2004 ACTIVITIES

  • Wednesday January 14, 8 pm - at the monthly meeting: Pete Nichols will talk on "Landscape Level Conservation Planning". Science coordinator for the Wildlands Project of the California Wilderness Coalition, Pete will discuss methods and strategies for developing for a network of reserves to protect the state's flora and fauna.
    "The California Wilderness Coalition (CWC) works to identify, protect and restore critical wildlife habitat areas and habitat linkages in California's distinctive bioregions. Through the California Wildlands Project, the CWC is working to provide a blueprint for the preservation of California’s flora and fauna using scientific principles to identify the habitat necessary to assure the survival of the Golden State’s diverse species."
    For more information, visit the Wilderness Coalition at http://www.calwild.org/campaigns/cwp.php or phone 839-1980. The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • Friday January 17 and 31 - Western Lily Workdays. Meet 9 am at the south end of the Bayshore Mall. Bring gloves, rubber boots, hoedad or other planting tools, loppers, machete, brush tools, etc. An annual mass event. Learn more about lily ecology and about CNPS volunteerism. Call Dave Imper at 444-2756.
  • Saturday January 24, 10 am - "Lichens and Bryophytes of the Arcata Community Forest," led by Sunny Bennet. Bring water, snack, raingear, and handlens to appreciate these fascinating and often under-appreciated inhabitants of our redwood forest. 2-3 hours. Meet at the Fickle Hill Road entrance. 839-1980.
  • Sunday February 8, 1 pm - "Riparian Woodland Ecology," led by that well-known riparian chap, John Bair. Observe cottonwoods and some willows in flower, and see how the various species relate to river processes. Meet at the Humboldt Municipal Water District park and pump station on West End Road. Rubber boots and warm clothes recommended. A handlens and binoculars will add to the experience. 1 1/2 hours maximum. 442-2646.
  • Wednesday February 11, 8 pm - at the monthly meeting: Dr. Linda Vorobik, the famed Jepson Manual illustrator, current editor of CNPS flagship publication Fremontia, marathon driver, and all-around congenial person, will give an illustrated talk on "Mountain Plants: the Klamath and Sierra Floras Compared." Be there. For more information, phone 839-1980. The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • Saturday, February 28, 1:00-3:30 pm Native Plant Propagation Workshop, at Freshwater Farms (5851 Myrtle Ave). Rick Storre, owner, and Larissa Haney, nursery manager, at the native plant nursery will share some of their tricks with us. What species we work with will depend on what's ready, but we can ask about anything. Cuttings, seeds, and bulbs are all possible. Rick is donating the time and the nursery facilities; we ask a $15 donation to the Chapter at the workshop. Phone 444-8261 to register or for more info.
  • Saturday, February 28 Prairie Creek Redwoods Day Hike. You may think it's winter in February, but some plants call it early spring. I bet we can find blooming hazelnut female flowers. We plan to walk approximately 3 miles on the Browns Creek-South Fork Trail loop, which includes modest elevation gain and loss. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and drink. Meet at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) at 8:30 am or at roadside parking for Browns Creek Trail at 9:30. Phone Carol Ralph (822-2015) for information and to tell her you're coming.
  • Sunday February 29, 10 am - Willow Walk in Arcata, led by Larry Levine, John Bair, etc., with an emphasis on distinguishing between several local species. Meet near the corner of 11th and M Streets in Arcata. Wear shoes suitable for walking in wet grass, and bring a hand lens if you have one. Why not at our usual location, Elk River Slough? Mainly because here in town spring is currently much further advanced. 822-7190.
  • Wednesday March 10, 8 pm - at the monthly meeting: New Zealand Natives with the Auckland Botanical Society. Carol and C. J. Ralph present highlights of their experiences on three multi-day field trips to off-the-beaten-path locations in the dunes and native forests of New Zealand. The trips were sponsored by the "Bot Soc," an organization similar to CNPS. See what an energetic group of amateur and professionals found as they explored and inventoried their own native vegetation, which has invasive plant problems very similar to our own. The program will also show some of the interesting bird life and human characters that were encountered.
    For more information, phone 839-1980. The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • Saturday, March 13 - Dry Lagoon-Stone Lagoon Day Hike. We'll look for early spring on the sand spit, at the edge of the marsh, and in the alder-spruce forest. This is roughly 3 miles, partly on sand, partly on forest path with a little hill. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and drink. Meet at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) at 8:30 am or Dry Lagoon at 9:15. Phone Carol Ralph (822-2015) for information and to tell her you're coming.
