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Winter 2008 Newsletter
Vol 17, No. 1. Jan. 2008

Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California

by Our Own Redbud Chapter Editing Team of Chet Blackburn, Karen Callahan,
Julie Carville, Richard Hanes, Roger McGehee, Cindy Rubin and Bill Wilson

   From the Great Valley grasslands to the rocky mountain peaks, northern Sierra Nevada wildflowers enchant all who stop to enjoy these gifts of nature. This versatile new guide describes 520 species of wildflowers found in Nevada and Placer Counties, illustrating the plants and their diverse habitats with over 600 color photographs. Useful well beyond this two-county region, the area’s complete plant checklist includes 38 percent of the plants known to grow wild in California. Casual wanderers and avid botanists will appreciate the thorough plant descriptions, organization by plant families, Native American uses, and tips on places to see wildflowers. Published 2007 by Redbud Chapter and CNPS Press 480 pp. 5.5″ 8.5″; checklist, references, glossary, index ISBN 978-0-943460-48-2 • Softcover $29.95

Books Available
From Redbud Chapter:
at meetings, field trips, and events
(15% discount for Redbud Chapter members at chapter activities)
Locally at:
book stores • nature stores
nurseries • park visitor centers
A list of stores selling our book is available on our Web site.

Rave Reviews for Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California

Jenny C. Marr
Botanist & Staff Environmental Scientist,
California Department of Fish and Game

   The authors of this book have written the very book we all wished we could have found when we began our exquisite adventure with the endlessly fascinating world of plants. It is written with beauty and sensitivity to the various skills of readers who will use this book. The clarity and organization walk the reader through a concise but rich summary of the habitats of the Sierra Nevada and then bring us home to meet the family. And not just any family, but those plant families that we’re most likely to meet in our travels! Honestly, it’s a spectacular piece of work! 
    This treatise is a wonderful invitation to not only the novice wildflower explorer, but also to longtime naturalists and outdoor aficionados.  Those who wish to “Know its Name” will find it here, either by the absolutely beautiful photos or through a more meaningful and detailed exploration of how plants are taxonomically grouped into families with similar characteristics. This scheme will surely bring plant fanciers to a more sophisticated understanding of the richly intricate relationship of plants.  Especially valuable is how the book introduces two key conservation concepts when exploring plants in the wild: plant collecting and nonnative or invasive plants. The conservation of the State of California’s incredibly diverse and unique natural vegetation and spectacularly rich flora will depend on each of us helping others to understand plant rarity, local importance, and how they are displaced by more competitive non-native plants. This book offers a clear, helpful, and very important message, within each species description, to conserve our native habitats and flora, while we enjoy their wonder, for our pleasure and for the pleasure of many future generations of plant enthusiasts. 
This book offers so much more to the discrete reader. The wonder of the botanical world in its complex multidimensionality. The species accounts provide intriguing details about the smells,  textures, insect coevolutionary relationships, and ethnobotanical uses that add to our  understanding and appreciation of our native flora.
Thank you, Redbud Chapter for this sensitive rich treatise on such an important resource. Your work will open the hearts and minds of many to the importance and wonder of the treasure of the Sierra Nevada Flora. Kudos to all the wonderful people who have invested their life energy to create such a gift.

Linnea Hanson
Botanist and Rare Plants Specialist,
Plumas National Forest
Cofounder of Northern California Botanists

   Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California by members of the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is fantastic.  The pictures alone will draw people into this book and show why botanists enjoy wildflowers.  The descriptions of the flowers are easy to understand and are technically correct. The photograph of each flower clearly displays the distinguishing characteristics, making this a practical reference. Both of these features make the book easy to use—for people new to wildflower identification and for those who have been enjoying wildflower identification for many years. The checklist is especially helpful for knowing if a particular species is found in these two counties.
    The book has a great flow and shows the enthusiasm of the folks who have worked together to produce such a fine product. Topics covered blend well together and make this a handy resource. Including trails where the wildflowers that are highlighted can be found is also a great  idea. I look forward to using it on one of these trails.

