2006 ACTIVITIES

  • Wednesday, January 11, 8pm - the monthly meeting features a slide show on conservation in the Klamath River corridor, presented by Michael Max Hentz. Max is an independent consultant with a background in botany and natural resource ecology. Prior to the fish kill, he made a 40 day, 400 mile trip down the river, from Sycan Marsh in Oregon to the Pacific Ocean at Requa. Mike will share his photographs, and discuss river and upland management practices and opportunities.
    The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome, and there is no charge. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. For more information call Tamara at 707-677-3142.
  • Wednesday, February 8, 8pm - slide show, "Planning for Locally Rare Species" and communities, many of which are not currently regulated by the state or federal government. Elizabeth Chattin of the Ventura County Planning Division will describe the steps taken by her agency to help protect these resources.
    The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome, and there is no charge. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. For more information call Tamara at 707-677-3142.
  • Saturday, February 25 - "Coastal Trail Day Hike". The easy, 4- mile trail along the bluff between Requa, on the north side of the mouth of the Klamath River, and Lagoon Creek, where 101 meets the ocean north of Klamath, has some early spring treats, like huge gooseberries festooned with red flowers, masses of dainty violets, and mats of unfurling false lily-of-thevalley. Hope for one of those glorious February days, dress for the weather, bring lunch and water. We'll return by dark. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata). We will shuttle a car to the north end of the hike, so we'll only have to walk one way. Call Carol Ralph (822-2015) to say you are coming or to arrange another meeting place.
  • Sunday, February 26, 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.
  • Wednesday, March 8, 8pm - "Going Native - Landscaping with Ecological Integrity," Peigi Duvall, CNPS statewide horticulture program director for CNPS. Peigi is certified in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture, and professionally designs native gardens throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
    Landscaping is found everywhere we live, work, shop, and travel. Many of these planted areas require large amounts of water, and often much maintenance work and regular application of fertilizer, and pesticides. Using native California plants helps conserve resources, reduces the need for labor and chemicals, and still lets us create beautiful landscaping.
    The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome, and there is no charge. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-7190.
  • Saturday, March 18 - "Myrtle Creek Day Hike". This 2-mile roundtrip trail off highway 199 in the Myrtle Creek Botanical Area of the Six Rivers National Forest was a traditional spring destination of our chapter for many years. Vegetation includes coastal redwood, serpentine slopes and seeps, nparian, mixed evergreen forest, and colonizers after mining. We might see goldthread (Coptis laciniata) and Trillium rivale blooming at this early date. Let's leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. from Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), ready for the weather, with lunch and water packed. We'll return by dark. Call Carol Ralph (822-2015) to say you are coming or to arrange a more northern meeting place. (Depending on time, some of us might do another trail on the way home.)
  • Wednesday, April 12, 7 pm - Speaker Phyllis Gustafson, co-author of a new book, Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest.
    (mixer 7pm - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-2015.
  • Wednesday, April 19, 7 pm - Business meeting, all are welcome. North Coast Environmental Center, on H St. two blocks south of Arcata Plaza. 822-2015.
  • Saturday, April 22 COASTAL DRIVE - SPRING FLORA AND VEGETATION SAMPLING. Coastal Drive winds for about five miles south of the mouth of the Klamath River to the Newton B. Drury Parkway. In addition to stands of large Sitka spruce we'll visit coastal scrub, coastal prairie, and sample an alder woodland stand. There will be plenty of wildflowers, fantastic ocean views, and an historical stop or two along the way. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata). We'll return late afternoon. Call Tony LaBana (441-2098) to say you are coming or to arrange another meeting place.
  • Sunday April 30, 1 pm - Wildflower walk in grand fir forest near Hydesville, hosted by landowners Bill and Linda Shapeero. This small property has more species than you'll find along the trails in most public preserves. From Eureka, take 101 south past Fortuna to a left at Drake Hill Road, then right at Rohnerville Road, 1.7 miles to Puddin Lane (bottom of gulch). 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, May 5-7 - annual SPRING WILDFLOWER SHOW and native plant sale at Manila Community Center.
