CNPS Updates & Happenings

Fall Native Plant Sale – Saturday, September 22

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
(CNPS members only
pre-sale 9 – 10 a.m.)

Freshwater Farms Reserve
5851 Myrtle Ave., Eureka

Fall is the best time to plant! Find a wide selection of native plants for sun, shade and in-between. Knowledgeable people will be on hand to help you find plants to benefit native critters as well as provide an attractive garden setting. Native gardening resources available. Please bring your own box.
If you have any questions, call 707-826-0259 or go to:

Summer is Lilies

Columbia lily. Photo: Len Mazur.
Columbia lily. Photo: Len Mazur.

In June we saw redwood lily (Lilium rubescens) and leopard lily (Lilium pardalinum) at Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and people saw Columbia lily (Lilium columbianum) in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. In July we saw Washington lily (L. washingtonianum) and leopard lily at Scott Mountain and Sugar Creek Trail.

Washington lily. Photo: Luiza Figueira.
Washington lily. Photo: Luiza Figueira.
Redwood lily. Photo: Carol Ralph.
Redwood lily. Photo: Carol Ralph.


Field Trips and Plant Walks

August 4, Saturday. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Orchids in the Dunes. Orchids are a very diverse group, including some quite dainty species. Join Carol Ralph to learn about five species of orchid that live in the Lanphere Dunes. Four might be blooming. Walk 1-2 miles, partly on soft sand. Meet at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) to carpool to the protected site. Co-sponsored by CNPS and Friends of the Dunes. Call 707-444-1397 to RSVP.

August 5, Sunday. Crogan Hole Day Hike. Crogan Hole, on the western edge of the Trinity Alps Wilderness, is not a “hole” in the ground. It is an area of meadows and a creek, with open, rocky slopes and outcrops above it, offering beautiful views and wonderful plants. The trail is about five miles round trip, mostly on a contour at 5,400 ft elevation from the Mill Creek Lakes Trailhead in the Orleans District of Six Rivers National Forest. A portion of the trail is vast, brushy hillsides with gray snags pointing at the sky, a legacy of the 1999 Megram Fire. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School to carpool, or arrange another place. Return in the evening. Bring lunch, lots of water, and layers of clothing, to be ready for changeable, mountain weather. Please tell Carol you are coming at 707-822-2015 or

September 23, Sunday. Dead Lake Day Hike or Paddle. Dead Lake is a deep, natural lake in the forested dunes of Tolowa Dunes State Park by Crescent City. It has plenty of floating and emergent vegetation, a good place to look for and practice keying wetland plants. A reliable rumor says that bogbean is there. Details to be arranged. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School to carpool, or arrange a different place. Bring lunch, water and layers to be outdoors all day. Tell Carol you are coming, to be included in plans as they develop (like taking or renting canoes): 707-822-2015;

Evening Programs

Evening programs are free, public programs on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m. For information or to suggest a speaker or topic, contact Michael Kauffmann at 707-407-7686 or

September 12, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. Tree mortality, uncertainty, and forest conservation in the West with Phil van Mantgem. Tree mortality is a key process that shapes forest populations. Our understanding of tree mortality is poor in spite of its influence on important services provided by forests, such as soil stability, wildlife habitat, and carbon sequestration. Phil van Mantgem, Research Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Arcata, has been studying and enjoying forests in California and beyond since 1995. In this presentation Phil will share the latest research on tree mortality, how patterns of tree mortality appear to be changing in the western U.S., and potential management responses to these changes.