North Coast CNPS



  • January 10, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. "Sudden Oak Death: Why It's The Wrong Name" Chris Lee, UC Extension Humboldt County Sudden Oak Death program coordinator, presents the latest information. (mixer 7 p.m. - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • February 14, 2007 (Wednesday) 7 p.m. "Beyond The Ancient Meeting Ground", Dr. John O. Sawyer, renowned HSU plant ecologist, explores the biological and geographical richness of Northwestern California.
    (mixer 7 p.m. - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • February 17, 2007 (Saturday), 10 a.m.-12 noon. Bryophyte Walk in Arcata Community Forest. Mosses and lichens are at their lushest in the wet months. Sunny Loya will show us a good variety of these diminutive and important forest dwellers along the trail up Jolly Giant Creek. Meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot behind USFS Redwood Sciences Laboratory, left at the top of 17th St (above HSU)., Arcata. Be ready for the weather and wet trails. 441-9545.
  • March 4, 2007 (Sunday), 1 p.m. - Trindidad Plant Walk, featuring fetid adder's tongue, skunk cabbage, milkmaids, coltsfoot, etc. Trinidad State Beach, in town off Stagecoach Road. Larry Levine, 822-7190.
  • March 14, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "The Successful Lifestyle of Local Fungus Robbing Plants". Most plants are green and work to make their own food. Others are red, white or even purple and live together in symbiotic relationships with green plants. But there are "cheaters" that give nothing, letting their neighbors do all the work, getting plenty from their hosts in return. Join us as we take a closer look at some of the members of the North Coast flora, including Indian pipe, pinesap, sugarstick, and the gnome plant that have abandoned the photosynthetic lifestyle and instead "exploit" fungi and other plants. Tony LaBanca has been lucky enough to work at conserving botanical resources for almost 20 years in northern California, work with Humboldt State University, the National Park Service, the California Dept. of Fish & Game, Friends of the Dunes, and CNPS. No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. (mixer 7 p.m. - program 7:30)
  • March 31, 2007 (Saturday). Stony Creek Dayhike. Spring will be springing in this favorite and unique site recently acquired by the Siskiyou Land Trust (see summer 2006 issue of Darlingtonia). The fawn lilies could be spectacular. Other treats expected are calypso, brook wakerobin, Oregon anemone, iris, violets, azalea, and Darlingtonia. An easy hike of about one mile takes us through open forest to a patch of serpentine and Darlingtonia fen where Stony Creek joins the North Fork Smith. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 10:15 at the Hiouchi visitor's center of Redwood National Park, or about 11:00 at the Gasquet ranger office (headquarters of Smith River National Recreation Area). It helps if you tell Carol Ralph (822-2015) you are coming. (This is Aleutian Goose Days weekend in Crescent City.)
  • April 11, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "Flowers, ferns, fungi, and other natural beauties of Humboldt County". presented by Crescent City photographer Alan Justice. Alan's contribution to our December program was so good that we invited him back to show us more of his stunning images. Expert and novice will enjoy seeing what he has found on his back road explorations. No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. (mixer 7 p.m. - program 7:30)
  • April 14, 2007 (Saturday) 10 a.m.- noon. Herbarium Tour. Join Robin Bencie for a "field trip" in Humboldt State University's Vascular Plant Herbarium. Learn about the Herbarium's fine collection, and how plant enthusiasts use this facility to identify plants and broaden their knowledge about our local flora. The Herbarium welcomes volunteers. Come see how to get involved! Meet at the Herbarium, Science D, Room 161 (2nd floor of the Engineering and Biological Sciences Building). 826-4801
  • April 15, 2007 (Sunday). Guthrie Creek Dayhike. Let's see what this new trail offers, accessing BLM's Lost Coast Headlands unit south of Ferndale. The brochure promises coastal prairie, coastal bluffs, a creek, and a small beach, plenty of good flowers habitat. The trail is only one mile long, but steep. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or 9:00 a.m. at the south end of Bayshore Mall parking lot. It helps to know that you're coming: Carol Ralph 822-2015.
  • April 21, 2007 (Saturday) 10 a.m. - noon. Sequoia Park plant walk. Get to know the plants and hear a little history in our own remnant, second growth, redwood forest right in Eureka. See trillium, candyflower, mitella, 4 species of fern, willows, and the invasive, non-native species that threaten them. Meet at the fountain at the south end of T St., at T and Glatt Sts. Liz McGee 443-5139.
  • April 28, 2007 (Saturday) 1-3 p.m.. Arcata Community Forest plant walk Big trees and small delights. Ferns, redwood violets, redwood sorrel, and perhaps late trilliums will sprinkle the shade of this carefully managed forest. With Carol Ralph and possibly others. Meet at Trail #9 parking lot opposite the 700 block of Fickle Hill Rd. Be prepared to walk on old road and uneven, dirt trails with moderate ups and downs. 822-2015.