Upcoming Chapter Meetings

Plants of the Tahoe Basin

by Michael Graf
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 • 7:30 PM
Nevada County Library Community Room

    Michael Graf, author of Plants of the Tahoe Basin, will lead us on an armchair trek, showing off the rich blend of native flowers, ferns, and conifers covered in his book. During his slide show, we will travel the region, observing wildflowers and other plants found in and around Donner Pass, Sagehen Meadows, Castle Peak, Pole Creek, Shirley Canyon, Hope Valley, Carson Pass, and the Desolation Wilderness.  Because Michael is an attorney practicing environmental law, he will bring an added dimension to the show, weaving in legal information regarding endangered species, pesticide control, wildlife habitat protection, and more.
   As the son of Susan and Peter Graf, Michael developed his love of the outdoors quite naturally, and he has spent much of his life hiking the back country of the Tahoe Basin. He lives and practices law in the Bay Area, serving as an advocate for many environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, SYRCL, the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, and the California Native Plant Society.

Wildflowers of the Foothills

by Julie Carville
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 • 7:30 PM
Nevada County Library Community Room

   Julie Carville will bring us an expansive evening full of tales, trails, and Native American plant knowledge. She will share magical stories about wildflowers that will enchant and delight children and adults alike. She will highlight some of our local wildflower trails and tell us the best time to visit them. And she will acquaint us with some of the ways the southern Maidu or Nisenan used plants for food, hunting, and healing—information that will enrich and enliven our experiences when we set out to look for wildflowers this spring.
   Julie is a well-known, local naturalist and photographer. She has led numerous wildflower hikes in the region over the past 30 years, and she has captured wildflowers on film in the  foothills, along the coast, and around the Tahoe Basin. She is the author of Hiking Tahoe’s Wildflower Trails and a coauthor and creator of our new Redbud Chapter book, Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California. Her upcoming article on local wildflower trails will appear in the March- April issue of Sierra Heritage magazine.

Directions: The library is located at 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. At the intersection of Hwy 49 and 20 in Nevada City, turn west toward Downieville on Hwy 49. At 0.5 mile, turn right at the Nevada County Government Center and follow signs to the library.

Fall Plant Sale Bountiful!

by Cyndi Brinkhurst

The fall native plant sale on September 29 was a huge success, thanks to 43 wonderful volunteers and the vendors: Cornflower Farms, Floral Native, Far West Bulbs, Shilling Seed, Native Springs Nursery, Sierra Valley Farms, and Wolf Creek Worm Farm. Harmony Ridge Market, BriarPatch, SPD, Raley’s, Caroline’s Coffee, and Summer Thyme’s Bakery supplied us with refreshments. Thank you Sierra College Natural History Museum, Horticulture and Biology departments for sponsoring us and allowing the use of the parking lot for the sale. Hedgerow Farms donated hundreds of native grass plugs and Genelle Treaster of All Things Wild nursery in Wilton donated the free plants for new member sign ups. Many thanks to our customers who supported the Chapter’s sale!

Chapter Field Trips:

Early Season 2008

   All field trips are open to the public and free of charge. Bring water, lunch/snack, hand lens, and sun protection or rain gear, as needed.  Children are warmly welcomed! No pets are allowed on any of our field trips. We suggest ride sharing, as parking space at most trailheads is limited. (CNPS insurance rules prevent us from assigning car pools.)
   Unless stated otherwise, our trips are easy, as we travel very slowly and stop to view, identify, talk about, and enjoy each plant species. Most trips are led by a botanist, with one or more other botanists assisting.
For more info: Roger McGehee, Field Trips Chair, at 530-265-4173 or If rain is predicted, after 7:00 AM (on the day of the trip) a message will be available on Roger’s answering machine stating whether or not the field trip will take place.
   Note: The Rood Center meeting place is in front of the main building (not at the library).
   Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California
Our newly published book will be available for purchase at the meeting place before each field trip. Retail price is $29.95 plus tax; Redbud Chapter members (including brand new ones) are entitled to a 15% discount. We can accept cash and checks. This book will be very helpful on all of our field trips!


