California Native Plant Society
Santa Cruz County Chapter

General Meeting
Monday July 9
Keying Club 5:30 pm
Presentation 7:30 pm

UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz

Citizen scientists, Conservation gardening, Healing community:
Magic and Meaning in the Fight to Save Our Flowers

Dan Gluesenkamp
Executive Director of CNPS

For over 50 years, the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has protected our native plants and celebrated California's wild gardens. During those decades, the human population has doubled and conservation in California has been dramatically transformed. Against all odds, a dedicated community of plant lovers, using a growing diversity of conservation tools, has somehow managed to save most of the plants and places that make California special. As we look to the future, we see continued population growth, as well as new threats, and wonder how to save California for the future. Dan Gluesenkamp will speak about plants, places, projects, and engage in a discussion of how to learn and work together to make a real and lasting difference.

Dan Gluesenkamp

Dan Gluesenkamp is Executive Director of CNPS and works to celebrate and save California's flora. Dan earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley studying native and invasive thistles. He previously worked as E.D. of Calflora and as 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 plant growing on a traffic island at the Golden Gate Bridge.