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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE
SANTA CLARITA WOODLANDS PROPOSED PARK

Don Mullally was recently honored with a trail being named after him. He wrote a short history. Click HERE to read it.

Prescribed Fires Do Not Reduce Future Area Burned in Central and Southern California

New research findings from Jon Keeley and others on utility of managed fire in southern California. 
Interesting management implications:
  • Based on past data, prescribed fires in coastal southern California have no effect on reducing area burned by future fires.
  • Prescribed fire may have more impact with management strategies designed to reduce ignitions, or to encourage planning decisions that minimize the spread of fires into urban environments.
  • Regional planners seeking to reduce fire hazard risk may need to investigate other management strategies, such as ignition prevention and invasive plant management.   

Read more HERE and HERE



NEW PUBLICATION ON WEEDS

Weed Control in Natural Areas in the Western United States is the first comprehensive book to focus on control options for invasive plants in natural areas.

Fifteen authors led by Dr. Joe DiTomaso of UC Davis compiled information on control methods for 340 species in 13 western states, covering rangelands, grasslands, pastures, riparian and aquatic areas.

This book will be an excellent resource for any land manager confronting invasive plants.

Now available from Cal-IPC for $37.00 (plus tax and shipping). For more information or to order a copy, go to: http://www.cal-ipc.org/resources/booksandcds/weedcontrol.php

 


 

SANTA SUSANA FIELD LAB FIELD SURVEYS ONLINE

NASA has posted at their website a new “newsletter.”  
This one describes field surveys -- including habitat, plant and wildlife surveys -- recently conducted on NASA-administered land at SSFL.  We also have links to the flora and fauna lists,
and links to video “sounds of SSFL.”

 Here’s the short link: http://go.nasa.gov/XHlOxW

Or go to the webpage at http://ssfl.msfc.nasa.gov
and look on the “news” on the lower right.

 Please contact Merrilee Fellows with your comments regarding the newsletter, or any other comments or questions you have regarding cleanup of the NASA-administered areas of the Santa Susana Field Lab.

NASA Community Outreach Coordinator (for SSFL)
Lori Manes 
Santa Susana Field Laboratory T436
5800 Woolsey Canyon Road Canoga Park, CA 91304
Phone: (818) 806-8834

COMMEMORATIVE OAKS HONOREES 1996-2010

1994 - Dr. June Latting, Dr. Hollombe

1995 - Halli Mason's mother

1996 - Dr. Mildred Mathias, Clara Shivers, Lee Haines, Dede Gilman, Leo Kusak, Nick Lodato

1997 - Dr. Harold M. Woo, Henrietta Yuan's father, George Clark, Irene Rask

2001 - Mary DeDecker, Bob Ornduff, Lindsay Wilhelm's mother

2004 - Grace Heinz, Nancy Dale, Tina Kasbeer, Mary Burleigh, Tom O'Connor, Kate Van der Kar, Clyde Ade, Marge Feinberg, Mel Swift, Marvin Cheseboro, Sue Nelson, Candy Craig, Mr. Malkin

2005 - Nonnie Korten (LAUSD school gardens)

2006 - Ken Klementis, Ed Peterson

2007 - Geoffrey Burleigh, Lu Haas, Doris Hoover, Sandy Wohlgemuth

2008 - Jill Swift, Dorothy Green, Sheila Kuehl for 14 years of legislative service, John Reinhold (retired weed warrior)

2009 Weed Warriors: Sid Mendel and Henry Carleton. In memoriam: Mary Edwards, Harriet Allen. In memoriam from Halli Mason: David and Jackie Rosenson

2010 Weed Warriors (retired): George Stevenson, John Kuiper. Meeting hostess - Helen Stevenson

WEED MANAGEMENT IN BALDWIN HILLS

Here is a recent 76-page report by Dan Cooper describing native & exotic plants of Baldwin Hills.


THEODORE PAYNE FOUNDATION

10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley, Ca 91352

Visit TPF's online calendar for details classes and events at www.theodorepayne.org
or call (818) 768-1802

The Mildred Mathias video -
A Lifetime of Memories -

has been uploaded to the MEMBG website and the UCLA YouTube site.

This is a 25 minute video of Mildred's life in her own words [The UCLA Botanical Garden at UCLA is named for Mildred Mathias. She was also one of the founders of the UC Natural Reserve System]. Memories and images from her infancy and childhood through her college years, family life, academic career and beyond. Mildred was a trailblazer for women in science, beloved by all who met her, and an example for those who aspire to make a positive impact in their elder years.