  • May 4-5-6, 2007 (Friday- Sunday). Spring Wildflower Show. Manila Community Center, our annual event.
  • May 9, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "So You Think You Know Conifers!". Dr. Dennis Walker, retired Professor of Botany at HSU, gives the historical perspective on conifers, their relationship to ferns, etc., followed by slides of interesting conifers. Refreshments at 7:00, program 7:30. Free, eveyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • May 13, 2007 (Sunday), 1-3 p.m. - Elk River Wildlife Area Plant Walk. Mothers would all love to see the glowing pink-purple beds of the rare Humboldt Bay owl's clover in the saltmarsh. Join Carol Ralph to see this and other wetland, willow thicket, and dune treats along a level trail. Meet at the Park-and-Ride lot, west side of Hwy. 101 at Elk River Road, the first exit south of Eureka. 822-2015.
  • May 19, 2007(Saturday). Dinsmore property exploration Dayhike and optional overnight. No promises and many possibilities await us in the Douglas fir and oak habitats of a 40-acre, unimproved, private property near Dinsmore on Route 36. We will explore on foot as much as we can, being sure to see the meadows, seeps, and ephemeral stream and pools. We will compile a plant list for the owner and help destroy some thistles. We are invited to camp there, so that on Sunday we will have time to stop in Larabee Valley and Grizzly Creek Redwoods on the way home. Dress for the weather and cross-country hiking, bring lunch, plenty of water, and a thistle-bashing tool if you can. If you are camping, bring that equipment and more food. We'll plan on a campfire. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 9:00 a.m. at the south end of Bayshore Mall parking lot, or 10:30 at Dinsmore Store. Please tell Carol (822- 2015) you are coming.
  • May 20, 2007 (Sunday) 10:30- noon. Arcata Marsh plant walk "Spartina and the Spartan Salt Marsh," the ecology and biology of the invasive cordgrass and other salt and fresh water invaders of the Arcata Marsh. Join Suzanne Isaacs and Annie Eicher for a mile walk on level paths. Dress for wind and any other weather. Meet at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center at 569 South G St. Co-sponsored by Friends of Arcata Marsh as part of Wetlands Month. 826-2359.
  • May 27, 2007 (Sunday) 1 p.m. to about 2:30. Azalea Reserve plant walk. See many of our native plants recommended for gardens, both shrubs and herbs and including the native azalea, which might still be blooming. Take North Bank 101 just north of the Mad River; after 1-2 miles turn left on Azalea Dr., and shortly after that, left into the parking lot. Pete Haggard 839-0307.
  • June 2, 2007 (Saturday) 10 a.m. - noon. Trinidad Head plant walk. Two local botanists, Jen Kalt and Robin Bencie, will introduce the diverse native flora found on this small and scenic spot, while walking the trail up and over the head. Meet at the head end of the beach parking lot of Trinidad State Beach.
  • June 3, 2007 (Sunday) 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. . Tolowa Dunes plant walk and day hike. See the rare silvery phacelia blooming, along with lupines and other dune plants, guided by dune enthusiast Laura Julian. That's the one-hour, approximately 1-mile walk. If you want, continue the 3.5-mile loop to Sweetwater Creek and Dead Lake to see wetland vegetation. Bog bean is out there somewhere! Bring mosquito repellant. For the longer walk bring lunch and water. The trail is firm sand, fairly level. Meet at the Fish & Game building near the end of Old Mill Rd., Crescent City. Info: 465-6191; 668-4088 (carpool possibilities). This walk is sponsored jointly by the California Native Plant Society and the North Coast Redwoods Interpretive Society.
  • June 9, 2007 (Saturday) 10:30 a.m. - about 1 p.m.. Hookton Slough plant walk. Meet our diverse wetland vegetation in the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge with USF&WS ecologist Andrea Pickart. You thought it was all "grass!" About 10 minutes south of Eureka on 101, exit onto Hookton Rd, go straight about 1 mile and turn right into a refuge parking area. The path along the levee is level. It is often windy. Info: 733-5406.
  • June 9-10, 2007 (Saturday- Sunday). Iris Heaven Day Trip Or Overnight.. Our goal is a bed of vari-colored iris along Forest Service Road 17NO5 between Highway 199 east of Gasquet and Bear Basin Butte. We hope to study Iris douglasiana, inominata, and bracteata, their variation and mixing. Weather and road conditions will determine where we actually go, but there's a lot of fine country in the drainage of the Smith River. We might camp at Patrick Creek, where there is also a lodge. Details later. Carol Ralph 822-2015.