  • Sunday March 14, 1 pm - Early Spring plant walk in Trinidad, featuring fetid adder's tongue, skunk cabbage, milkmaids, coltsfoot, etc. Trinidad State Beach, in town off Stagecoach Road. Larry Levine, 822-7190.
  • Sunday March 28, 10 am - Early spring wildflower walk in the Arcata Community Forest, featuring trillium, coltsfoot, milkmaids, violets, and more. Meet at the public parking area opposite the 700 block of Fickle Hill Road, a street that begins just east of the intersection of 7th and Union. Larry Levine, 822-7190.
  • Wednesday evenings, March 31 through May 5 CNPS-Landscaping Workshop. details
  • Saturday, April 3 - Stony Creek Day Hike. Early April along the rushing, clear North Fork Smith River at Gasquet finds blooming the uncommon Trillium rivale, fawn lily, calypso, valerian, anemone, .... Let's go see them! An easy hike of maybe one mile takes us through open forest to a bit of Darlingtonia fen where Stony Creek joins the North Fork. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 8:30 at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or 10:30 at the Gasquet post office. We'll be back by suppertime. Call Carol Ralph 822-2015 to say you are coming or with questions.
  • Sunday April 11, 10 am - Plant walk on the trail to Headwaters Forest. Meet at the trailhead at the east end of Elk River Road, first freeway exit south of Eureka. Please note that the road forks several times; so to stay on Elk River, be sure to read the road signs. For more info call 822-7190.
  • Wednesday, April 14, 8 pm - at the monthly meeting: "Landscaping with Native Plants," a slide presentation by Nancy Rehg, will introduce the landscape design process, and show how this process can help you successfully add native flora to your landscape. Nancy is a local landscape designer who is inspired by the native environment and is enthusiastic about creating landscapes with native plants. She has a background in design and fine art, and many years of landscaping experience.
    For more information, phone 822-8542. The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25 Vegetation Sampling Workshop I; this one is free. Join CNPS Vegetation Ecologist Julie Evens and others for a weekend of sampling in two different Sitka spruce forests at Patricks Point State Park, and at Redwood National Park. This first of two workshops on CNPS sampling methods will focus on the Rapid Assessment technique. Anyone with an interest in learning more about vegetation patterns, sampling, and the flora of these stands is welcome to participate, but space is limited to 25 participants. For questions or to register, contact Melissa Brooks at 822-4189 or mbrooks humboldt1.com. Information on the CNPS Vegetaion Program is at http://cnps.org/vegetation/vegindex.htm.
  • Sunday April 25, 1 pm - Wildflower walk in grand fir forest near Hydesville, hosted by landowners Bill and Linda Shapeero. This small property contains a greater variety of species than what you can see at trailside in most public preserves. From Eureka, take 101 south past Fortuna to a left turn at Drake Hill Road, and drive to the top of the plateau. Turn right at Rohnerville Road, and proceed 1.7 miles to Puddin Lane, which is on the left at the bottom of a prominent gulch. From there follow signs to Shapeero. The ground may be damp, so bring boots or old shoes. For information call 822-7190 or 768-3287
  • Friday/Sunday April 30, May 1-2 - Annual Spring Wildflower Show at the Humboldt County Office of Education. 822-7190
  • Saturday, May 8 - Bair Road Wildflower Tour. We'll take the whole day for this driving tour, including a stop at East Fork Campground on 299 on the way to Hoopa, where we turn onto Bair Road, which winds back over to Redwood Valley. We pass through woodland, grassland, and forest, each offering different flowers. Return by suppertime. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Bring a two-way radio if you have one, to maintain contact between cars. Meet at 8:30 at Pacific Union School (or arrange another spot if you'd rather). Call Carol Ralph 822-2015 to say you are coming or to ask questions.
  • Wednesday, May 12, 8 pm - at the monthly meeting: Dave Imper presents a slide talk, "Crescent City Marsh to Point St. George: A visual fieldtrip through Del Norte's most unique botanical jewels, their management, and threats."