Independence Trail
Sunday, February 24, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Easy to moderate 2-mile walk. Meet at the trailhead
Leader: Roger McGehee

   Every year it rains on this field trip, so why not come prepared for a downpour and enjoy the rain? We might not be able to talk much, but the view of the waterfall should be impressive! If, by chance, it doesn’t rain, we will identify mosses, liverworts, lichens, ferns, and maybe even some early wildflowers! Just in case, bring the booklet Pacific Coast Fern Finder by Keator and Atkinson with you.
   Meet at the Independence Trailhead on Highway 49, 1/4 mile South of the South Fork of the Yuba River. This field trip will “go” regardless of the weather!

Where the Wildflowers Are…

Saturday, March 22, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Easy walk
Meet at the Rood Center parking lot
Leader: Roger McGehee

    It is hard to know where the flowers will be blooming best in March. Roger will arrive with news of the best floral displays, and we will drive to where they are.
   Rain will cancel this trip.

Codfish Falls Trail

Thursday, April 10, 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM
Easy 2.4-mile walk • Bring lunch!
Meet at the Rood Center or at the trailhead
Leader: Julie Carville

The Codfish Falls Trail, near Weimar, parallels the scenic North Fork of the American River for almost a mile before it turns to follow Codfish Creek upstream to Codfish Falls. The 1.2 mile walk from the trailhead to the waterfall is rocky and narrow in places, but is generally an easy, level walk. The flowery hillsides along the trail bloom in spring with Tufted Poppies, Indian Pink, Spider Lupine, Kellogg’s Monkeyflower, Canyon Dudleya, and Evening Snow. The drive down Ponderosa Way is thrilling in a good year when hillsides of wildflowers bloom in profusion. The road turns to dirt about half way down and becomes steep with hairpin turns in some places, but is easily manageable without 4-wheel drive. Julie Carville will talk about Nisenan plant uses and we’ll spend time looking through hand lenses to experience the beautiful details of wildflowers. Join us for this wildflower extravaganza!
   Directions:  We are to meet at 8:45 at the Rood Center to carpool to the trailhead. We'll stop off at the ride share parking lot on the way to the trailhead to see if anyone wants to carpool from there at around at around 9:15 or so and then we'll continue on to the trailhead. The earliest we can be at the trailhead is about 9:45-10 a.m. We'll be back to our cars at the Rood Center by 3:30-4 p.m. People can leave earlier from the hike if they need to because the trail out is short and easy to follow.  Rain will cancel this trip. To purchase the excellent Auburn State Recreation Area topographic trail map, call the Auburn State Recreation Area at 530-885-4527.

Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls Regional Park
Saturday, April 12, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Easy to moderate 2.8-mile walk
Meet at the trailhead • Bring lunch!
Leaders: Julie Carville and Chet Blackburn

Hidden Falls Regional Park, covering 221 acres near Auburn, opened to the public in the fall of 2006. It was purchased under the Placer Legacy Open Space Program and has been called the “Crown Jewel” of the program. It has 7 miles of hiking trails and is an area of prime Lower Foothill habitats of Gray Pine, Blue Oak woodland, and chaparral with grassy wildflower meadows. Two creeks flow through the park; we’ll be walking along one of them, Deadman Creek, 1.4 miles to Hidden Falls. Along the way, we should see buttercups, lupines, and  poppies. We’ll also see Blue Dicks, Grass Nuts, White Brodiaea, and other lilies that were once gathered here by the Nisenan. We’ll discuss native plant uses on the hike. Along the creek, we should see the Seep-spring Monkeyflower and Western Buttercup as we make our way to the falls. Join us for a fun day!
Please meet at the trailhead: Take Atwood Road west from Highway 49 in Auburn until it becomes Mt. Vernon Road. Follow Mt. Vernon Road to Mears Road. Turn right on Mears Road, which is about 3.5 miles from Highway 49. Continue to Mears Place and the park entrance. For  more information, call the park at 530 889-6807. Rain will cancel this trip.

