2019 Northern California Botanists Symposium

Research and Conservation of Northern California’s Vegetation Communities

14-15 January 2019
California State University, Chico
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Northern California Botanists will host their 9th botanical symposium on January 14-15, 2019 on the campus of California State University in Chico. Optional workshops will be held on Wednesday, January 16. A 2-day schedule of presentations by working botanists will include sessions on Vegetation Mapping and Monitoring, Importance of Herbaria in Research, Management, and Conservation, Fire and Vegetation, Challenges and Solutions for Conserving Cryptic Diversity, Native Plant Conservation, Lightning Talks, Now the Good News, and New Discoveries. See the 2019 Draft Program here.

Professional Development Credits

Each day of the Northern California Botanists Symposium has been approved for 2 Professional Developments Credits for the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification. As such, attendance at both days of the Symposium has been approved for 4 Professional Development Credits. See the Workshop Page for workshop credits.

2019 Keynote Speaker: Todd Keeler-Wolf

The 2019 Symposium Keynote Speaker will be Todd Keeler-Wolf. Todd is the lead vegetation ecologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP). Todd’s talk is titled “Becoming a Naturalist and Ecologist in Northern California.” In his talk, he will synthesize his understanding of some of the landscapes he has gotten to know over the years, describing his deepening understanding, interest, and shifting perspectives on each and will reflect on being a landscape ecologist in a time of rapid change.

The Keynote Address will follow the banquet on Monday evening, January 14, 2019 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Although the banquet requires a paid ticket, the Keynote Address is open to all.

Optional Lunchtime Discussions

Optional lunchtime discussions will be held on both Monday and Tuesday. There will be an option for ordering a boxed lunch from the Cafeteria. A menu will be on the table each morning. If you choose to order a lunch, these must be turned in by the end of the morning break. Lunches will be delivered. Please join us!

Monday Discussions

Budding Botanists - Career Paths in California Botany
Monday, January 14, 2019, 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Discussion Chair: Jane Van Susteren, California Department of Water Resources
Location: Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Join us for the popular Northern California Botanists' Budding Botanists Career Lunch discussion. Eat your lunch, meet people, and learn about careers in botany! Professionals, you find your next job applicant here - send us your job announcement and come have lunch. Our panel of early career botanists will discuss how they got their jobs, what they do, basic salary and resources to know, and one piece of advice they want you to know. We will take all your questions and have resources to share. To join the Northern California Botanists' Budding Botanists Program, subscribe to the listserv, ask career questions, or volunteer to answer career questions as an experience botanista and mentor, and to pre-register for the lunch discussion, please contact buddingbotanists@norcalbotanists.org.

Consortium of California Herbaria
Monday, January 14, 2019, 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Discussion Chairs: Jenn Yost, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Jason Alexander, Staci Markos, and Brent Mishler, University of California, Berkeley
Location: Bell Memorial Union, 2nd Floor Mezzanine

Join us for a lunchtime discussion about the Consortium of California Herbaria. Please bring your questions about the current NSF funded project (California Phenology Thematic Collections Network), the new CCH2 (a Symbiota portal), and anything else you’d like to discuss. For more information:

Vegetation in Environmental Review
Monday, January 14, 2019, 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Discussion Chair: Diana Hickson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, VegCAMP
Location: Bell Memorial Union - TBD

Vegetation in Environmental Review Planning Session for CDFW Northern California Regional staff. The discussion will address the needs of Timber Harvest Review and general environmental review for the upcoming 3-day training session in Spring 2019. The objective will be to develop an agenda that will cover the topics most useful to Regional THP and HabCon staff relative to regulatory review of vegetation and habitats.

Tuesday Discussion

California Biodiversity Initiative
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 11:45 pm – 12:45 pm
Discussion Chairs: Todd Keeler-Wolf, California Department of Fish and Widllife and Genevieve Walden, California Department of food and Agriculture
Location: Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

California Governor Brown’s Executive Order (CA EO B-54-18) directs the Department of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to work together to safeguard existing plants and ecosystems while restoring and protecting habitat across both working and wild places. The enacted 2018-19 state budget allocated $2.5 million to launch the California Biodiversity Initiative in partnership with tribal groups, educators, and researchers, the private sector, philanthropic groups, and landowners. The steps outlined in the executive order and complementary California Biodiversity Initiative will improve understanding of the state’s biological richness and identify actions to preserve, manage, and restore ecosystems to protect the state’s biodiversity from current and future challenges of climate change.

Please join us for a discussion on this exciting and unprecedented California Biodiversity Initiative. We will outline issues and opportunities needed to make progress on inventory, education, and general advancement of biodiversity knowledge for California. Ideally, we hope to come out of this workshop with shared resources and concrete ideas to increase our effectiveness and have an overall strategy of cooperation.

For more information about the Governor's Biodiversity Initiative, please see Executive Order B-54-18 and the California Biodiversity Initiativehttps://www.gov.ca.gov/2018/09/07/governor-brown-takes-action-to-protect-californias-plants-animals-and-unique-biodiversity/ Questions and to pre-register for the lunch discussion please contact genevieve.walden@cdfa.ca.gov.

Post-Symposium Workshops

Optional post-symposium workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, January 16. You do not have to attend the Symposium to register for a workshop. To register for a workshop, visit the Registration Page.

California Botanical Society Mixer

The California Botanical Society will hold a mixer on Sunday, January 13 from 5:00 - 8:30 pm at Woodstock's Pizza in downtown Chico. The cost is $10 per person and can be paid with the Symposium registration. CalBotSoc will provide appetizers and one free drink (soda, beer, or wine) will be provided and the bar will be open to purchase beverages of your choice. Come to town early to join in on this fun social and networking event.

Symposium Sponsorship

Northern California Botanists invites sponsorship for our 9th Symposium. Your help is important and allows us to keep our registration rates low, support student attendance, and keep our important programs moving forward. Visit the Symposium Sponsorship page for more information.

Thank you to the 2019 Symposium Sponsors!

  • Ascent Environmental, Inc.
  • Backcountry Press
  • California Botanical Society
  • California Department of Conservation
  • California Lichen Society
  • California Native Grasslands Association (CNGA)
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – State Office
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Dorothy King Young Chapter
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Mt. Lassen Chapter
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – North Coast Chapter
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Redbud Chapter
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Sacramento Valley Chapter
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Shasta Chapter
  • The Chico State Herbarium
  • College of Natural Sciences, California State University, Chico
  • Department of Biologica Sciences, California State University, Chico
  • Friends of the Chico State Herbarium
  • Garcia and Associates (GANDA)
  • Halkard Mackay
  • Hedgerow Farms, Inc.
  • Klamath National Forest
  • Lawrence Janeway
  • Linnea Hanson
  • Madrone Ecological Consulting
  • Nomad Ecology
  • Ray Collett Trust
  • Robert A. Schlising
  • Sierra Pacific Foundation
  • Stantec Consulting Services
  • Stillwater Sciences
  • The University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley
  • Westervelt Ecological Services
  • WRA, Inc.