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Karen Callahan


Placer and Nevada Counties are located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Although these two counties represent only 1.5% of the land mass of California, 35% of its vascular plants are found here. Our native plants grace the landscape in habitats from the Sacramento valley grasslands, through the foothills, and into the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This land area represents a large variation in elevation, rainfall, and temperature. The snowmelt from the rugged peaks feeds into the Yuba, Bear, American and Rubicon Rivers with water to support the more populous areas of the state. 

Redbud CNPS Board of Directors Meeting
2877 Allen Dr, Auburn* (Leslie Warren’s House)
7PM March 25 2015

*Directions: From Nevada city, go toward Auburn on 49. Pass Lone Star Rd and Cramer... You will see a sign for Florence Lane..Take a LEFT onto Florence Lane from 49. Go to T on Florence and take a left on Helen. Stay on Helen to another T.  Take a left on Virginia.  At T take a right on Stanley. At T take a right on Christian Valley.  Go 1/3 mile and take a left on Allen Drive and go to end across little wooden bridge.   

From Auburn, take Hwy 80 east. Take Bell Rd exit and turn left.  Turn right on Bowman/Christian Valley Rd after you pass over freeway. Follow to Allen Drive and go to end across little wooden bridge.  


Scotch Broom Challenge Spring 2015. March 7th
at Hell's Half Acre

Sue Chalpin (center)coordinated/organized the project with the Fire Safe Council

Crew clearing/pulling/lopping/sawing

Margo and Ames working on a stubborn plant

Corner Area being pulled by Joe Riley, Scott and Karen Callahan

Corner area after being cleared of broom (we left ceanothus, manzanitas, other natives)

Photos by Nancy Gilbert

Upcoming Chapter Presentations and Events

CNPS REDBUD is pleased to announce our Passionate about (Native) Plants Lecture Series for 2015!

Lectures are held in Nevada City (NC) at the Madeline Helling Library and at the Auburn Placer County Library (Aub) on Nevada St. at 7 p.m. Lectures are free and open to the public. Please share this announcement with friends, neighbors, colleagues and CNPS friends.

Passionate about (Native) Plants Lecture Series

April 22 – Aub,   Symphony of the Soil Film and Lecture (CNPS w/ Master Gardeners and Special Guest)

June 24 – NC,   A Special Relationship - Horney Toads and Serpentine Habitats (Lester Milroy, Conservation Biologist)

Aug. 26 – Aub,  A Visit to the California Prairie (Glen Holstein, UC Davis)

Oct. 28 – NC,   Landscaping for the Birds (Nancy Gilbert CNPS)

For questions and additional information contact Leslie Warren, Programs Chair, CNPS Redbud Chapter at or 530-878-0738.

Cross Pollination with other Chapters

The Book is Here!

Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties, California

Redbud Chapter, California Native Plant Society
Describes and illustrates with color photos over 200 species of trees, shrubs and woody vines growing in Nevada and Placer Counties—a small but widely-diverse segment of California rising in elevation from valley grasslands and foothill woodlands up through mountain meadows and conifer forests to the east side of the Sierra Nevada. Useful to backyard observers and casual hikers, as well as serious students and knowledgeable native plant enthusiasts. A versatile and accessible guide with clear botanical descriptions, anecdotes for the curious, reference to insects and wildlife, and a list of places to see trees and shrubs of all varieties.  

2014 Redbud Chapter and CNPS Press
529 pp. 6” x 9”; bibliography & references, glossary, index
ISBN 9780943460529   Softcover  $34.95

Where to Get It

California Welcome Center – 1103 High Street
Eisley Nursery – 380 Nevada Street
Wild Bird Station – 1153 Grass Valley Highway (in Victorian Village)
Winston Smith Books – 933 Lincoln Way

Effie Yeaw Nature Center – 2850 San Lorenzo Way

Grass Valley
Book Seller – 107 Mill Street
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply – 125 Clydesdale Court
Sierra Timberline – 324 Idaho Maryland Road
Weiss Bros. Nursery – 615 Maltman Drive

Flower Farm Nursery – 9280 Horseshoe Bar Road

Nevada City
Earth Store – 310 Broad Street
Haalo (Health Alternatives for All Locals) – 412 Commercial Street
Harmony Books – 231 Broad Street
J. J. Jackson – 244 Commercial Street
Prospectors Nursery – 10003 Granholm Lane

Penn Valley
South Yuba River State Park – Bridgeport Visitors Center

Front Yard Nursery – 5801 Mother Lode Drive
Placerville News Company – 409 Main Street

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
– 1212 Mission Canyon Road



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Members should contact:
Roger McGehee -
Chet Blackburn -
Julie Becker -
or attend a field trip event
to get the member's discount of 15%.

Store owners or managers wishing to purchase books wholesale
should contact: Julie Becker -"


State CNPS 2014 Workshops are listed on the Field Trips page.

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We normally hold two Native Plant Sales a year. The spring sale is held at Sierra College in Rocklin, and the September sale is in Grass Valley.

  • Our Field Trips are held mostly in the spring--see newsletter for more information.
  • Chapter meetings are held six times a year, generally in February, March, May, July, October and November. Meetings alternate between Nevada and Placer counties. See the current newsletter for meeting information.

Our usual meeting places are:

  • Nevada County Library
    980 Helling Way, Nevada City
    At the intersection of Hwy 49 and Hwy 20 in Nevada City, turn west toward Downieville on Hwy 49. Drive approximately 1 mile, turning right at the Nevada County Government Office Buildings complex. Bear to the right to reach the library.
  • Auburn Civic Center
    1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA
    From Highway 49 in Auburn, just after 49 passes under I-80, there is a T intersection.  Continue straight ahead at the intersection to the Civic Center. The building looks like an old school (which it is).  Go to the large parking lot behind the building and look for the Rose Room sign.


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