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California Desert Protection Act Rare Plant Treasure Hunt
10:00 AM10:00

California Desert Protection Act Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

Join us for a late-season hike to celebrate the anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act on Saturday, November 9th at the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve in Thousand Palms, CA.

Sign up here to reserve a space and receive further information about the event. Space is limited so an RSVP is required! We will search for Leopold’s rush (Juncus acutus subsp. leopoldii), narrowleaf sandpaper plant (Petalonyx linearis), and other desert rarities while we learn about this important desert habitat. Be prepared to hike a moderate distance (2-5 miles) on potentially uneven terrain. Bring sturdy shoes, lunch, water, sun protection, and a hat.

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Camping Weekend & RPTH at Crystal Lake
to Jul 14

Camping Weekend & RPTH at Crystal Lake


Join us for a campout at Crystal Lake in LA County featuring Rare Plant Treasure Hunts, guided interpretive hikes, collecting demonstrations, and more. This event is hosted by the San Gabriel Mountains, South Coast, Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains, and Bryophyte Chapters of CNPS. Participants will make their own camping arrangements and the CNPS chapters provide the activities. You can join us for the full weekend or just for the day or for any one activity.

The weekend will include a variety of plant walks, botany hikes, and other activities for both children and adults, including for mobility impaired folks. There will also be several Rare Plant Treasure Hunts for botany students and other folks with a science interest.

Crystal Lake is in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The Crystal Lake campground is located at the top of Highway 39, 25 miles north of Azusa, at an elevation of 5,500 feet. Click here for the campground’s web page. Although there are plenty of camp sites, they are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, which means you may need to arrive early Friday to secure a spot. The camp site fee per night is $12, which accommodates up to 8 people. A few nearby cabins are available from a private vendor, and need to be reserved well ahead. Bring your own food. A small cafe and store has prepared food and camping basics.

RSVP: In order to plan the activities, we need to know the number and interests of participants. If you are interested in coming, please complete the survey at cnps-sgm.org/campingsurvey. For further details, please contact Gabi McLean at gabi.mclean@verizon.net.

Please visit the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter event page to see the full schedule of activities.

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USFS Management of Rare Plants on Fuel Breaks
6:30 PM18:30

USFS Management of Rare Plants on Fuel Breaks

Munz's Onion (Allium munzii)


We still have a great selection of plants from the Fall Plant Sale last Saturday. ALL PLANTS 40% OFF. Sale will be held on the patio outside Room 101, Casa del Prado. Arrive early for best selection. Sale will begin at 5:00pm and end at 7:00pm. You can check the plant list here: 


Presentation with Kirsten Winter, Supervisor, Cleveland National Forest

A presentation on the management of endangered plant species on the Cleveland National Forest. Ms. Winter will begin with an overview of the Endangered Species Act and how this guides federal land management and then will discuss most of the endangered plant species that occur on the forest and special management actions that have been taken to protect them. ESA is one of the principal environmental laws guiding USFS land management and Southern California is a hot spot for endangered species. Federal lands have special responsibilities for protection of listed species so this comprises a substantial percentage of USFS's work.

Kirsten Winter is currently the Forest Biologist for the Cleveland National Forest, where she has worked for the past 27 years. She is responsible for the Forest Wildlife, Fisheries, and Rare Plants program. She has a B.A. in Botany from the University of Iowa and an MS in Ecology from UC Davis. 



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"How to Plant a Native Plant"



with Sue Marchetti, Chairperson, Natives for Novices

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.


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