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May 18, 2015
Final County Board of Supervisors’ public workshop on the “Biological Resources” update to General Plan.
(Time To Be Determined)
This is important! It addresses how the county will protect (or not) oak woodlands, wetlands, rare plants, and wildlife in the future. Let them know that these are critical to the well-being of our county, and that you care. Attend the meeting or send written comments! Read more.
May 26, 2015 Tuesday 7 PM
General Meeting. Speaker: Danny Slakey Rare Plant Treasure Hunting in El Dorado County
With over 2,300 rare plants in California, it’s all too easy to lose track of the most vulnerable ones. Enter CNPS botanists Danny Slakey and Aaron Sims. Since 2011 they have been in charge of the state CNPS' fledgling Rare Plant Treasure Hunt with the goal of seeking out critically rare species, determining whether and where they still exist, and ranking the most imperiled for conservation intervention. Join Danny Slakey as he showcases El Dorado County’s most rare plants, and learn how to become a treasure hunter. Location: Govt Bldg C conference room. Directions here.
Our chapter brought bouquets of native foothill plants to all five county supervisors April 13 as part of Native Plant Week- an opportunity to remind them of the beauty and importance of our local natives. The bouquets were well received by all and we even received a lovely thank you note from Supervisor Brian Veercamp.
April's native Plant Week was established by the California state senate
and assembly in 2011 (ACR 173). Community groups and citizens are encouraged to promote the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of California's native plants. The resolution establishing Native Plant Week also recognizes that home landscaping and gardening with natives can cut residential water use from 60 to 90% over conventional gardening.
For more information about native plant advantages in the garden and other resources, please click here.
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 they need protection, CNPS is for you.
Next General Meeting: May 26, 2015 Speaker: Danny Slakey, Rare Plant Treasure Hunt-El Dorado County.
General meetings: 7:00 p.m, the fourth Tuesday of 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. Refreshments are available. 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.
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.
Upcoming El Dorado Chapter CNPS Field Trips
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.
April 25, 2015 (Saturday) Stevens Trail, North Canyon Way in Colfax, Placer County
Meeting Time and Location: 8:30 am at Holiday Parking Lot, intersection of 49 and 193 in Cool, or 9:00 am at Raley's, 13384 Lincoln Way in Auburn, or at the trailhead at 9:30 am.
Duration: 6 hours
Description: It is 3.2 miles to the river and about one and one half hours down and 3 hours back up with over 1000 feet change in elevation. The wildflower displays are very beautiful with many colors and species. Beautiful views of the North Fork of the American River are around very bend. A full description of the trail can be found in the American River Canyon Hikes by Jim Ferris, Michael Lynch, and Sheila Toner.
Level of Difficulty: Moderate up and down, narrow in places and some steep drop-offs.
Bring: Water, lunch, bug spray, hat, sun-screen and sturdy shoes. Hand lens is a good option. Plant list is available. Dogs must be on leashes.
Contact: Diane Cornwall, dancingwildflowers(at)me.com, (530) 888-1404
May 30, 2015 (Saturday) Lake Clementine Trail, North Fork American River, Placer County
Meeting Time and Location: We will carpool from the Holiday Market at the intersection of 49 and 193 in Cool at 8:30 am and the Raley's parking lot, 13384 Lincoln Way in Auburn at 9:00 am. You can also arrange to meet us at the trailhead. There is a fee for parking at the trailhead.
Duration: 3 hours
Description: We will be looking for the blooms of the Oval-Leaved Viburnum (Viburnum ellipiticum) which only blooms for two weeks. There should be many other wildflowers along the trail. The hike begins at the far side of the Old Foresthill Bridge and we will go 1.9 miles to near the dam face waterfall at Lake Clementine. Dogs must be on leashes.
Level of Difficulty: Easy, except for areas where trail narrows due to washouts.
Bring: Water, snacks, bug spray, hat, sun-screen, and sturdy shoes. A hand lens is optional. Plant lists are available.
Contact: Diane Cornwall dancingwildflowers(at)me.com 530 888-1404
June 27 (Saturday) Near Carson Pass, Alpine County
Stay tuned for details. Location will be whichever spot has the most incredible flowers at that time!
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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 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.)
El Dorado County is updating the Biological Resources Policies and Implementation Measures in the County’s General Plan.
This process began in March, 2014, when the Board approved a three year contract with the consulting firm Dudek. The Board approved Dudek’s ten decision points and a project timeline on I/13/2015. The Board has so far held three workshops to consider options and recommendations for each of the decision points, and has given direction to staff to prepare proposed policies and implementation measures based on those recommendations. These policies involve the treatment of all “Biological Resources” in the county, including oak woodlands, wetlands, rare plants, and wildlife.
The last workshop will be held on May 18, 2015 (time TBD). At this workshop the Board will consider and vote on staff’s policy and implementation recommendations. Public comment will be taken. It’s important that the conservation community have a presence at this workshop. We need to demonstrate our concern for the county’s native plants, wildlife, and the habitats they live in.
For further information, and to view the pertinent documents, visit the project website:
You can also contact CNPS member Mary Lou Giles mlgiles18(at)yahoo.com
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.
Finding little information available for forest locations with access for wheelchairs? Here a few suggestions about places worth a visit for those who want to go see wildflowers, birds, or just get a breath of fresh air and enjoy a few hours in a forest. Take a look...