North Coast CNPS


September 6-8, 2013

by Carol Ralph

CNPS is a non-profit federation, led by a Chapter Council composed of one delegate from each of the 33 chapters. The council meets four times each year to share information, to discuss and decide the overall direction of the organization, and to set policy. This fall, at our invitation, they are coming to Arcata.

The CNPS Board of Directors, which has the fiduciary and legal responsibility for CNPS and hires the Executive Director, come to these quarterly meetings, as does the Executive Director, who manages day-to-day operations, and do other staff.

Among the Chapter Council, CNPS board, and staff are some of the most committed and talented people you have ever met. You are invited to meet and interact with them during any activities at the September quarterly meeting, which is devoted mainly to conservation issues. Your participation is welcomed at both the board and chapter council meetings. Your interest, opinions, input, and questions are appreciated. This is your chance to find out about other chapters and state efforts, as well as to influence our organization's efforts.


Sept. 6, Friday evening. A get-together at an Arcata establishment for food, drink, socializing, and networking.   Sept. 7, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Trinidad Town Hall, the Council conservation session, followed by more socializing, snacks, and beverages, then a catered dinner, and an after-dinner speaker.

Sept. 8, Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon. At Trinidad Town hall, Chapter Council considers other business. In the afternoon we offer our visitors field trips, which members are welcome to join. Destinations are yet to be decided.

We may offer additional field trips before and after the meeting. Additionally, while the delegates are busy in session, we may offer an activity or two specifically for North Coast Chapter members, led by CNPS staff from the Sacramento office.

As hosts, our chapter has some duties for which we need volunteer help, for example, staffing a registration table on Saturday morning, helping set up the meeting room early Saturday, maintaining the coffee and refreshment station through the day (in shifts), managing the projector and other equipment.   If you can help, please contact Carol (707-822-2015; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Check our web site ( for details as they emerge, such as the speakers' identities, the field trip destinations, and the conservation topics on the meeting agenda.



As hosts we also help visitors find the accommodation of their choice, including private homes, B&B's, and motels. If you can offer a guest room in your house or a camping site by your house to a visiting delegate, board member, or staff, please contact Jen Kalt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).   What a great chance to interact with interesting, knowledgeable people!


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