Osceola Ridge/Deadman’s Flat

Saturday, April 26, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Easy 3-mile walk • Bring lunch!
Meet at Safeway parking lot, downtown GV
Leader: Karen Callahan

   The 796 acres of the Deadman’s Flat parcel (Bureau of Land Management) represents an unusual gabbro chaparral ecosystem of the Sierra foothills. This parcel has important value as a watershed for Squirrel Creek, Grub Creek, and, ultimately, the South Yuba River. In addition to the two very rare species, El Dorado Morning Glory and Pine Hill Flannel Bush, CNPS surveys have also found two other sensitive species, Bacigalupi’s Yampah and Humboldt Lily. The chaparral is a mix of Silktassel, Gray Pine, Black Oak, Brewer’s Oak, Toyon, Coffeeberry,  Chaparral Pea, Whiteleaf Manzanita, Redbud, and Poison Oak. Lemmon’s Ceanothus, Bolander’s Wyethia, Swertia, Foothill Penstemon, Pitcher Sage, Gold Wire, Tarweed, and  Brodiaeas flower along the unpaved roads. McNab Cypress is a species of local concern and the Cypresses growing at Deadman’s Flat are unusually large trees in established groves. To see for yourself why this area is special, please join us on a walk through this interesting area.
   Meet at the Safeway parking lot in downtown Grass Valley (105 Neal Street at South Auburn Street). Rain will cancel this trip.

More praise for our book:

“I am recommending it to all my graduate students, most of whom are not native Californians and need to get familiar with the floras they encounter in their field work.” — Arthur M. Shapiro, Professor of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis, author,
Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and
Sacramento Valley Region

Name That Wildflower!

Wildflower Identification Workshop
By Linnea Hanson & Jenny Marr
Saturday, April 5 • 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Home of Sandy Kewman
12960 Woolman Lane, Nevada City
Workshop Fee: $20
Preregistration required. Class limited to 25 people.

   Bring a hand lens, if you have one.
   Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California,
Redbud Chapter’s newly published book, will be the main reference guide for the workshop. Bring your copy, if you have one. The book will be available for purchase during the workshop.
   Immerse yourself in wildflowers for the day. Learn how to identify major plant families in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Spend the morning with plant specimens observing special features, be they hairy nectar runs, freckles, colored anthers, banner petals, or seed pods. Become acquainted with various flower shapes—funnels, tubes, bells, bowls, stars, saucers, and discs.  Then use your new-found knowledge out in the field in the afternoon as you explore the land around Woolman Lane and the Sierra Friends Center, identifying multiple wildflowers in bloom. Back by popular demand, botanists Linnea Hanson and Jenny Marr are leading this workshop, just as they did in April of 2007. They will be using the family approach to identification, believing that the easiest way to learn about flowers and to expand your “plant repertoire” is to study family characteristics, allowing you to recognize attributes of the pea family, the figwort family, the lily family, and more. Linnea is a botanist with Plumas National Forest in Oroville, working with rare plants and unique plant communities. Jenny is a botanist and environmental scientist with the habitat conservation division of the California Department of Fish and Game. Both Linnea and Jenny are active in the Mount Lassen Chapter of CNPS.
Meals: We will begin the day with a light breakfast of coffee, tea, juice, and muffins. Quiche and salad will be served for lunch.  Although the workshop will officially be over by 4:30 PM, we will probably have a potluck supper in the evening for those who wish to engage in more plant talk. If you wish to join us, by all means bring a dish to share.
    Registration: The class is limited to 25 people and preregistration is required. You may sign up for the workshop at our chapter meeting on February 27. However, if you wish to reserve a place earlier, contact Julie Becker at 265-8197 or
Payment: Cost for the workshop is $20 per person. Make checks payable to “CNPS-Redbud.” While payment should be made prior to the workshop, please wait until mid-March to send your check to Julie Becker at: 13345 Evergreen Drive, Nevada City 95959.
   Location: Once again, Sandy Kewman has generously offered the use of her house for the workshop. Thank you, Sandy, for your hospitality and for providing comfortable surroundings.
   Directions to 12960 Woolman Lane
From Grass Valley:
From traffic light at South Auburn and West Main Streets, take West Main Street, which becomes Rough and Ready Highway (0.3 miles from downtown GV to Rough and Ready Hwy). Go 2.3  miles on Rough and Ready Hwy, turn right onto Bitney Springs Road. Go about 1.5 miles on Bitney Springs Road to Empress Road, turn right. Go about 0.25 miles to end of Empress Road. Turn left on Newtown Road. Go about 0.15 miles, turn left on Jones Bar Road*.
   From Nevada City:
Take CA Hwy 49 toward Downieville. About 1.7 miles out of Nevada City turn left onto Newtown Road at the Willo Restaurant and Bar. Go about 3 miles, turn right onto Jones Bar Road*.
*At Jones Bar Road:
Go about 0.7 miles to Woolman Lane where you will see a big brown wooden sign that says Sierra Friends Center.  Turn right. Go about 0.25 miles to 12960 Woolman Lane and turn left onto a shared driveway. Proceed to 12960. You have arrived!
If you need further clarification or get lost, call Sandy Kewman at 272-3736.

