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2014 Field Trips

Please contact John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com or 775-331-4485 if you should have any questions.

 

Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, appropriate clothing, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.

 

April 12th    Washoe Lake and surrounding area. Leader will be Charlene Duncan.  We will be exploring a BLM allotment on the north west  side of Lake Washoe that at one time was known as Winter’s Ranch. Winter’s is the BLM rangeland between Washoe City and Little Washoe Lake. Parking is along the side of a residential road, thus at a premium. We will plan to start our field trip by 10:00 am.

For those traveling from the Reno area Take 395/580 South to Damonte Ranch exit and meet at Doughboys (super doughnuts) in Spring Creek Shopping Center to carpool by 9:45am. Proceed south on Old 395/South Virginia past Eastlake to bottom of Washoe Hill (approx.. 6 miles). Turn east on North Washoe Drive just past the old gas station, turn right at T and follow around to right. For those traveling from Carson city meet at U.S. Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street, Carson City) by 9:45 am. Proceed North on 580 to Winter’s exit ( #50), continue north turn right onto Old Ophir just past Winter’s Ranch house. Bear to left along fence to north access gate.

Brown’s Creek is running high with some inundation, so boots are a good idea. If things are not as far along as this time last year, we can find some other areas near by that should be  interesting after the Washoe Fire.

  Call or Email Charlene Duncan  PH# 530-7458. Email cirsium.down@gmail.com.  John Weiser PH# 331 4485 Email johnpweiser@yahoo.com   

   

May 2nd-4th   Overnight trip to Big Smoky Valley.

The leader for this trip will be John Dyer. Big Smoky Valley is located in central Nevada. The valley is about one hundred miles long and stretches through Esmeralda, Nye, and Lander counties. Our destination is toward the southern end of the valley about a 4.5 hour drive from the Carson City/Reno area, a distance of 240 miles. 

We will be traveling on Friday morning then have a short field trip Friday afternoon, when we arrive. Later in the afternoon we will get settled in our arranged accommodations. Saturday and Sunday, we will resume our field trips finishing around 1:00pm, returning home. 

Members should plan to meet at the U.S. Forest Service Office either in Carson City (1536 South Carson Street) or the Sparks Marina Park (300 Howard Drive, in the parking lot on the west side of the park, next to the offices and playground) by 8:00 am on Friday the 4th. We will join up at Fox Peak Station 615 East Williams Ave. Fallon at 9:00am. We will travel east from Fallon on Highway 50 to Austin meeting John at the Toiyabe Cafe around noon. Travel time: 3.5 hours to Austin. After our lunch break and afternoon field trip we will travel south on Highway 376 to the Hadley/Carvers area.  
Housing: John has 1 extra furnished rooms and a fold out couch (3 to 4 people) plus a lot of floor space. Call or Email John at John.Dyer@Kinross.com  or moondog@gbis.com, Ph# office 775-377-3250, cell 775-313-4061, cell 775-420-2197 to reserve space.

Alternate accommodations can be arranged at the Jumping Jack Motel in Carvers(775-377-2566) There are also motels in Austin, 60 miles to the north west and 55 miles south in Tonopah. 
If you prefer to camp there are several camping sites in the area. Pine Creek on the east side of Jefferson Peak, Monitor Valley (est. 40 miles); Kingston (est. 30 miles); Peavine campground (est. 25 miles). If you wish to camp, let John know and he may be able to find out information on cost and facilities. 
Services: In the Hadley/Carvers area are two gas/diesel stations with small mini marts and sandwich counters; one bar that serves pizza; one BBQ restaurant: and a decent grocery store. 
The dominant features of the area include, the Arc Dome Wilderness in the southern Toiyabe Range, Jefferson Peak in the southern Toquima Range, the Round Mountain Gold Mine, and several hot springs.  Destinations will depend on what is in flower and may be adjusted accordingly. (High clearance vehicles suggested). 
For further information contact John Dyer at John.Dyer@Kinross.com or 
moondg@gbis.com or John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com.

