DESCANSO GARDEN PLANTING MARCH 8
Help the Oak Woodland put down roots! Descanso Gardens is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help plant 30,000 native plants in the new Oak Woodland on Saturday, March 8. First-time gardeners are welcome -- experienced Descanso horticulture volunteers will provide guidance. Arrival time is 9 am (8 am for Descanso volunteers) at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge 91011.
Participants should be 18 or older and sign a waiver. Bring gardening gloves, a hat, closed-toed shoes, a personal water bottle and a trowel. And come help make the Oak Woodland a reality. This new garden, which re-establishes the native plants of the foothills, is scheduled to open later in 2014.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
CNPS 2014 Workshops
March 11-12 Rare Plant Survey Protocols - A Scientific Approach Taught by Heath Bartosh, Aaron Sims, with a lecture by Roxanne Bittman
Location: CDFW Yolo Bypass Visitors Center Davis and West Sacramento
Cost: CNPS members $310; Non-members $345
March 13: Online Tools for botanists and biologists,
Taught by Roxanne Bittman, Sandra Summers
Location: Office of Training and Development, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $150 (may be taken together with workshop above or separately)
April 1-2: Introduction to Plant Family Identification
Taught by David L. Magney
Location: Casitas Springs, Ventura County
Cost: $310 CNPS members; $345 non-members
April 15-17: Spring Flora of the Eastern Mojave: a Focus on Five Formidable Families
Taught by Jim Andre and Tasha LaDoux
Location: UC Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, Mojave National Preserve, eastern Mojave
Cost: CNPS members: $360; non-members $395
April 29-May 1 Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations
Taught by John Willoughby
Location: UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, Santa Cruz, CA
Cost: CNPS members: $395; Non-members: $430
May 27-29: Herbarium Specimen Collecting for Floristic Work - still tentative
Taught by Nick Jensen and Heath Bartosh
Locations: Tejon Ranch Conservancy, Lebec and Tehachapi Mountain Region, Kern County
Cost : CNPS members: $360 non-members $395
Early June, Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé Workshop - TBA
Taught by Julie Evens and Jennifer Buck-Diaz
Location: Orange County, CA
Cost: Members $330; Non-members $365
The American Penstemon Society is seeking to fund small projects that focus on scientific or horticultural aspects of Penstemon, especially those that promote conservation or public appreciation. Grants of up to $1000 are available. The deadline for application is March 31, 2014, with funds distributed in May. Submit proposals to Dorothy Tuthill via email (email@example.com) or mail to Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, Dept. 4304, Univ. of Wyoming, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071. See www.apsdev.org for further information.
TEMESCAL CANYON PACIFIC PALISADES NATIVE PLANT GARDEN FEATURED ON GARDEN TOUR APRIL 27
The Temescal Canyon Pacific Palisades Native Plant Garden has been chosen as a free (non-ticket) venue on the Pacific Palisades Garden Club's Annual Spring Garden Tour for April 27th, 2014 (12:00-4:00pm). CNPS members Barbara Marinacci & Michael Terry, who will be leading tours there that afternoon, have organized the restoration, expansion, and maintenance of this Demonstration Garden for the past four years under the auspices of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and the co-sponsorship of Palisades Beautiful and the Pacific Palisades Garden Club with major funding from the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Please come see the hundreds of native trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that have been planted the last three years around the three dozen native shrubs and trees that miraculously survived more than a decade of neglect after this Native Plant Garden was dedicated in Temescal Canyon Park in 1988 -- you'll see old favorites and make new friends. The Temescal Canyon Pacific Palisades Native Plant Garden has again become a showplace for drought-tolerant California native plants and a testament to the persistent and effective grassroots efforts of community members -- you can find it at ~700 Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 (between the Pacific Coast Highway & Sunset Boulevard, below Bowdoin Street, across from Palisades Charter High School's stadium and Temescal Academy).
New Pests Threaten Our
Miss Sabrina Drill, Ph.D. UCCE posted the new OAK THREAT VIDEO online. To see it please go to www.ucanr.edu/socaloakpests
Oaks are emblematic to the California landscape. An important source of food for past Californians, we still come to these trees today for shelter, shade, and beauty, in addition to the values they provide as wildlife habitat. Oak woodlands cover more than 7 million acres, and oaks provide refuges in parks, backyards, and along streets in urban and suburban areas. But oaks in Southern California are faced with several serious threats, including changing land uses, fire, and insects and diseases.
New and old pest species are affecting
these iconic trees. New threats include
Golden Spotted Oak Borer and the
Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer,
and woodlands in the northern part of
the state have been devastated by
Sudden Oak Death.
LOS ANGELES RIVER
Save LA River Open Space is committed to preserving this last open space next to the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley by creating the L.A.River Natural Park at 4141 Whitsett Avenue in Studio City. The goals for this unique property on the L.A. River:
•Create and preserve public open space
•Create a unique L.A. Riverfront site
•Treat polluted water runoff from surrounding areas sending clean water into the L.A.River
•Protect historical recreational uses including golf and tennis
•Create pedestrian and bicycle trails — linking to regional bicycle paths and local businesses
•Provide Los Angeles River and River Trail access
Save LA River Open Space is working to protect this important open space in perpetuity for the community to enjoy. Public and private financing is being explored.
We are pleased to bring this vision to the community and look forward to working with the owners, civic leadership, and community stakeholders to make this a reality.
Prescribed Fires Do Not Reduce Future Area Burned in Central and Southern CaliforniaNew research findings from Jon Keeley and others on utility of managed fire in southern California.
Interesting management implications:
- Based on past data, prescribed fires in coastal southern California have no effect on reducing area burned by future fires.
