CNPS Chapter Council meeting and Conservation Symposium
September 7-9,  2012 - UC Arboretum, Santa Cruz (plus optional program 9/10)
outline of activities [revised 8/31 1:35 am]

Friday - 9/7

Field Trip: 10 am - 2:30 pm, Laguna Ranch, led by Brett Hall.  An amazing garden and a magical place. Described in the recent Pacific Horticulture, Laguna Ranch, Designing with History and the Land - link. 
RSVP Brett, so he knows there is interest,, 831-212-4853.

Board of Directors meeting: 4 pm Those wishing to attend should contact Brett Hall., 831-212-4853. draft agenda

Meet and eat: starts 7 pm, Rosie McCann's Irish Pub and Restaurant
1220 Pacific Ave (2nd floor), Santa Cruz, CA 95060 - 831-426-9930 - website
  • also of interest for visitors to Santa Cruz: "First Friday" art festival - website

Saturday - 9/8

Conservation symposium, hosted by Greg Suba: See Program/Agenda page.

Light breakfast and daytime beverages and snacks provided. (no charge)

Box lunch: $12
Sign up on Registration page.

Happy Hour social: Features music by Sadza Marimba band, based in Santa Cruz, playing the danceable, joyful rhythms of Zimbabwe.  (www.sadza.netSadza blends soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass marimbas (xylophones), drums, gourd shakers, and vocals to create music that elicits strong emotions in audiences of all ages. Band members are Lola Britton, Kim Dowling, Becca Moeller, Moondance O’Brien, Lanier Sammons, River Smolen, and Betty Weiss.  

Dinner: $25 Sign up on Registration page. Palomar Buffet Taco Bar: vegetarian, roast chicken, grilled flat-iron steak

Dinner speaker: Chuck Striplen - "The Re-emergence of a Tribal presence in the Monterey Bay Area: Opportunities for new approaches in research and stewardship."

Chuck Striplen is a member of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, representing the historic Mutsun and Awaswas peoples of the Monterey Bay Area. As an Associate Environmental Scientist with the San Francisco Estuary Institute in Richmond, Chuck specializes in the study of California's historical ecology, and the role tribes play in shaping and maintaining resilient landscapes.  PhD ABD. Environmental Science, Policy, and Management in the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, double bachelors in bio and ES from UCSC in 1992.

Sunday - 9/9

Council agenda, hosted by David Magney: see Program/Agenda page.

Light breakfast and daytime beverages and snacks will be provided. (no charge)

Box lunch: $12 Sign up on Registration page.

Field trips: start  at 1 pm

1. Dudleya at the Arboretum - Stephen McCabe, Arboretum Director of Research and development, author of Dudleya in the Jepson manual 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

2. Marshall Fields, the best local coastal prairie -  upper UCSC campus, with amazing naturalist and CNPS Fellow, Randall Morgan.  Leave the Arboretum between 1 and 1:30 for a two hour field trip.

3. another field trip - TBA

Monday - 9/10

Santa Cruz County Chapter - General Meeting - 7:30 pm - visitors most welcome!
UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building

"Wanna’ Be a Pine Nut?" - speaker Nikki Nedeff

Please join us Monday, September 10 for a talk about our own very special celebrity plant community—the Monterey Pine forest. The story isn't about the trees, which seem to be everywhere in our local landscape and grow around the world in vast plantations . . . the story is about the natural forests of the Central Coast and the biological, inspirational and economic values these natural communities embody.
Nikki is a Central Coast native who will share the story of pine forest ecology, and how a group of environmentally-inclined citizens came together twenty years ago to advocate for the conservation and management of Monterey Pine forests. Their volunteer work includes a recent book dedicated to the living legacy of our emblematic local pine forest habitats.

Besides being a “pine nut”, Nikki teaches plant ecology and introductory plant taxonomy at California State University at Monterey Bay, and maintains an ecological consulting business. She has worked for three land trusts and two public agencies dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of California's special places.

The book, /The Monterey Pine Forest – Coastal California’s Living Legacy/ will be available for purchase as a tax-deductible donation: $22.00 in cash, or by check made out to “The Monterey Pine Forest Watch”.