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California Native Plant Society

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) was formed in 1965 in the East Bay region. Today it is a statewide organization with thirty-three chapters. The East Bay Chapter covers Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The state organization and the local chapters work together to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations.

Donations in support of the activities of the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society in pursuit of its mission are much appreciated.

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Calendar of Chapter Events

Field Trips

Field Trips Saturday, June 13, 2015, 9:45 AM to 2:15 PM: Redwood Regional Park, sedges, ferns, Manzanitas, violets. Meet at the Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland. Join Gregg Weber to see five species of sedge. Learn some basics of sedge ID. A copy of Field Guide to Intermountain Sedges and the key from the 2012 Jepson Manual will be available for reference. We…



Restoration The Huckleberry Park restoration crew will meet at the Huckleberry parking lot at 9:30 am on the 2nd Saturday in both July and August. For more information about this and other CNPS East Bay Chapter events visit http://www.meetup.com/ebcnps/  The Sibley Park crew will meet at 9:00 am on the 3d Sunday in both July and August.  Join Friends of Albany Hill on the last Saturday of each…

Native Here Nursery

Your resource for plants that grow naturally in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Native Here Nursery is on Facebook.

Conservation Blog
July 6th
On June 29th, EBCNPS submitted a comment letter in response to the Preliminary General Plan and accompanying Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area in Eastern Alameda County. This letter is a major step in a mul…
June 17th
The Oakland Zoo recently submitted a request to the City of Oakland for a permit to kill 57 heritage Oaks and other native trees in Knowland Park.  Many many more trees that don’t require a permit to kill will be taken out, and the Zoo acknowledges …
June 16th
We need your help now to SAVE Tesla Park! This is your inspiration… Please email your comments on the Carnegie SVRA Preliminary General Plan/Draft EIR (General Plan /DEIR) before the June 29, 2015 deadline. Your comments can be emailed to CarnegieDEIRcomm…

Click here for the July-August 2015 issue of the East Bay Chapter newsletter, the Bay Leaf, in html format.

Position open
Nursery Manager, Native Here Nursery

East Bay Chapter, California Native Plant Society

Organization:   Native Here Nursery, East Bay Chapter, California Native Plant Society 101 Golf Course Drive, Berkeley, Ca. 94708

 Background: Native Here Nursery (NHN) is a project of the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EBCNPS). EBCNPS is a chapter of CNPS, a non-profit 501(c3) organization. Founded in 1994, NHN is dedicated to growing plants propagated from materials collected in Alameda and Contra Costa counties for restoration and gardening projects. NHN is a premier nursery in the area devoted to  local native flora. Conservation and restoration are at the heart of Native Here’s mission, and the nursery depends on experienced and talented volunteers to operate efficiently.  NHN also contributes to the broader community education mission of EBCNPS through a variety of programs.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage all nursery operations and maintain structures and grounds

  • Oversee recruitment and supervision of volunteers and any additional staff

  • Provide excellent customer service in line with the EBCNPS mission

  • Plan for and work with volunteers to produce plants for retail customers, restoration efforts, and public agencies

  • Maintain healthy plants and nursery infrastructure

  • Work with volunteers to plan and organize annual plant sales and events

  • Secure all permits and agreements for operating the nursery and collecting activities

  • Oversee nursery’s finances, including bill payment, preparation of financial statements, and management of insurance and credit card arrangements

  • Maintain nursery’s outreach, including Facebook, Meet-up, and other publicity opportunities

  • Nurture relationships with the EBRPD, State Parks, and other governmental and local municipalities, and with restoration contractors and groups concerned with native plant preservation and propagation

  • Communicate effectively on a regular basis with chapter board and membership through both oral and written channels

  • Contribute to broader goals of EBCNPS through outreach, communication, special events and development of new programs


  • Passionate about local native plants

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently to complete tasks and meet deadlines

  • Enjoy working with people and plants

  • Skilled in interpersonal relationships and both oral and written communication

  • Have a working knowledge of computer skills for word processing, database and spreadsheets

  • Physically able to work outdoors, with uneven terrain, also including lifting and moving plants and nursery tools.

Desirable Skills/Qualifications:

  • Experienced in seeking contracts for restoration activities

  • Experienced in managing and coordinating volunteers

  • Skilled at using social media, including Meet-Up and Facebook

  • Degree in a related field of study or two years work experience in the field

Compensation and Benefits:

This is an hourly staff position, 20 hours per week. The rate of pay is $16-$20 per hour, based on qualifications and experience. Workers’ Compensation Insurance and a benefits package including health care are provided. The start date is as early as July 1, 2015, but is negotiable depending on candidate availability.

Reports to:

President, EBCNPS Board of Directors

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to spduckle@uci.edu. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled.