  • June 16, 2007 (Saturday) 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.. Open Garden Series No. 1, an informal way to visit a selected garden and its owner. For directions, contact Pete at 839-0307. Suggested donation $5 at the gate. Description: A mowed path through a small, willowy wetland in a sunny, old pasture is the delight and triumph of this Eureka yard. When the owner bought this house, it came with a conservation easement on the wetland, and a fearsome tangle of Himalaya blackberry. With energy and perseverance the owner has cleared the blackberry using no herbicide, allowing the pre-existing natives and others that she planted to flourish. Now you can see skunk cabbage, cattails, water parsley, and other marsh plants, as well as a great variety of native shrubs, including 7 kinds of berries in the upland area. The yard around the house is also landscaped with natives. Douglas iris should be greeting you on this summer day. This garden will inspire all gardeners who want to recreate or restore a native habitat.
  • June 17, 2007 (Sunday), 1-3 p.m.. Patrick's Point Plant Walk. Columbia lilies are one treat that awaits in the meadow at this rich state park. Join naturalist Nick Sky on this mostly level walk through spruce forest, riparian forest, across the meadow, and up Ceremonial Rock, about a mile. Meet at Mussel Rock parking lot. If you don't want to pay the $6 park entrance fee, park outside and walk in or join another car. 822-5970.
  • July 4, 2007 (Wednesday), 1-3 p.m.. Arcata Marsh plant walk. "What's in a name? Words, weeds, and wildflowers." Enjoy the greenery and flowers at Arcata Marsh and learn the significance of terms like native, non-native, and invasive. Meet naturalist Jenny Hanson at the Marsh Interpretive Center on south G St. for a level, 1-mile walk. 444-2553.
  • July 8, 2007 (Sunday). Board Camp Mt. Daytrip and optional overnight. At close to 5,000 ft. elevation in the serpentine zone of Forest Service Rte 1 (Titlow Hill Rd.) south of Horse Mt., Board Camp area offers fun botanical exploration. The state of the roads, our vehicles, and the group's ambitions will determine how much we walk on roads, on trails, or cross country. Some of us want to camp up there Saturday night (primitive camp). For coming up Sunday, meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) to carpool. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of 4N38 (the turn to Board Camp) and FS 1. Best call Carol 822-2015 to say you're coming, especially to join the camp-out.
  • July 14, 2007 (Saturday), 10:00 a.m.- noon. Summer Wildflower Walk, Elk Head. Look for lilies and gentians with botanist Birgit Semsrott on this level, 1-mile walk through alder and spruce forest, coastal scrub, and coastal prairie. Meet at College Cove parking lot north of Trinidad on Stagecoach Rd, north of Anderson Ln. 825-0680.
  • July 15, 2007 (Sunday) 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.. Open Garden Series No. 2, Fortuna Sun or shade, wet or dry, and clay; all these conditions are found in this Fortuna yard. A wide variety of California or northwest native trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials, and annuals are growing in this not-quite-wild / not-quite-tame landscape. 1020 Angel Heights Road, Fortuna For directions or more information, contact Janelle at 725-2195.
  • July 22, 2007 (Sunday) 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.. Open Garden Series No. 3, Bayside A variety of native trees, shrubs, and forbs have been planted on what was, until 1999, a nearly treeless lot. A natural-bottom pond, modest flower garden and poetic landscape architecture have resulted in a leafy, wildlife-friendly oasis one block off Old Arcata Road. 1632 Hyland Street, Bayside For directions or more information, contact Jude or David at 822-3613
  • August 3-5, 2007 (Friday- Sunday)Big Flat In The Trinity Alps, field trip. The road up Coffee Creek off Hiway 3 (north of Weaverville) offers plenty of geology, as well as mountain wildflowers, to amuse you on the hour to Big Flat, at the end of the road. Here, at 5,760 ft. elevation, is an unimproved Forest Service campground where we can stay while we explore this mountain meadow and some trails that ascend from it. The exact plan is still developing. Be in touch with Carol Ralph 822- 2015.
  • August 11, 2007 (Saturday), 1-3 p.m.. Mad River Beach Plant Walk. Lots of the aster family blooms in late summer. Meet them with botanist Birgit Semsrott on this easy walk through sand flats and dunes. Meet at the beach parking lot at the end of Mad River Rd. 825-0680.
  • August 18, 2007 (Saturday) 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.. Open Garden Series No. 4, Eureka Red-twig dogwood, twinberry, red-flowering currant, red elderberry, Douglas and Del Norte iris are a few of the natives waiting to welcome you to this inspiring Eureka garden where the homeowners replaced traditional, high-maintenance lawns with a variety of wildlife-attracting native plants. Stroll past a small pond (with a solar- powered pump) while enjoying the scent of mock orange and wild rose flowers floating through the garden as hummingbirds and songbirds flit about you. 4977 Lundblade Drive, Eureka For directions or more information, contact Kathy at 825-7665 or Pete at 839-0307.