- Prescribed fire may have more impact with management strategies designed to reduce ignitions, or to encourage planning decisions that minimize the spread of fires into urban environments.
- Regional planners seeking to reduce fire hazard risk may need to investigate other management strategies, such as ignition prevention and invasive plant management.
Weed Control in Natural
Areas in the Western United States is the first comprehensive book
to focus on control options for invasive plants in natural areas.
Fifteen authors led by Dr. Joe DiTomaso of UC Davis compiled information on control methods for 340 species in 13 western states, covering rangelands, grasslands, pastures, riparian and aquatic areas.
This book will be an excellent resource for any land manager confronting invasive plants.
Now available from Cal-IPC for $37.00 (plus tax and shipping). For more information or to order a copy, go to: http://www.cal-ipc.org/resources/booksandcds/weedcontrol.php
SANTA SUSANA FIELD LAB FIELD SURVEYS ONLINE
NASA has posted at their website
a new “newsletter.”
This one describes field surveys -- including habitat, plant and wildlife surveys -- recently conducted on NASA-administered land at SSFL. We also have links to the flora and fauna lists,
and links to video “sounds of SSFL.”
Here’s the short link: http://go.nasa.gov/XHlOxW
Or go to the webpage at
and look on the “news” on the lower right.
Please contact Merrilee Fellows with your comments regarding the newsletter, or any other comments or questions you have regarding cleanup of the NASA-administered areas of the Santa Susana Field Lab.
NASA Manager for Community Involvement
Challenges Second Massive Newhall Ranch
Sprawling Development in Floodplain would Devastate Wildlife Habitat, Hurt Cultural Resources
Five public-interest groups sued Los Angeles County in superior court on Wednesday over its approval of permits for the second phase of the sprawling Newhall Ranch development — Mission Village. The Newhall Ranch development, conceived in the 1980s as one of the largest single residential development projects ever contemplated in California, is archaic and out of step with contemporary urban planning.
The project is intended to eventually include 60,000 housing units — the size of a mid-size city — including development in the floodplain along the Santa Clara River, the last mostly free-flowing river left in Los Angeles County. The sprawling project threatens endangered species and natural areas and will bury many of the river’s tributaries.
The lawsuit — brought by the California Native Plant Society, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Santa Clara River, Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment (SCOPE) and Wishtoyo Foundation and its Ventura Coastkeeper program — challenges the legality of the county’s approval process in order to protect the rare plant, animal, cultural resources and water quality.
The plan approved by the county on May 15 will develop open space that is home to endangered species in and along the Santa Clara river; eliminate habitat for the highly endangered San Fernando Valley spineflower; harm California condor habitat; and unearth and desecrate American Indian burial sites, sacred places and cultural natural resources.
“Decades have passed, planning principles have shifted and improved, and yet the county has failed to incorporate contemporary planning principles into this dinosaur of a project,” said David Magney with the California Native Plant Society. “As a result, rare plants, including the San Fernando Valley spineflower, are going to be needlessly bulldozed and replaced by more strip malls, parking lots and houses no one can afford.”
“It’s unimaginable that L.A. County is so reckless with the last free-flowing river in the region,” said Ron Bottorff with the Friends of the Santa Clara River. “Southern California has paved over and lost all but 3 percent of its historic river woodlands, yet these are resources are key to protecting our precious water.”
The Santa Clara River Valley is home to a great diversity of very rare species, among them the unarmored threespine stickleback fish, California condor, least Bell’s vireo, southwestern willow flycatcher, California red-legged frog, arroyo toad, southern steelhead trout and San Fernando Valley spineflower. Wildlands of the Santa Clara River provides a full accounting of rare environmental resources of this precious landscape.
“Developing in endangered species habitat pushes rare plants and animals to the brink of extinction,” said Ileene Anderson, a biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “These days, smart planning protects them instead of destroying their habitat.”
Los Angeles County approved an overall plan for the Newhall Ranch development more than a decade ago. Approval of this second phase, called Mission Village, follows just months after the county approved the first phase, Landmark Village. Northern Los Angeles County is already plagued by high foreclosure rates and thousands of permitted housing units that have not been built. Financial bankruptcy by the development’s previous investors cost California’s public pension fund more than $970 million of state employees’ retirement. New investors are out-of-state hedge fund managers with no interest in California’s rich natural legacy.
“Before a single house has been built, Newhall Ranch has already cost California’s taxpayers and workforce, including the county’s own staff, nearly a billion dollars of lost pension funds,” said Lynne Plambeck, president of the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment. “Although the state will never recover any of the largest single loss ever suffered by CalPERS, and will spend millions more in public monies to build roads, bridges and other infrastructure to serve this project, the county has once again endorsed this same development that will threaten the region’s water supply, worsen air pollution and cause further gridlock on our highways.”
“The project will impart irreversible impacts to the ecological integrity and water quality of the Santa Clara River watershed and Ventura’s coastal waters, harming the wellbeing of watershed residents and visitors for years to come,” said Jason Weiner, associate director and staff attorney for the Wishtoyo Foundation’s Ventura Coastkeeper Program.
“The impacts to hundreds upon hundreds of our burial sites, and natural cultural resources such as the California condor that are such a vital component of our culture and religious practices, will be devastating and irreversible,” said Mati Waiya, a Chumash ceremonial elder and executive director of the Wishtoyo Foundation.
“Mission Village contains a former oil field now proposed for housing. Project information on toxic contamination was substantially changed at the very last minute just prior to the county’s approval,” said attorney Dean Wallraff. “Tetrachloroethene (PCE) contamination was discovered on the old oil field but the public was not given a chance to review any of this data in the review process, which is a violation of law.”