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The Redbud Chapter of CNPS

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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!

See Upcoming Redbud Events for more information.
For field trips, see Upcoming Redbud Field Trips.
Other upcoming events of interest.

Exploring Bryophytes of the Sierra Nevada Foothills
Field Trip Saturday, February 17, 2018
    When: Saturday, February 17, 2018
    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Where: 17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Vally
        Bridgeport, South Yuba State Park, Nevada County

What are Bryophytes?  Bryophytes are small, non-flowering plants that generally grow in large, dense colonies on trees, rocks, and soil. The most well-known are the mosses (e.g., sphagnum moss), but liverworts and hornworts are also bryophytes. These tiny wonders are best appreciated close-up through a hand lens.  Ecologically, Bryophytes play important roles in transforming barren areas by beginning the soil formation process, maintaining soil moisture and making nutrients available to other plants.

bryophytes-02What we will see:  Bridgeport features trails along the South Yuba River through grassy hillsides and patches of oak woodland including four species of native oaks, Bigleaf Maple, Blue Elderberry, Snowdrop Bush, and California Bay.  We’ll have opportunities to see Bryophytes in a variety of micro-climates and on a variety of host trees.

Redbud is very fortunate to have as our leader for this field trip Jim Shevock -- researcher, author, world expert on Bryophytes, and President of the Bryophyte Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.  Jim will be providing a guide to Bryophytes to participants.

bryophytes-03Directions:  From Grass Valley, take Hwy 20 West to Pleasant Valley Road and turn right.  From Auburn, take Hwy 49 North toward Grass Valley. Turn left on Hwy 20 (west) and then right on Pleasant Valley Road. After about 7.7 miles, you will arrive at the marked parking area.  Parking is $5 and enforced regularly.

What to bring: Water, snacks/lunch, hat, sun and/or rain protection/gear, and hand lens.

To RSVP for the Bryophyte field trip and find out about carpooling, sign up at this link:

Questions? Need more information? Email:

jim-shevockAbout Jim Shevock:  Jim retired in 2009 from public service with a botanical career spanning more than 30 years between the USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service. He is currently a research associate and fellow at the California Academy of Sciences, Department of Botany and a research associate at the University Herbarium, UC Berkeley.  Initially a vascular plant taxonomist by training with a focus on the flora of the southern Sierra Nevada, Jim migrated to the study of bryophytes (primarily mosses) in the late 1990s. He is a co-author of ‘California Mosses’ which provides a portal into the wonderful diversity of California mosses with nearly 2,200 color images. His plant collections, just over 51,000 specimens, are housed at the herbarium of the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) with selected duplicates provided to major bryophyte herbaria around the world. Jim has 7 flowering plants and 6 mosses named in his honor included the moss genus Shevockia, endemic to China and Japan. Jim is the current President of the Bryophyte Chapter, CNPS.

The Redbud Chapter “Passionate about (Native) Plants”
Lecture Series

Ted Beedy will take us on a virtual journey across the Sierra from the oak savanna in the west, up through conifer forests, into the majestic alpine regions. We'll see and hear the stunning diversity of birds that make the Sierra their home. We'll learn how they use the varied habitats, which species are in decline, and which are expanding and increasing. Ted Beedy

Ted recently co-authored "Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution." Ted received his Ph.D. in Zoology from UC Davis. He taught ornithology and other biology classes at UC Davis and California State University, Sacramento before working as an environmental consultant at Jones & Stokes in Sacramento. In 2006, he started his own firm, Beedy Environmental Consulting, in Nevada City.

Sierra College Nature Area Field Trip

California Saxifrage

Trip Leader:   Shawna Martinez

Date: Saturday, March 24th

Time:  10:00 a.m. Duration: 2 – 3 hours

Where: Sierra College, Rocklin Campus
5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95677

Note: Free parking on Saturday

California Saxifrage,
Micranthes californica

Blue DicksWhat We Will See:   We will be hiking on the cross-country path in the nature area, traverse across Secret Ravine Creek to a unique geologic area and Native American site. Along the way we will (hopefully) see common foothill wildflowers including Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), Wally Basket and other Triteleia, California Saxifrage (Micranthes californica), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii ), Woodland Star (Lithophragma affine) and a host of native trees, shrubs, and grasses. Depending upon rain, we might see many species of fungi.

We will also discuss the development future of this area (and south Placer as a whole) and how we have a unique opportunity to preserve this 90 + acre area for future generations.
Blue Dicks, Dichelostemma capitatum          

Wally BasketLevel of difficulty: Easy; trail is wide and gently sloping

Bring: Water, snacks, and other hiking essentials. Hand lens and wildflower books are nice to bring along. Don’t forget the new Wildflowers book is now on sale!

Please RSVP if you are interested in attending:   or email   Directions will be provided at time of registration.

Wally Basket
, Triteleia laxa

THIS TRIP WILL BE LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS. We will post when the trip is full, and you will not be able to complete the RSVP form.

Other events of interest:

Books by Redbud Chapter – CNPS

Wildflowers, 2d Ed.New!

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.





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


Trees and Shrubs


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

Member discount if purchased directly from Redbud Chapter

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
Chet Blackburn 530-885-0201, or
Jeanne Wilson 530-570-8009,

Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails

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