Oct
13
10:00am10:00am

Innovative Ways of Exploring Biodiversity...

...Embracing big data, technology, and citizen science

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Annual Conservation Symposium at Santa Barbara City College’s Fé Bland Forum; Keynote speaker: Dr. Susan Mazer

 

The Annual Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Conservation Symposium, established in 2012, is designed to address topics that are critical to environmental conservation in our region, as well as nationally and internationally. The keynote speaker is the winner of that year's Pritzlaff Conservation Award, which is given to a global trailblazer in conservation. We then choose additional expert speakers to provide a well-rounded discussion on the topic chosen that year.

This year in our Symposium, we are addressing the dual needs of 1) understanding our region's biological diversity, so that we can then protect, conserve, and restore it, and 2) involving people in these efforts, to grow future generations of conservationists. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers that will address these topics, then have a panel discussion with the audience to help figure out the best way forward.

For more information, including registration and lunch fees, visit: https://www.sbbg.org/classes-events/lectures-symposia/john-c-pritzlaff-conservation-symposium

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Aug
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Music and Ecology: An Evening of Performance and Discussion

Environmental scientists and ecological artists are attuned to many of the intricacies of the present environmental crisis. They are simultaneously witnessing overwhelming loss, working on prevention and imagining ecstatic possibilities for a future that celebrates the gifts of the natural world.  This event is a collaborative platform for these unique perspectives, exploring curiosities between the magical and the practical within landscape.

Please join us for this event that aims to bring people together to learn from, awaken, and influence one another. Throughout the evening there will be performances by musicians working at the intersection of sound, the arts, and ecology. A panel discussion exploring collaborative opportunity and possibility will be at the center of the eve, featuring several of the night’s performers in conversation with ecological restoration practitioners, scientists and artists.

Musical performances by Cheryl Leonard, Jorge Bachmann, The Dutton/Nishi-Smith/Otte Trio, and Secret Drum Band. Panelists include artist and BOATRIGHT Elise Brewster, ecologist Ed West, the San Francisco Estuary’s cartographer Ruth Askevold, and conservation biologist Dr. Claire Kremen.

At Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA. Performances begin at 6:30; Panelist Discussion at 7:45

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May
18
8:00am 8:00am

Phytophthora species in Restoration Nurseries, Plantings, and Wildlands II

Santa Clara Valley Water District, Board Chambers (5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118) 

COST: $25/person (includes lunch and refreshments) 

REGISTER AT: http://ucanr.edu/phyto_symposium2 

8 AM Registration & morning refreshments 

8:30 Welcome 

9:00 Updates and new developments since first symposium 

  • • Around the world with Phytophthora concerns – Susan Frankel, USDA-Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station 
  • • An update on Phytophthora species in California native plant nurseries – Suzanne Rooney Latham, CA Department of Food & Agriculture 
  • • Phytophthora species in the field: life cycle, distribution, dispersal, impacts in California – Ted Swiecki, Phytosphere Research 
  • • Managing Plant Pathogen Introductions in Large Scale Restoration Sites – Mia Ingolia, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission 
  • • Santa Clara Valley Water District Case Study – Janell Hillman, Santa Clara Valley Water District 
  • • Incorporating BMPs at a restoration nursery: the continuing saga – Diana Benner, The Watershed Nursery 

10:45 The state of the science 

  • • The state of Phytophthora science: A view from the lab – Tyler Bourret, UC Davis 
  • • The state of Phytophthora management: A view from the nursery – Jennifer Parke, Oregon State University 

12:15 PM Lunch 

1:00 Moderated discussion: moving forward 

2:00 Adjourn 

2:30 PM Meeting of the Working Group for Phytophthoras in Native Habitats [all are welcome].  Potential topics to be covered:

  • o Update on SB287, proposed bill on Phytophthora pathogens in habitat restoration 
  • o Restoration Committee report on regulatory guidance for habitat restoration 
  • o Nursery Committee report on implementing sanitation guidelines 

4:30 PM All adjourn 

Working Group for Phytophthoras in Native Habitats, www.calphytos.org 

DPR credits applied for. Direct questions to Janice Alexander (jalexander@ucanr.edu or 415-473-3041). 

