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California Native Plant Society
April 23, 2009

I attended the terrific conference in Sacramento (on my own nickel) and found it well worthwhile. Much useful information, and I enjoyed the speakers Ringo and Hopper. Couldn't attend the evening banquet due to lousy public transport in Sacramento. I am a retired plant breeder, recently moved to the Big Valley (Lodi area) from the Monterey Bay. Thanks for a great conference, though a bit pricey for those of us with no sponsor. I will be working with invasive plant issues on the Mokelumne River and the Cosumnes, being a docent in the Lodi Lake Natural Area, doing water-saving workshops in our local nursery, trying to help out. Thanks for a great conference. Only comments: education outreach for native habitat gardens, through parks and schools, need to be enhanced. Count me in! Josie C can contact me any time for help in this, my services are Free! I also am a speaker for the Calif. Invasive Plant Council, and am available for any sort of visit to do the excellent powerpoint that they have provided.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the important listings of endangered plant species, the contacts with governmental agencies such as BLM, National Parks and private landowners to protect endangered spp. Organizing volunteers for weed eradication is a CRUCIAL part of the cnps, keep it going and increase if possible.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Please increase the publicity on dangers from invasives, including the wildfire issues. If we had more publicity about the vulnerability of broom and pampas to fire, perhaps folks would pay more attention.

More feedback

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Besides the conference, the newsletter is great. I am between chapters, geographically, so need to carefully choose what trips and events to attend.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy advertising to reduce invasive plants by informing folks of the dangers.

Ways to make it better...

The public transportation in Sacramento had been better, safety around the convention center at night was an issue, was unable to attend any evening sessions. Maybe move the keynote speaker to a daytime slot instead next time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

many, no time no to enumerate...you know what they are

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm looking to get more involved, but both chapters (N and S) are pretty far away. Will try to keep informed on activities and attend when possible. Ever thought of a chapter in Lodi? I know folks connected with the Lodi Lake Park who might be interested. What is involved in starting a new chapter?

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & retired scientist, volunteer at Cosumnes preserve, Lodi Lake, working on the census.