Research and Conservation of Northern California’s Vegetation Communities
Northern California Botanists hosted their 9th botanical symposium on January 14-15, 2019 on the campus of California State University in Chico. An optional workshop was held on Wednesday, January 16. A 2-day schedule of presentations by working botanists includes 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.
Congratulations to our Student Poster Winners!
- Co-First Place: Emily Brodie, University of California, Davis
- Co-First Place: Jackie Shay, University of California, Merced
- Third Place: Lillie Pennington, University of California, Merced
Thank you to Steve Rosenthal of the CNPS Santa Clara Chapter, for recording the Symposium presentations. You can view many of the presentations by clicking on the title of talk below or visiting the CNPS - SCV YouTube Channel.
Session 1: Vegetation Mapping and Monitoring - Tools for Protection. Session Chair: Teresa Sholars, Professor Emeritus, College of the Redwoods and DKY Chapter, CNPS
- Using vegetation classification and mapping to demystify and protect the Pygmy Forest Ecosystem of Mendocino and Sonoma counties. Teresa Sholars, Professor Emeritus, College of the Redwoods and Jennifer Garrison, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Vegetation in environmental review. Julie M. Evens, California Native Plant Society and Diana Hickson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
- A living map for a changing landscape - fine-scale vegetation and habitat mapping in Sonoma County, California. Mark Tukman, Tukman Geospatial
Session 2: The Importance of Herbaria for Research, Management, and Conservation. Session Chair: Julie Kierstead, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
- The cultural significance of herbaria, past and present. Alison Colwell, University and Jepson Herbaria
- Establishing and digitizing "small" herbaria. Len Lindstrand III, Sierra Pacific Industries
- Upcoming changes in the Consortium of California Herbaria. Jason Alexander, University and Jepson Herbaria
Session 3: Vegetation Response to Fire. Session Chair: Jane Van Susteren, California Department of Water Resources
- Five years of post-fire research in North and Central Coast Range chaparral: Lessons learned and future goals. Heath Bartosh and Brian Peterson, Nomad Ecology
- Emerging from the ashes: How fire-shaped communities are responding to the 2017 Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County, California. Michelle Halbur, Pepperwood Preserve
Session 4: Challenges and Solutions for Conserving Cryptic Diversity. Session Chair: Jason Sexton, University of California, Merced
- Practical guidlines for detecting and conserving cryptic species. Teresa Sholars, Professor Emeritus, College of the Redwoods
- Morphologically cryptic species in Downingia (Campanulaceae). Lisa Schultheis, Foothill College
- The challenge of defining specis in young lineages: a case study in the Castilleja pilosa species complex. Sarah Jacobs, University of California, Los Angeles
- Biodiversity assessment and conservation without species. Brent Mishler, University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley
Session 5: Lightning Talks. Session Chair: Jenn Yost, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
- California Biodiversity Initiative. Dan Gluesenkamp, California Native Plant Society
- Collaborative study of rare Penstemon personatus. Kirsten Bovee
- Remote sensing capabilities for vegetation mapping. Rob Thoms, Stillwater Sciences
- (CaPR) Seed banking the California flora. Naomi Fraga, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
- Expansion of hazelnut scrub into Humboldt and Mendocino counties. Adam Canter, Wiyot Tribe Natural Resources Department
Keynote Address: Growing up as an ecologist in Northern California. Todd Keeler-Wolf, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Session 7: Native Plant Conservation. Session Chair: Clare Golec, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, retired
- The role of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in native plant conservation. Cherilyn Burton, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Role of CNPS and California Natural Diversity Database in rare plant conservation. Aaron Sims, California Native Plant Society
- Conservation botany from 30,000 feet: An ecosystem based approach to riparian restoration, keeping common species common, and recovering rare one. Gordon Leppig, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Restoring a population of Applegate's milkvetch (Astragalus applegatei): lessons learned for conservation. Kerry Byrne, Humboldt State University
Session 8: New Discoveries. Session Chair: Jane Van Susteren, California Department of Water Resources
- Castle Crags sedge, a rare plant hiding in plain sight. Dana York, Caltrans
- Discoveries within the Lomatium caruifolium complex - Diversity and patterns of speciation within differing geologic zones. Kevin Mason, Carex Working Group
- Lomatium mysteries - Understanding species and subspecies. Barbara Wilson, Carex Working Group
- California's rarest conifer - Yellow-cedar (Callitropsis nootkatensis). Michael Kauffmann, California Native Plant Society.
Session 9: Now the Good News. Session Chair: Daria Snider, Madrone Ecological Consulting
- Pleuropogon hooverianus relocation and rehabilitation: the Willits Bypass meets a rare grass. Geri Hulse-Stephens, Consulting Botanist
- Liberating form and function: Rehabilitation of a coastal dune system. Renee Pasquinelli, California Native Plant Society and Peter Warner, Consulting Botanist
- Introduction and reintroduction as an aid to species recovery. Carol Witham, Consulting Botanist
Below are links to many of the posters presented at the symposium. Poster abstracts can be found in the Symposium Program starting on Page 22, listed alphabetically by presenting author name.
