The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society serves Sacramento, Yolo, Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba Counties, and parts of Placer and San Joaquin Counties.
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: State CNPS Associate Director - The Associate Director (AD) is a new leadership position. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the AD manages and enhances internal organization processes and infrastructure to ensure smooth and seamless operations that support CNPS's ability to fulfill its mission. In the absence of the Executive Director, the AD assumes responsibility for directing the day to day operations of CNPS. JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
The mission of CNPS is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats, through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship .
Our chapter meetings are free and the public is invited to attend. Meetings are start at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (January - June and September - November) at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, 95816. GOOGLE MAP
A wide selection of books, native seeds, and Sacramento Valley Chapter t-shirts are available for purchase at meetings. Refreshments are always provided!
WINTER BREAK (no Chapter meeting in December, Happy Holidays!)
Wednesday, January 13th, 7:00pm
CALFIRE Partnership Promotes Native Plant Restoration on Putah Creek
Presented by Rich Marovich
The L.A. Moran Reforestation Center in Davis is home to the only state-run seed bank in California and formerly produced 400,000 conifer seedlings per year for reforestation projects throughout California. While seed bank operations continue today, in 2003, the container seedling program was shut down due to state budget cuts.
Rich Marovich of the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee (LPCCC) will recount how the unique and innovative partnership between LPCCC, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFIRE), and the Putah Creek Council brought life back to the facility. LPCCC manages the nursery that specializes in native riparian plants, while the Putah Creek Council organizes community volunteer events to collect and process seeds and cuttings, and to transplant nursery stock. Community volunteers also plant the nursery stock in restoration sites along Putah Creek from Winters to Davis. For more information on nursery and field events, see: www.putahcreekcouncil.org. For photos, see: www.watershedportal.net/gallery/lpccc.
Since our last presentation to CNPS, we converted all one gallon and larger pots to dripper stakes, installed open source irrigation controller (http://www.OpenSprinkler.com) and linked irrigations automatically to local weather data resulting in an estimated 50% water savings and healthier plants.
Rich Marovich graduated from U.C. Davis with a BS in Horticulture/Nursery Management in 1978. He worked: 5 years as a Technical Representative for an agricultural chemical company, 3 years farming apples in Sebastopol, 28 years (part time since 2000) for CAL/EPA protecting listed species from pesticides; and 15 years (part time) as Putah Creek Streamkeeper. Since 2008, he has managed a native plant nursery at the LA Moran Reforestation Center in Davis. His biggest challenge at the nursery was to detoxify (boron/alkalinity) Davis municipal water for native plants through acid/fertilizer injection. During the past year, he converted half of the nursery to drip irrigation saving an estimated 50% of water use, introduced bokashi compost (probiotics for plants) and recycled green waste as worm food.
February 10, 2016 Eva Butler and Carol Witham – Merced SPLASH