Railroad trestle over Deer Creek, near Latrobe, El Dorado County. Photo (c) Tripp Mikich
Sunday, April 27th - Vernal Pool Field Trip - Deer Creek near Latrobe
El Dorado County
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 with some interesting features, with gabbro and serpentine soil and the special endemic plants they support, we enjoy the Eldorado National Forest and a wide variety of destinations, from drought-tolerant foothill chaparral at 1500 ft to subalpine above 9000 ft in the Desolation Wilderness, to the shores of largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe.
We offer 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 vegetation. If you want to start learning about native plants and why they need protection, CNPS is for you. Meetings are geared toward local concerns and can be enjoyed by even an absolute beginner. If you're a new county resident, this is a nice way to get familiar with the neighborhood.
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 build a shopping center! 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...
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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, 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 parts of the Eldorado National Forest that you are likely not going to see unless you come on a field trip with the chapter.
May 27: Landscaping with Native Plants, Karin Kaufman
July 22: Butterflies and Their Plant interactions, Greg Kareofelas
Meetings are in the Lobby Meeting Room of the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville.
The library closes to the general public at 7 p.m. so attendees need to get in the outer door before then. The library lobby meeting room opens for the meeting at 6:30 pm. Our meetings generally begin at 7:00 p.m. unless we have an overflow crowd and then the meeting is started whenever that capacity is reached, generally about 6:50 p.m. We have had full capacity meetings for the past several months and have started at 6:50 p.m.
Chapter meetings are free and the public is always invited to attend. Meetings usually includes a show-and-tell about a particular plant, any announcements of chapter happenings, and the speaker presentation.
Refreshments are served and you get a chance to mingle and meet interesting new friends.
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The Rare Plant Treasure Hunt (RPTH) is a citizen-science program started by CNPS in 2010 with the goal of getting up-to-date information on many of our state’s rare plants, while engaging chapter members and other volunteers in rare plant conservation. Read more about it here...
Many thanks to all the folks that helped make our Spring Native Plant Sale such a huge success. Not only did we sell a lot of plants and make a lot of new friends, but we also added quite a few new members!
Our next sale will be the first Saturday in October, and as always, will feature California native grasses, flowering perennials, shrubs and trees, as well as native wildflower seeds. Some plants are deer-resistant, and many are drought-tolerant or drought-loving once established. Whether your soil is heavy clay or serpentine, whether you live in Folsom or Pollock Pines, we can help you choose native plants that will fit your landscaping needs. We also offer a wonderful selection of books about growing and landscaping with natives, botany basics, and field guides for all aspects of natural history. Our excellent weed exhibit uses pictures and live plants to inform folks about the plants we DON'T want to encourage. Free written information will be available concerning topics ranging from Wildlife-Friendly Gardening to Rare Plants of the Pine Hill Preserve.
For more information about native plant advantages and resources, please click here.
Chapter board meetings are held to discuss business items concerning the chapter and its activities. Please note that a decision was made to reduce the number of board meetings to six per year, coinciding with the months of the meetings. Board meetings will be held on the third Tuesdays in January, March, May, July, September, 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.
See the newsletter for a list of Board Members and Committee Chairs.