Date: Thursday, December 21, 2017: It’s Your Turn! (doors open 6:45 pm, program starts at 7:30 pm)
Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)
On this evening we turn the mike and the screen over to you, our audience. This is your chance to share a favorite flower, voyage, habitat, experience—what ever you can relate even remotely to native plants—locally or anywhere in the world!
Five minutes is the limit so that everyone who wants a turn gets a turn. So go through the year’s adventures and prepare for your FIVE minutes of fame.
Our tech master has a lot of instructions about how to prepare your presentation for our equipment. Please visit the newsletter on our website for those details if in doubt.
Following a long-standing tradition, our board members will provide a festive spread on the hospitality table. If you would like to share something tasty, you are welcome to bring it along.
ALISO CREEK: Two projects, intended to improve two segments of lower Aliso Creek, have recently been proposed:
1. The Army Corps of Engineers and OC Public Works Department have released the Draft EIS/EIR for the proposed Aliso Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project. This project has been several years in the planning. The EIS/EIR can be downloaded: http://www.spl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Projects-Studies/Aliso-Creek-Study/. Comments deadline is November 13.
The project covers the creek’s five miles within Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, plus another two miles upstream to Pacific Park Drive. The project’s primary purpose is to restore the creek bed to a more natural profile. To that end, several changes in infrastructure are called for in the project area.
In particular, in the segment within the park in which the channel is deeply eroded, the plan calls for filling the channel bottom and lowering its sides to restore the floodplain and its functions. This will allow healthy riparian habitat to be restored along what now is a barren, vertical-sided, mile-plus-long, 25-foot deep gully. Such work will need to be done with heavy machinery, making it probably the most controversial part of the project.
2. A plan to restore the 7-acre estuary at the mouth of Aliso Creek has been proposed by the Laguna Ocean Foundation. The plan would remove most of the parking lot that is now on the inland side of Coast Highway at Aliso Beach, and the channelization that was done long ago. That will allow restoration and enlargement of the wetlands, and their aboriginal environmental functioning. The Foundation’s website has a thorough discussion of the project’s purpose and goals: https://www.lagunaoceanfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Aliso_Creek_Estuary_Restoration_Public_Meeting.pdf.
OCCNPS supports the principle of restoring the creek to a more natural, functioning habitat. We are still studying these proposals to see if they are likely to fulfill that principle.
Native Gardener’s Corner - Member’s 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.
The request for this edition is: “Of course we all love Tree of Life Nursery, but what are your favorite mail-order seed, bulb, or plant nurseries/companies for native plants? What are their specialties?”
John Gossett - “I like the store at TheodorePayne.org for its wide selection of seeds of specific flowers. You can find seed packets of several varieties of California Poppy, for example, which lets me make color patterns in the yard. Well, at least the first year—after that the plants scatter their seeds and they decide where they want to be. Humiliating: they do a better job!”
Rama Nayeri - “My favorite is S&S Seeds. They have options a plenty.”
Sima Bernstein - “Theodore Payne in Sun Valley CA. Great group very dedicated to the cause. Wonderful seed selection.”
Dan Songster - “For bulbs I like Brent and Becky’s bulbs. They are back in Virginia but do have several native bulbs at reasonable prices. Seeds: I know local is best but Larner Seeds up in Bolinas is wonderful and Judith Larner Lowry is the author of several of my favorite “philosophical” native gardening books. Plants: if I can get up north the weekend plant sales at Tilden Botanic Garden in Berkeley are nice but for fun, Annie’s Annuals is great place to peruse the online catalog even if I seldom have anything shipped down from their bay area location. More local? Theodore Payne is good too for almost everything. Cool tee - shirts too.”
Our question for the next newsletter is: “Which native culinary plants and edibles are your favorites?” Email your responses to Dan Songster at . Keep replies brief so we can include most of the responses!
Congratulations to Marlee Antill, James Bailey, Rebecca Crow, Hailey Laskey, and Wilnelia Ricart, winners of our 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference Student Travel Grant! We look forward to seeing them at the Conference next February.