Dear East Bay CNPS members,

2015 is starting out with many impressive activities in our chapter. The Conservation Committee is working on several vital projects to protect native plants at Knowland Park, the East Bay Hills along the urban-wildland interface, and on our eastern border at Tesla. The Rare Plant Committee, Unusual Plants Committee, and Vegetation Committee continue their quest to discover and document the status of our native plant resources. Several restoration projects control invasives and reintroduce native plants in preserves in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Native Here Nursery is in a planning process to expand its sales and services. And we have a vibrant membership lecture series, field trip program, and a scholarship program for research projects related to our native flora.

I invite you to deepen your appreciation of our native plants by joining us this year. We have activities for all ages, skills, and knowledge, from “beginner” to “expert”. Please take a look at our website for opportunities, and contact our volunteer coordinator, Delia Taylor, to find out more.

With best wishes for the new year,

Barbara Malloch Leitner
East Bay Chapter president