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Celebrating and conserving the ecological richness of California's grasslands

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 California grasslands are among the most endangered ecosystems in the United States. Birds and insects that rely on grasslands are among the fastest declining species in North America. 

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New date for Landscaping with Nature Workshop!

We have rescheduled Landscaping with Nature from January 24 to March 6. Registration will open soon!

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference in Los Angeles

    Pre-Conference Workshop at 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference in Los Angeles

    Grass ID: You can totally do this! An Introduction to Grass Identification

    Instructors: Andrea Williams, Vegetation Ecologist, Marin Municipal Water District; Michele Hammond, Botanist, East Bay Regional Park District; Rachel Kesel, Conservation Management Specialist, One Tam

    Register at CNPS Conference Website$70 Attending the Conference / $90 Not Attending the Conference. 

    • Early registration: through October 31, 2017
    • Regular registration: November 1, 2017 – January 14, 2018
    • After January 14: onsite only (subject to availability, register before January 14 to guarantee your spot)

    The goal of this workshop is to give attendees confidence and skills to key an unfamiliar grass, and recognize key characteristics and groupings. First, a brief introduction to the ecological history of California grasslands will be offered, followed by a summary of the current status of this valuable resource with respect to weed invasion, restoration, and land use. Workshop leaders will go over important grass anatomy and associated vocabulary before introducing the grass key found in the 2nd Edition of The Jepson Manual (Eds. Baldwin et al.), as well as online resources for assistance in keying. Participants will spend some time with fresh and dried specimens, examining characters and understanding groupings of grasses to form a basis on which to build further knowledge.

    This workshop is designed for botanists, resource and range professionals, ecologists, as well as interested landscape professionals and home gardeners. Participants should have a basic understanding of dichotomous keys and plant anatomy.

    Participants will receive key excerpts and supplies to create reference specimens.

    Andrea Williams is a Vegetation Ecologist for Marin Municipal Water District on Mt. Tamalpais as well as a board member of the California Native Grasslands Association. She has worked in coastal grasslands from Northern California to Oregon off and on for 25 years.

    Michele Hammond is a Botanist for the East Bay Regional Park District in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and is also a board member of the California Native Grasslands Association. She has studied California grasslands and their ecology and management for the past 20 years.

    Rachel Kesel is a Conservation Management Specialist for One Tam. She holds a Master of Science in Conservation from University College London, where she honed her research and field skills. She loves grasses and grasslands, but then who doesn’t?

    • Thursday, February 01, 2018
    • Saturday, February 03, 2018
    • 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference in Los Angeles

    CNGA-led Conference Session at the 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference in Los Angeles

    Grasslands and Prairies

    Session Chairs: Michele Hammond and Jennifer Buck-Diaz, CNGA Board of Directors

    California grasslands are among the most endangered ecosystems in the United States and are important subjects of ecological research and experimentation. This session focuses on native grassland research and management including invasive species, livestock grazing, and restoration within our unique California grassland/prairie ecosystems.

    Register at CNPS Conference Website

    • Early registration: through October 31, 2017
    • Regular registration: November 1, 2017 – January 14, 2018
    • Registration deadline has been extended to FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 AT NOON
    • After January 19: onsite only (subject to availability)

    • Tuesday, March 06, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Putah Creek Lodge at UC Davis Arboretum
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    Landscaping with Nature: Designing, building, and maintaining attractive native landscapes that support wildlife and reduce water usage

    Registration to open soon!

    This workshop is suitable for landscape professionals and anyone interested in maximizing habitat values in their landscape.

    Expert instructors from the industry will present cutting-edge methods of design, installation, management, and maintenance including plant selection, soil analysis, evolutionary interactions, habitat features, and irrigation best practices to create a wildlife-friendly landscape & make the most out of every drop of water!

    • Billy Krimmel, Restoration Landscaping Company, Sacramento
    • Pat Reynolds, General Manager, Hedgerow Farms, Winters
    • Haven Kiers, Special Projects Manager at UC Davis Arboretum & Public Garden
    • Jodie Sheffield, Soil & Seed Specialist, Delta Bluegrass Company, Stockton
    • Christine Hawkins, Specification Manager Hunter Industries, Northern California

    Course fee includes morning refreshments, lunch, and course materials. 

    Landscape Workshop Flyer- Download the flyer to share with your friends and colleagues. 

    Sponsored by: Hedgerow Farms, Delta Bluegrass Co, Restoration Landscaping Co., and Hunter Industries. 

    Image: Saxon Holt

    • Friday, April 20, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 21905 County Road 88, Winters CA 95694
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    11th Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms

    Friday, April 20, 2018 - Save the Date! 

    Registration will open late February or early March. 

    8:45 - 4:00, Morning refreshments start at 8am

    We hope you can join us for a day of field tours, networking and beautiful scenery at Hedgerow Farms Inc in Winters, CA. 

    Flyer available here - Please share with your friends and colleagues. 

    This year's theme: We are still working on it! 

    Driving tours  in Hedgerow Farm's back restoration area where we will see native plantings on ponds, canals, hillsides, and in a riparian zone. 

    Walking tours in the demonstration garden which includes single species plots, a milkweed propagation trial, and grass and flower 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!

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

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