CNPS Happenings– March 2021

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CNPS welcomes anyone interested in native plants to join our events.  No expertise required.

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Evening Program

March 10, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.  Our Precious Prairies.”  Coastal Prairies are a diverse habitat that sequesters carbon, prevents erosion, and increases groundwater retention.  They are under siege by conifer encroachment, fire suppression, land use changes, and agricultural development.  Hugh McGee and Veronica Yates of the Mattole Restoration Council will explore the values, threats, and restoration efforts to conserve these stunning, valuable, and diminishing communities.  Register for this Zoom event on our website. 

 Pacific Reed Grass in a grazed coastal prairie

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Field Trip March 21, Sunday. Seawood Cape Preserve Field Trip. Just north of Trinidad this new preserve of The Wildland Conservancy is ready for some botanical exploration in its coastal scrub, Redwood and Sitka Spruce forests, and on its coastal bluff. We will walk 2-3 miles on rough trails having a good review of coastal plants.   Small groups, face coverings, and social distancing observed.  Register with Carol at 707-822-2015 or theralphs@humboldt1.com to learn details.  

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Restored…for Plover and Sand-verbena 

by Carol Ralph

 

Bulldozers are destructive, but destruction is often the first step in restoration. At Little River State Beach in 2005 bulldozers successfully buried in trenches masses of European Beachgrass from an area of dunes where Snowy Plover used to nest. Follow-up hand work kept the resulting sandy plain clear–just what the Snowy Plover wanted, and it turns out what the rare Pink Sand-verbena (A. umbellata var. breviflora; Calif. Rare Plant Rank 1B.1) wanted. On our January field trip we saw it and the common Yellow Sand-verbena (A. latifolia), and amazingly, a flower of each.  Oblong, flat, dark green, upright leaves distinguished the Pink from the round, cupped, succulent, bright green leaves of Yellow.  This rare plant is easily accessible for viewing in the cleared dunes, even during beach closures for plovers March 15-September 15.  Good work, State Parks!

the rare Pink Sand-verbena (A. umbellata var. breviflora; Calif. Rare Plant Rank 1B.1) photo by Carol Ralph

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Native Plants for the Garden 

Our native plants are available every day, 12 noon-6 p.m., at the Kneeland Glen Farm Stand at Freshwater Farms Reserve, 5851 Myrtle Ave.  If you don’t see what you want, contact us at northcoastcnps@gmail.com.

 

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