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.
Our dear friend and fellow plant lover Mike Finan passed away unexpectedly on February 28th. He is lovingly remembered; he is sorely missed. We will have a moment of silence for him at our March 11th meeting. The celebration of life for Mike will be held on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the CSUS Alumni Center on the California State University, Sacramento campus. There is a large parking lot at the center and parking will be prepaid. This link is for a PDF of driving directions to the Alumni Center: LINKDonation information information can be found HERE.
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!
Wednesday, April 8th, 7:00pm
Opportunities and Solutions in California plant conservation: appreciating our past and looking forward to the future. by Dan Gluesenkamp
For almost 50 years, the California Native Plant Society has protected our native plants and celebrated California’s wild gardens. During those few decades, human population has doubled and conservation in California has transformed dramatically, continually. Against all odds, a dedicated community of plant lovers, using a growing diversity of conservation tools, has somehow managed to save most of the plants and places that make California special. As we look to the future we see continued population growth, as well as novel threats, and we wonder “how will we save California for another five decades?” In this talk, the new Executive Director of CNPS will speak about plants, places, and projects –and engage a discussion of how we can learn and work together to make a real and lasting difference.
Dan Gluesenkamp is Executive Director of the California Native Plant Society and works with CNPS staff and chapters to protect, understand, and celebrate California’s native flora. Dan earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley studying the ecology of native and invasive thistles. He previously worked as Executive Director of The Calflora Database, and as Director of Habitat Protection and Restoration for Audubon Canyon Ranch’s 30 preserves. He is a co-founder of the California Invasive Plant Council and of the Bay Area Early Detection Network (BAEDN), and in 2009 discovered a presumed-extinct Franciscan manzanita plant growing on a traffic island at the Golden Gate Bridge.