BriarPatch Native Plant Demonstration Garden
Project Underway
by Cyndi Brinkhurst

   You need a healthy imagination to picture a vibrant garden in the retention basin at the far end of the BriarPatch parking lot. This Chapter has plenty of vision and accepted the challenge of  helping BriarPatch transform an empty basin into the BriarPatch Native Plant Demonstration Garden, a showcase of native plants ranging from drought-tolerant to riparian.
   The Garden will offer many community benefits. It will be a place for people to come and relax, take a stroll, and learn about native plants—seeing firsthand their beauty and the function they play in the ecosystem. Local native plants are adapted to the conditions of the soil and climate, making them easy to grow and likely to succeed. Because they are well adapted to the site, native plants require less maintenance,  water, fertilizer—and save you money—in the end. The garden will help native pollinators, as many insects depend on specific native flowers and plants to feed on and lay their eggs. The retention basin itself catches and filters runoff before it leaves the site, thus ensuring better water quality for the community.
   While it may not look like much yet, the project is actually off to a good start. A small committee began planning for the garden earlier this year. The goal was to get the trees established as quickly as possible and to provide erosion control. Fall is the best time to plant as the roots develop quickly in the warm soil. Fall/winter rains naturally water the plants and get them in the best shape possible to withstand the upcoming hot summer.
   We asked the community to sponsor plants at the fall plant sale and at the BriarPatch Harvest Festival where several members solicited for plant donations. The first phase was planted on October 28. Nine volunteers (including an extra cute girl almost 3 years old) planted 26 trees and shrubs, several dozen bulbs, and about a hundred Purple Needlegrass and Deergrass plugs. The trees and shrubs planted include McNab Cypress, White Alder, Black Oak, Blue Oak, California Laurel, Western Redbud, Toyon/Christmas Berry, Bush Lupine, and Lemmon’s Ceanothus.
   Some Matilija Poppy, Deerbrush, willows, and cattails have naturally come into the site as pioneering species and have found just the right spot. The site was initially hydro-seeded after construction and several species including Yarrow, California Poppy, Western Blue Flax, and several species of Fescue and native bunch grasses can be found throughout the area. Maintenance on the site has included watering, pruning of the existing Ponderosa Pine and Ceanothus in the corner, weeding (mostly blackberry, mullein, mustard), and applying mulch to help maintain moisture and erosion control. Maintenance, mainly weeding, and installing a drip irrigation system will be on the agenda for this spring. To guide people on a leisurely stroll, a pathway around the basin is planned for the New Year.
   To add your name to the BriarPatch Demonstration Garden volunteer list, contact Cyndi at 274-1924 or email If you are experienced in installing paths and steps  and have some time, we could sure use your help too!
The following local businesses have donated supplies: Hills Flat Lumber, B & C True Value Hardware, and Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply. Al Beeson, retired from the Forest Service, is experimenting with propagating native shrubs and has donated some plants. All these contributions help to make the demonstration garden a true community project!


I am very pleased to announce that Sandy Kewman has agreed to join our Redbud Board as secretary! Not only is she experienced at recording meetings, she is a master gardener, and she hosted our plant ID class last spring. Her expertise will be a great addition to our Board. I look forward to working with her this year.

— Frances Jorgensen, President

Redbud Conservation Committee

   A group of conservation-minded Redbud members began organizing a 2008 action plan this past fall. The committee’s purpose follows our State CNPS Conservation Program mission:
“To save native plant species and their habitats on public and private lands in California by advocating for the maximum protection…and promoting science-based and ecologically sound land management practices.”
   The strength of Chapter voice and leadership is interdependent with member participation. The action plan identifies the following areas.

