California Native Plant Society
Santa Cruz County Chapter

General Meeting
May 12
Meeting 7:30 pm
UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
Santa Cruz

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

Over the past spring and summer, the California Native Plant Society’s (CNPS) staff and chapter members hiked, botanized, and documented rare plants on the central coast, with particular attention to the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas of the Los Padres National Forest. This effort was part of a statewide volunteer project called the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt. The wilderness areas often challenged volunteers with long hikes, overgrown trails, and hot weather, but rewarded them with incredible rare plant finds and access to some of the area’s best swimming holes!

Danny and Deanna will share the results of the Central Coast projects, with stunning photographs of landscapes, and rare plants found on the trips. CNPS is continuing its treasure hunt with ongoing trips in 2014, so there are opportunities for volunteers to join.

Danny Slakey works for CNPS as a coordinator for the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt project and also as assistant botanist for the CNPS Rare Plant Program. Deanna Giuliano is the Santa Cruz County Chapter President, and seasonally helps run the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt project.