    Dave will be describing the very unique and threatened Crescent City Marsh, home to more than half the global distribution of western lily at least 12 other CNPS listed species, and plant communities found nowhere else in northern California, and the equally unique Point St. George, recently acquired by Del Norte County. The two habitats together contain not less than 25% of all rare plant species in Del Norte County. Cal Fish and Game's draft management plan for the Crescent City Marsh Wildlife Area, and the recently adopted management plan for Point St. George will also be discussed. Both areas will be managed to benefit the western lily and many other sensitive species present.

    Dave was a Forest Service botanist for 5 years, then a biological consultant for 15 years, and three years ago became an ecologist for USFWS responsible for the listing and recovery of federally listed plants in the northwestern five counties of California.

    For more information, phone 822-8542. The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • Saturday, May 15. Gray's Falls And Burnt Ranch Campgrounds Day Hike, with optional overnight, May 16. Along the Trinity River about 1.5 hours inland, these two campgrounds along the Trinity River offer a good assortment of flowers, including mission bells and other mid-spring species. The rare Howell's montia should be there in seed. Hiking will be minimal as we poke around the various habitats available here. Meet at 8:30 at Pacific Union School (or arrange another spot if you'd rather). Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Call Carol Ralph 822-2015 to say you are coming or to ask questions. If you are interested in camping the night somewhere out there, tell Carol, and we'll organize that too, followed by more flowers on Sunday before heading home.
  • Saturday, May 15 Vegetation Sampling Workshop II, co-sponsored by CNPS & Redwood National and State Parks. Join North Coast CNPS plant communities coordinator Tony LaBanca, HSU Professor Emeritus John Sawyer, and others for a day of sampling in coastal willow stands, using the Relevé method. Anyone with an interest in learning more about vegetation patterns, sampling, and the flora associated with these stands is welcome to participate, but space is limited to 25 participants. No charge to CNPS members, though donations are appreciated to help cover the workshop cost. Non-members pay $35, the same as the annual membership fee, and can thereby become members if they wish. For questions or to register, contact Melissa Brooks at 822-4189 or mbrooks humboldt1.com. Information on the CNPS Vegetation Program is at http://cnps.org/vegetation/vegindex.htm.
  • Sunday May 16, 1 pm - Salt marsh and dunes walk at the Elk River Wildlife Area, featuring the rare Humboldt Bay owls's clover and more. Meet at the Park-and-Ride lot, west side of Hwy. 101 at Elk River Road, the first exit south of Eureka. Led by Larry Levine and other members of CNPS (822-7190).
  • Saturday May 22 - Jed Smith Redwoods native plant walk. View the wild rhododendrons and other redwood forest native plants in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Easy one-mile walk on Stout Grove Trail, with views of Smith River. Bring water, a sack lunch, pocket magnifying glass, and camera, as this year's rhodies are spectacular. Meet at the Nature Store/Visitor Center inside the Jedediah Smith campground at 10:30 am for carpooling to the trailhead.
    Humboldt County participants can meet at 8:30am at Pacific Union School in Arcata to carpool to Jed. Smith. Sponsored by North Coast CNPS and North Coast Redwood Interpretive Association. Contact 707-464-6101 ext. 5300 or 269-1384 for more information.
  • Sunday May 23, 10 am - Table Bluff and beach wildflower walk. Meet south of the bay, at the beach parking lot below the bluff at the west end of Hookton Road. Plant list provided. For information call Larry Levine at 822-7190.
  • Sunday May 30, 10 am - Wildflower walk at Elk Head, Trinidad, led by Larry Levine. Plant list provided. Meet at the College Cove parking lot, on Stagecoach Road, north of Anderson Lane. 822-7190
  • Saturday June 5 Camping. Those attending this weekend's Del Norte trips can camp with us Saturday night, possibly at Jed Smith State Park. See details below
  • Saturday, June 5 - Biscuit Fire In The High-Lo Divide Area. Led by one of our founding fathers, legendary John Sawyer, this will be an all-day auto tour with short, easy walks, not a traditional Sawyer forced march. We will see many charred stumps and amazing life springing from the ashes of the massive fire of 2002. We will be in serpentine balds and chaparral, and we will visit with Darlingtonia and its associated fen plants. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 8 am in the Harry Griffith parking lot on Humboldt State campus or at 10 am at the intersection of hiway 101 and Rowdy Creek Rd just south of the town of Smith River. Contact Melissa Brooks at mbrooks humboldt1.com or 822-4189. Camp Saturday night with CNPS at the group camp in Jed Smith State park. If you want to join the camp-out, call Carol Ralph, 822-2015.