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May
18
to May 21

Association of Environmental Professionals Conference

At the Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco

The 2017 AEP Conference will provide an interactive atmosphere where ideas, policy, and science collide to generate innovative strategies and solutions for successful environmental planning, environmental review, project approvals, and permitting. This year’s conference seeks to “bridge the gap” between CEQA practitioners and the technical experts they rely on, between CEQA and planning, and among other related local, regional, statewide, and national environmental issues. 

https://www.califaep.org/conference

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May
13
9:00am 9:00am

Identifying and Appreciating Native and Naturalized Grasses of California: Bodega Marine Reserve

Join CNGA for a 1-day classroom and field workshop at the beautiful Bodega Marine Reserve and Laboratory! Morning will be spent in the classroom with plant samples and 10x hand lenses, and in the afternoon attendees will explore all the Reserve has to offer in native and naturalized grass species. 

Workshop highlights include: 

  • Coastal prairie, uplifted marine terrace, and coastal bluff communities during wildflower season
  • Species of interest at the reserve: Bromus maritimus (common), rare grass Agrostis blasdalei, and Elymus pacificus!

Grasses are fun and challenging to identify! Our goal is to learn the basic skills of identifying grasses by using a dichotomous key and observing them in the field. We will learn about California’s grassland ecology and become skilled at recognizing the basic groups and common species by working with plant samples in the classroom. We will use the artificial key methodology focusing on the important distinguishing traits of a variety of grass species as presented in The Jepson Manual, second edition. A class syllabus and basic keys from the Jepson Manual website will be provided. We will not be using dissecting microscopes in class, but 10x had lenses will be available. An afternoon field tour on the Bodega Marine Reserve will round out this full day of learning.

Morning coffee and snacks along with a bag lunch are included.

Instructor: Michelle Cooper, Stewardship Manager, Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Michelle Cooper joined MALT in 2013 and manages MALT's stewardship program. Prior to joining MALT, she served as land steward at the University of California-Bodega Marine Reserve where she managed upland portions of the Reserve and conducted grassland restoration research projects. Michelle is serving her second term on the CNGA Board of Directors. 

For more information, please visit https://cnga.wildapricot.org/event-2477700.

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May
9
to May 12

National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference

At the Sacramento Convention Center and Sherator Grand Sacramento

Bringing Together Policy, Practice, Business, Science & People Investing in the Environment – that is what this conference and the mitigation, conservation and ecosystem, industry is all about. We invite you to join us at this incredible conference on mitigation, conservation & ecosystem banking!

Always Independent and balanced, NMEBC is entering its 20th year and is well-known as a “must attend event”, designed for those involved in ecosystem banking. NMEBC offers sessions for the very advanced to those new to banking.

The conference presents current and timely content in addition to dialogue on important issues. Participate in a variety of activities, including interactive sessions, panels, moderated forums and training.

http://mitigationbankingconference.com

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Apr
26
to Apr 28

3-Day Vernal Pool Training (CRAM): San Diego County

The training session will cover the methodology for conducting a CRAM assessment using the vernal pool complex and individual vernal pool modules. Your lead training instructors will be Lindsay Teunis (restoration ecologist) and Mike Klinefelter (wetland scientist) both private consultants and experienced CRAM practitioners. The classroom portion of the session will be held at the offices of the ICF, 525 B Street, San Diego. The field portion will be held at various vernal pool wetlands throughout San Diego County. Please plan on carpooling with other participants to field sites.

We reserve the right to cancel and refund fees in full if registration numbers are not met by April 1. A registration form and payment instructions will be provided. The following refunds will be given if the participant must withdraw: Full refund minus $50 administration fee if more than 2 weeks before session begins, 50% refund if less than 2 weeks before session begins, no refund after the session has begun.