 May 9th – 11th  Cactus and Succulent Expedition to the Tonopah and Silver Springs areas. We hope to see Cylindropuntia echinocarpa, Cylindropuntia ramosissima, Echinocereus coccineus, Echinocereus engelmannii, Escobaria vivipara, Opuntia basilaris, Opuntia erinacea, Grusonia pulchella, and Yucca brevifolia in bloom.

Meet at the Forest Service office (next to Scolaris) at 8am on Saturday morning.  We will drive to Silver Peak, then Goldfield, then back to Tonopah, making several stops along the way to look for cacti.  Sunday we will drive up Big Smoky Valley to visit a couple more sites on our way home.

Early May weather in Tonopah can vary from hot and windy to cold and windy with a possibility of thunderstorms.  Watch the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothing and gear.

Janel Johnson and Sarah Kulpa will be our leaders for this trip. Email Janel at president@nvnps.org or Sarah at smkulpa@gmail.com.

May 16th-18th  American Penstemon Society Meeting in Zion, UT. It is still possible to schedule a trip during this week end.  

May 24th Geiger Grade /Six Mile Canyon Our leader will be Gary Monroe Call or Email 775-359-4863 g.monroe@att.net.  Carson City residents meet at the Forest Service office at 8:15 am.  Reno residents meet at the Pink Scolaris on South Virginia at 9:00 am.  Second meeting place is at Nik-N-Willies Deli on the Geiger Grade Road at 9:15 am.  Roads are suitable for regular automobiles.  We will be making stops on Geiger Grade to look at Eriogonum robustum and whatever else we can find.  I have seen Mimulus ovatus (Diplacus ovatus) on the hill. There is both Pinus ponderosa and Pinus jefferyi here.  We will drive to Virginia City and turn on the Six Mile Canyon Road. The road ends at Dayton.

May 31st Open at this time.

June 7th May Arboretum Plant Sale, 8am to noon.  Please consider volunteering to staff the NNPS table for a hour or two.

June 7th Long Valley Treasure Hunt.  Our leaders are Nancy and Bill Harnach.  This field trip will be a treasure hunt of sorts. We will be visiting a site with a historical survey of plants on record. Our goal will be to see how many species still inhabit this site. It will be interesting to see how the plant community has changed with the passage of time. Those traveling from the Carson Area should meet at the U.S. Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street, Carson City by 9:00 am. Meet the Reno members at the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 9:45 am. We will continue on to meet our leaders Nancy and Bill Harnach at Hallelujah Junction by 10:00 am. Call or Email 530-994-3464 billh@psln.com.

June 14th SAGEHEN CREEK – MASON FEN

When: Saturday, June 14th, 2014, 8:00AM
Where: Locked gate leading to Sagehen Creek Field Station
Trip duration: Four hours with the option for additional exploration until 4:00PM
Leader: Tom Schuster
Bring: Lunch, water, sun screen, hat, insect repellent. Expect muddy conditions.

On this trip we will voyage to the Mason Fen along Sagehen Creek, about 8 miles north of Truckee. Be sure to wear footgear appropriate for the boggy ground and bring sun screen, a hat, water, hand lenses, photo equipment, field guides, and, most importantly, insect repellant!

The moist environment of Mason Fen is host to Drosera, Mimulus, Gentianaceae, and Orchidaceae, to name just a few. To avoid trampling the fen’s gems, we will proceed in a careful, organized fashion. Many thanks to Jeff Brown of the research station who has graciously agreed to provide one of his staff members as an interpretive guide.

We will have lunch during the trip. The field station offers public restrooms.

For more information on Mason Fen and preview of what to expect, visit sagehen.ucnrs.org.

CARPOOLING
When: 7:00AM
Where: Meet in the Walmart parking lot near Doughboy Donuts at Damonte Ranch Parkway  and South Virginia Street in Reno

DIRECTIONS

The Field Station is located 8 miles due North of Truckee, California at 6,400 feet in elevation. A map is available here.

