North Coast CNPS

Information about the Hikshari' Trail

1. Description

2. Plant List

Information about the Hammond Trail

1. Introduction

2. Plant List

3. Field Trip Report from 2008

Field Trip Report

Stony Creek

7 April 2018

by Carol Ralph

The Stony Creek Trail, at the end of a road in Gasquet on Highway 199, is a long time favorite of botanizers.  At present we owe thanks for this trail to Six Rivers National Forest and the Siskiyou Land Conservancy.  SRNF owns the first part of the trail; SLC owns the downhill part and the actual parcel that the river junction is on.  The serpentine influence in the soil discourages weedy species and results in a diverse mix of natives, including serpentine specialists.   

The first weekend of April is still quite early spring.  Many species were just unfurling, poking up, or swelling buds.  The flower show was lined up along the trail.  First, the Fairy Slipper (Calypso bulbosa) near the cars, then the pure white Sitka Valerian (Valeriana sitchensis), and then ... ta dah!.....the hundreds of fawn lilies, dancing in mossy beds along the trail.  We measured styles on a good number of these flowers, finding them mostly just short of 10 mm, making them (according to The Jepson Manual) Lemon Fawn Lily (Erythronium citrinum), not California Fawn Lily (E. californicum), the other white fawn lily with mottled leaves.  Soon followed the Oregon Anemone (Anemone oregana), white with a blush of blue.  Down on the flat by the river the Deltoid Balsamroot's (Balsamorhiza deltoidea) large, yellow flowers took over the show.  Along the bouldery, boggy way upstream the dramatic leaves of California Pitcher Plant continually amazed, and on the rocky flats beyond first it was tiny-but-elegant violet (Viola sp.), then bright pink Shooting Star (Primula hendersonii), and then mats of variable pink Spreading Phlox (Phlox diffusa).  It was a wonderful show; our eight botanizers enjoyed every minute, even when we had to put up our raincoat hoods.

 StonyCreekPitcherPlant2  On the wet, bouldery shelf above Stony Creek the fierce but patient pitchers of California Pitcher Plant wage a silent battle with Salal (large leaves on the right) and Labrador Tea (small leaves on left).  Lack of fire has allowed the woody plants to gain a foothold in the Darlingtonia fen.  Without disturbance of some kind, the shrubs will shade out the pitcher plants and other wetland herbaceous plants in this special plant community. 

This little conifer near the beginning of the trail caught our eye.  A return visit for further information confirmed it was a Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia), not recorded from this trail.


Studying something on the mossy trailside among Evergreen Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum), Western Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum), Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus), and Canyon Live Oak (Quercus chrysolepis). 

 Spring Native Plant Sales

Thank you to everyone who participated in both of our recent plant sales.  We appreciate your patience while we figured out how to do two different types of sales, neither of which we had done before!  We will be having our fall plant sale over the weekend of September 26th & 27th.  We have no idea as to what form our fall sale will take, but our two recent plant sales will make it easier for us to figure that out.  Please check this website as the dates get closer.  Thank you so much for supporting your local native plant society.  We all work hard to bring you native plants to enrich your gardens and landscapes to help provide habitat for our birds, bees, butterflies and other insects and beauty as well!


Kneeland Glen Farmstand 

We are still selling our nursery plants at the CNPS plant stand at Kneeland Glen Farmstand, open daily from 12-6 pm and located at the Freshwater Farms Reserve, 5851 Myrtle Ave, Eureka. Here is the current plant list  of what is there - it's updated periodically.  If you don't find what you need, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get back to you about availability and make arrangements for you to get your plant(s) at the Farmstand.

These native plant sales help us to provide support for our programs to members and to the community, our quarterly newsletter, as well as funding scholarships and all of the other acitivities of our chapter.  

  Seaside Daisy   
  Seaside Daisy  Erigeron glaucus




Below are links to the evening programs we have recorded and posted on our YouTube Channel

May 20th, 2020 ZOOM Webinar: Capturing California’s Flowers. Botanists have been collecting plants in California since the late 1700’s. They never suspected that botanists of the future would use those collections to understand the effects of climate change on California’s plants. Today we are doing just that. The California Phenology (CAP) Network is a collaboration of 45 California herbaria that is working to digitize nearly 1 million specimens by 2022. These data are made publicly available on a newly developed data portal, The CAP Network is also recording the phenological status (e.g., flowering, fruiting) of digitized specimens, generating a massive dataset with which we can answer questions such as: 1) which species are in most danger of phenological mismatches, 2) which habitats and vegetation types are most phenologically sensitive to changes in precipitation and temperature, and 3) where might mismatches occur between plants and their pollinators, pathogens, and pests? Jenn and Katie will show you how to look at plants year round in the CCH2 and will lead an interactive workshop where you can help contribute data to California’s historical collections from the comfort of your own home.

May 14th, 2020 Zoom Webinar: Journey to the Miracle Mile. Join ecologist Michael Kauffmann, author of Conifer Country: A Natural History and Hiking Guide to the Klamath Mountains, for a virtual exploration to one of the most species-rich square-miles for conifers in the world. This area, in the Russian Wilderness west of Callahan and Etna, has a rich history of full of botanical discoveries including a temperate region record 18 conifer species in one square mile. Michael will take us on an arm-chair journey across the region and share pictures and stories about discoveries, conservation successes, and botanical wonders in the area.

May 13th, 2020 Zoom Webinar: Botanizing the BLM Lands of the North CoastJennifer 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. 

April 29th, 2020. Zoom Webinar: Restoring Nature with Pollinator Gardens. Join local naturalist Bill Rodstrom to learn about how to convert biologically barren urban and suburban landscapes of lawns and non-native plants into healthy habitat for local pollinators like bees and butterflies. By planting native host and nectar plants we can all do something to reverse the rapid decline of insects and birds. Although this is not a bee identification workshop there will be lots of photos of local native bees (and butterflies) using native plants. 

April 22nd, 2020. Zoom Webinar: California's Iconic Flora. There are more than 5,000 native species in California—one in five of which are now rare or endangered. Author Matt Ritter, professor of botany at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, will give an online visual “tour” through the state’s most iconic flora in a lecture based on his book, California Plants. A richly illustrated field guide to the state’s spectacular native plants, the book also seeks to raise awareness of the unique beauty that’s at risk. California Governor Jerry Brown writes in the book’s foreword, “Matt Ritter teaches us to better understand how our future is linked to that of all other living things: our soil, our microbiota, and our wonderful and indomitable native plants.” Matt will use his beautiful photographs to share the natural history of California's fascinating plants. 

April 8, 2020, Wednesday. 7:00 p.m. Zoom Webinar: Conifers of the Klamath Mountains: 2019 Updates from the Field.  Humboldt County educator, author, and ecologist Michael Kauffmann has been tracking the status and distribution of Klamath Mountain conifers for over 15 years. His book, Conifer Country, is the definitive field guide to the region. Michael will take us from mountain summits to coastal river valleys and provide updates on the status and distribution of many of these charismatic conifers based on field work in the summer of 2019 with the California Native Plant Society Vegetation Team. He will also share photos and stories about exciting plants from the region.  

January 8th, 2020, Wednesday. 7:00 p.m. Butterflies of Coastal Humboldt County.  Our January 2020 program featured two speakers. Robert Childs presented local butterfly identification tips and Bill Rodstrom celebrated the relationship of our local butterflies to native plants. 


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