Although a 5-day CRAM practitioner training is recommended it is not required as this is a stand-alone module. At this time space is still available. 

Participants will need appropriate footwear (rubber knee boots or hiking boots, depending on recent rainfall) and field clothing.

Cost: $990. A 4.5% ($45) discount for payment via cash/check. AND/OR a $45 discount for early registration payment (1 month in advance). Fees include morning coffee, daily lunch and snacks, and all classroom and field materials.

To Register or for more information: Lindsay Teunis at (858) 444-3906 or lindsay.teunis@icfi.com

http://cramwetlands.org/training/event/154

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Apr
21
9:00am 9:00am

Healthy Foodwebs, Healthy Soils

A one-of-a-kind workshop with Dr. Elaine Ingham, the world’s most renowned investigator of soil foodweb dynamics!

Early bird price for the full-day workshop is: $65 and includes lunch
Early bird registration ends April 3 (workshop cost is $95 starting April 4)
6 Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs have been approved (4 Soil & Water Mngt, 2 Nutrient Mngt)

We are pleased to host Dr. Elaine Ingham in San Luis Obispo at very special pricing thanks to generous support for our healthy soils and climate-smart agriculture initiatives from USDA's Western SARE program and the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust.

The soil foodweb is comprised of an incredible array of organisms that range in size from tiny one-celled bacteria, algae, fungi, and protozoa, to more complex nematodes and micro-arthropods, to the visible earthworms, insects, small vertebrates and plants. As these organisms eat, grow and move through the soil, they help clean water and air, and release nutrients for healthy plants. Understanding who they are and how they work together enables farmers and gardeners alike to harness their power for more environmentally-sound and economical management of a wide range of agro-ecosystems.

Workshop topics will include soil foodweb principles, soil organism identification, how to make aerobic compost/humus to enhance soil life, making and applying biological extracts and teas, and case studies in improving soil ecosystems. Participants will gain a fundamental understanding of the way soil biology drives plant nutrition and promotes agricultural health.

A must for all who seek a comprehensive understanding of soil and plant health!

Download a flyer by clicking here (PDF)

Attendees are eligible for a special conference rate of $119+tax/night for Thurs/Fri nights, please ask for 'Cal Poly Rate' at the Inn at Morro Bay

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Apr
21
9:00am 9:00am

SERCAL Early Bird Registration Ends

$210 Speakers and Poster Presenter Discounted Registration through April 21

$245 SERCAL 2017 Member Discounted Registration through April 21

$280 Regular Registration through April 21

 

On April 24, new registration prices will go into effect:

$245 Speakers and Poster Presenter Discounted Registration through May 5

$280 SERCAL 2017 Member Discounted Registration through May 5

$315 Regular Registration through May 5

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Apr
21
8:45am 8:45am

10th Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms

Essential Elements: Lessons from a Decade of Field Days

Join us for a day of field tours, networking and beautiful scenery at Hedgerow Farms Inc in Winters, CA. Listen to grassland experts speaking during lunch-time in a 'speed-talk' session focusing on the future of grasslands based on lessons from the past: 

  • 10 years of techniques, tips and tricks
  • 10 years of fascinating discussion
  • 10 years of learning about incredible grassland habitats

Flyer available here! Share with your friends and colleagues. 

Spaces are limited so please do not mail registrations without registering on-line first.

This year's theme is "Essential Elements: Lessons from a Decade of Field Days." We are bringing back some of our favorite experts who have joined us in previous years and they will be sharing some pearls of grasslands wisdom as well as showing us where grassland restoration is headed. The driving tour will be a new route in our back restoration area where we will see native plantings on ponds, canals, hillsides, and in a riparian zone. We will also be touring our demonstration garden which includes single species plots, a milkweed propagation trial, and a walk by a few of our fields. 