·         From I-80 take the Highway 89 north exit towards Sierraville (east of Truckee).
·         Travel about 8.4 miles. Turn left onto dirt Forest Service road (unmarked, there is a brown, two car garage on the west side of the highway just north of the dirt road).
·         The dirt road splits after 150 yards. Go straight ahead (you will see a yellow sign that says “Road Closed 500 feet” - this is the correct road).
·         Travel approximately 500 feet to the locked access gate (this is the last place you’ll have cell service!).
·         Once the group assembles, we’ll unlock the gate and drive about 1.8 miles to the Field Station and part in the lot on the left. 

No reservations required, just come and enjoy!

QUESTIONS

Tom Schuster: tom-mail@sbcglobal.net  775-690-2953
John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com  775-331-4485

 

June 20th-22nd Eriogonum Society Meeting, Twin Falls, ID It is still possible to schedule a trip during this week end.  

June 28th Madora Lake, Plumas Co., CA.
Those travelling from Carson City should meet at the Forest Service Office at 8:00. Those travelling from Reno should meet at the McDonalds at US 395 and Lemmon Drive at 8:45. The third meeting place is in the parking lot on the north side of the Junction of CA 70 and CA 89 just north of Graeagle at 10:00. This will be an easy 1.9 mile walk on nearly level ground. Bring water, lunch and insect repellent. The roads are suitable for standard sedans. (Please note: whenever I lead a trip in this area, we always have thunderstorms, so be warned.) Leader: Gary Monroe Call (775) 359-4863 or email g.monroe@att.net

July 5th  Open at this time.

July 12th Grass Lake Meadow, El Dorado County, Ca.  Our leader will be Tom Schuster. Call or Email 690-2953 tom-mail@sbcglobal.net

      Grass Lake Flora and Fauna Trip      When: Saturday, July 12th, 2014, 8:00AM
Where: Grass Lake (Luther Pass)
Trip duration: 4 hours with the option for additional exploration until 3:00pm upon interest
Leader: Tom Schuster (Dipl.Ing.) / T. Will Richardson, Ph.D.
Bring: Lunch, water, sun screen, hat, insect repellent; field guides, hand lenses, photo equipment, binoculars, butterfly net, etc. Expect wet/muddy conditions (up to knees!)– need flip-flops/sandals/sneakers (wet feet) or waders (dry feet).

For this outstanding trip we will voyage to Grass Lake (at Luther Pass), about 7-8 miles south of Lake Tahoe (Ca). Similar to my trip to Osgood Swamp in 2012 I have again invited T. Will Richardson, Ph.D., co-founder of TINS, to partner up with us to enjoy a more complete understanding of the entire ecosystem. Consequently, our targets are not only wildflowers but also butterflies and dragonflies, maybe even amphibians, reptiles and birds.
This Sphagnum bog-montane meadow complex is dominated by sedge (carex limosa) and buckbean (menyanthes trifoliata) supporting a myriad of wildlife. Some especially interesting floristic families we will be searching for: Sphagnaceae, Rosaceae, Gentianaceae, Lentibulariaceae, Droseraceae, Orchidaceae.
 We will have lunch during the trip. Nearest restroom facilities in Hope Valley.
For more information google/download the “Establishment Record for Grass Lake Research Natural Area” of the United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service.
 
CARPOOLING
Reno:
When: 6.30am
Where: Meet in the Walmart parking lot near Doughboy Donuts at Damonte Ranch Parkway  and South Virginia Street in Reno.
Carson City:
When: 7.15am
Where: Meet at the U.S. Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street, Carson City).
 
