General Meeting
January 14, 2019
Plant Keying Session 5:30 pm
Meeting 7:30 pm

To be decided

Meeting Location:
UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz

The club meets on the second Monday,
every other month

Field Trip Events

Saturday, December 1, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Hike to Chalk Mountain with Deanna Giuliano

Habitat Restoration Events

January 5 --- 10 am to 1 pm
Venue to be determined

January 12 --- 10 am to 1 pm
Venue to be determined

Habitat Restoration Team

We are a volunteer group working to restore native habitat in the parks and protected lands in Santa Cruz County. Our program provides an opportunity for people to learn about the natural systems that surround them while helping to restore special and wild places. No prior work experience is necessary, just show up at the park.

We welcome individual volunteers from 8 to 80 years, as well as special group projects. Wear comfortable layered clothing, bring something to drink, and lots of enthusiasm! We work rain or shine, but if things get particularly unpleasant, we call it a day. Tools provided; bring gloves.

Contact: Program Leader, Linda Brodman 831.462.4041,

Stop the Alien Invasion
Volunteers Work to Remove Harmful, Non-native Plants

It was 10 a.m. and spitting rain when the volunteers emerged from the warmth of their cars at Wilder Ranch State Park on a cool Saturday in November. They had a job to do: tear out fistfuls of the fleshy, blade-shaped ice plant.

Native Plant Propagation Group

Our chapter has an active plant propagation group that meets monthly. We grow plants for the twice-yearly plant sales.
For more details, go to our Horticulture page.

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Statewide CNPS Chapter Newsletters

At the link below you will find a clickable chapter map which lets you access the latest newsletter from each CNPS chapter.
Check it out: Chapter Map

Arana Gulch Habitat Management Plan
City of Santa Cruz
Year 4 (2017) Annual Report (Final)

This monitoring report evaluates the City's progress implementing the Arana Gulch Habitat Management Plan (HMP). The HMP guides the long-term restoration of the 67 acre Arana Gulch Open Space. The plan provides management goals and objectives to enhance three specific management areas: Hagemann Gulch Riparian Woodland Management Area, Arana Creek Wetland and Riparian Management Area and the Coastal Prairie/Tarplant Management Area.

The purpose of this annual report is to describe the current condition of the Arana Gulch habitat areas, evaluate the performance of each area in relation to the interim performance standards outlined in the HMP and included in the CDP, and provide management recommendations for the following year to ensure progress toward and achievement of success criteria. In Year 3 (2016), the City continued to focus on improving the habitat of the Santa Cruz tarplant (SCT), a federally Threatened and a California State Endangered species.

Goal 1: Maintain a viable Santa Cruz tarplant (SCT) population at Arana Gulch.
Goal 2: Reintroduce grazing to restore a disturbance regime that maintains functioning coastal prairie.
Goal 3: Minimize the detrimental effects of high non-native plant cover and restore coastal prairie species diversity and habitat function.
Goal 4: Maintain a genetically and demographically viable soil seed bank in perpetuity.

Click here to review the Arana Gulch HMP Year 4 2017 Annual Report
Here is a link to the Report Appendices

Welcome to Santa Cruz County CNPS

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. CNPS seek to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to preserve them in their natural habitat through scientific activities, education, and conservation.

The chapter meets every other month on the second Monday of the month at the University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum Horticulture Building, located at 1156 High Street. Directions can be found here.

The chapter welcomes all-from the botanists and defenders of the environment to the casual nature lover. Contact any Board Member to find out about the organization. Attend a meeting-you will learn something new!

California Native Plant Society - Santa Cruz County Chapter
P. O. Box 1622
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Randall Morgan
November 7, 1947 – June 6, 2017

Randall Morgan

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Randy Morgan, founding member of our chapter, past president, and CNPS Fellow.

Many people have fond memories of Randy, and we are sharing some of them here. Also, see our July August 2017 Newsletter for more information.

