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.
U.S. EPA to Present Top Award to Sacramento Scientists
Tuesday, March 4, 10:00 - 10:45
Splash Education Center, 4426 Excelsior Rd
Mather, CA 95655 MAP
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest Jared Blumenfeld will present Sacramento, Calif.-based scientists Dr. Robert Holland and Carol Witham the Region’s prestigious Environmental Champion award at this ceremony. For more information about this award, click here.
Dr. Robert Holland and Carol Witham will be recognized for their work protecting California’s vernal pools—a threatened variety of wetland—through education, research, and outreach. The non-profit Splash Center was founded in part by Ms. Witham and provides children educational lessons about vernal pools through classroom instruction and field exploration.
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 held the 2nd Wednesday of the month (January - June and September - November) at the Shepard .Garden and Arts Center, McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, 95816.
A wide selection of books and Sacramento Valley Chapter t‑shirts are available for purchase at meetings.
Refreshments are always provided!
March 12: Open Spaces - Deer Creek Hill Preserve - East Sacramento Blue Oak Hills Area by David Popp
Sacramento’s largest open space preserve, Deer Creek Hills' is 4,400+ acres of rolling grasslands and oak woodland preserves in East Sacramento County is where the Great Sacramento Valley meets the Sierra Foothills. The region is under tremendous development pressure and Deer Creek Hills Preserve represents one of the largest stands of blue oaks and one of the most scenic open landscapes remaining in the county. Located just 35 minutes from downtown Sacramento off Highway 16 near Sloughhouse and Rancho Murieta. It has a rich heritage of history including working ranches and provides rare opportunities for public recreation and education in a disappearing landscape. The Blue oak woodland and prairie grasslands also provide habitat for approximately 170 species of birds, 105 mammal species, 58 amphibians and reptiles, over 450 species of plants and lichens plus an estimated 5,000 kinds of insects. Seasonal creek, vernal pools and ponds can be seen. Deer Creek Hills is located south of Highway 50 near the City of Folsom, and reaching almost to the El Dorado County line. The area provides open space, habitat preservation, grazing, and public access/recreation.
Part 2 Bonus: Going beyond the Jepson Manual: A preview of coming attractions?
A short demonstration of keying the other way.
Who in the heck is David Popp ? A plant person who has/is botanized, practiced herbology, gardened, grown small orchards, rare fruit grower, small forest land owner, done arboretum maintenance, grown native plants, biology teacher, environmental supporter, docent, master gardener, a CNPS/NNPS member and just enjoys plants.
UPCOMING CHAPTER MEETINGS