  • Wednesday, May 10, 7pm - speaker Bob Case of California Invasive Plants Council and CNPS Invasives Committee. Bob will explain how members of the public trained in weed identification can participate in a new statewide "Early Detection and Rapid Response" system for eradicating plant pests. (Bob is also a skilled and prolific wildflower photographer.)
    (mixer 7pm - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-2015.
  • Sunday May 14, 10 am - Salt marsh and dunes walk at the Eureka Wildlife Sanctuary, 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).
  • Wednesday, May 17, 7pm - Business meeting, all are welcome. Northcoast Environmental Center, on H St. two blocks south of Arcata Plaza. 822-2015.
  • Saturday, May 20 - Grasshopper Peak Dayhike and Plant Survey. In return for a lift to the top of Grasshopper Peak in Humboldt Redwoods State Park (a 7 mile hike), we will create for the park plant lists of all we find in this area that was burned by the Canoe Creek Fire two years ago. Lots of surprises have popped up in this chaparral and grassland above the Douglas fir forest. The more eyes we have, the more we will find; you don't have to be an expert to be helpful. Walking down the mountain is an option, if we have time and energy, or we can ride down. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Departing from Arcata by 8:30 a.m. You must reserve a space by calling Carol Ralph (822-2015). Space may be limited, so first- call, first-served.
  • Saturday, June 3 - Berry Summit Wildflower Art And Walk. We'll look for a florific piece of the mountain along Forest Highway 1 to explore on foot and, for about an hour, to sit and draw. Rick Tolley will provide materials, if you need them, and as much instruction as you want. Come prepared for mountain weather (anything from hot to cold); bring a lunch and water. Return by late afternoon. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), at 8:45 a.m. at Murphy's Market on Glendale in Blue Lake, or at 9:15 a.m. at the beginning of Titlow Hill Rd. at Berry Summit on Highway 299. Call Rick Tolley (668-5370) or Carol Ralph (822-2015) to say you are coming or for information.
  • Sunday June 11, 10 am - "Trinidad Head Wildflowers and History," our joint walk with the Trinidad Museum Society. Meet 10 am at the beach parking lot. After the walk, participants can link-up with the lighthouse tour or return to town for the annual "Fish Feed" celebration. 822-7190 or 677-0716
  • Sunday June 18, 10 am - Wildflowers, ferns, and trees of the Arcata Community Forest. We'll also be watching out for invasive exotics. Meet at the Trail #9 parking lot (near the tank), opposite the 700 block of Fickle Hill Road (aka "Park Ave.") (822- 7190).
  • Saturday, June 24 - Titlow Hill Day Hike. Come explore a private property that spans elevations from 1,500 to 3,000 ft above sea level between Titlow Hill and Redwood Creek, accessed off Titlow Hill Rd. off Rte. 299. What a treat! Riparian forest along creeks, oak woodland, grassland, and Douglas fir-madrone forest. The owners want to know what plants they have, so we'll make them a list. It will be a long one! We can mosey around on dirt roads or tramp cross country. Dress for a day outside in the mountains; bring lunch and water. We'll return by dark. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or 9:00 a.m. at Berry Summit. Please tell Carol (822-2015) that you are coming.
  • Friday-Monday, July 7-10 (all or part) - Cook And Green Pass and Environs ... join a field trip sponsored by CNPS Yerba Buena Chapter (SF), and cosponsored by California Horticultural Society, Western Chapter North American Rock Garden Society. details
  • Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16 - Lily Heaven Driving Tour, optional camp-out. Six or seven taxa of Lilium, plus hybrids, are possible in these wonderful mountains of Six Rivers National Forest, along with serpentine flora, rare plants, exeptional Port Orford cedar stands, Brewer spruce, and mountain meadows. Need I say more? Led by Lilyman, David Kim Imper. Saturday meet at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Forest Service Rd. 13N01 (FS rte 13) (7 miles north of Weitchpec on Rte 96) and Fish Lake Rd. This is 2 hours from Arcata, so some of us may camp Friday night at Fish Lake. Our route goes out FS 13, and Saturday night some of us will camp our there somewhere. Sunday will have another meeting place, to be decided later, and we might proceed as far as Flint Valley. Return Sunday evening (but you can leave any time). Dress for mountain weather; bring lots of food and water, your camping gear (if you're camping), and your map. You need to let us know you're coming! Carol Ralph (822-2015) or Dave Imper (444-2756).
