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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:
Together, we explore and restore nature, and find new friends!
Announcing Upcoming Redbud Chapter Events!
For field trips, see Upcoming Redbud Field Trips.
The Redbud Chapter “Passionate about (Native) Plants”
April, 2017 Lecture:
The Secrets of Ceanothus!
Guest Speaker: Photographer and Botanist Jeff Bisbee
When: Wednesday, April 26th at 7 pm
Where: The Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City 95959
Codfish Falls Trail
Meet at NW corner of the Raley’s parking lot in Auburn on Lincoln Way. Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA) parking pass is needed at the trailhead.
This beautiful hike, less than 4 miles roundtrip, is on the North Fork of the American River on Ponderosa Way out of Weimar. The trail is near the river, so there will be great river views. Hopefully the water fall will still be flowing. The wildflowers are always abundant and there are many species. Plant list can be emailed to you. If the road is not graded, the hike will be canceled. If rain is forecast the hike will be canceled.
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Bring: Water, lunch, and other hiking essentials. Hand lens and wildflower books are nice to bring along.
Contact information: Diane Cornwall at firstname.lastname@example.org, 530-888-1404 and cell 805-279-2906.
Mt. Howell CalFire Lookout Station
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 9:30am
Meet at Marval's Sierra Market, 575 S Auburn St., Colfax at 9:30 am
Description: We will visit an ongoing restoration project on a 38-acre site showing the results of “historical” low intensity fire and the varying plant community responses.
The site represents a sub-climax conifer forest-oak woodland representative of conditions during the Gold Rush era. This site showcases hundreds of gorgeous wildflowers, including Wild Ginger, Purple Milkweed, Yellow Star Tulips, Fawn Lilies, Sierra Iris, Brown Bells, Western Waterleaf, and many more.
Most are new since the burning, possibly sprouting from seed-banks that may be as much as 4 decades old, so there may be surprises. This hike will be limited to 15 participants.
Length of Trip: Approx. 2 hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Elevation change is 300 vertical feet over less than a mile.
Bring: Water, snacks, insect repellant, hat for sun protection and other hiking essentials.
Contact info: RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/agvbq1J6U2wvB2M23
Endangered Stebbin’s Morning-Glory
Saturday, May 6, 9:00 a.m
Meeting Time and
Directions: Meet at the parking lot for Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter
at 14647 McCourtney Road. From the Nevada County Fairgrounds drive
about 4 miles south of Grass Valley on McCourtney Rd. The Animal
Shelter driveway is a left turn just before the Nevada County Transfer
Station. Parking space is limited and carpooling is advised. Important: check the Redbud web pages for possible changes in the meeting place.
Robie Trail near Sliger Mine to Canyon Creek
between Cool and Greenwood
Thursday Saturday, May 13
Meet at the Holiday Market in the back of the parking lot on the corner of 49 and 193 in Cool at 8:30am.
This is more of an adventure hike than a wildflower walk. Canyon Creek is 4 miles in and we will go out the same way. We will see lots of wildflowers and at Canyon Creek will be a beautiful floral garden. We will be above the Middle Fork of the American River with great views and some interesting mining history. A plant list is available by email. If rain is forecast the hike will be canceled.
Level of Difficulty: Moderate (8 miles total). The first part is a little steep, then it is gentle ups and downs the rest of the way.
Bring: Lunch, water, and all the hiking essentials.
Contact Information: Diane Cornwall at email@example.com, 530-888-1404 and Cell 805-279-2906.
Other Spring Events of Interest
Earth Day Wildflower Walk at Hell’s Half Acre
Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 p.m.
BYLT turns 27 this Earth Day – Celebrate with us!
Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and local author and wildflower expert Julie Carville for this morning walk among the flowers. Located on the western edge of Grass Valley, south of Rough and Ready Highway, Hell’s Half Acre is considered one of the richest wildflower blooms in the region.
Bear River Land Trust
First Annual Community BioBlitz
Bear Yuba Land Trust invites students, families, and community groups for the First Annual Community BioBlitz happening on beautiful protected nature preserves on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th.
Be part of Citizen Science in action!
Nevada County Celebration of Trails Saturday, June 3, 2017