DIRECTIONS
From Reno:
Drive Hwy US-395 south; at the beginning of Minden turn right at NV-88; in Hope Valley turn right on CA-89; drive 4.5 miles and park at large gravel pull out on left (west end of Grass Lake), do not block the gate.
From Lake Tahoe:
From the intersection of Hwy 50 and 89 in South Lake Tahoe go south on 89 for 4.8 miles, turn left to stay on CA-89 (signs for Markleville/Jackson/Ca 88) for 6.6 miles; park at large gravel pull out on right (west end of Grass Lake), do not block gate.
No reservations required, just come and enjoy!
QUESTIONS
Tom Schuster(Dipl.Ing.): tom-mail@sbcglobal.net  775-690-2953
John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com  775-331-4485
T. Will Richardson, Ph.D.: will@tinsweb.org 530-587-6895
 

July 19th Castle Peak Flora and Fauna Trip, Nevada County, Ca

When: Saturday, July 19th, 2014, 6:00AM
Where: Castle Peak (west of Donner Summit)
Trip duration/difficulty: 12 hours; difficult, 10miles; elevation change 2,200ft (start at 7,200ft, peak 9,100ft).
Leader: Tom Schuster (Dipl.Ing.)
Bring: Lunch, snacks, water (I suggest minimum 1gallon), sun screen, hat, insect repellent; field guides, hand lenses, photo equipment, binoculars, butterfly net, etc. Expect occasionally gravelly/sandy/loose path conditions! Appropriate footwear! Clothing for any weather!

For this outstanding trip to one of north Tahoe’s highest summits in a mostly volcanic rock surrounding we will have expansive views (weather permitting) and try to capture the life on the summit: subalpine and alpine plant communities with side focus on butterflies, reptiles and birds. Due to the nature of this trip’s circumstances hike shall be fairly direct to summit without much botanizing, maximize time as much as possible at summit and return down. If time allows on way back/down frequent stops for certain species are welcome. Upon reaching the summit I will present one of my poems dedicated to the plants at the summit.
We will have lunch on the summit. Snacks and breaks throughout trip upon demand.
Option: Participants who would like to join but cannot/do not desire to hike up to the summit are welcome, too. Just notify me you are leaving and sign off.   
CARPOOLING
South Reno:
When: 5.10am sharp
Where: Meet in the Walmart parking lot near Doughboy Donuts at Damonte Ranch Parkway and South Virginia Street in Reno.
North Reno:
When: 5.30am sharp
Where: Meet at the Starbucks Coffee Shop on Sierra Highlands Drive (north-east corner McCarran/I-80).
 
DIRECTIONS
From Reno:
Drive Hwy US-395 north; take I-80 west; exit Castle Peak / Boreal Ridge; from the north side of the highway, drive 0.2 miles northeast up a paved road, then briefly north on a dirt tread to a turnaround spot. That is the meeting place.
Reservations required, please contact Tom. Then just come and enjoy!
QUESTIONS
Tom Schuster(Dipl.Ing.): tom-mail@sbcglobal.net  775-690-2953
John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com
775-331-4485

July 26th Open at this time.

Aug 2nd Open at this time.

Aug 9th Slide Mountain-  Come visit the high elevation scree beds of Slide Mountain. We will see four species of penstemon, four species of eriogonum,  two draba species, and a host of other very choice high elevation plants. To view photos of some of the plants we will encounter follow this link.

The hike will follow the service road just east of the Mount Rose Pass parking area. We will be taking a leisurely hike, of 1.5 miles, with stops as needed along the way. Our gain in elevation will be 790' with a final elevation of about 9,650'. Bring your lunch and we will picnic at the top. There are outstanding views of Lake Tahoe, the Virginia Range, Mount Rose, the Carson Range, and to the south the Northern Sierras. Get bird's eye views of Washoe Valley, Pleasant Valley, Truckee Meadows, Tahoe Meadows, and the Steamboat Hot springs. 
We will meet at the Galena Creek Visitor Center at 9:00 am to carpool up to the pass. (From the intersection of I 395 and Mount Rose Hwy. travel west approximately 5.5 miles. The visiter Center will be on the right.)Those who wish to meet us at the Mount Rose Pass parking lot should plan on our arriving by 9:30 am
For further information contact John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com or call 775-331-4485
 

Aug 16th Little Washoe Lake mud flats. Come explore the unique riparian flora that finds a foothold along the receding shorelines of Little Washoe Lake.