The day begins at 8 am with registration, coffee, a light breakfast, and viewing of displays. Talks begin at 8:45 am and the day concludes at 4 pm.

Contact us if you have questions at admin@cnga.org

We hope you can join us for this fantastic event!

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Mar
22
8:00am 8:00am

SERCAL 2017 Poster Abstract Deadline

Posters will have high visibility at the conference center and a variety of incentives will bring traffic to the session. Both professional and student posters will be presented.

Students may opt to enter the student poster competition via the Abstract Submission Form. Volunteer judges will score posters Wednesday evening on clarity of content, ease of legibility, and style. A first and second place will be awarded, decorated with an award ribbon on Thursday morning, and featured on the SERCAL website following the conference. All entrants may request feedback from poster judges on the Abstract Submission Form. 

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Mar
20
8:00am 8:00am

SER 2017 Abstract Deadline

Foz do Iguassu, Brazil  27 Aug - 1 Sep

The SER2017 Program Committee is now inviting abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations at the 7th World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Abstracts can address any aspect of restoration science, practice or policy, including the social and cultural dimensions of restoration. We encourage submissions related to the conference theme, “Linking Science and Practice for a Better World”; however, this is not required. For more information, please visit http://ser2017.org/call-abstracts.php

Early Bird registrations are accepted through May 31: http://ser2017.org/registration.php

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Feb
6
to Feb 10

The Western Section of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting

At the Peppermill Resort in Reno NV

Our theme this year is “Invasive species: globalization and bad decisions.”  Invasive species can be both local and global problems that affect wildlife directly and indirectly.  “Globalization” here is cast in the broad sense whether invasions are facilitated by currently expanding global trade or just movement (past or present) of species across borders for any reason.  Similarly “bad decisions” as used here is broadly meant to be decisions that are made either knowingly (e.g., pet trade, direct introduction of species, horticulture trade) or by accident and indifference (e.g., failure to consider the consequences of actions like dumping of ballast water from ships) that result in establishment of invasive species.  Because of the nature of this topic it transcends the immediate topic of the biology of invasive species to encompass the arenas of economics, politics, law, philosophy, and ethics.  Hence, the issues surrounding invasive species and their impacts are enormously complex, highly contentious, politically divisive, and are often technical complex to resolve.  This is an issue that will affect almost every wildlifer in their career.

For more information: http://tws-west.org/reno2017/

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Jan
24
11:00am11:00am

Designing Habitat for Multiple Benefits: Wildlife, Soil, Water and Carbon

 

Wild Farm Alliance is pleased to invite you to an upcoming webinar we are presenting along with Xerces Society, NRCS, and UC Davis Extension. 

What: Designing Habitat for Multiple Benefits: Wildlife, Soil, Water and Carbon

When: Jan 24, 2017, 2:00 pm (US Eastern)

Using a farm case study, participants will learn strategies to design habitat restoration projects that address multiple resource concerns simultaneously. The idea is not necessarily to create a different practice or habitat project for each resource concern, but rather how to address multiple concerns within a single project. 

For this webinar, the case study will be a native grassland / meadow (conservation cover) restoration project adjacent to an almond orchard in California’s Central Valley. Speakers will highlight how the project was designed to improve soil health, prevent run-off into waterways, be attractive to pollinators and other beneficial insects, and sequester carbon.

Presenters Include:

Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Sacramento, CA

Jo Ann Baumgartner, Executive Director, Wild Farm Alliance, Watsonville, CA

Karen Lowell, Area 2 Agronomist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Salinas, CA

Louise Jackson, Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources, Davis, CA

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Nov
15
8:00am 8:00am

2nd Annual Do No Harm Workshop

2016 Theme: Considerations for the Use of Non-local Species in Ecological Restoration

Our long term objectives are to address a different topic in restoration annually that is both expedient and practicable.  This year we focus on the use of non-local plant materials in restoration activities to:

1) Identify stumbling blocks to achieving ecologically and economically successful restoration of disturbed lands in California.