  • September 8, 2007 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to noon.. Salt Marsh Exploration. Explore a unique marsh on the bay side of the North Spit (Humboldt Bay) with wetland expert Andrea Pickart. Formerly a salt marsh, this area was at one time drained, and is currently a combination of brackish and salt marsh vegetation. Beach erosion has exposed layers of peat from a time when the marsh extended further east. Recent overwash events have deposited sand on its east end, resulting in a unique juxtaposition of foredune with bayside with Salicornia (pickleweed) growing on the sand next to dune plants, and other oddities. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or at 9:00 at the Eureka Dunes Protected Area pullout just outside the Samoa Dunes NRA at the south end of New Navy Base Rd. Be prepared for any weather, especially wind. Bring water, and if you want to stay for a picnic, your lunch. Walking will be a short distance, fairly level, on sand and damp ground. Information: 822-2015.
  • September 12, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - Be There!: How to Put Yourself in the right place at the right time to take good photographs". Larry and Donna Ulrich founded Larry Ulrich Stock photography in 1972. They live in Trinidad and have photographed extensively in the redwoods and the West, as well as elsewhere in the world. Their books include "Wildflowers of California", "Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest", and "Beyond the Golden Gate". Refreshments 7:00, program 7:30. Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • September 22, 2007 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - "Fall Plant Sale. A wide variety of native plants - locally grown by chapter members. Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center parking lot. To volunteer or for more information, Sunny Loya 707-599-5712.
  • September. 29, 2007 (Saturday) 1-3 p.m. - Azalea State Reserve, McKinleyville plant walk. Do azaleas make seeds? Walk around the Reserve with Pete Haggard and find out. See a diversity of native shrubs and herbs, many recommended for gardens. Take North Bank Rd. off 101 just north of the Mad River; go about 1 mile, turn left on Azalea Dr., then shortly up the hill left into the parking lot. 839-0307.
  • October 10, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "Exploring California's Deserts", a slide show and talk by Jeff Hogue, Biology Professor at College of the Redwoods. The Mohave and Sonoran deserts include some of the most interesting plants and animals in California. The annual wildflowers offer some of the most spectacular and showy displays found anywhere in the world. Learn about the multitude of strategies that these plants employ to survive in this hostile environment. Jeff received his B.A. in Botany from Pomona College, his M.A. in Botany from the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens/Claremont Graduate School, and his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Cornell University. Refreshments 7:00, program 7:30. Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • October 20, 2007 (Saturday) - "Fall Colors Day Trip.", Glowing yellow maples, bronzy oaks, fiery red poison oak and dogwoods, and grand mountain vistas are what we hope to find on a lovely fall day as we drive Highway 299 to Titlow Hill Rd., south to Friday Ridge Rd, and down the east side to 299 near Salyer, with a side trip to Brush Mt. Lookout. We will stop to poke around at Horse Mt., Spikebuck Mt., Brush Mt. Lookout, and East Fork Campground. This could be a good tree and shrub review. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) to carpool, or arrange another meeting place. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water and, if you have one, a walkie talkie radio. Any car may head for home any time; all will be home by dark. 822-2015.
  • November 4, 2007 (Sunday) - "Redwood Trails Day Hike.", Without the distraction of spring flowers we'll see the habitat and perennial greenery in beatiful redwood forests on three trails in Prairie Creek State and Redwood National Parks: Ah Pah Interpretive Trail (0.8 mi round trip) to see some watershed restoration; Trillium Falls Trail (2.5 mi loop) for meadow, wetland, old growth forest and a waterfall; Lost Man Creek Trail (as far as we want) for rich, shady riparian. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 10 a.m. at Ah Pah Trailhead, or arrange another place. Dress for the weather and hiking; bring lunch and water. Return by dark. 822-2015.
  • November 14, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "Poseidon to Zeus. A snapshot of the Oregon Coast Range, its geology and botany". Ashland naturalist and photographer Don Begnoche promises an eloquent and well illustrated geological, botanical, and historical interpretation of the southern Oregon Coast Ranges. Refreshments 7:00, program 7:30. Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • December 12, 2007 (Wednesday) - "Native Plant Show-and-Tell". An informal evening for anyone to share photos, artifacts, readings, or food related to native plants and their habitats. Ron Johnson (677-0147; is coordinator. Participants include

- storyteller and gardener Sylvia White showing flower photos and telling a Yurok story
- conservationist and botanist Jen Kalt and landscaper and instructor Donna Wildearth telling about the rare and beautiful globe mallow, Iliamna latibracteata, here in our mountains
- extraordinary naturalist Jim Waters sharing favorite photos of his summer
- ecologist and artist Andrea Pickart showing beauties of the salt marsh and a successful restoration effort
- art historian and photographer Ron Johnson showing highlights of CNPS field trips

7 p.m. refreshments, 7:30 program. Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.

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