- Mapping Traits of Three Perennial Grasses in the Northeastern Californian Desert. Agneray, A., T. Parchman, and E.Leger
- Mapping Rare Plant Hotspot Clusters in the Nine Bay Area Counties. Alford, E.R.
- Comparing Planting Methods of Stipa pulchra (Purple Needlegrass) in Competition with Centaurea solstitialis (Yellow Starthistle). Bamford, M.J. and K. Schierenbeck
- Seed Germination and Viability Studies on Ivesia webberi A. Gray. Borokini, T.I. and M.M. Peacock
- Rare Vanilla Grass (Anthoxanthum nitens) Expands Following Overstory Removal. Bovee, K.
- Can Herbicide Treatments of Cheatgrass Enhance Rare Susanville Beardtongue (Penstemon sudans) Occurrences? Bovee, K. and A. Sanger
- Patterns of Post-fire Diversity and Regeneration in Subalpine Forest of the Sierra Nevada. Brodie, E. and H. Safford
- Understanding Sweet Trophic Interactions between Quercus lobata and Disholcaspis eldoradensis. Gilberti, D. and C.T. Ivey
- Life History of Cirsium hydrophilum var. hydrophilum (Asteraceae), a Federally Endangered Tidal Wetland Species. Graham-Bruno, R., M. Stickrod, and V.T. Parker
- N-Parasitism and Water Use Efficiency in Castilleja applegatei, a Root Hemi-parasite. Haynes, A.
- Mapping Vegetation on the Wildland Urban Interface: An Oakland Case Study. Hunter, R., K. Schwarz, and S. Eckardt
- The Repsonse of Rare Natural Communities and Special-status Plants to fire in Mendocino and Lake Counties. Jurjavcic, N.L., M.E. Keever, K.M. Rodriguez, and A.G. Merrill
- Novel Approaches to Vegetation Mapping in Muddy Places: Take to the Air! Keever, M.E., R.J. Thoms, K.M. Rodriguez, C.S. Lyle, and G.T. Leverich
- Measuring and Monitoring the Vegetation of the Scott Creek Marsh. Kenny, R., S. Farrow, T. Buchloh, C. Doiron, J. Yost, and M. Ritter
- Can Function Traits Improve Grassland Restoration? Luong, J.C., M.E. Loik, K.D. Holl, and K. Kay
- Life in the Slow Lane by Dicentra uniflora (Papaveraceae): Can a Slow-Growing Ephemeral Geophyte Help Monitor Global Warming? Mackey, H.E., Jr.
- Steer's-head (Dicentra uniflora, Papaveraceae): Fate of the Flowers in 2018. Schlising, R.A.
- Mismatch Managed? Strategies for Buffering the Impacts of Phenology Shifts. Olliff Yang, R.L., T. Gardali, and D. Ackerly
- Regional Conservation Investment Strategies Program: A New Conservation Tool. Olson, A., S. Lucas, and R. Unger
- Survival in a Drier World: A Study of Rapid Adaptation in Response to Drought in the Sierra Nevada Endemic Forb, Erythranthe laciniatus. Pennington, L.K., E. Dickman, and J. Sexton
- Plant Genotypic and Leaf Phenological Effects on Selection of Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) Host by Galling Cynipidae (Hymenoptera) Wasp Species. Raether, C. and C.T. Ivey
- Variation in leaf shape in a Quercus lobata common garden: tests for adaptation to climate and physiological responses. Ramirez, H. and C.T. Ivey
- A Study of Landscape-level Habitat Relationships between Birds and Vegetation on the Modoc Plateau. Keeler-Wolf, T., J. Ratchford, R. boul, d. Hickson, R. Yacoub, B. Furnas, and M. Gogol-Prokurat
- Bird Nests as Botanical Time Capsules for Lost Habitats. Rinkert, A. and J. Whittall
- Re-setting the Successional Clock: Does Woody Vegetation Removal Restore Early Successional Habitat within a Coastal Fen? Saler, J.
- Captive Propagation and Reintroduction of Large-flowered Fiddleneck (Amsinckia grandiflora) in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Joaquin Counties, California. Schweitzter, J., H. Forbes, and R. Raiche
- Anchored in Time -- Confronting a Cytoplasmic Assault and the Origin of a Sierran Tetraploid Manzanita. Serkanic, S. and V.T. Parker
- Endophyte Community Shifts in Response to Drought in Monkeyflowers (Erythranthe laciniata) Grown in Native Soil. Shay, J.E., L. Brooks, M. Kaze, a.C. Frank, J.P. Sexton, and M. Sistrom
- Modeling the Risk for Phytophthora ramorum with an Anthropogenic Focus in Northern California. Thornton, A.
- Using an eDNA Approach to Quantify Biodiversity in California Vernal Pool Plant Communities. Toews, D., D. Ruiz Ramos, M. Stephens, and J. Sexton
- Plant Recovery Trajectory in the Southwestern Cascade Foothills. Weinberger, H.S. and K.M. Kaczynski
- Sedges of Marin County: A Digital Guide. Wrubel, E. and T. Jones
- Mapping Dead and Dying Trees in Declining Bishop Pine (Pinus muricata) Forest at the Sea Ranch. Richmond, M., S. Gillespie, and S. Yarger
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 Mackey
- 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.