2) Bring experts, practitioners, suppliers, and policy makers together to develop best management practices to overcome these obstacles.

Who should attend: Land owners, conservation organizations, trusts, agencies and jurisdictions managing open space or rights-of-way, nurseries, seed collectors and distributors, consultants, conservation organizations, researchers, policy makers, and any other active practitioners of restoration and suppliers of restoration materials or services.

Topics covered: Geographical sourcing of reliable ecotypes and species; management of conservation lands and policies constraining management; biogeography and current/future climate considerations for plant material selection, including non-natives; the role of breeding system, genetic structure, and phenotypic plasticity in selecting and sampling plant material populations; inadvertent selection during multiple generation grow-out operations; local/non-local/non-native tolerance to abiotic and biotic stressors in restoration, including resistance to subsequent exposure to invasion by non-desirable species.

This workshop, hosted by University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, UC Davis, and UC Riverside, will be held at the UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane. For more information, visit http://ucanr.edu/sites/UC_ANR_Do_No_Harm/

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Oct
18
to Oct 20

43rd Annual Meeting of the Natural Areas Association

This event is a collection of symposia, workshops, oral sessions, and field trips organized by a collaborative of state and federal agencies, NGOs, land trusts, and research and academic institutions, with the focus squarely on how land and resource managers can respond to climate change. CNGA will be hosting a session and workshop — Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words to Action. For more information, visit http://naturalareasconference.org

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May
21
9:00am 9:00am

Identifying and Appreciating Native and Naturalized Grasses of California, Bodega Marine Reserve and Laboratory

See it all in one day! Morning in the classroom with plant samples learning about dichotomous keys, and afternoon in the field seeing grassland habitats at the Bodega Marine Reserve. 10x hand lenses will be provided. Morning refreshments and lunch are provided. 

Workshop highlights include...
Morning classroom with plant samples, guided keying, and 10x hand lenses

Afternoon outdoors at the Reserve: Coastal prairie, uplifted marine terrace and coastal bluff communities during wildflower season!

Course workbook, morning refreshments and lunch provided 

$160/CNGA Members $180/Non-Members $95/Students

For more information, visit http://cnga.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/2016%20Workshops/May21_GrassID_Flyer.pdf

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May
14
to May 15

Identifying and Appreciating Native and Naturalized Grasses of California, College of Marin and Mt. Tamalpais

Day 1, May 14: Spend the day in the classroom with instructor Andrea Williams at College of Marin, Kentfield Campus. Our goal is to learn the basic skills of identifying grasses and provide an overview of the native grass distribution in California. We will provide plant samples, basic keys, dissecting scopes and a workbook will be provided. Morning refreshments are provided. Lunch is optional for an additional fee. Join us!

Optional Day 2: A full day field tour of grasslands of Mt. Tamalpais: see dozens of grass species in the field, and learn some of the grassland types in the area. Space is limited for this field tour so register early! 

$60/CNGA Members $80/Non-Members $45/Students 

To register, visit http://cnga.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/2016%20Workshops/Flyer_IDMay14and15.pdf

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May
11
to May 13

SERCAL 2016: Creativity in Collaboration

We engage in the practice of Ecological Restoration as scientists — drawing inspiration from the spirit of inquiry to characterize the elements of an ecosystem. We use science as a tool to draw conclusions about what aspects have been lost, about what is working and what is not. We engage as landscape architects, creating a vision for how the system can be brought back, and as engineers, exploring risks and feasibility of restoration approaches. Legal and regulatory specialists are the storytellers; they craft the discussion of how the system came to be, how it might be fixed, and what social considerations must be incorporated. Together, we design solutions. Then we act. We develop innovative construction approaches to minimize disturbance, and then bring in armies of volunteers or heavy equipment and make real our collective vision of what should be. We are artists. We change the landscape and try to leave it in better condition than how we found it.    

