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Luckily, most of you are well ahead of the game because ledderhose disease natural treatment you already have planted California native plants in your garden. You prepared years ago for this knowing that someday we ledderhose disease natural treatment would have a drought. Now the question is, what can I do to help my plants make it ledderhose disease natural treatment through the summer? I am taking the position of hunkering down and taking ledderhose disease natural treatment care of what you already have. Likewise, hold off on new plantings until after summer this coming ledderhose disease natural treatment fall.

Some may be able to go dormant and make it ledderhose disease natural treatment through this summer with very little water such as the ledderhose disease natural treatment salvias. Also, well established native shrubs or trees, five to ten years old, such as pine, cypress, and manzanita will need maybe one good soaking mid summer. Other plants such as Woodwardia, Penstemon and Ceanothus may require extra moisture monthly depending on ledderhose disease natural treatment your soil type. So where do we turn to get this water?

Examples of dirty water would be water coming from your ledderhose disease natural treatment washing machine, dirty dish water or kitchen sink rinse water. This water should be used within 24 hours in order ledderhose disease natural treatment to avoid bacterial build up. Dirty grey water can be used to water well established ledderhose disease natural treatment trees, shrubs and ground covers. If you wish, you can allow this water to settle for 24 hours ledderhose disease natural treatment in a larger container. Remove safe water from only the top three quarters of ledderhose disease natural treatment the container. This will allow the solids to settle and the top ledderhose disease natural treatment water will be much cleaner.

On May 9, Dr. David Keil led a group of ten volunteers though a ledderhose disease natural treatment rare plant training workshop at Laguna Lake Park. At the start, each participant was handed a list of 17 rare and ledderhose disease natural treatment endangered species to search out and identify as being present ledderhose disease natural treatment in the area. The list was created from several online databases, prepared through thousands of personal sightings and herbarium specimens collected ledderhose disease natural treatment over many years. To view one such database, go to calflora.org.

Laguna Lake Park in the city of San Luis Obispo ledderhose disease natural treatment is made up of two distinctly different habitats. One is alluvial soil deposited in and around Laguna Lake ledderhose disease natural treatment through centuries of erosion and flooding. The other is a 500 ft. hillock made of serpentine rock, which is mostly stone and very little soil. Many of the rare plants that are present in this ledderhose disease natural treatment park occur there because of its unique landscape, either the extremes of shifting soil humidities

Of the 17 species on the list, 12 have been given a designation of “1-B,” meaning they are very rare, possibly endangered, localized to few locations within SLO county or in even ledderhose disease natural treatment fewer cases, in scarce pockets spread over a couple of counties. The five species not designed as “1-B,” are listed as “4,” meaning they are more abundant but placed on a watch-list for review from time to time.

By the end of our three hour “treasure hunt,” the group had identified 14 of the species on the ledderhose disease natural treatment list. In some cases we found very few individuals, only one clubhaired mariposa lily (Calochortus clavatus, var. clavatus) and one Eastwood’s larkspur (Delphinium parryi, subsp. eastwoodiae) in bloom, while on the other hand finding several thousand San Luis ledderhose disease natural treatment startulips (Calochortus obispoensis) and carpets of Brewer’s spineflower (Chorizanthe breweri) ablaze with visiting butterflies and bumblebees.

Inspired by David Keil’s fantastic workshop last meeting on the plants of the ledderhose disease natural treatment Morro Bay tidal marsh, I decided to do some exploration there, armed with his excellent identification key. I ran into a conservation issue that I did not ledderhose disease natural treatment expect to see in a salt marsh … massive damage by pigs rooting in the rushes at the ledderhose disease natural treatment edge of the pickleweed, presumably for the roots of the rushes [photo below].

availability as a prime consideration. Water is not a concern, apparently, in the Atascadero area when the County Supervisors downgraded the ledderhose disease natural treatment Level of Severity for Water Supply for the Atascadero Subbasin ledderhose disease natural treatment from a recommended Level III (most restrictive to development) to complete removal of any LOS designation. This might have more to do with the development of ledderhose disease natural treatment Eagle Ranch than lack of worry about Salinas River underflow ledderhose disease natural treatment to their

Over the past 10 years Michael Kauffmann has explored most ledderhose disease natural treatment of the mountain ranges in the West with a particular ledderhose disease natural treatment focus on the Klamath Mountains. In his explorations, he has worked to better understand the region’s ecology through the eyes of conifers—one of the Earth’s oldest lineages of plants. California, Oregon and Washington nurture one of the richest assemblage of ledderhose disease natural treatment conifers in the world and Michael’s books Conifer Country and Conifers of the Pacific Slope ledderhose disease natural treatment help define their ecology and biogeography. Join Michael for an arm-chair journey into the Klamath Mountains and beyond—where we will explore ancient plants that survive in the ledderhose disease natural treatment West’s most exhilarating landscapes.

