CNPS Updates & Happenings

CNPS's plant stand at Kneeland Glen Farm Stand.
CNPS’s plant stand at Kneeland Glen Farm Stand.

Plants for Sale at the Kneeland Glen Farm Stand

Native plants grown by the North Coast CNPS Chapter Nursery are available all summer at the Kneeland Glen Farm Stand, including a wide selection of annuals, perennials, and native bulbs. Open daily from noon till 6 p.m.  For a current list of plants at our nursery, visit our chapter website ( Orders for pick-up at the farm stand can be arranged by writing to 


Dudleya succulents. Photo: Michael Kauffman.
Dudleya succulents. Photo: Michael Kauffman.

Dudleya Poaching on Coast

California hosts a number of bluff lettuce (Dudleya) species and subspecies, including some that are rare or at risk of extinction.  In April of this year, poachers were caught stripping thousands of these succulent plants from sea cliffs and shipping them overseas to other countries. CNPS joined CDFW, California State Parks, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in planting rescued bluff lettuce back on beachside bluffs.  The removal of these succulents can result in environmental degradation of habitat and a destabilization of bluffs and cliffs on the coastline. Photo: Michael Kauffmann.


Field Trips & Plant Walks

June 3, Sunday. 1-3 p.m. Wildflowers on Hikshari’ Trail.  Join us on Eureka’s Hikshari’ Trail to see wildflowers, both native and non-native.  Blue-eyed grass, yarrow, twinberry, Douglas iris, and the rare Humboldt Bay owl’s-clover will be in bloom along this 3/4-mile section of the trail.  Experienced interpreter and gardener and Hikshari’ Volunteer Trail Steward Coordinator Wanda Naylor will point out what is native and what is not—and why we care.  Meet at the Elk River Slough Parking area at the end of Hilfiker Street, Eureka, just south of Bayshore Mall.  Rain or shine.  Children welcome when accompanied by an adult.  For more information, call 707-502-5793.

June 10, Sunday. 1-3 p.m. Grass Appreciation Walk with Claire Brown in the Arcata Marsh. Grass flowers are intricate and beautiful, especially when you learn where to look.  Get your grass in gear and join us for a slow walk to learn to recognize and appreciate our local grasses.  Grass anatomy, terminology, and ecology will be discussed and admired, and species encountered identified.  Meet at the Arcata Marsh, in the Klopp Lake parking lot at the south end of I Street.  For information, email Claire at

June 16, Saturday. Humboldt Redwoods State Park Day Hike.  “So much in so short a distance” is the description of the Sa-Bug-Gah-Nah Loop Trail, connected to the Hidden Springs Beach Trail  in The Best Short Hikes in Redwood National and State Parks (Rhode and Rhode, 2004). Its 1.1 miles include redwood forest, riparian forest, river beach, river canyon, and “and oversized rock garden” on a rocky cliff. Redwood lilies might be blooming. Bring lunch and water; dress for the weather. Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School, 9:30 a.m. at the Kohls end of Bayshore Mall parking lot, or arrange another place. Tell Carol you are coming and if you are interested in camping in the park Saturday night (707-822-2015;

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 trails are challenging, but the wildflowers are rewarding. The trailheads are four 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, or you may choose accommodations in the Etna/Weaverville area. Sunday we will find a shorter hike to do before we head home. If you are thinking of coming, tell Carol and get the logistics (707-822-2015;