In May 2016, SERCAL will come together on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe to explore creativity at the intersection of science, design, and collaboration. We will learn from each other and explore the creative ways that we inquire, collaborate, and restore landscapes. We will celebrate these works of art — our masterpieces of collective conservation. I hope to see you there. 

— David Shaw, SERCAL President and Conference Chair

TECHNICAL SESSIONS: Creative Collaboration for Multiple Benefits  |  Fire and Post-Fire  |   Mono Lake / Desert Systems  |  Creativity in Upland Restoration  |  Riparian and Wetland Systems  |  Montane Meadows  |  and a special session on Preventing the Spread of Plant Pathogens

Plus a POSTER SESSION, EXHIBITOR BOOTHS, FIELDTRIPS and all the good things you've come to expect from Restoration Finest Annual Gathering.  We hope to see you there!

Early Bird registration discounts available March 16 through April 22.

Visit http://www.sercal.org/sercal-2016/ for more details!

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May
7
8:30am 8:30am

Society for Conservation Biology Bay Area Symposium

The Stanford Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology invites you to the 17th Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium on May 7, 2016. As a new chapter, we are thrilled to bring together world-class scientists, professionals, and students to discuss today's newest work in conservation biology. 

For over 15 years, the Conservation Biology Symposium has rotated among different Bay Area universities. This event creates a forum in which researchers from all backgrounds can share recent scientific findings and policy issues in conservation biology. We welcome participants from all backgrounds and all institutions. This an excellent opportunity for Bay Area students and faculty, as well as those working for government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private consulting firms to meet and exchange ideas. 

This year, we are delighted to have Dr. Peter Kareiva, Dr. Michelle Marvier, and Dr. John Terborgh as keynote speakers. 

For more information, visit http://www.cbs2016.org

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Mar
10
8:00am 8:00am

CNGA's California's New Front Yard

  • UC Merced, California Room, Terrace Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Advanced Registration Required

Transform your thirsty lawn into a water-saving landscape featuring drought-tolerant trees, native grasses, perennials, and shrubs. Morning talks are followed by hands-on activities and demonstrations. This workshop is suitable for homeowners and landscape professionals alike, so all are welcome!

Registration includes morning refreshments, catered lunch, and course materials. 

Workshop fee: $25 CNGA Member / $30 Non-member

 

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Feb
20
9:00am 9:00am

Habitat Restoration in Mt. Tam Watershed

Down with bullies! French broom is an aggressive weed taking space, sunlight and water from a rich array of native species. Broom is a fire hazard and also alters the soil chemistry. Join us for an invigoration Saturday morning removing this invasive plant. Parking passes provided. Location: Taylor Trail Hillside. Meet at Sky Oaks Ranger Station: 49 Sky Oaks Road, Fairfax.

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Feb
11
8:00am 8:00am

CNGA's California's New Front Yard Workshop

Advance Registration Required.

Transform your thirsty lawn into a water-saving landscape featuring drought-tolerant trees, native grasses, perennials, and shrubs. Morning talks are followed by hands-on activities and demonstrations. This workshop is suitable for homeowners and landscape professionals alike, so all are welcome!

Registration includes morning refreshments, catered lunch, and course materials. 

Workshop fee: $25 CNGA Members / $30 Non-members

For a flyer (can be used to mail in registration): click here

Speakers include:

  • Introduction: Andrew Fulks, Assistant Director, UC Davis Arboretum
  • Landscape Design: Martin Quigley, Director of Gardens and Grounds, UCSC Arboretum
  • Plant Species Selection: Brett Hall, California Native Plant Program Director UCSC Arboretum
  • Lawn Removal and Drip Irrigation: Dakota Bertsch, Landscape Designer & Project Manager, Ecological Concerns 
  • Rainwater Catchment and Grey Water Harvesting: Jon Laslett

Thank you to our partners, City of Santa Cruz and UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.