•Regional Land Developments in the Wildlife Urban Interface: In particular, the mitigation, protection, and holding of high-value natural resources and public recreation open space trade-offs for the proposed developments around Grass Valley (Loma Rica, Kenny Ranch, Berriman Ranch, North Star, etc.).

•Individual Proposals for Housing or Resource Extraction (minerals, timber, water) by Private or Public Entities: Current focus is the Idaho-Maryland Mine and Donner Summit Royal Gorge developments.

•Sierra Forest Health: Development, climate, air quality, timber harvests, recreation, and water diversion are major factors affecting Sierra forest health. (No specific action steps as yet.)

•Fire, Fuels Reduction, and Habitat Health:  Fuels reduction will affect significant acreage in the wildlife urban interface. Focus is on homeowner education for both fire safety and habitat restoration.

•Ornamentals and Invasives: Redbud Chapter is working with the Fire Safe Council on their Scotch Broom challenge. The Conservation Committee will focus on nursery cooperation in a public education program.

   Conservation is a diverse, ambitious program.  In reality, the Conservation Committee will have significant accomplishment where the energy of Redbud members joins together on an issue. If you have research skills, botanical/ecological expertise, event organizing interest, writing or speaking skills, and/or an abiding concern for conservation, we invite your participation.
   The committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 4:00 PM in the BriarPatch  Community Room. Contact Eric Jorgensen to share interest, seek information, or request agendas, or 265-4838.

New Communication Tool: Listserv

   A listserv is a very old Internet technology that predates the World Wide Web. Based on the simplest part of the Internet—email—a listserv takes emails sent to the listserv address and distributes them to the list’s subscribers. As a subscriber, you receive emails other members send to the list and you can send emails as well.
   Our Master Geek, Chet Blackburn, set up a listserv (called a Group on Yahoo) for Redbud Chapter in 2003, but many of us did not have a sufficient grasp of computers at that time, so the idea floundered. It’s now 2008 and more of us are Internet savvy.

To subscribe to the Redbud Chapter Group:

•Go to

•Click “Groups” in the left column.

•Enter “redbudchapter” in the Find a Yahoo! Group search box and click the Search button.

•On the next page, click “redbudchapter.”

•On the Redbud Chapter Group home page, click the blue “Join This Group!” to subscribe.

•If you already have a Yahoo email account, you can use the same ID and password (or not).

•After signing in, you will need to provide some details, including how/where you want to receive emails posted to the group.

To post a message to the group, send it to: Keep in mind that some of our members still use dial-up. Thus, please keep attachments to a minimum and reduce their physical size (KB) to a minimum.

You can unsubscribe at anytime. To do so, sign in to your Yahoo account, click on Groups under Options, select Edit My Groups.
The moderator’s email is
Happy listserving!

Newsletter Input: Please send any items or notices that you would like included in future newsletters to Roger McGehee at Submitted items may be edited. Deadline for submissions for the Spring newsletter is Saturday, March 15.

Volunteer Opportunities

Learn to understand California’s unique flora and help to preserve this rich heritage for future generations. Volunteer your time and talents!

Two-Year Opportunities—Board of Directors

Horticulture Committee Co-Chair

Have a background in horticulture and be passionate about native plants, especially using them in landscapes. Along with co-chair, be a resource to members and the community about issues pertaining to native plant horticulture. Acquisition of plants for the plant sales; maintain list of and book nursery vendors for plant sales.

Frances Jorgensen

Newsletter Editor

Contact the committee chairs to gather articles, receive articles from other members, decide which articles to include. See to it that the newsletters — three per year—get printed and mailed. Roger McGehee (after the end of January), 530-265-4173,

Membership Committee Members

Friendly and outgoing members, who enjoy attending Redbud programs and field trips, are needed to assist on the Membership committee. Duties include providing CNPS membership applications and literature to potential new members at the Redbud programs and field trips. Joan Jernegan, 916-874-5619,

Committee & Project Opportunities

All of our Board committees welcome more participants. There is a wide variety of interesting things to do. For more information about the activities and projects of a particular committee or to volunteer, contact the chair for that committee.

