The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society serves Sacramento, Yolo, Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba Counties, and parts of Placer and San Joaquin Counties.
The mission of CNPS is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats, through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.
Our chapter meetings are free and the public is invited to attend. Meetings are start at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (January - June and September - November) at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, 95816. GOOGLE MAP
A wide selection of books and Sacramento Valley Chapter t‑shirts are available for purchase at meetings.
Refreshments are always provided!
(next Chapter meeting: Wednesday, September 10th, 7:00pm)
Not Such a Bad Spring After All
By Glen Holstein
Wonder of wonders despite the drought this turned out to be quite a good spring for wildflowers. I work with Tuleyome on developing a management plan for the Bureau of Land Management Bear Creek Unit, a place Ellen Dean calls “Where Rare Plants are Common,” and on a May 1 trip there I was surprised by some of the most awesome wildflower displays ever. The Bear Creek Unit is huge and located in southwestern Colusa County west of Highway 16 between Highway 20 and the Cache Creek Ridge. That was good news since Tuleyome persuaded me to lead a plant trip to the same general area on May 4 the day after Wildflower Wonders. With a bum knee I’m reluctant to do field trips any more but Tuleyome persuaded me with a promise of 3 paid staff to handle all logistics. That was an offer I couldn’t refuse and the trip turned out great. We couldn’t enter the heart of Bear Creek but there was plenty to see outside it. By the time the trip concluded on Walker Ridge folks were pretty amazed at the diversity and abundance of wildflowers they’d seen. Tuleyome is working on acquiring an important inholding called Silver Spur west of Walker Ridge in their proposed Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument and a visit there on May 13 revealed a whole new crop of wildflowers. Slopes covered by poppies on May 1 were now covered just as thickly with golden lupines. All this floral splendor is hard to believe after the brown slopes that should have been green back in January, but that may just explain this fabulous
spring. The non-native grasses that normally exclude our native prairie wildflowers didn’t do so well this year, and when we finally got a few late rains the flowers rescued from the usual competition exploded in seldom seen splendor. (Field of Poppies by Andrew Fulks)