These are exciting times, and there’s a lot going on. Pollinators are plummeting in numbers but gardeners are responding by planting thousands of native plants. “New normal” fire regimes are combining with forestry management issues. CNPS and others are taking on more conservation issues, at more scales, in more places than ever before. All of this is of course occurring amidst a backdrop of demographic and cultural change, rapid advancement of scientific and technical abilities and increasingly volatile (both good and bad) politics.
Dan will talk about the urgency and opportunity for real action that can bring rapid and enduring improvements. Topics will include updates on the ambitious new California Biodiversity Initiative and the “Habitat Revolution” now underway. Most of all, Dan will talk about his role as CNPS Executive Director and give thanks for all who make it possible: partners and supporters, legacy donors and of course the volunteers who are accomplishing miracles large and small.
Dan Gluesenkamp is the Executive Director of CNPS; previously he was E.D. of Calflora and Director of Habitat Protection and Restoration for Audubon Canyon Ranch’s thirty preserves. A co-founder of the California Invasive Plant Council and of the Bay Area Early Detection Network (BAEDN), in 2009 Dan discovered a presumed-extinct Franciscan manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana) growing on a traffic island at the Golden Gate Bridge.
The evening begins at 6pm with our annual potluck. Bring your favorite dish, whether it be a salad, main dish, dessert or beverage; it always works out that we have just the right amount of everything! A label identifying your dish will be helpful. Be sure to bring a plate, drinking glass, and eating utensils for yourself, as well as a bag in which to take home unwashed dishes.
CNPS general meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact us at email@example.com
or the Chapter phone at (650) 260-3450.