Michael Kauffmann has a MA in Biology from Humboldt State ledderhose disease natural treatment University and is an educator at the elementary through college ledderhose disease natural treatment level. He has written three books, including co-authoring the just-released Field Guide to Manzanitas. He has lives in Kneeland, California with his wife Allison and son Sylas and in ledderhose disease natural treatment his free time enjoys backpacking, photography and plant exploring. Michael’s books will be available at the talk.

With the successful creation of the rare-plant working group during the past few months, I would like to suggest our chapter broaden its horizons ledderhose disease natural treatment a bit more by assembling a horticulture working group. I bring this point up because CNPS is one of ledderhose disease natural treatment a very few organizations that can speak from expertise and ledderhose disease natural treatment confidence about how to successfully manage a landscape during an ledderhose disease natural treatment extended water crisis. Most of us are willing to admit now, Californians must move away from growing exotic, over-irrigated lawns and gardens, and embrace the fact that low water, sustainable landscapes are the only viable alternative.

With this commitment by our local chapter to support the ledderhose disease natural treatment transition to native plants, we can utilize the abundant resources available in this area. These include those who garden with natives already, those who raise and sell natives to the public, those who work in environmental management and habitat restoration, as well as those studying botany, ornamental horticulture, and landscape architecture at local colleges.

Does the Endangered Species Act Help Recover Listed Plant Species? The federal ESA is one of our premier environmental laws, but are our plants any better off? Using examples of listed plant species from the central coast ledderhose disease natural treatment counties, Connie will talk about some of the progress that has ledderhose disease natural treatment been made, as well as the setbacks that have been encountered along ledderhose disease natural treatment the way, in furthering conservation and recovery efforts.

Connie Rutherford is Listing and Recovery Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Ventura-based office. She is an alumna of UC Santa Cruz and Humboldt ledderhose disease natural treatment State University, and spent several adventurous years in the field in Alaska, the Pacific northwest, Haiti, and the Mojave Desert before settling down in Ventura to ledderhose disease natural treatment a real job and family life. Early in her career, she worked to put a lot of plant species ON ledderhose disease natural treatment the list of endangered species; now she works to get them OFF.

As I explained in last month’s newsletter, we didn’t expect to wring any more concessions from the County, and so that now a solar developer can take a ledderhose disease natural treatment 40 acre parcel and turn it to solar without an ledderhose disease natural treatment environmental impact report, just a biological study where CNPS will be notified of ledderhose disease natural treatment the project but, apparently, has no avenue through which to recommend changes without going ledderhose disease natural treatment through an expensive appeal process.

We are still waiting the final EIR on the Arroyo ledderhose disease natural treatment Grande oilfield. There is massive public concern about exploding oil trains that ledderhose disease natural treatment is causing decisions on the Conoco-Phillips rail spur to be delayed. There are some disturbing projects being proposed that CNPS must ledderhose disease natural treatment watch with care about to enter the pipeline. Two of them are in the Avila area, with one being Wild Cherry Canyon on land that nearly ledderhose disease natural treatment got bought for State Parks, and a second as amendments to the San Luis Bay ledderhose disease natural treatment Estates Master Development Plan and General Plan that would allow ledderhose disease natural treatment development near the club house at the golf course. A map of the proposed San Luis Bay Estates plan ledderhose disease natural treatment shows it on a now grassy slope immediately north of ledderhose disease natural treatment the tennis courts and parking, which are both due north of the highway bridge. The same developer, Rob Rossi, is proposing about 100 single- family homes, a 100- to 120-room hotel, and about 50 retirement units near the Blacklake clubhouse (or possibly an estimated 110 to 130 residential homes, about 130 hotel rooms, 100 retirement units and 25 spaces for recreational vehicles as ledderhose disease natural treatment proposed to Nipomo Community Service District). Water demand in the Blacklake project would be mitigated through ledderhose disease natural treatment removal of golf greens. These days the main issue in any new development is ledderhose disease natural treatment demand for additional water, and this is of central interest to CNPS , where our primary interest would seem to be habitat conservation. Our interest lies in the increasing restrictions on application of ledderhose disease natural treatment water for horticulture, as native plant gardening is a central interest to our ledderhose disease natural treatment members. The drought is now placing native plant communities such as ledderhose disease natural treatment oak, Monterey pine, Morro manzanita and other species at great risk where the ledderhose disease natural treatment plants have been conserved in an urban setting. This is commonly a mitigation that allowed development in these ledderhose disease natural treatment plant communities, and the plants persist and young plants are recruited under ledderhose disease natural treatment “normal” rain conditions. We are now seeing massive die-off of young plants in areas that are never watered, and there are limitations on the amount of grey water ledderhose disease natural treatment that can be allocated to their salvation in the garden ledderhose disease natural treatment environment. Cambria residents should try to keep young pines alive so ledderhose disease natural treatment that the famous forest will persist, although the large older trees appear to be doomed in ledderhose disease natural treatment many parts of the forest where mortality rates are locally ledderhose disease natural treatment very high.

