September 13 Chapter Meeting

Title of Talk: Reclaiming Nature: The Role of Native Plants in Backyard Biodiversity Restoration

September 13, 2023 at 7:00 PM

Click here to view the recording on YouTube.


Incorporating native plants into our backyard landscapes isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s a powerful step towards creating a healthier, more diverse environment for ourselves and the countless species that share our world. Let’s start a movement of positive change, one backyard at a time, and witness the incredible transformations that unfold. Together, we can be stewards of biodiversity and leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Speaker Bio

Renee Murphy is an environmental scientist and Director of Sales for Intrinsyx Environmental. Renee has a master’s in plant science/agriculture from Cal Poly Pomona and a bachelors in business from University of Southern California. Renee incorporates her native plant knowledge and agronomic background developing nature based sustainable solutions for contamination and drought impacted sites using endophyte assisted phytotechnology. Renee has served as a project manager on sites with a focus on ecological restoration, establishing native plants on exposed playa at the Salton Sea and other drought, fire-impacted sites.

As an educator of nature based solutions, Renee has presented to NASA Ames Green Team, Sustainable Silicon Valley, Alaska Forum for the Environment, National Brownfields Training Conference, and was an international keynote speaker at 2022 Resiliency, Nature & Climate Solutions in South Africa.

Previously the Sales Director of a large native plant nursery, Renee serves her community through outreach programs as a speaker and workshop instructor for the California Native Plant Society, teaching native plant propagation and seed collecting. Renee hopes to inspire people to be a positive change in their community starting in their own backyard.

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