North Coast CNPS



Evening programs are free, public programs on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m. For information or to suggest a speaker or topic contact Michael Kauffmann at 407-7686 or michaelekauffmann

Outings are open to everyone, not just members. All levels of expertise, from beginners to experienced botanizers, are welcome. Address questions about physical requirements to the leader. It is wise to contact the leader before the trip, in case plans change.

September  11, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. "Astounding Astragalus in Humboldt County and Beyond."  Astragalus (the milkvetches) is a large and particularly diverse genus within the western United States, with a large number of rare and endemic taxa.  In this talk, Professor Kerry Byrne (Environmental Science and Management, Humboldt State University) will provide an overview of the genus Astragalus  in California and beyond, highlight some of the interesting species found in Humboldt County, and describe some of the ongoing conservation research she is involve in with a federally endangered Astragalus species in southern Oregon.
            Used Botanical Book Sale.  At this evening program we will be selling used, botanical books, everything priced to sell, to benefit the chapter.  If you have books to contribute, ready for the next person to enjoy, contact Carol at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 707-822-2015.

September 15, Sunday.   Exploring Stone Lagoon's North End.  On this day-hike from the parking area at the north end of Stone Lagoon we will poke along the water's edge finding wetland plants, walk along the spit finding sand dune plants, and walk along the base of the bluff finding coastal bluff plants.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata).  Dress for the weather, including wind.  Bring lunch and water.  Return late afternoon.  Carol 822-2015

 September 28-29, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Native Plant Sale at our nursery. Members only pre-sale Saturday 9-10 a.m.  The nursery is at Freshwater Farms Reserve, 5851 Myrtle Ave., a property of Northcoast Regional Land Trust, where cows and coho live side-by-side. (In Eureka, near Three-Corners Market)

October 6, Sunday.  Spike Buck Mountain Day Hike.  A very small mountain to conquer, Spike Buck Mountain offers a good view as well as the possibility of good plants, as it is in the Horse Mountain-Grouse Mountain corridor of Six Rivers National Forest, where botanizing is good.  Following Rees Hughes' suggested route (in Hiking Humboldt vol. 2: 101 Shorter Day Hikes) we will explore a patchwork of White Fir-Douglas-fir forest and montane chaparral, walking 2-3 miles on rough logging roads and wandering off trail. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata).  Bring lunch and water; dress for mountain weather. Contact Carol: 707-822-2015, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

October 9, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m.  "Botanizing the BLM Lands of the North Coast."  Jennifer Wheeler, botanist for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Arcata, will take us on a virtual journey across BLM lands on the North Coast.  The BLM manages a diverse collection of habitats across Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino Counties, including Red Mountain, South Fork Eel, and King Range.  Jennifer will introduce us to a variety of wonderful plants including the newly described Wailaki Lomatium (Lomatium kogholiini) from the Red Mountain Area of Critical Environmental Concern.  We will also visit the Douglas-fir forests of Butte Creek Management Area and the oak woodlands of Lacks Creek and Travis Ranch.  

November 2, Saturday. Botanizing along the Trinidad Coast, Field Trip. Trinidad Coastal Land Trust (TCLT) and California Native Plant Society (CNPS ) join up for a day of exploring the Trinidad coast with short hikes down to (and up from!) TCLT-managed beaches including Houda Point and Luffenholtz Beach, as well as a visit to Trinidad Head. Offshore rocks, steep, coastal bluffs, and secluded beaches can turn up interesting plants as well as curious patterns in what grows where. We will look from shore (Bring binoculars!) at some of the ocean rocks of the California Coastal National Monument, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and visit the historic Trinidad Head Lighthouse, also in the Monument, to see a vegetation restoration project.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or 9:30 a.m. at the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust office, next to the library.  Bring lunch, water, and binoculars if you can. Dress for the coastal weather (Think wind.).  The field explorations will wrap up at 2:30 p.m.  This trip will be limited to 20 people.  Please reserve your space by calling the TCLT office at:677-2501, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

November 13, Wednesday. "Treasure Hunts and Databases Help Rare Plants."  How many rare plant species do we have in the North Coast?  How are they doing?  Is anyone keeping track of them?  How does the CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Program relate to the California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB)?  Greg O'Connell, our chapter's co-Rare Plant Chair and an Environmental Scientist with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, will answer these questions and more.  The answers will highlight CNDDB data from the North Coast region.  The goal of CNDDB is to provide the most current information available on the state's most imperiled elements of natural diversity and to provide tools to analyze these data.  Data in CNDDB help drive conservation decisions, aid in the environmental review of projects and land use changes, and provide baseline data helpful in recovering endangered species and for research projects. 

December 11, Wednesday.  Native Plant Show and Tell


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