CNPS addressed the SLO County Planning Commission three times, and the Board of Supervisors once regarding plans to change ledderhose disease natural treatment local zoning to allow solar and wind projects to be ledderhose disease natural treatment ‘fast-tracked’. As a result it seems CNPS will be notified when ledderhose disease natural treatment a project enters the fast track system, and in a surprise move, County said it let us look at botanic reports. We also got the maximum acreage to be considered by ledderhose disease natural treatment a ministerial position to be reduced from 160 acres to ledderhose disease natural treatment 40 acres. How much of this will stick when the Board of ledderhose disease natural treatment Supervisors make a decision on March 24th, but I don’t expect to get much more in the way of ledderhose disease natural treatment concessions.

As I stated last month, CNPS is strongly for alternative energy, but just want to avoid needless destruction of valuable habitat ledderhose disease natural treatment in the process. We had requested that the requirement that land be “disturbed” before entering Fast Track be extended to 40 acres rather ledderhose disease natural treatment than the current cap of 20 acres. CNPS has been hanging out all on its lonesome in ledderhose disease natural treatment this issue, so there does not be much political pressure to give ledderhose disease natural treatment us what we want.

I was asked to go on a tour of the ledderhose disease natural treatment Topaz Solar Farm with a group of people to look ledderhose disease natural treatment at the conditions inside the panel array blocks. I am happy to report that they were surprisingly good, with grass and fiddleneck being more robust under the panels ledderhose disease natural treatment that in open areas. As several people have addressed possible negative impacts to carbon ledderhose disease natural treatment sequestration when grazing land is converted to panel fields, it would seem that the way the panels have been ledderhose disease natural treatment designed won’t have significant impact in this regard. It seems reduced evaporative stress counters the reduced light under ledderhose disease natural treatment the panels. Topaz will use sheep to graze under the panels, so much of their land has gone from dry grain ledderhose disease natural treatment farming to sheep meadow. One suspects that weedy native annuals such as fiddleneck and ledderhose disease natural treatment phacelia will persist on the site. Attempts to introduce native bunch grasses under the panels seem ledderhose disease natural treatment to be of their land has gone from dry grain ledderhose disease natural treatment farming to sheep meadow. One suspects that weedy native annuals such as fiddleneck and ledderhose disease natural treatment phacelia will persist on the site. Attempts to introduce native bunch grasses under the panels seem ledderhose disease natural treatment to be successful. ❀ David Chipping President’s Input April 2015

The results of our membership survey are now available for ledderhose disease natural treatment review. Interestingly, the topic that received the most responses by far was ledderhose disease natural treatment plant lists for popular trails and local parks. There was a group of topics that clustered in the ledderhose disease natural treatment middle. These included: trainings to identify rare, invasive, medicinal and edible plants and the milkweed project, followed by public native gardens and plant conservation projects.

Now that we are clear about our preferences, we will continue to plan for the engagement of our ledderhose disease natural treatment membership in related activities. With regard to plant lists, a number of these lists exist in a semi-finished form. Going forward, we will create groups of volunteers to review and verify ledderhose disease natural treatment the lists by walking the trails and taking inventories. Dr. David Keil or Cal Poly University has agreed to keep ledderhose disease natural treatment the lists updated and monitor them for accuracy.

Regarding plant identification training, we have a strong relationship with the Rare Plant Program ledderhose disease natural treatment statewide. The coordinator for the Rare Plant Treasure Hunts, Danny Slakey has presented two training sessions for our chapter ledderhose disease natural treatment in the past four months. A group of volunteers is now forming to help monitor ledderhose disease natural treatment and describe rare plant populations in the central coast region.

As far as public native gardens and the milkweed project ledderhose disease natural treatment go, a number of our members are already active in these ledderhose disease natural treatment areas. With the drought continuing for another year and the monarch ledderhose disease natural treatment butterflies under attack, CNPS will bolster these efforts as we participate in demonstration ledderhose disease natural treatment gardens and exhibits by advocating the numerous benefits of diverse ledderhose disease natural treatment native plant landscapes.

Lastly, our chapter will continue its efforts to monitor land development ledderhose disease natural treatment projects in our region to insure adequate environmental review. CNPS has vast resources that can be utilized when assessing ledderhose disease natural treatment potential land development and disturbance. Volunteers will be needed to work with our conservation committee ledderhose disease natural treatment to thoroughly vet projects prior to approval and to voice ledderhose disease natural treatment their opinions when these project come up for public comment.

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