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The Redbud Chapter of CNPS
Sierra Buttes Wildflower Weekend (July 5 to 7)  
Registration deadline is May 24th  
Redbud Members Only

The Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society welcomes all native-plant lovers in Nevada and Placer counties. We are dedicated to exploring, educating, researching, and writing about the diversity and beauty of our native flora. We:
  • Lead field trips to stunning foothill and mountain wildflower displays.
  • Offer 100s of locally adapted, hand-picked native plants at our fall sale.
  • Advocate for native flora and organize conservation projects.
  • Meet up to propagate plants and learn ethnobotany first-hand.
  • Publish two books on over 700 local wildflowers, trees and shrubs.
Together, we explore and restore nature, and find new friends!

Announcing Upcoming Redbud Chapter Events!

Rock Creek Nature Trail (Family Hike)
Hosted by Redbud Chapter  -  California Native Plant Society
Saturday, June 8  
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Rock Creek Nature Study Area, Nevada City
Celebrate the approach of summer with your family on Rock Creek Nature Trail!
This outing is for youth, ages 3 to 12, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Please arrive at 9:45 to sign release forms.
This loop trail, just under one mile, is cool, shady, and mostly level as it winds along Rock Creek. The first 500 feet of this trail is rated "moderate" for wheelchairs and strollers. (Beyond this point, the trail is considered non-accessible for wheels due to the narrow trail and uneven terrain.) Possible safety hazards are poison oak, ticks and rattlesnakes.
We will learn about the trees, other plants, and wildlife of this ecosystem, as well as the history of the area. Last June, we saw many Banana Slugs.
Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking. Bring: Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, snack and optional camera. Leave pets at home.
Picnic tables and restrooms are at the trailhead.
Drive east 7 1/2 miles from Nevada City on Highway 20.
Two miles beyond the Five Mile House, look for the Washington Ridge Conservation Camp sign on the left. Turn left and follow the paved road for 1 mile. Turn left onto a gravel road. It will take you another mile down into the canyon and parking lot. On the way out, follow the one-way road down the canyon, which brings you back to Highway 20, 1/2 mile west of Five Mile House.
For questions, contact California Naturalist, Linda Conklin. Use secretary@redbud-cnps.org. Linda will lead the hike, and Shane Hanofee will be helping out.

Page Meadows
All day field trip
Trip Leader: Karen Loro
Tuesday June 11th
10:00 a.m. at Trailhead
Trip Leader Karen Loro will meet participants at 10:00 a.m. at the trailhead, about 3 miles South of Tahoe City. See directions to the Trailhead below. No RSVP required.
An opportunity to see meadows filled with wildflowers awaits you on this easy, mostly level hike (approx. 2 miles long).
Description: From Julie Carville's book Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails, page 142: "Page Meadows is a series of large, meandering sun-filled meadows between forests of conifers and aspens. … The unsigned trail begins in a forest of Jeffrey and Lodgepole Pines and White Firs, with an understory of Bittercherry, Whitethorn, and Pinemat Manzanita … In June, Plantain Buttercups, Quamash Camas Lilies, Elephant's Heads, and Alpine Shooting Stars bloom. … "
Other abundant wildflowers may include Parish's Yampah, Porterella and Torrey's Blue-eyed Mary.
Bring: Water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, hat for sun protection, insect repellant, and other hiking essentials. If you have allergies, please bring your antihistamine or other allergy remedy of choice - we want you to be able to enjoy this trip!
Directions: (also from Julie Carville's book): "From Tahoe City on Highway 89, drive south 1.9 miles and take a right onto Pine Avenue. Head uphill 0.1 mile and turn right onto Tahoe Park Heights for 0.6 mile to a three-way split. Take Big Pine 0.2 mile straight ahead and turn left onto Silver Tip Drive for 0.4 mile to the parking area where the road ends at the unsigned trailhead."
Questions? Email Nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org

Sagehen Creek
All day field trip
Trip Leader: Karen Loro
Thursday, June 13th
Carpool at 8:00 a.m.
Meet at Trailhead at 9:30 a.m.
Trip Leader Karen Loro will meet participants at 9:30 a.m. at the parking area near trailhead. See directions to the parking area below.
Description: This year's late snow and rain in the high country means vivid wildflower displays continuing through June and into July. This is a mostly level walk, 4.5 - 5 miles, thru riparian forest, meadows and ending at Stampede Reservoir (yes, you can swim !). We plan to be out all day. We hope to see Brown's Peony, Quamash Camas Lily, Western Polonium and a myriad of other flora.
Bring: Water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, hat for sun protection, insect repellant, and other hiking essentials. If you have allergies, please bring your antihistamine or other allergy remedy of choice - we want you to be able to enjoy this trip!
Directions: Location is about 7.4 miles North from Truckee. Take the Sierraville Exit from Hwy 80 and drive North on Hwy 89. At the first roundabout follow the sign for Donner Pass Rd. At the next 2 roundabouts, head toward Sierraville. The parking area is immediately after a cement bridge across Sagehen Creek, on the East side of the Hwy. Allow 90 min from Colfax or Nevada City to arrive a few min early.
If you are interested in carpooling from Nevada City, meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Rood Center near the solar panels (950 Maidu Way, Nevada City). If you want to carpool from Colfax, meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Mar Val Sierra Market, 575 S. Auburn St.
Questions? Email Nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org

The Redbud Chapter
"Passionate about (Native) Plants”
Lecture Series
Time for all events is 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m.

