Join the North Coast California Native Plant Society for a series of programs on the second Wednesday of each month.
March 11 "Tribal Uses and Stewardship of Plants, Habitats, and Ecosystems in Northwestern California." Join Frank Lake, a researcher with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Fire and Fuels Program, for a presentation focused on California tribal uses and stewardship of plants. Northwest California offers a dynamic range of ecosystems including coastal headlands, redwood, oak woodland-prairies, Douglas-fir, tanoak, and interior mixed conifer/hardwood forests. Frank will take us on a historical, ethnographic, and ethnobotany journey across these ecosystems by weaving data and imagery to illustrate the complexity and diversity of tribal knowledge. The practices discussed will guide collaborative restoration efforts in our region into the future. He will also focus on plants used for basketry, food, and utilitarian purposes associated with tribal stewardship of those habitats.
April 8 Vascular Plants of Northwestern California: a Story of Plants and People. Dr. James P. Smith, Botany Professor emeritus at Humboldt State University, leads us on an evening celebrating our plants, our local botanists, and our chapter's 50th anniversary. His recently published book will be for sale.
May 13 Botanizing the BLM Lands of the North Coast. Jennifer Wheeler, botanist for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Arcata, will take us on a virtual journey across BLM lands on the North Coast. The BLM manages a diverse collection of habitats across Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino Counties, including Red Mountain, South Fork Eel, and King Range. Jennifer will introduce us to a variety of wonderful plants including the newly described Wailaki Lomatium (Lomatium kogholiini) from the Red Mountain Area of Critical Environmental Concern. We will also visit the Douglas-fir forests of Butte Creek Management Area and the oak woodlands of Lacks Creek and Travis Ranch.