Descriptions for each Board position are available on the Chapter Web site along with the Chapter Bylaws.

2007–08 Board of Directors

Redbud Chapter • California Native Plant Society


President Frances Jorgensen
(530) 265-4838

Vice President Wayne Schwartzkopf (530) 271-0930
Treasurer Gayle Carlsmith
(530) 637-1010
Secretary Sandy Kewman*
(530) 272-3736
Newsletter Editor
Interim Editor
Roger McGehee
(530) 265-4173

Standing Committee Chairs & Positions

Membership Co-Chairs Joan Jernegan
Open (916) 874-5619 (W)
Program Chair Julie Becker (530) 265-8197
Field Trips Chair Roger McGehee
(530) 265-4173

Events Co-Chairs

Fall Plant Sale Chair Cyndi Brinkhurst
(530) 274-1924
Spring Plant Sale Chair Frances Jorgensen see above
Publicity Co-Chairs Don Harkin
Barbara Roemer
(530) 265-4048 (530) 265-6784
Education Co-Chairs Nancy & Ames Gilbert (530) 272-4775
Conservation Chair Eric Jorgensen
(530) 265-4838

Plant Science Co-Chairs

Rare Plant Specialist Karen Callahan
(530) 272-5532
Invasive Plant Specialist Dan Lubin
(530) 272-0298
Horticulture Co-Chairs Brad Carter
(530) 271-5790
Restoration Chair Jon Shilling
(530) 272-3861
Land-Based Projects Committee Chair Brad Carter
(530) 271-5790
Publications (Books & Posters) Chair Julie Carville
(530) 265-4741

Wildflower Seed Sales H. Martin Pancoast (530) 878-7412

Newsletter (Communications) Committee

Production Cindy Rubin
(530) 273-1816
Mailing Open  
Webmaster Bill Wilson
(530) 265-8040

Other Positions

Chapter Council Delegate Frances Jorgensen see above
Hospitality Chair Cyndi Brinkhurst see above
Past President Roger McGehee see above

Wildflower Book Project

Editorial Committee Chair Chet Blackburn (530) 885-0201 (H/F)
Marketing Committee Chair Julie Becker see above

* pending Board approval

California Native Plant Society
Redbud Chapter/Membership
P. O . Box 818
Cedar Ridge, CA 95924-0818

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Date Time Event
January 11–13   SYRCL’s Sixth Annual
Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
January 14–15   2008 Botany Symposium:
Northern California Plant Life:
Celebrating What We Have with an Eye to the Future

California State University, Chico . .
January 23 7:00 PM Redbud Chapter Board Meeting . . . .
Nevada Co. Library Community Room
February 24 1:00 PM Redbud Chapter Field Trip—Rainwalk, Independence Trail
February 27 7:30 PM

Redbud Chapter Meeting:
Plants of the Tahoe Basin by Michael Graf
Nevada Co. Library Community Room

March 22 1:00 PM Redbud Chapter Field Trip—Where the Wildflowers Are…
March 26 7:30 PM

Redbud Chapter Meeting:
Wildflowers of the Foothills by Julie Carville
Nevada Co. Library Community Room

April 5 8:30 AM

Redbud Chapter Workshop:
Wildflower Identification—Name That Wildflower!
Woolman Lane, Nevada City

April 10 8:45 AM Redbud Chapter Field Trip—Codfish Falls Trail
April 12 9:00 AM Redbud Chapter Field Trip—Hidden Falls Regional Park
April 26 9:00 AM Redbud Chapter Field Trip—Osceola Ridge/Deadman’s Flat
April/May TBD   Spring Native Plant Sale and Wildflower Show
Sierra College, Rocklin Campus

Sierra Nevada Lecture Series

Presented by the Sierra College Natural History Museum, the Sierra College Center for Sierra Nevada Studies

Free Lectures • Open to the Public • Thursday nights, 6–9 PM (Doors open at 5:30 PM) • January 17 to May 8, 2008

Sierra College, Rocklin Campus • Room LRC 107, Learning Resources/Library Building

For detailed information:


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January 24, 2008