  • Saturday, July 22, 10 am - 4 pm - Wildlife and Native Plant Garden Tour co-sponsored with Redwood Region Audubon. Featuring over 10 distinctive gardens from Eureka to McKinleyville designed with north coast nature in mind, this event is a popular among those looking for inspiration on gardening with native plants. The tour also helps raise funds for both CNPS and the Redwood Region Audubon Society.

    Tickets are $15 each and must be purchased in advance. By mail (before July 11), send a check payable to RRAS (Redwood Region Audubon Society) to Frances Madrone, 2568 Knox Cove Drive, McKinleyville, CA 95519.
    Starting July 1, tickets can be purchased at these locations:
    Freshwater Farms, 5851 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka
    The Garden Gate, 905 H Street, Arcata
    Mad River Gardens, 3384 Janes Road, Arcata
    Miller Farms, 1828 Central Avenue, McKinleyville
    Northcoast Environmental Center, 575 H Street, Arcata
    Pierson's Garden Shop & Nursery, 4100 Broadway, Eureka
    Strictly For The Birds, 123 F Street, Eureka
    Sun, Rain, Time, 518 Henderson Street, Eureka
    To volunteer, call Carol Ralph, 822-2015. Additional info: Louise Bacon-Ogden, 445-8304 or Jennifer Tompkins, 443-6959.
  • Sunday, August 6 - Lassics Dayhike, Wilderness Walk, Art Outing, and optional overnight. CNPS joins with the California Wilderness Coalition to explore the Lassics Botanical Area and the adjacent Mt. Lassic proposed wilderness area. We will hike two short trails, to the tops of two peaks. The air is invigorating; the views are studpendous; the geology is impressive; the plants are hardy, unique, and rare. We will learn about the plants and the plans to protect the wilderness. PLUS, Rick Tolley will be there, art paper and pencils in hand, to organize an art session with anyone who wants to draw. We will be at 4,000-5,000 ft.above sea level. It can be hot or chlly. Bring food and LOTS of water. NO facilities or free water. Plan to return evening. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 8:30 at the MacDonald's end of the Bayshore Mall parking lot, or 10:00 at Dinsmore Store on highway 36. From there it is about 1/2 hour. OR join some of us camping up there Saturday night. If you are coming, phone Dave (707)826-2790 or Carol (822-2015). If you are camping, phone Carol. Questions about art, phone Rick (668- 5370).
  • Saturday, August 12, 9 am to 5 pm - "Wetland Soils Workshop: A Primer On Their Identification, Description, And Genesis," co-sponsored by the CNPS Northcoast Chapter, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and California Department of Fish and Game. Charge. details
  • Saturday, August 12 - Sugar Creek Research Natural Area Day Trip - sponsored by CNPS Shasta Chapter. Sugar Creek Research Natural Area, Klamath National Forest, is one of the world's leading areas for coniferous diversity, we should see about 15 species on a gradual climb of about 2.5 miles to Sugar Lake. Further exploring above the lake is exciting, but optional depending on the group. In addition to conifers, we should expect to see the limited Trillium ovatum ssp. oettingeri (Salmon Mtn wakerobin) in fruit, and Allotropa virgata (sugarstick). Meet at the gravel parking lot on the north side of the Forest Service Office in Fort Jones (jct. of Hwy3 and Scott River Road) at 9:30 am for caravaning to trailhead. Parking at trailhead is limited. Bring the usual: lunch, water, bug juice, sunscreen etc. For more information, call Marla Knight, (530) 468-1238.
