Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Treasure Hunt Chapter Awards

In the San Gabriel Mtns near the Lily Springs study area (photo by Stacey Hoopes)

The winner of the Grand Prize for CNPS chapter with the most rare plant occurrences found and updated and hours logged is the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter. As a part of their continuing Lily Springs project they documented many populations and put in hundreds of hours. Thank you to all participants including Jane Strong, Jane Tirrell, Graham Bothwell, and Walt Fidler.

The 2nd place chapter award goes to the San Diego Chapter. They recorded many rare plant occurrences on the coastal dunes of San Diego County, including over 700,000 rare Coastal woollyheads, Brand’s phacelia, Nuttal’s lotus and Robinson’s pepper-grass plants. Special thanks to the trip organizer and leader, Frank Landis.

3rd place goes to the Mount Lassen Chapter, which organized two chapter-wide Rare Plant Treasure Hunt field trips. Members of the chapter also led several trips in small groups, collecting data on nine different rare plants. And thanks to Ron Coley for his work organizing and planning trips.

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