Last year we explored the flats along the western shore of Washoe Lake.  We continue this endeavor toward the north, at Little Washoe Lake. In late summer these rich exposed mud flats support large populations of moisture dependant plants communities. We do not often have the opportunity to visit these environments. I encourage you to join our leader Charlene Duncan

 Reno members should meet at Doughboys in the Spring Creek Shopping Center on Damonte Ranch Parkway by 8:00am. We’ll go to Little Washoe State Park  by way of Old 395 to Eastlake at top of Washoe Hill (north end of the valley) and meet in the parking lot by Little Washoe Lake. For those traveling from Carson City meet at U.S. Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street, Carson City) by 8:00am. Proceed North on 580 to Winter’s exit ( #50), continue north on Old 395  to Eastlake, turn right into in the parking lot by Little Washoe Lake. We’ll go from there to the wetlands.   Bug spray is highly suggested! Don't forget water and lunch.

 Call or Email Charlene Duncan  PH# 530-7458. Email cirsium.down@gmail.com.

2013 Field Trips

It is suggested that you check this page before the dates of scheduled field trips to see if changes and updates have been posted. We have several dates open if a member wishes to schedule additional field trips. Please contact John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com or 775-331-4485.  

Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, appropriate clothing, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. 

    
May 4th - 5th ♦ Overnight trip to Big Smoky Valley. 
The leader for this trip will be John Dyer. Big Smoky Valley is located in central Nevada. The valley is about one hundred miles long and stretches through Esmeralda, Nye, and Lander counties. Our destination is toward the southern end of the valley about a 4.5 hour drive from the Carson City/Reno area, a distance of 240 miles. 

We will be traveling on Saturday morning then have a short field trip Saturday afternoon, when we arrive. Later in the afternoon we will get settled in our arranged accommodations and Sunday morning resume our field trips finishing around 2:00pm or 3:00pm, returning home. 
Members should plan to meet at the U.S. Forest Service Office either in Carson City (1536 South Carson Street) or the Sparks Marina Park (300 Howard Drive, in the parking lot on the west side of the park, next to the offices and playground) by 8:00 am on Saturday the 4th. We will meet at the Raley’s parking lot on West Williams Ave (Highway 50) in Fallon at 9:00. We will travel east from Fallon on Highway 50 through Austin, then south on Highway 376 to the Hadley/Carvers area. We will meet our group leader at the intersection of Hwy 50 and Hwy 376. 
Travel time: 4.5 hours. 
Housing: John has 2 extra furnished rooms and a fold out couch (3 to 6 people) plus floor space. Call or Email John at John.Dyer@Kinross.com or moondog@gbis.com, Ph# office 775-377-3250, cell 775-313-4061, cell 775-420-2197 to reserve space. Alternate accommodations can be arranged at the Jumping Jack Motel in Carvers (775-377-2566
There are also motels in Austin, 60 miles to the north west and 55 miles south in Tonopah. 
If you prefer to camp there are several camping sites in the area. Pine Creek on the east side of Jefferson Peak, Monitor Valley (est. 40 miles); Kingston (est. 30 miles); Peavine campground (est. 25 miles). If you wish to camp, let John know and he may be able to find out information on cost and facilities. 
Services: In the Hadley/Carvers area are two gas/diesel stations with small mini marts and sandwich counters; one bar that serves pizza; one BBQ restaurant: and a decent grocery store. 
The dominant features of the area include, the Arc Dome Wilderness in the southern Toiyabe Range, Jefferson Peak in the southern Toquima Range, the Round Mountain Gold Mine, and several hot springs. 
We will be exploring habitats near the southern portion of the valley near the towns of Hadley and Carvers. Destinations will depend on what is in flower and may be adjusted accordingly. It is possible that we may explore areas in the north portion of the valley Saturday afternoon when we arrive. (High clearance vehicles suggested). 
 
