Native Plant Workshop

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A workshop focusing on the importance of native plants and good selections for local gardens is planned for Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Resort Improvement District, 9126 Shelter Cove Rd., Shelter Cove.

The free event includes talks, information displays, a plant identification walk, a Pampas grass pulling outing, activities for children and native plant sales.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. James P. Smith, professor emeritus in botany from Humboldt State University, who will discuss his new book,”Field Guide to Grasses of California.”
  • Cheryl Lisin, a local landscape designer, who will discuss 10 excellent native plants for local gardens. Lisin is the author of native plant articles that have appeared in the Redwood Times and Redheaded Blackbelt.
  • Monica Scholey, an environmental education teacher, who will discuss the effects of invasive plants and lead a Pampas grass pull. Scholey runs the Mattole Restoration Council’s native plant nursery.

The schedule of events:

  • 10 a.m.: Bureau of Land Management Phenology Project – Leisyka Parrott
  • 10:20: Ten Great Natives for the Garden – Cheryl Lisin
  • 11:15: Invasives awareness campaign launch
  • 11:30: Invasive weed talk and Pampas Grass Pull – Monica Scholey
  • 12:45 p.m.: All about the California Native Plant society
  • 1 p.m.: Grasses in California – James P Smith
  • 2 p.m.: Plant Identification walk along Shelter Cove’s upper nature trail – Pete Haggard

Plant sales, information tables and activities for children will be ongoing throughout the day.

The event is sponsored by the Lost Coast Interpretive Association, the BLM King Range National Conservation Area, North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, Shelter Cove RID, Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation and the Mattole Restoration Council.

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  • I wish that I had the time to attend these workshops, they sound interesting. With the whole world becoming one place due to modern transportation, invasive species are becoming impossible to control. I would imagine the most invasive of the species was when the white man showed up. With what has happened to the north coast since their arrival has been no less than phenomenal. Disastrous in many ways, and absolutely wonderful in others. The Himalaya blackberry being one of my favorite invasive species. I sincerely hope they don’t find a way to eliminate them.

    The world population was moved from 2.5 billion people in the 50’s to over 7.5 billion people today. The estimated sustainable population is around 2 to 2.5 billion. ( )
    There is absolutely no chance of changing human nature, we are hell bent to make babies, and nobody is going to tell us to stop, and tell us enough is enough. There is no sign on the horizon that we will quit. We just love making babies! However…

    In view of the fact that we have our own favorite invasive species and we won’t stop, or even slow down making babies, we need to come up with a plan to deal with who we are. Our atmosphere is polluted in many ways, as everyone knows. Our oceans are polluted, our streams and rivers are polluted. Our lands are polluted and drying up from lack of fresh water. So…. what’s the plan.

    I plan to make it out of this world while it’s still nice, so I guess it’s up to the millenials now. If it is really “all about them”, like some of them think, they had better start thinking about fixing “their” world. I’m thinking a nature walk and study would be a good place to start. See what we are losing and changing. Then make a plan to save your world. Good Luck.

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