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Jan
21
to Jan 22

California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Annual Rangeland Summit

Wildfire and Rangeland Management – Mediating Impacts to Conservation and Ranching

Thursday, January 21: Choice of Tours — Butte Fire (Calaveras Co), Rim Fire (Tuolumne Co), Tesla Fire (San Joaquin Co) — & Evening Social

Friday, January 22: Presentations and Dialogue — 9am-3pm at 2101 E. Earhart Ave, Stockton

Plan now to attend, enter a photograph, bring a poster or booth, volunteer, and become a sponsor. Co-sponsored by University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources

For more information, visit http://carangeland.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Summit-flyer.pdf

 

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Dec
19
9:00am 9:00am

Mt. Tam Habitat Restoration: Taylor Trail

We celebrate the rains for many reasons! Armed with weed wrenches we traverse the now-soft ground to remove our nemesis; the French broom. Join us to beat back the spread of this invasive plant along the Taylor Trail. 

Meet at the Sky Oaks Ranger Station located at 49 Sky Oaks Road in Fairfax.

*New volunteers please arrive 15 minutes early for sign-in and orientation. 

To pre-register or for more information about the above volunteer events, call 415-945-1128 or e-mail volunteerprogram@marinwater.org or visit our Volunteer page on our website.  

For maps to volunteer events and hikes, go to http://www.marinwater.org/Volunteer-Map. 

Events are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions and fire warnings. Please call 415-945-1128 the morning of the event (after 7:30 a.m.) for cancellation information.  

Please wear close-toed shoes and long pants, dress for variable weather and bring a reusable water bottle. We will provide snacks, water, tools, parking passes, and inspiration!  

Trail events are generally suitable for ages 13 and up, and habitat restoration events for ages 8 and up. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

All volunteers under age 18 must have a permission form signed by a MT. TAMparent or guardian. Please contact us for a copy of the form.

 

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Dec
5
10:00am10:00am

Americorps Stewards Projects: San Geronimo Creek Restoration

Marin Municipal Water District is teaming up with the Watershed Stewards Program to give San Geronimo Creek a makeover in Woodacre. Help remove invasive species and plant native white alder and dogwood to stabilize and beautify the streamside.

Lunch and water will be provided. Come ready for rain! (We hope!)

This event is open to volunteers thirteen and older, and will take place at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and San Geronimo Valley Road. There will be signs, but parking is limited. 

Please RSVP to ERuiz@marinwater.org.

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Nov
6
10:00am10:00am

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Annual Conservation Symposium

Saving Rare Plants: What Will it Take to Meet the Growing Challenge?

With 35% of California’s plants now rare or endangered and with the current extinction rate 1,000 times that of pre-human levels, one might ask is it even possible to save these plants?  With 2,300 imperiled species, where do you start?  And why is it worth our attention with so many other competing causes?  This year’s speakers are addressing these questions with thoughtful answers, new scientific resources, and inspiring partnerships.  The challenges and complexity of each species and each situation are met with unprecedented opportunities that give us hope for meeting the increasingly vital need to preserve our plant biodiversity. For more information, visit www.sbbg.org/classes-events/lectures-symposia.

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Nov
5
8:30am 8:30am

Do No Harm Workshop

Registration is now open for the inaugural ‘Do No Harm workshop: Considerations of pathogens, pests, and plant disease in restoration activities’ at the UC Palm Desert Campus — http://donoharm.ucdavis.edu/. Discounted student registration is available.

We invite restoration practitioners, native plant nurseries, researchers and agencies to learn how to identify and address issues of unintentional pests, pathogens and disease spread through ecological restoration activities. In addition to presentations and networking opportunities, this one-day workshop will host a poster session. We invite poster submissions focus on a restoration and pathogen/pest theme.

Sponsorship opportunities are available – for more information, check out the website or contact egornish@ucdavis.edu. We look forward to seeing you in Palm Desert in November!

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