  • Friday-Sunday, September 8-10 - Annual CNPS Conservation Conference, Manila Community Center - The policy-making body of CNPS, the "Chapter Council," meets four times a year at different locations around the state. The September meeting is considered more important than the others, because it also serves as the annual CNPS "Conservation Conference". This year is North Coast Chapter's turn to host this special event. Activities will include the main Chapter Council session and Conservation Conference, statewide committee meetings, the Board of Directors meeting, and field trips. Many activities are open to the public and are free (excluding meals). This is a great opportunity to meet the CNPS statewide staff, officers, and Board members, and to share experiences with CNPS members from around the state. For more information, to help with planning and hosting the event, or to help house the visiting delegates, contact Larry Levine 822- 7190. Invitation (TXT 2KB), Council agenda (PDF 5KB), Conservation agenda (PDF 7KB) [8/31]
  • Wednesday, September 13, 7 pm - "Super-tree relicts in time: the natural history of monodominant forests of the Guiana Shield," Dr. Terry Henkel, Humboldt State University.
    "Why do a few lowland tropical forests have one dominant tree species, rather than the hundreds we consider more typical? Dr. Henkel will discuss the causes and consequences of monodominance in recently discovered forests of the remote, unspoiled Guiana Shield region of northeastern South America"
    Mixer 7 pm - program 7:30. No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-2015.
  • Saturday and Sunday, September 16, 17 - North Coast Chapter fall native plant sale. Northcoast Environmental Center, 575 H Street, Arcata. Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. 839-1980.
  • Saturday, September 23 - Wetland Exploration. A great variety of wetland plants have colonized the former bed of the Mad River north of the new mouth. We will explore this area, from Murray Rd. to Vista Point (about 1 mile), with forays up Widow White Creek or out to the beach if we want. Good grass and other monocot ID practice! Bring lunch and water, wind breaker; consider wading shoes or boots. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or at 9:20 at the west end of Murray Rd., McKinleyville. We'll return mid- afternoon. Questions: Carol Ralph 822-2015.
  • Wednesday, October 11, 7 pm - October 11. (This meeting is also a chance to vote for chapter officers.) Lori Hubbart, landscaper, horticulturist, past CNPS state president, current president of the Dorothy King Young Chapter (Mendocino to Fort Bragg) will talk on "California Habitat Gardens for Wildlife and People." A garden can be more than a pretty place or backdrop for human activities. Native plants can help bring drama, insight and a sense of adventure to the home landscape. Idigenous plants suited to the North Coast and the right structural elements can make all the difference. Gardens can be a haven for birds, butterflies, reptiles and small mammals, while providing emotional sustenance for people.
    (mixer 7 pm - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-2015.
  • Saturday, October 21 - "Dolason Prairie Dayhike". The diverse habitats along the Dolason Prairie Trail in Redwood National Park are sure to offer a touch of fall color somewhere, and possibly early mushrooms and wildlife surprises. From the trailhead on Bald Hills Rd. to the Tall Trees trailhead, about 6 miles, mostly downhill, we will pass through prairie, oak woodland, mixed woodland, redwood forest, and riparian forest. Western burning bush and dogwood are good bets for color. Dress for the weather and hiking; bring lunch and water. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or elsewhere if you arrange it. Return by dark. Please tell Carol (822-2015) you are coming, so we can plan the shuttling between the two trailheads.
  • Wednesday, November 8, 7pm - "Monocot Treasures of Northwestern California: trilliums, irises, fairy bells and more." Dr. Michael Mesler, pollination biologist at Humboldt State University
    (mixer 7pm - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-2015.
  • Sunday, November 12 "Grizzly Creek State Park Dayhike". We usually drive right by this tiny park along the Van Duzen River. Let's find out what's in its "exceptional grove of coast redwood" and along all 4.5 miles of its trails (and maybe off trail?). Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Wading the shallow river is necessary to reach one trail. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 9:30 a.m. at the Mervyn's end of the Bayshore Mall parking lot, or about 10:00 a.m. at the park. Return by dark. Info: Carol, 822-2015.
  • Wednesday, December 13, 7 p.m. - Members Night (everyone welcome) - Talented local photographers will share some of their favorite native plant pictures: Alan Justice (Del Norte unusual plants), Dave Imper (endangered species), Pete Haggard (his garden), Jim and Virginia Waters (possibly mushrooms), Ron Johnson (CNPS field trip highlights). 677-0147.
    (mixer 7 p.m. - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
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