For further information contact John Dyer at John.Dyer@Kinross.com or moondg@gbis.com or John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com.
  
May 11th ♦ Timberline Drive 
Our leader for this field trip will be Ray Fletcher. We will be exploring sagebrush steppe habitat along the eastern foothills of the Carson Range. We should see various wildflowers typical of the habitat in bloom.  We are especially hoping to see the Eriogonum caespitosum in bloom.  There are several very large plants in this population. 

For those traveling up from Carson, meet at the U.S. Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street, Carson City by 9:00am. Head north to Reno, exit at the Mount Rose Highway heading west to Timberline Dr.  Turn right onto Timberline Dr. heading north. (Note Timberline Drive is at the base of the long slope just before you get to the wooded areas around the Galena Creek neighborhood where the highway narrows to two way traffic.) Go past Whites Creek which is about halfway down Timberline Dr. and follow Timberline to the bridge that crosses Thomas Creek.  Cross the bridge and take the right fork of the dirt road approximately 0.1 mile to the paved parking lot at the Thomas Creek Trailhead.  That is where we will meet at 10:00am(Note the left fork in the road after the Thomas Creek Bridge is a National Forest Service Road so be sure and take the right fork) 
For further information contact Ray Fletcher at plant_man@sbcglobal.net or 775-852-4296 
John Weiser  johnpweiser@yahoo.com or 775-331-4485 
 
 
May 18th  Open at this time 
 
 
May 25th  Carson River – Hope Valley – National Wildflower Week
Our leader for this trip will be Janel Johnson.  Meet at the U.S. Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street, Carson City) by 10:00 am.  We will drive up to Hope Valley, stopping along the way in the Carson River canyon above Woodford’s Station on the way. Early wet meadow plants including shooting stars and buttercups should be blooming by late May. 

  
June 1st ♦ Plant sale at the Wilbur D May Arboretum  NNPS will have a table at the sale.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Pat Neyman at pf41n@yahoo.com
 
June 8th  Dog Valley 
Our leader for this field trip will be John Weiser. Located at the western base of Peavine Mountain, Dog Valley supports an interesting blend of three environments: Wet meadow, sagebrush steppe and Jeffery Pine forest. The valley supports one of the last stands of the rare Ivesia aperta var. canina and Ivesia webberi. We will be exploring the interface were the three environments meet and should find many and varied species in a reasonably small area. Those traveling from the Carson Area should meet at the U.S. Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street, Carson City) by 9:00 am. Meet at the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by10:00am. We will drive north to Bordertown and take Exit 83 to Long Valley Road that links up with Forest Service road# 002 southwest to Dog Valley.

Here is a web link with a general map of the route we will be taking we will be traveling on Forest Service road #002.  http://www.oiccam.com/reno/gps/peavine/pv_overview.html (No high clearance vehicles required but it is suggested). Be sure to wear footgear appropriate for wet conditions since we will be walking across riparian areas. 
For further information contact John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com o775-331-4485.  

 

June 9th  Native Species Day at Taylor Creek Visitor Center, South Lake Tahoe.  NNPS will have booth at this event.  If you would like to volunteer to help at the booth, please contact Cheryl Beyer at ltbmu.botanist.cherylbeyer@gmail.com.

  
June 22nd  Long Valley, Lassen County 
Our leader for this trip will be Marco Sandi. On this field trip we will be exploring meadows at the boundary of sagebrush steppe and conifer forest mixed with groves black oak.
The meadows are located on the Anderson Ranch which borders the Plumas National Forest. We will be parking in ranch house driveway and exploring the meadows on foot. The trail is an easy loop with minor incline. High clearance and four wheel drive vehicles are not required for this trip. The road to the ranch is a five mile drive on a level gravel road.
Those traveling from the Carson Area should meet at the U.S. Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street, Carson City by 9:00 am. Meet at the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 9:45 am. We will continue on to meet our leader Marco at Hallelujah Junction by 10:00 am.
For further information contact Marco Sandi at mvsandi@gmail.com or 530-827-3328  John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com or 775-331-4485

 

June 29th ♦ Summit of Peavine Mountain 
Our leader for this trip will be John Weiser. We will be exploring the scree and talus slopes that cap the summit of this high desert mountain. It is hoped that we will see the mats of Phlox covillei blooming with Astragalus purshii, Astragalus whitneyi var. lenophyllus, Phacelia linearis, Lewisia rediviva var. minor and Castilleja chromosa to name but a handful. 

