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The Redbud Chapter of CNPS

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!

Exploring Bryophytes of the Sierra Nevada Foothills
with Jim Shevock
Saturday, February 23rd
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Bridgeport: South Yuba River State Park
17660 Pleasant Valley Rd.  
Penn Valley, CA 95603
Redbud is pleased to have Jim Shevock, renowned Botanist, researcher, author, and world-wide Bryophyte expert, lead this workshop on observing and identifying mosses and other Bryophytes.
What are Bryophytes? Bryophytes are small, non-flowering plants that grow in dense colonies on trees, rocks, and soil. 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.
Often overlooked and unnoticed, these tiny wonders are best appreciated close up -- make sure to bring a hand-lens or magnifying glass so you can discover their astounding diversity.
In this slow-paced outdoor clinic, we’ll take our time to learn about Bryophyte morphology and how to recognize identifying characteristics. You can download a copy of Jim‘s guide “The Amazing Design of a Moss Leaf” here.
What we will see: Bridgeport trails near the South Yuba River feature grassy hillsides and patches of oak woodland including four species of native oaks, Bigleaf Maple, Blue Elderberry, and Snowdrop Bush. We’ll see Bryophytes in several different micro-climates and on a variety of host trees.
Directions: 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’ll arrive at the marked parking area. Parking is costs $5 in Winter, and is enforced regularly.
What to bring: Water, snacks/lunch, hat, sun/rain gear/protection, and hand-lens w/10x magnification (if you have one – we will have few loaners for the group to share).
To RSVP for this workshop/field trip and find out about carpooling, sign up at this link. For questions, email: nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org.
About Jim Shevock: Jim retired in 2009 from public service spanning more than 30 years with the USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service. Currently, Jim is a research associate and fellow in the Botany Dept. of the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), and a research associate at the University Herbarium, UC Berkeley. Jim migrated to the study of bryophytes (primarily mosses) in the late 1990s. He is a co-author of ‘California Mosses’ which explores the wonderful diversity of our mosses with more than 2200 photos. His plant collections of over 51,000 specimens, are housed at the CAS herbarium. Jim has 7 flowering plants and 6 mosses named in his honor, including the moss genus Shevockia, endemic to China and Japan. Jim is the current President of the CNPS Bryophyte Chapter, which has members from all over California.

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

Wednesday, February 27 Jennifer Buck-Diaz, CNPS Ecologist
"Treasure in the Foothills: Lava Caps"
Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn
Lava caps provide a special botanical heaven in the Sierra Nevada foothills, where rare shrubs and patches of brilliant wildflowers bloom in the spring and linger into the summer. Come learn more about these ancient volcanic mud-flows and the unique plant communities they support. Jennifer Buck-Diaz is an ecologist in the Vegetation Program of the California Native Plant Society where she surveys, classifies, and maps vegetation across the state.

Wednesday, April 24 Charles Dailey, Sierra College Faculty Emeritus
"Of All the Gall!"
Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Oaks, wasps and galls of the world, especially those in California. How and why do insects cause plants to produce unusual species-specific growths? What benefits and problems do they bring? Why don't some of these insects look like either their parents or their children? What do scientists still have to learn about them? Weird wasps!

Wednesday, June 26 Art Shapiro, UC Davis Professor Emeritus and Matt Forister, Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
"Insect and Plant Life-Cycle Disruption from Climate Change and Other Factors"
Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn

Wednesday, August 28
<to be determined>
Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City

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

Other Events of Interest


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)