  • Sunday, June 6 - Point St. George (Crescent City). See an array of coastal bluff and coastal prairie flowers, including rare species such as the coast checkerbloom, Wolf's evening primrose, western lily, marsh violet, marsh pea, and others, on this 4 hour light hike around Point St. George. The Point was recently acquired by Del Norte County. Rare plant enthusiast Dave Imper will show us some of the many natural delights there and discuss the recently developed management plan that will guide future recreation and resource management on the point. Point St. George is also possibly the best birding spot in Del Norte County. Meet at 8 am at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd, Arcata) or 10 am at the Point St. George parking lot at the very end of Washington Blvd. (which you find off Northcrest Drive). Be prepared for the weather, especially wind. Bring a lunch and drink, assuming we can get Dave to stop to eat. For information call Carol Ralph 822-2015 or Dave Imper 444-2756. Since we leaders may already be up in Crescent City over Satruday night, those meeting at Pacific Union will need to take initiative to car pool and proceed north on time. If you want to arrange rides before then, call Carol Ralph to get other names. If you want to join the camp-out June 5, call Carol Ralph 822-2015.
  • Sunday July 20, 10 am - Trinidad Head Wildflower Walk, cosponsored with the Trinidad Museum Society. Meet 10 am at the Museum, across the street from the Eatery, or join the walk at 10:30 at the beach parking lot. After the walk, participants can purchase lunch at the town's annual Fish Feed celebration. 822-7190 or 677-3883
  • Saturday June 26 - "Wildlife-friendly and Native Plant Garden Tour" - a fundraiser, cosponsored with the Redwood Region Audubon Society. The nine gardens, both residential and commercial, from downtown Eureka to McKinleyville, emphasize native plants or feature plants to attract wildlife, especially hummingbirds and butterflies. Whether you have a small city lot or several acres in the woods, visiting these properties will give ideas for your own landscaping.
    Tickets must be purchased in advance, $15 per person. They are available at Pierson's Garden Shop & Nursery, 4100 Broadway, Eureka; Strictly for the Birds, 123 F St., Old Town, Eureka; Freshwater Farms, 5851 Myrtle Ave., Eureka; the Northcoast Environmental Center, 575 H St., Arcata; Garden Gate, 905 H St., Arcata; Mad River Gardens, 3384 Janes Rd., Arcata; and Miller Farms Nursery, 1828 Central Ave., McKinleyville. You may also order tickets by mail (before 16 June!) from G. Carothers, 400 Cedar Hill La., Arcata, CA 95521. Send your name, address, phone number, number of tickets ordered, and a check payable to CNPS. Ticket order forms are available at this link, garden descriptions are here.
  • Sunday July 4, 10 am - "Summer Color in Salt Marsh and Sand," wildflower walk at the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary, featuring the rare Pt. Reyes birds beak. Meet at the Park-and-Ride lot, west side of Hwy. 101 at Elk River Road, the first exit south of Eureka. (822-7190).
  • Saturday and Sunday, July 10, 11 - Scott Mountain Day Hike And Overnight. Think Trinity Alps, mountain meadows, rocky outcrops! We will car camp at Scott Mt. Campground up Route 3 from Weaverville and day hike from there. The trail to Deadfall Lake and Mt. Eddy, off Forest Service Road 17 is a likely destination. Scott Mt. is about 3 hours from Arcata. Non-campers could stay at Weaverville or Trinity Center. We will travel Friday afternoon or evening, have a full day of exploring Saturday, and head home Sunday afternoon. Contact Carol Ralph 822-2015.
  • Sunday July 18, 10 am - Summer wildflower walk at Elk Head, Trinidad, featuring gentians and more. A plant list is available. Meet at the College Cove parking lot, on Stagecoach Road, north of Anderson Lane. 822-7190
  • Sunday August 1, 10 am - Wildflowers, ferns, and trees of the Arcata Community Forest. We'll also have an eye out for invasive exotics. Meet at the Trail #9 parking lot, opposite the 700 block of Fickle Hill Road, which begins just east of 7th and Union Streets. (822-7190).