Those traveling from the Carson Area should meet at the U.S. Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street, Carson City by 9:00 am. Meet at the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 10:00am.

The road up to the top of Peavine is in fair shape. The first mile or so is rather bumpy due to exposed basalt rubble in the road bed. Once we are past this section the road is good all the way to the top. (High clearance vehicles are not required but be aware of the bumpy conditions on the first leg of the drive.) We may make a few stops along the way to the top depending upon what is in bloom.

For further information contact John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com or 775-331-4485

 

July 6th  Open at this time

July 13th  Open at this time 

July 20th ♦ Granite Chief Trail in Shirley Canyon 
Our leader with be Gary Monroe. The Granite Chief Trail meanders uphill through Shirley Canyon in Tahoe National Forest. The trail treats hikers to waterfalls, creeks, wildflower fields and mountain lakes. Details on this trip will be posted as they become available.  

July 20th ♦ Moth Night at Washoe Lake State Park
Janel will give a short presentation on moths and then we will observe some of our native nocturnal pollinators at lure stations. Entrance fee will be charged so carpooling is recommended. We will start at 8:30pm in the hang glider landing area near the Main Entrance, check the state parks website (parks.nv.gov) for more details.

July 20th - 28th ♦ GLORIA project in the White Mountains by the California GLORIA Project.  Click here for flyer. 

July 27th  Lacey Valley, Webber Lake Area 
We will be exploring a variety of habitats around Webber Lake located in south central Sierra County. One plant we will endeavor to see is Eriogonum umbellatum var. torreyanum, the Donner Pass Sulphur Buckwheat. Those leaving from Carson City should meet at The U.S. Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street) by 8:00 and head to Truckee. Those coming from Reno should meet at the Lab at 920 Valley Rd by 8:15 and head for Truckee. We will meet up at the Truckee Community Recreation Center at about 9:00 and continue on to the intersection of  Hwy 89 and Jackson Meadows Road. We will meet The Harnachs at about 9:30 in the parking lot for the turnoff to Webber Lake -Jackson Lake on Hwy 89 (Little Truckee Summit) approx 14 miles north of the Sierraville turnoff on I80. Standard vehicles will be fine for this trip. Here are several Google Maps to help with navigation.

http://goo.gl/maps/zJnGb
http://goo.gl/maps/rMrKc
http://goo.gl/maps/1AcCn
For further information you may contact Nancy and Bill Harnach at 530-994-3464 or John Weiser 775-331-4485

August 3rd  Donner Pass Road south 
Our leader for this trip will be Gary Monroe. 
Bring water, lunch, suntan lotion and insect repellent. There is always the possibility of thunderstorms.

Carson City residents should meet at the Forest Service office at 8:30 am (take Highway 28 around the lake). Reno residents meet at the McDonalds at Mae Ann and West McCarran at 9:00am. We will meet at the Pacific Crest Trailhead at 10:00 am. To reach the trailhead, you can take the Donner Lake exit and drive along the North side of the lake. At the top of the grade is the Alpine Skills Institute. Turn left and drive about ¼ mile to the trailhead. You can also drive the Interstate to exit 174 and turn left. Drive through Norden and pass the ski areas. If you see Donner Lake you have gone too far. Turn right just before the Alpine Skills Institute and go about ¼ mile to the trailhead.
 