To view the video from the MEMBG website go to http://www.botgard.ucla.edu/mildred-mathias.html. Or if it is easier for you, go to the UCLA YouTube site at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=396UjzcYom0.


TOYON is now the official native plant of Los Angeles!

Click HERE to listen to KCRW interview of horticulturist Lili Singer.

An important advance in systematics of California plants:

The Jepson eFlora is now on line.

See http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html

The Jepson eFlora initially parallels the second edition of The Jepson Manual, Vascular Plants of California, which is the work of 300 authors and editors being published by the University of California Press. 

The eFlora includes all of the taxonomic treatments of the print Manual and has in addition treatments for taxa that were excluded from the print Manual because of doubts about naturalization status. Interactive distribution maps linked to specimen data from the Consortium of California Herbaria are included.  Words that were abbreviated to save space in the print Manual have been expanded.  Keys are linked to the treatments to which they refer. Accepted names and synonyms can be searched for.  The eFlora is linked to the Jepson Online Interchange, and from there to numerous electronic tools.


The Jepson Herbarium will work with the treatment authors and users to keep the eFlora in sync with advances in California botanical knowledge.

ECOVISIONS YOUTUBE
INVASIVE PLANT VIDEOS

Ecovisions has produced a series of YouTube videos about invasive plants, specifically English ivy, brooms, yellow starthistle, pampas grass and more. Find them at http://www.ecovisions.org/video.html.

A NEW OAK WOODLAND CURRICULUM ACTIVITY

 

     

 

 HIKES & RESTORATION

SAT 7/11 - 8:30am
Malibu Creek State Park
Restoration

SAT 7/11 - 9am-noon
El Segundo Dunes
Restoration

SUN 7/12 - 8:30am
Santa Monica Mountains - White Oak Farm
Restoration

SAT 7/18 - 8:45am
Cold Creek Valley Preserve
Restoration

SAT 7/25 - 8:30am
La Sierra Preserve
Restoration

SAT 7/25 - 9am-11am
Silver Lake Meadow Native Garden
Restoration

SAT 7/25 - 9am-noon
El Segundo Dunes
Restoration

SAT 7/25 - 9am-4pm
Temescal Canyon Park
Restoration

SUN 7/26 - 8:30am
Topanga State Park
Restoration

Check out our Newsletter for details.

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General Information about CNPS

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit  organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. The Society, seeks to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to all. Our members have diverse interests including natural history, botany, ecology, conservation, photography, drawing, hiking, and gardening.

TOYON , our chapter's bi-monthly newsletter, features a calendar of events, news about local conservation issues, and matters of interest relating to the southern California flora. (If CNPS members from other chapters would like subscribe to the Toyon, please email David Hollombe.)



CONSERVATION ISSUES

Special Issue of Plant Conservation featuring California rare plants.

Click HERE to read pdf

LA NATIVE
An ecofriendly future for light rail stations
  www.lanative.org


Our goal is simple: get the MTA and Expo Authority to use native species for the station landscaping in phase two of the Expo light rail line.

The site is still being fine-tuned, but the basic concepts are all there.  This grassroots movement needs help from each of you in spreading the word on this long-overdue change in the way we use plants in our public projects.  Under the Resources & Links section of the website, you will find copies of both our colorful Brochure (for interested stakeholders) and our White Paper (for media and government).  Please feel free to distribute both documents to anyone who will read them!

The website also includes a link to our petition on this matter.  Please sign the petition, if you will.  You can link directly to the petition via:
http://m.ipetitions.com/#petition/la-native

LA NATIVE WHITE PAPER
To find out why the Expo Line Phase 2 should utilize
mostly native plants, click HERE.

JOIN A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
RARE PLANT TREASURE HUNT


Click HERE



CALIFORNIA CHAPARRAL INSTITUTE VIDEO

Why chaparral?
Why is California such a remarkable place?
Why are the hills in central Chile and southern California covered
with the same type of habitat?

To find out answers to these questions and more, take 5 minutes and have some fun by watching their new video. It's a great way to celebrate life! It's on our new YouTube Channel here:
http://youtu.be/SKCnD1ECfkI


HEALTHY HABITATS

The main reason to keep our native plants healthy
is that healthy plants means healthy habitat and that means healthy animals. Check out this YouTube video about a mountain lion in Griffith Park: Puma 22

 

 

Updated 6/29/2015