 The California Native Plant Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Conservation Analyst Fund

Please support our Conservation Analyst by making a generous donation!  Click on the  Paypal button above or mail a check made out to “CNPS” to: East Bay Chapter CNPS,  PO Box 5597, Elmwood Station, Berkeley CA 94705.

Mack Casterman, East Bay Chapter Conservation Analyst

Conservation Analyst Appeal Underway!  Tenth Anniversary!

Below are ten plus actions by our Conservation Analyst, Mack Casterman, to protect our local native plants—just a sample of what he has done for us so far this last year.

1.  Organizes and runs meetings of the East Bay Chapter’s Conservation Committee
2.  Edits the East Bay Chapter’s Conservation Blog
3.  Represents EBCNPS at public meetings and various committees

Many letters written:
4.  to oppose the Creekside Cemetery proposal, sited within our Tassajara Botanical Priority Protection Area, that would deplete scarce water resources, fragment rare wildlife habitat and destroy rare plants  
5.  to keep Tesla Park in the East Bay Regional Park District's Master Plan, and to alert the City of Livermore, the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors about State Park's plans to develop OHV recreation on Tesla Park (Corral Hollow Botanical Priority Protection Area).
6.  to City of Oakland regarding policy recommendations and best practices for fuels management in the Oakland Hills
7.  to Dublin City Council and active petitioning for Dublin Open Space Initiative (Dublin Urban Limit Line),resulting in the initiative being unanimously adopted by Dublin City Council
8. to regulatory agencies concerning Oakland Zoo’s proposed mitigations at Knowland Park
9.  to planners of the Richmond Bay Campus opposing plans to destroy the rare Coastal Prairie
10.  concerning FEMA Fuels Management to East Bay Regional Park District  
11. to Pt Molate Community Advisory Board and Richmond City Council,  attended South Richmond Plan Study Session
12.  Attended forum on revitalizing Contra Costa’s Northern Waterfront in Antioch—i.e.  development along 50 miles of northern shoreline
13.  Attended Leona Creek Cleanup Scoping Meeting and commented on project's environmental review.

Guidebook to the Botanical Priority Protection Areas of the East Bay is now available online.  Click here to access this marvelous resource, which includes a beautiful interactive map.

Rescue Tesla Park's natural treasures



Buttercups (Ranunculus californicus) in Tesla Park.  Photo by Mack Casterman.

Friends of Tesla Park

Visit the Friends of Tesla Park web site, to learn more about the Friends' efforts to prevent  destruction of 3,400 acres of eastern Alameda County native habitat, and to get involved. 

As a Friend, EBCNPS supports establishing Tesla Park as a non-motorized low impact historic  and natural resource park and preserve. Read more

Save Knowland Park


A bird’s eye view of the Oakland Zoo’s proposed expansion site at Knowland Park – note the rare maritime chaparral in the right side of the picture. Photo copyright, Steve Whittaker

Your help is needed to save Oakland’s largest city park – Knowland Park – from an unnecessary and destructive zoo expansion project! Despite pleas by a wide range of conservation groups to modify their project, Oakland Zoo executives have pushed forward with plans to bulldoze and build on rare wildlife and plant habitat, putting in danger threatened species like the Alameda Whipsnake, and the wide variety of wildlife that call Knowland Park home. Knowland Park is a critical piece of EBCNPS’s “Foothills of South Oakland” Botanical Priority Protection Area due to its acres of remnant native grasslands as well as a stand of rare maritime chaparral. Both habitats will be heavily impacted by the Zoo’s proposed development plan.To follow along with our work to save Knowland Park, please “like” us on Facebook and share this info with your firends and neighbors. You can also visit the Knowland Park Coalition website at saveknowland.org for up to date reporting on the ongoing efforts to gain permanent protection for this wonderful park. Knowland Park has been referred to as Oakland’s best kept secret, but we are hopeful that with your help it won’t stay a secret much longer.



The East Bay Chapter of CNPS wants to keep track of rare and endemic native plants and plant communities in the East Bay. Within our catalogue of native plant species there is an abundance of rarity: from Mount Diablo endemics to Pleistocene relicts; narrowly distributed taxa to peripheral populations; and species that have suffered extirpations from changes in vegetation composition resulting from the introduction of non-native plant species or directly from human development. Based on the CNPS Inventory of Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Plants of California, a total of 127 of these plant species are currently known from our Chapter area. These species are separated into five categories of rarity:

Read more about the EBCNPS Rare Plant Program referred to in the poster above.

The video above explains how to use Meetup.com to find out about and participate in the actiivities of the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

Click here for beautiful pictures of flowers and wildlife in the Mojave and Colorado deserts.

The flower in the banner at the top of the page is that of Grindelia hirsutula. Photo by Janice Bray.

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