Maintaining a Fire-safe Home within a Fire Adapted Native Plant Ecosystem
Chris Paulus, Calfire Battalion Chief, Ret.
Wednesday, June 26th
Madelyn Helling Library,
980 Helling Way, Nevada City

California’s ecosystems have been shaped by fire for millennia, but development has led to increasing fire danger to homes located in the wildland-urban interface. Recent devastating fires have caused some to remove all or most vegetation around their homes, reducing property values, privacy, and quality of life.
Such strategies impair wildland biodiversity, eliminate carbon sequestration and rainwater infiltration functions of native plant ecosystems, and cause habitat loss for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. Understanding the fire adaptive ecosystem will help you keep a healthy environment and reduce fuels while retaining the natural beauty of our native plant communities.

Sierra Buttes Wildflower Weekend 2019
  July 5 to July 7, 2019
Sierra Nevada Field Campus  
Calpine, CA 96124
Join us for a wildflower-filled weekend trip to the Sierra Buttes area, one of the best spots for wildflowers in all of the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada Field Campus (SNFC) of CSU San Francisco is located on Hwy 49 along the north fork of the Yuba River, about 58 miles up Hwy 49 above Nevada City and 1 mile above Basset's Station.
We’ll spend the weekend exploring the plants of the area, focused on observing many wildflowers in a variety of different habitats.
Schedule: Arrive at Field Campus Friday afternoon, July 5th. Dinner is at 6:30 pm. Accommodations will be at the Field Campus either in platform tents or you can bring your own tent. Meals are served at the Dining Hall. We will have field trips both Saturday and Sunday and will return home on Sunday, July 7th in the afternoon. Pets are not allowed at the SNFC.
A map and directions are available at http://sierra.sfsu.edu/directions. Check the web site http://www.sfsu.edu/~sierra for more detailed information about the campus and species lists.
This trip is limited to 20 participants (must be actiive Redbud members) and is first come first served.
Registration deadline is May 24.
The Registration packet is available HERE. Fill out and sign all three forms and mail the completed packet with your check to:
Pamela Brillante  
P. O. Box 140  
Dutch Flat, CA 95714
Questions? Email Bill Wilson at wilsonb@yosemite.edu or call 530-265-8040.

Wednesday, July 24,
Matt Forister, Professor, University of Nevada, Reno "Insect and Plant Life-Cycle Disruption from Climate Change and Other Factors"
Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St., Colfax

Wednesday, August 28
Julie Carville, Author, Botanist, Photographer
“Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails"
Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Join us for a photo presentation by Julie Carville. Her book, Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails, takes the reader on an amazing wildflower adventure along Tahoe's trails, with stories about the flowers, pollinators, animals, and Native American plant uses. Julie also wrote Lingering in Tahoe’s Wild Gardens and Hiking Tahoe's Wildflower Trails, and co-authored two Redbud books on Wildflowers and Trees andrubs of Nevada andacer Counties.

Wednesday, September 25 Nancy Gilbert, Redbud Horticulture Chair
"Jewels of the Garden California Native Bulbs, Corms, and Rhizomes"
Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City
California is blessed with one of the world’s largest and most diverse array of bulb species. This talk will focus on our local region’s native bulbs, corms and rhizomes, as well as very garden-worthy ones from other areas of California. The presentation will explain and illustrate various types of geophytes and their strategies for survival, how to successfully garden with our native bulbs, and their ethnobotanical and ecological importance. The show includes a native bulb bloom calendar, with spectacular photos.

Wednesday, October 23 Gregg McKenzie
"The Importance of Local Conservation Plans: The Placer County Conservation Plan"
Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn

Other Events of Interest

2019 Family Nature Hikes at the Placer Nature Center:
Saturday, March 23 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wildflowers -- Spring's Wonders
With Spring comes new life, sun and flowers. Join Docent Linda on a wildflower seek and find hike on the PNC nature trail.  
Approximately 1 hour, fun for the whole family. Dress in layers.  
Free. Donations accepted.

Saturday, April 27 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Bugs -- Why Do We Need Them?
Bugs, beetles and other creepy crawlies are all a part of our outdoor cycle of life. Join Docent Linda on a hike on the PNC nature trail and discover that these little creatures are the foundation of the food web.  
Approximately 1 hour, fun for whole family. Dress in layers  
Free. Donations accepted

Saturday, May 18 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Birds - Music Makers ofthe Woods
Did you ever hear a bird and wonder what kind she is? Many birds call the Placer Nature Center home. Join Docent Linda on a hike on the PNC nature trail and identify the sounds in the trees.  
Approximately 1 hour, fun for whole family. Dress in layers  
Free. Donations accepted


Books by Redbud Chapter – CNPS

Wildflowers, 2d Ed.

Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California 2nd Edition (2017)    $29.95

Member discount if purchased directly from Redbud Chapter

See article “Book on Placer and Nevada County Wildflowers Gets Update,” Auburn Journal, May 30, 2017.


Trees and Shrubs


Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties, California (2014)   $34.95


Member discount if purchased directly from Redbud Chapter




Get more information about Wildflowers or Trees and Shrubs, or
a list of 
regional booksellers and other locations selling Wildflowers.


Redbud Member Discounts

Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties:  $25.50
Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties: $29.75

To purchase at the member price, contact:

Julie Becker 530-265-8197, jbecker@infostations.com or
Jeanne Wilson 530-570-8009, treasurer@redbud-cnps.org

Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails


See these

      Books by Redbud Members:

      (Julie Carville, Karen Weise, Alicia Funk, and Carolyn Singer)