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.

July 6-8, Friday-Sunday.  Scott Mountain Campout and Russian Wilderness Day Hike.  Saturday's feature hike will be to Duck Lake or Sugar Lake, both in a hotspot of conifer diversity in the Russian Wilderness (Duck Lakes Botanical Area in Klamath National Forest).  The early wildflowers will be fun also.  The trails are challenging, but they are rewarding even if you go only part way.  The trailheads are 4 miles south of Etna in the Scott Valley.  Friday and Saturday nights we will stay at the primitive, Forest Service campground at Scott Mountain Summit (a botanically wonderful place), or you may choose accommodations in Etna or Weaverville or anyplace in between.  Sunday we will find a shorter hike to do before we head home.  If you are thinking of coming, tell Carol, to learn the logistics (707-822-2015; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

August 4, Saturday. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Orchids in the Dunes. Orchids are a very diverse group, including quite dainty species.  Join Carol Ralph to learn about five species of orchid that live in the Lanphere Dunes. Four might be blooming.  Walk 1-2 miles, partly on soft sand. Meet at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) to carpool to the protected site.  Co-sponsored by CNPS and Friends of the Dunes.  Call 444-1397 to RSVP.

August 5, Sunday.  Crogan Hole Day Hike.  East of Hoopa, in the western edge of the Trinity Alps Wilderness, Crogan Hole is not a "hole" in the ground.  It is an area of meadows and a creek, with open, rocky slopes and outcrops above it offering beautiful views and wonderful plants.  The trail is about 5 miles round trip, mostly on a contour at 5,400 ft elevation from the Mill Creek Lakes Trailhead in the Orleans District of Six Rivers National Forest (about 2.5 hours from Arcata).  A portion of the trail is vast, brushy hillsides with gray snags pointing at the sky, a legacy of the 1999 Megram Fire.  This hike is a portion of Hike #50 in Ken Burton's 55 Day Hikes in Northwest California.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School to carpool, or arrange another place.  Return in the evening. Bring lunch, lots of water, and layers of clothing, to be ready for changeable, mountain weather.  Please tell Carol you are coming  (707-822-2015; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

September 12, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. "Tree Mortality, Uncertainty, and Forest Conservation in the West." How trees die is just as important as how they grow in shaping the forests that clothe our mountains, stabile soil and watersheds, sequester carbon, and harbor wildlife.  Phil van Mantgem, Research Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Arcata, has been studying and enjoying forests in California and beyond since 1995. In this presentation Phil will share the latest research showing how patterns of tree mortality are changing i the western U.S., calling for changes in management of our forests. 

September 22, Saturday.  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Fall Native Plant Sale. Members' pre-sale 9-10 a.m. You can join at the door.  At our nusery at Freshwater Farms Reserve, 5851 Myrtle Ave., Eureka, near Three Corners Market.

September 23, Sunday.   Dead Lake Day Hike or Paddle.  Dead Lake is a deep, natural lake in the forested dunes of Tolowa Dunes State Park by Crescent City.  It has plenty of floating and emergent vegetation, a good place to look for and practice wetland plants.  A reliable rumor says that Bogbean is there.  We'll find out!  Details are to be arranged.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School to carpool, or arrange a different place.  Bring lunch and water and layers to be outdoors all day.  Tell Carol you are coming, to be included in plans as they develop (like taking or renting canoes):  707-822-2015; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October 6, Saturday.  Day Hike. Destination to be announced

October 10, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m. "Champion Campions of Northwestern California" with Michael Mesler

November 14, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m.  Evening program to be announced

November Field trip to be announced

December 12, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m. Evening program--probably Native Plant Show and Tell--various members share pictures and stories. 

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