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The Redbud Chapter of CNPS

Redbud's 2017 Fall Plant Sale Is Almost Here! Saturday, October 14th
North Star House, Grass Valley

10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. general public
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Member Appreciation Sale 
Come early and become a Redbud member!) 

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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.

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

October 2017 Lecture:

Tending the WildTM

Ethnobotany in California’s Mixed Conifer Forests
and Oak Woodlands

Guest Speaker

Dr. M. Kat Anderson

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Wed., October 25, 2017
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

190 Finley St,
Auburn 95603

Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalist Church

 Dr. M. Kat Anderson, author of Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources, will talk about the importance of California black oak and associate trees and understory species of the mixed conifer forests to the indigenous people of the Sierra Nevada. These plants were used for food, clothing, basketry, firewood, medicines, shelter, tools, and household utensils. The audience will learn about the legacy of stewardship from Sierran tribes over thousands of years, using sustainable practices to increase food production and improve wildlife habitat.  

For example, black oaks were managed at the ecosystem level with frequent, low-intensity Indian-set fires, in order to open up the forest, promoting widely-spaced, large-canopied, long-lived oaks and conifers. By using fire to open the forest, Sierran tribes reduced insect pests and pathogens, improved the health of trees and other flora, fostered useful wild legumes, and encouraged edible and medicinal mushrooms. 

Kat will explore some of the potential results of indigenous stewardship that may contribute to forest health including enhanced mycorhizzal relationships with oaks and conifers, nutrient cycling, soil fertility, enhanced soil moisture-holding capacity, and biological action in the soil.

In explaining how the stewardship of the Sierran tribes helped to shape the oak woodlands and mixed-conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada, Kat will highlight what we can learn from them to mitigate the decline of the forests and woodlands, and how we can work together with Sierran tribes to tend and restore forest health.

Kat AndersonKat Anderson has a Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science from UC Berkeley and is the author of the book Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources. She is an affiliate of the UC Davis Plant Sciences Department, and recently retired from the US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Tending the WildTM was recently chosen by the celebrated permaculture designer Ben Falk as one of the most important books to read in order to permanently solve the worldwide problem of food security. Kat has worked with Native Americans for over 25 years, learning how indigenous people judiciously gather and steward native plants and ecosystems in the wild. 

Her interests are to learn, celebrate, and restore the traditional and indigenous practices around the world that support both sustainable food production and healthy forests, woodlands, grasslands, and riparian ecosystems. These plant use, gathering, and tending practices and their underlying ethical stances towards nature are found in multiple local cultures here and all around the world.

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)