General Meeting
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Monday May 12
Meeting 7:30 pm

Program:
Danny Slakey and Deanna Giuliano
Rare Plant Hunting
on California’s Central Coast

Meeting Location:
UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
Santa Cruz


Field Trips
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Saturday April 26 10am-3pm
Quail Hollow Ranch Wonders
with Deanna Giuliano

Saturday May 3 11am-2pm
Saturday May 17 11am-2pm
Bonny Doon Sandhills Nature Walks
with Val Haley


Habitat Restoration
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April 26 ----- 10 am to 1 pm
Quail Hollow Ranch County Park

May 10 ----- 9 am to 1 pm
Please note the early start time.
Quail Hollow Ranch County Park

June 14 ----- 10 am to 1 pm
Location to be determined


Habitat Restoration Team

We are a volunteer group working to restore native habitat in the parks and protected lands in Santa Cruz County. Our program provides an opportunity for people to learn about the natural systems that surround them while helping to restore special and wild places. No prior work experience is necessary, just show up at the park.

We welcome individual volunteers from 8 to 80 years, as well as special group projects. Wear comfortable layered clothing, bring something to drink, and lots of enthusiasm! We work rain or shine, but if things get particularly unpleasant, we call it a day. Tools provided; bring gloves.

Contact: Program Leader, Linda Brodman 831.462.4041,
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Stop the Alien Invasion
Volunteers Work to Remove Harmful, Non-native Plants

Don't let the pretty flowers and unique foliage of common plants like iceplant (Carpobrotus edulis), pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) and European beach grass (Ammophila arenaria) fool you. These guys aggressively vie to take over habitats, and despite their beauty, there is a war going on to take our native lands back from them.

Contact: Linda Brodman 831.462.4041,
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Welcome to Santa Cruz County CNPS

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. CNPS seek to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to preserve them in their natural habitat through scientific activities, education, and conservation.

The chapter meets every other month on the second Monday of the month at the University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum Horticulture Building, located at 1156 High Street. Directions can be found here.

The chapter welcomes all-from the botanists and defenders of the environment to the casual nature lover. Contact any Board Member to find out about the organization. Attend a meeting-you will learn something new!

California Native Plant Society - Santa Cruz County Chapter
P. O. Box 1622
Santa Cruz, CA 95061


Click Here to Join the California Native Plant Society

Arana Gulch Coastal Prairie
Baseline Assessment Study: Summer 2013

A baseline assessment of vegetation conditions at Arana Gulch is one of the requirements of the Coastal Development Permit issued to the City of Santa Cruz by the California Coastal Commission. Section 3.7 of the Arana Gulch Habitat Management Plan (HMP) (Stanton 2013) describes the same purpose and justification of this summer baseline assessment of the Santa Cruz tarplant (SCT)/Coastal Prairie Management Area presented here including the details of field sample design and data analysis. The purpose of the baseline assessment is to characterize existing vegetation and ground cover conditions in areas that will be grazed under guidance of the Grazing Program specified in the HMP. Important monitoring variables include plant cover, canopy height, species richness, and ground cover. These data will enable a quantitative evaluation of changes in vegetation condition over time in response to grazing and will help the Arana Gulch Adaptive Management Working Group (AMWG) assess progress in meeting the specific goals and objectives of the HMP.

Goal 1: Maintain a viable Santa Cruz tarplant (SCT) population at Arana Gulch.
Goal 2: Reintroduce grazing to restore a disturbance regime that maintains functioning coastal prairie.
Goal 3: Minimize the detrimental effects of high non-native plant cover and restore coastal prairie species diversity and habitat function.
Goal 4: Maintain a genetically and demographically viable soil seed bank in perpetuity.

Click for more information:
2013 Summer Baseline Assessment Report (pdf)
Baseline assessment transect photos (PowerPoint)


* New Second Edition Now Avaliable *
bookcover

The Santa Cruz County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is proud to announce the publication of the Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Santa Cruz County, California, by Dylan Neubauer.

Dylan is a botanist who lives in Santa Cruz County.

Presented in an easy-to-use format, this comprehensive update of the 2005 edition summarizes the latest information on the 1594 vascular plant taxa currently known to occur in Santa Cruz County.

The 166-page, spiral-bound, 5.5 x 8 in. book includes:

  • Botanical artwork by Tim Hyland
  • Maps by Ben Pease—including a new color map of the County showing public lands & Sandhills
  • Detailed instructions on how to use the Checklist
  • An expanded introduction discussing the County’s botanical history as well as its botanical “hotspots” and special areas
  • A list of all local taxa arranged alphabetically by family using the latest nomenclature from The Jepson Manual, 2nd Edition & the Jepson eFlora.
  • Locality information for listed & “locally rare” taxa
  • Appendices treating legal rarity status, endemics, extirpated taxa, undescribed taxa, the most invasive non-natives, and more
  • An expanded, 64-page “Notes” section, including tips for identifying difficult taxa, taxonomic issues, habitat information for rare taxa, and more
  • An Index to local plant families & genera with new names cross-referenced to superseded names from the first edition of The Jepson Manual

Click here for Santa Cruz County Checklist errata.

Price: $15.00 + tax/copy. The book is available at Book Shop Santa Cruz, Norrie's gift shop at the UCSC Arboretum, Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History and Native Revival Nursery in Aptos. Also, you can purchase copies from Cindy Hudson, email Cindy at cndy_hudson@yahoo.com.


Native Plant Propagation Group

Our chapter has an active plant propagation group that meets monthly. We grow plants for the twice-yearly plant sales.
For more details, go to our Horticulture page.


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