Board meetings will be held on the third Tuesdays in January, March, April, May, June, July, September, October and November. Meetings are held at the El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road, Placerville. The meeting rooms are in the B complex (opposite the main office behind the flag pole), usually in B-1 or B-3, at 6:30 pm.
Copies of the minutes from board meetings can be requested from the Chapter Secretary or Chapter President.
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Are you proficient with Joomla? Do you have experience designing websites? Consider bidding on our redesign project!
Scope of Work and Request for Bid for
Redesign of Chapter Website- El Dorado Chapter, CNPS
PO Box 1948
Placerville, CA 95667
Bids must include separate cost estimates for Tasks 1, 2 and 3 as described in the Website Development and Deliverables section below.
Organization: El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EDC-CNPS) is a local Chapter of the State non-profit organization that works to protect and teach about all native plants in El Dorado and Amador Counties, from rare to common.
Contact Info: Alice Cantelow, email: alicecantelow(at)gmail.com
The EDC-CNPS’s is requesting a cost estimate to have their website redesigned to the specifications provided in this Scope of Work (SOW). The website should be provided in Joomla, as a trial site for evaluation, and later migrated to the Chapter’s existing website host. The redesigned website should be engaging, easily modifiable / extendable, and easy for specified Chapter representatives to upload or modify pages. EDC-CNPS would like to have the website designed so that it is easy for Chapter representatives to post pictures to the website and so that photos of plants and places are easily available to website visitors.
The EDC-CNPS will provide the Website Designer with full access to the Chapter’s current website, including access to the hosting service account and the domain account. The current website can be viewed at http://www.eldoradocnps.org
The EDC-CNPS will also provide all needed text for Menu and Submenu pages. EDC-CNPS will be responsible for maintaining the current website during the redesigning phase.
The Website Designer will develop a Joomla website for EDC-CNPS consistent with the basic layout and menu/submenu list provided along with the Website Development and Deliverables listed below. The Website Designer will inform EDC-CNPS of modifications or changes to the Website Development and Deliverables listed below that are needed in order to improve the quality and functionality of the EDC-CNPS website.
Website Development and Deliverables:
Our highest priority is to complete Task 1. We very much want to complete Tasks 2 and 3, but seek separate cost estimates for those aspects to assist us in our decision to complete them at this time.
Task 1: General redesign for the website
· Modify or create a template (see Attachment 1 for basic layout of desired Home Page);
· Home page to have a column on the right hand side for “Current Activities / News” that should be easy to update;
· Discuss template with chapter representatives before proceeding. These discussions will include page width, page style, fonts, and banner;
· Include menus and submenus (as per Attachment 2); menus and (especially) submenus should be easily modifiable/expandable in the future;
· Insert provided pages or placeholder stubs for submenus (each submenu to have at least one page);
· Include facebook link similar to existing link on the left side of the current website (code to be provided);
· Design website to allow easy updating of Joomla versions over time;
· Provide general outline and/or site map so that chapter representatives can administer site, or modify pages;
· The website will be designed and tested to be used across the current versions of all major browsers and should operate effectively on mobile devices.
· The current EDC-CNPS website will remain functional and accessible up until the final redesigned website is migrated to the Chapter’s website host.
Task 2: Create an interactive map
· Design a page with an interactive map linked to other (provided) pages (plant walks and plant lists) or placeholders;
Task 3: Design a photo gallery
· Design a system for a photo gallery that may be called up from various other pages by tags (or similar); these tags would include: plant community, plant family, plant name, time of flowering, location. Photos and tags will be provided. Website design should allow for the photo gallery to be expanded greatly in the future;
The desired delivery window for completion of this project is 120 days following contract agreement.
Designer should report back at specific stages, including (but not limited to):
· Template development,
· Home page design,
· Trial Site review,
· Any other determined by designer for comment and adjustment.
The EDC-CNPS will own the graphics, other visual elements, text and any other elements of the website that are created or provided by the Website Designer; the Website Designer cannot claim any ownership over these items once the project is completed. The Website Designer shall guarantee that any elements of text, graphics, photos, designs, trademarks, or other artwork provided to EDC-CNPS for inclusion in the website are either owned by the Website Designer, or that EDC-CNPS has permission to use them.
Attachment 1: Initial design of Home Page
Attachment 2: Table of Desired Menus and Submenus
For attachments, contact alicecantelow(at)gmail.com