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California Native Plant Society - Orange County

Chapter Meeting: May 2015

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Native Uses of Plants Through Time

Speaker: Jeannine Pederson

Date: May 21, 2015 (doors open 6:45 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)

Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)

Archaeology is often associated with the discovery of huge tombs, glorious temples and impressive palaces. Yet it is in the discovery and examination of smaller things that we learn the most about civilizations past. In fact the recovery, identification, and interpretation of materials left behind by those living here in Orange County can tell us much about their uses of native plants over the years. After all, people have taken from and tended the land in Southern California for more than 12,000 years, and our native plants were used for food, medicine, to make tools, shelter and clothing. Join us for a fast moving lecture eploring the many different uses of local plants by the native Americans of our region, through an examination of the artifacts left behind over decade and centuries.

Jeannine PedersenJeannine PedersenJeannine Pederson is the Associate Curator for Archaeology at the Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center while also serving as a part-time faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at California State University Fullerton.

Jeannine received her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Anthropology from Marquette University and continued her studies at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL where she received a Master’s Degree in History and Museum Studies. Jeannine's primary passion is the care, study and interpretation of historical and archaeological artifacts and for the past 18 years she has worked in museums, historical agencies and archaeological repositories. She served as the Curator of the Catalina Island Museum for twelve years and has authored four books and numerous articles for local newspapers and websites.

Conservation Report: March/April 2015

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BANNING RANCH:  The California Coastal Commission is bringing an enforcement action against Banning Ranch’s landowners for unpermitted habitat destruction an oil field activity. The matter is expected to be heard at the Commission’s March 11-13 meeting in Chula Vista.

ACTION NOW: Especially if you live in Newport Beach or Costa Mesa, contact for the exact date, time, and location, and plan to attend. A large turnout will tell the Commissioners that the public doesn't want massive development on Banning Ranch.

1. Madrona Litigation:
Hills For Everyone's et al (which includes CNPS) opening brief was filed with OC Superior Court on Dec 22, 2014. Brea/Madrona's reply brief was issued Feb. 12; our reply to their reply is due March 16. Oral arguments are tentatively scheduled for July 10th; stay tuned to

2. Esperanza:
This project is in unincorporated land near Yorba Linda, so the County of Orange governs its land-use decisions. The OC Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the project on Jan. 14. The project is scheduled before the OC Board of Supervisors, March 10 at 9:30 AM. More info:


Native Gardener's Corner: March/April 2015

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Native Gardener’s Corner—Members’ Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

This column is a regular newsletter feature offering chapter members and local experts a chance to briefly share information on many things related to gardening with natives.Answers listed in order received.

Our question for this Newsletter is:

“How do you control snails and slugs in your garden (and other chewing, slurping critters) or do you find the need?”

Ed Kimball - “I use decomposed granite for mulch and snails seem to avoid it.”

Nancy Harris - “Don't need to control as I think an opossum lives under our front deck and cleans up every night. Love the critters. Ducks will also eat snails, but they can be very messy if you get what I'm saying!”

Ron Vanderhoff - “I haven’t seen a snail or slug in years. I’m a big believer that where these fellows are a problem the garden is almost always being overwatered. I have a theory that water conservation and snail/slug counts have an inverse relationship.”

Laura Camp - “No snails or slugs in my garden since I planted natives and stopped watering!”


2015 Field Trips

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Almost all field trips are free and open to all, but read the trip outlines to be sure they fit your needs and physical abilities. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, appropriate trail shoes, a camera, a notepad and lots of enthusiasm. A copy of the recently published Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mts. by Robert Allen and Fred Roberts is also very helpful. If you have other field trip suggestions or would like to lead or assist with a field trip, we would love to hear from you. Please email

Important – always check this website for current trip information.

Rain cancels – check this website after 7 pm the evening before the trip for final weather and trip updates.

   Upcoming trips (click on a trip to expand entry and see details). Past trips are at the end:


Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains

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Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains
Robert L. Allen and Fred M. Roberts, Jr

Paperback, 500 pages

Laguna Wilderness Press, July 2013

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