CNPS Conservation Conference and Council Meeting
September 6-8, 2019 - UC Santa Cruz Arboretum [8/14, 11:56p]

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has been working for over 50 years to conserve California’s native plants and their habitats. Each September we hold an all-day symposium on current conservation issues. This year, as California sets bold commitments toward a path to carbon neutrality, we look at the the role of grasslands and forests as host habitats of incredible plant biodiversity, as carbon sequestration machines, and how CNPS can be most effective during decision-making regarding both roles.


2019 CNPS Conservation Symposium
Saturday, September 7
8:30am – 5:00pm
UC-Santa Cruz Arboretum

Preserving California’s Biodiversity on the Journey to a Carbon Neutral California

8:30-9:00 Gathering, morning snacks

9:00 – Call to Order & Announcements – Judy Fenerty

9:05 – Welcome, Happy California Biodiversity Day, & Symposium Overview –
Preserving California’s Biodiversity on the Journey to a Carbon Neutral California - Greg Suba, CNPS Conservation Program Director

9:15 – The California Biodiversity Initiative – where are we now, and where do we go from here? – Dan Gluesenkamp, CNPS Executive Director

https://www.californiabiodiversityinitiative.org/ 

9:45 - Reducing GHGs using the land as a carbon sequestration machine: The Role of Forests and Grasslands in California’s Climate Change Mitigation Strategy – Greg Suba

Resilient Forests, Natural & Working Lands, and Carbon Neutral CA documents available below.

10:30 – Break

10:45 – A Climate Resilient California: A top priority of our new Governor and his Administration – Alfredo Arredondo, Priority Strategies Inc.

11:30 – 2019 CNPS Legislator of the Year Award - Assemblymember Ash Kalra

12:00 – Lunch

1:15 - A CNPS Decarbonization Pledge  – Frank Landis, CNPS San Diego Chapter Conservation Chair

1:45  -  Characterizing California’s Grasslands: The CNPS Grasslands Initiative, 2019 status – Jennifer Buck, CNPS Vegetation Program

2:30  – Using eDNA to characterize vernal pool plant species: opportunities and challenges - Daniel Toews, UC-Merced

3:15  – Break

3:45  -  Speaker Panel  Q & A / Grassland Open Forum

4:30  – Announcements & Closing Remarks - Greg Suba & Judy Fenerty

5:00 – Adjourn – Happy Hours!

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