  • Saturday August 14 (and Sunday) - Black Lassic Day Hike & optional overnight. The Lassics Botanical Area in Six Rivers National Forest offers lots of serpentine plants, great rocks, grand vistas, and a high enough elevation so that some things will still be blooming. We will explore the Jeffrey pine and white fir habitats, and make the modest scramble across the moonscape to the top of Black Lassic. Meet 8:30 am at Arcata Pacific Union School, 9 am at the south end of the Bayshore Mall lot, or 10:30 at the Dinsmore Store on Hwy 36. IMPORTANT: Tell Carol Ralph if you are coming, in case plans change. 822-2015
  • Saturday, August 21 - Plant walk at Lanphere Dunes featuring up to five species of orchids, led by Carol Ralph and dunes docents. Carpool from Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata, just south of Mad River Community Hospital) at 10 am. Bring mosquito repellant. 822-2015
  • Sunday September 5, 10 am Aster-family Wildflower Walk, at Table Bluff. Join Larry Levine and other members of the CNPS for a wildflower walk devoted to the "composites," the asters, daisies, goldenrods, thistles, and their relatives. Discover how each flower is actually a cluster of miniature flowers. A plant list will be provided. Bring a hand lens if you have one. Meet at the beach parking lot at the west end of Hookton Road. (822-7190)
  • Wednesday, September 8, 8 pm - at the monthly meeting: Emily Roberson, CNPS Senior Policy Analyst talks on "Bush Administration and the 108th Congress - Agenda for Your Environment". All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 822-8542
    Emily will describe how this administration and its supporters in Congress have instituted an unprecedented program of anti-environment roll-backs. Since most individual policy changes are relatively small in scope, the cumulative significance has largely escaped public attention. Public input is being circumvented and the recommendations of agency staff are being bypassed, and more than ever before, public policy is being re-written by small groups of individuals meeting behind closed doors in Washington DC.
    Note: The usual business meeting at 6:30 has been postponed to Sept. 25, 6-8 pm at the North Coast Environmental Center. Meet CNPS Executive Director Pam Muick. 822-2015
  • Sunday September 12, 10 am Plant walk: Learn about Garden Weeds. Join Birgit Semsrott at Redwood Roots Farm in Bayside for a walk devoted to garden weeds. Learn their names and ecology, where they're from, which ones are edible, and which are the worst pests. Meet at the Unitarian Church parking lot on Jacoby Creek Road. The walk is co-sponsored with the farm. 825-0680.
  • Saturday and Sunday, September 18th-19th, 10 am to 4 pm Our chapter's semi-annual Native Plant Sale, Pacific Union School, 3001 Jane's Road, Arcata (near Mad River hospital). (839-1980)
    "We will have a wide array of native plants for sale, including trees and shrubs for landscaping. Now is the time to plant perennials for the best root growth over the winter (plus no watering necessary!). For the best selection, come Saturday morning. The Native Plant Arboretum behind the school is a great place to see many of the species that we'll be selling. Hope to see you there." Jennifer Kalt, Plant Sales Coordinator North Coast Chapter.
  • Saturday, September 25 - All-day field trip to the Canoe Creek fire site in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
    Join fire ecologist Steve Norman in part of Humboldt Redwoods State Park that burned last summer to see what is sprouting, what is not, and the patchy nature of fire. We have permission to be in the burned area, which is closed to the general public. We will hike 2-4 miles in the alluvial redwood forest and the upslope Doug fir-redwood forest. The list we make of all we see will be useful to the researchers and park interpreters. We need lots of sharp eyes! Bring food and water for a day, appropriate clothing, and footwear in which to wade across the river if the bridge has been taken out. We'll be back at the cars about 4 p.m. Meet at Pacific Union School, 3001 Janes Rd., Arcata, at 8:30 am or at the Garden Club of America Grove in the state park at 10:00 a.m.. That grove is along Avenue of the Giants south of Weott and the visitors center, and north of Myers Flat. Questions and trip confirmation: Carol Ralph 822-2015.
