Once again winter is upon us and as we huddle inside out of the rain we are afforded an opportunity to reminisce on chapter activities of the past year and look ahead to the coming year. My preference, and probably yours, is to forego the reminiscing and, instead, look at what is being planned for the coming year. Keep in mind that plans for the coming year are still in the formative stages and will be hammered out at the Nov. 11th and Dec. 10 board meetings to be held at the Masonic Hall in Arcata. Everyone is invited to attend and help plan chapter activities for the coming year.
So far we have four field trips in mind for 1997. The first will occur in April and will feature a day trip to Prairie Creek to commemorate John Muirs birthday. Next will be a day trip to Bald Hills led by Redwood National Parks botanist, Lionel Arguello. An overnighter is planned for the Lassics in the headwaters of the Van Duzen River. The fourth trip will be an all day botanizing excursion between Horse and Grouse Mountains which will focus on developing a list of roadside wildflowers for the area. For those of you who have expressed an interest in learning to use the Jepson Manual all field trips will have experienced plant keyers present to help you run through the various keys.
The North Coast Chapter will once again co-sponsor the Spring Wildflower Show with the Nature Discovery Volunteers the first weekend of May. This is a dream come true for those of us who occasionally wish that plants would wear name tags. For the first time we will have a Spring plant sale at the Wildflower Show. If youd like to participate in this event give me a call. The Chapter has entered into a cooperative venture with California State Parks and Winship School to collect and grow out seed of western azalea to be used to revitalize populations at Stagecoach Hill and Azalea Park. A group of Winship students, their teacher Rita Orlandini, State Park Ecologist Ken Andersen and chapter members collected and cleaned seed recently for Fall planting. This is an opportunity to introduce young people to our north coast flora and to different aspects of managing it on public land. Our chapter has long sought someone with an interest or background in education to coordinate projects such as this with the local grade schools. If youd like to participate in this project or if youre interested in exposing youngsters to California plant life please give me a call.
Lastly, for those of you who have access to the Internet, be sure to check out our North Coast Chapter CNPS home page at http://www.northcoast.com/~cnps/. Steve Matthews has added several new features to it. It also includes links to a seemingly endless collection of botany and plant related sites.