The Randall Morgan Collections and Santa Cruz Natural History Initiative was developed in consultation with Morgan himself in spring 2017. The Initiative aims to honor, preserve, and build upon the legacy of Morgan's own projects and collections.

Randy requested that those who wanted to honor his memory do so in the form of a donation to this initiative. Our chapter board voted to donate $1,000. We encourage CNPS members to donate, and match our contribution.

To contribute online go to the Norris Center web site, find the "Support the Randall Morgan Collections" paragraph and click the "Make a donation online" link. This will take you to online donation form, prefilled with the designation "Morgan Insect Collection."

To contribute by check: Make your check out to UCSC Foundation and in the memo section add Randall Morgan Initiative.

Send your check to:
Ken Norris Center for Natural History
UCSC ENVS 1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

A Sprinkling of Randy Morgan's Major Achievements
(in his own words)

Randall Morgan

Fellow of the California Native Plant Society; founding member and past president of Santa Cruz County chapter.

Research associate, Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History (SCCMNH) (and employed as taxidermist for SCCMNH ca. 1962-1970).

Publication of An Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Santa Cruz County (2005).

Discovered many previously unknown or unrecognized plant and insect species, nearly all in California (e.g. Ohlone tiger beetle, Sandhills robberfly, Lockheed manzanita, Scotts Valley polygonum, several rein-orchids, and many clover species). Also re-discovered several species thought to be extinct (Antioch flowerwasp, glabrous popcorn-flower, Scotts Valley spineflower).

Documented the native flora of Santa Cruz County with a collection of 5,000-plus herbarium voucher specimens, along with plant lists for several hundred local sites.

Specialist in Trifolium (clover) systematics. Principal world authority on the subject essentially by default.

Documented the insect fauna of Santa Cruz County with a systematic collection of about 80,000 specimens, 1989-1999 (currently housed at UCSC Museum of Natural History Collections).

Active in conservation efforts since at least 1980, including advocacy for local endangered species and ecosystems. Worked for public and scientific recognition for a number of important and highly threatened local centers of endemism (i.e. biological "hotspots") which had been all but unknown at the time, in particular the Zayante sandhills, Scotts Valley grasslands, and Soda Lake. Instrumental in public acquisition of several parks and preserves including South Ridge, Quail Hollow Park, Westside Greenbelt, Glenwood Grasslands, etc. Education regarding invasive species. Advocacy for observation-based rather than dogma-based ecological practices.


The Santa Cruz County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is proud to announce the publication of the Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Santa Cruz County, California, by Dylan Neubauer.

Dylan is a botanist who lives in Santa Cruz County.

Presented in an easy-to-use format, this comprehensive update of the 2005 edition summarizes the latest information on the 1594 vascular plant taxa currently known to occur in Santa Cruz County.

The 166-page, spiral-bound, 5.5 x 8 in. book includes:

  • Botanical artwork by Tim Hyland
  • Maps by Ben Pease-including a new color map of the County showing public lands & Sandhills
  • Detailed instructions on how to use the Checklist
  • An expanded introduction discussing the County's botanical history as well as its botanical "hotspots" and special areas
  • A list of all local taxa arranged alphabetically by family using the latest nomenclature from The Jepson Manual, 2nd Edition & the Jepson eFlora.
  • Locality information for listed & "locally rare" taxa
  • Appendices treating legal rarity status, endemics, extirpated taxa, undescribed taxa, the most invasive non-natives, and more
  • An expanded, 64-page "Notes" section, including tips for identifying difficult taxa, taxonomic issues, habitat information for rare taxa, and more
  • An Index to local plant families & genera with new names cross-referenced to superseded names from the first edition of The Jepson Manual

Click here for Santa Cruz County Checklist errata.

Price: $15.00 + tax/copy. The book is available at Book Shop Santa Cruz, Norrie's gift shop at the UCSC Arboretum, Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History and Native Revival Nursery in Aptos. Also, you can purchase copies from Cindy Hudson, email Cindy at