    The trip is followed by our postponed September business meeting, at the North Coast Evironmental Center from 6-8 pm. "This time coincides with a visit from Pam Muick, Executive Director of CNPS, who will be on our field trip in Humboldt Redwoods State Park that day also. She wants to meet our chapter and see what makes it so active and effective." (Carol Ralph)
  • Wednesday, October 13, 8pm - at the monthly meeting: "Sedges in the Landscape: rare plants, floating islands, and botanical getaways," presented by Gordon Leppig (Sedge Guru and Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish & Game Habitat Conservation Program; Northern California - North Coast Region)
    Follow a transect across Northern California from local dunes through the Klamath Mountains to Cascade lakes. The diversity of the Sedge family, which includes many rare taxa and wetland plants, will be explored. This talk will travel from salt marsh to lakeshore, and talus slope to floating island. The beaked-rushes, bulrushes, cotton grasses and spike rushes will guest-star in this sedge-fest travel-log.
    This evening will also be the occasion of our First Annual General Membership Meeting for electing officers.
    For more information, phone 822-8542. The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • Saturday, October 16, 8 am - 5 pm - workshop: Introduction to Carex (Sedges), cosponsored the HSU Natural History Museum. Instructors are Tony LaBanca, Gordon Leppig, and Clare Golec. To register, contact Spring Garrett, the museum Education Coordinator, at 826-4479. Location: HSU, Science D, room 157 (next to the herbarium). Fee $75 ($50 for Museum and CNPS members).
    "Sedges are the largest genus of flowering plants in California. They also are the largest genus of wetland indicators in the state. You can find out even more about sedges at this full day workshop. Immerse yourself in sedge morphology, keying, and identification of local coastal taxa. We'll begin with a basic review of sedge biology and morphology. The rest of the day will be hands-on, keying and identifying specimens in the lab. The workshop is suitable for beginners as well as all other levels of caricology. Participants should bring a dissection kit, including extra-fine forceps, a Jepson Manual, and a lunch. Coffee, tea and bagels will be provided in the morning. Space is limited so register early." Gordon Leppig
  • Sunday, October 17, 10 am to 2 pm - Plant walk: "Wetland Plants at the Refuge". Visit the wetlands before they get soggy. We will explore the extensive wetlands of the Salmon Creek Unit of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (where headquarters is) to see how many of the plants on the new checklist we can find. Maybe we can add to it! Kyle Wear will be our guide. Here is your chance to learn some wetland plants or to sharpen your eye if you know some already. Rubber boots are not required but might be useful. Dress for the weather and bring lunch. Meet at 9:00 a.m at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 9:30 a.m. at the MacDonald's end of Bayshore Mall parking lot, or 10:00 a.m. at the refuge gate. NOTE: The gate is locked on Sundays. We all must enter and exit together! Call Carol Ralph (822-2015) with questions, other arrangements, or to let us know to wait for you.
  • Saturday, November 6 - Day trip: "Ferndale Exploration". We are invited to explore a 43-acre farm, half pasture, half riparian and Sitka spruce forests on Reas Creek outside of Ferndale. The owners are excited to share their findings with us and to see what we can find. This is a good chance to review all the common coastal trees and shrubs and to test our sharp eyes looking for dry remains of fun herbaceous plants. We will poke and scramble around for at least 2 hours. Then we can consider visiting another site in the area, possibly Russ Park. Dress for the weather, bring food and water.
    Late addition from Carol (10/25):" I have just arranged a second Ferndale property for us to explore on Nov 6, when we've finished with the 43 acres of pasture and riparian. We are invited to a 100-acre forested property along the coast. An old logging road runs the length of it, and we can walk that. The owners of both these properties are really looking forward to help with their plant lists."
    Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) , 9:00 a.m. at the MacDonald's end of Bayshore Mall parking lot, or arrange another place. Call Carol Ralph 822-2015.
  • Wednesday, November 10, 8pm - at the monthly meeting: "Plant Species diversity in CA Serpentine: regional patterns and possible causative factors," by Dr. Hugh Safford (Regional Ecologist with US FS; Research Associate at UC Davis)
    For more information, phone 822-8542. The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • Friday and Saturday, November 19-20 - Western Lily work days: habitat restoration at Point St.George, Del Norte County. Contact Dave Imper, USFWS, 822-7201.
  • Wednesday, December 8, 8pm - at the monthly meeting: "Botanical Delights of Mt. Scott and Mt. Eddy," presented by Jenny Hanson, Judie Hinman, and Steve Norman, and others. Enjoy slides and stories from the enthusiastic campers who spent a glorious July weekend botanizing a beautiful alpine area.
    For more information, phone 822-8542. The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
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