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California Native Plant Society Field Trip

The Shasta chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is having a Field Trip on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at Turtle Bay’s Native Plant Garden. They will take an easy 2 to 3 mile loop around the Redding Arboretum and then finish up with a walk through Turtle Bay’s California Native Plant Garden.

This walk will provide another lesson in identifying native plants without their familiar flowers or leaves, looking at habitat, growth patterns, remaining fruits, bark and buds. Walk leader David Ledger will give members a list of common plants in the Arboretum.

Meet in front of the parking lot behind the Redding Civic Auditorium at the entrance to the Sundial Bridge and Turtle Bay Museum at 9:30 a.m. For more information contact dledger@ sbcglobal.net or 530/355-8542.

Then on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 6 p.m. Redding residents are being asked to help protect Redding’s rarest plant (Sulphur Creek Brodiaea). Then the Redding City Council will meet to approve a renewal of The Vistas Phases II & III tentative tract map. The Vistas TT map was issued in 2000 when an original plant survey was done, but this was before Sulphur Creek Brodiaea (Brodiaea matsonii) was known to science – it was not officially named until 2010 when it was recognized as a distinct species. Sulphur Creek Brodiaea grows in only one place in the world and that is in the floodplain of upper Sulphur Creek in Redding California.  It is rated as rare by CNPS with a 1B.1 classification, its rarest plant ranking.

CEQA law requires a new environmental study before renewing a subdivision permit when significant new information is discovered. David Ledger of CNPS opposes this renewal until it can be determined that the plant will not be threatened by the subdivision.  Finding one of the rarest plants in California near the subdivision is significant new information and per CEQA the renewal of the permit should be denied  The plant has been found immediately upstream of the subdivision, however until a study is done, it is unknown if the plan is in the streambed next to it.

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