The hike is fairly steep after the first part through the trees but there will be switchbacks. We will find moist area plants among the trees. After we leave the trees, we should find five species of Penstemon. Hopefully, we will find Keckelia lemmonii. We will start at an elevation of about 7,000 feet . Elevation gain is about 600 feet in about 1 ½ mile.  My plan is to hike until about noon, eat lunch and take our time coming down. 
 

August 9th - 12th ♦ Overnight trip to Great Basin National Park

Contact person for this trip is Janel Johnson. This trip is planned to coincide with the GLORIA (GLobal Observation Research Initiative in Alpine environments) plot monitoring in the park.  Great Basin NP is home to the endemic alpine plants Eriogonum holmgrenii and Arenaria congesta var. wheelerensis as well as Great Basin bristlecone pine and several rare plants that are endemic to the Great Basin region. Planned activities are to visit some of the trails at various elevations in the park and some rare plant sites.  Tours of Lehman cave are also available.  Please visit the park’s website for more information. www.nps.gov/grba

We currently do not have enough participants to reserve the group campground or hire a camp cook, so camping will be on your own. We need 5 more people to be able to reserve the group camp area. There are also motels, rental cabins, and restaurants in Baker. If you are interested in joining the trip, please email Janel and specify whether you plan to camp or stay elsewhere. 

August 17th  open at this time 

August 24th  Washoe Lake. Meet at 8:30 at the paved parking lot on the east side of the Bellvue exit on highway 395 in Washoe Valley. We will be examining the mud flats that are exposed as the lake level recedes. We hope to see, among others, Crypsis alopecuroides, Bergia texana, Cyperus squarrosus, and of course the plant that turns the mudflats yellow, Camissonia tanacetifolia. Leader Arnold Tiehm, 775-329-1645.

August 31st  open at this time

 

2013 Southern Nevada Field Trips
 
Field trips organized by the Southern Nevada group will be held the third Saturday of every month, beginning March 16, 2013.
 
March 16, 2013 - Nelson's Landing - for meeting location and time, contact Jim Boone.

 

2012 Field Trips

May 12 Silver Saddle Ranch/Prison Hill on the eastern outskirts of Carson City.

     Take 5th street east from downtown to Carson River Road (the first right after the roundabout at Fairview) and follow that down to Silver Saddle Ranch (marked by a large brown sign on the right hand side.) Follow the one-way drive around to the group of barns and park in the designated areas. Meet at 10am. We will follow trails through some washes and sandy areas and then climb up the east side of Prison Hill. Expect to see a variety of annuals and blooming shrubs; herbaceous perennials will probably not be blooming this early. Leader Janel Johnson (775) 684-2911.

May 19 Mormon Station State Park Located in Genoa,NV. - Leader janel Johnson

    This will be a work day to help the staff of two get the grounds spruced up for the summer season. The park is in the middle of Genoa at the NE corner of the main intersection. It can be accessed from 395 either from Jack's Valley Road or Genoa Lane. Meet near the entrance to the stockade in front of the museum at 10am. Snacks will be provided but you may want to pack a more substantial lunch. Please wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen, gloves and knee pads are also recommended. We will be transplanting some flowers, pruning shrubs, and sprucing up the garden in the stockade where events are held.
    We will have a plant swap in the parking area during lunch, please label plants and seeds. Janel will also take plant donations for the May Arboretum Plant Sale.
    Leader Janel Johnson(775) 684-2911.

May 26 The Red Rock area located north of Cold Springs and Hallelujah Junction on the Hwy 395 corridor. - Leaders Bill and Nancy Harnach

    On this trip we will be botanizing the area around the colorful rock and soil formations found in this area. We will be staying in the immediate area and may have to do a short hike to the formations since the fenced access gate to the area was closed as of a month ago. Bring a lunch, water, warm jacket, gloves and head gear, due to our ever changing spring weather. For the adventurous hikers that may wish to climb up the formations I would suggest appropriate hiking gear such as walking sticks and good boots etc.
    Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the U.S. Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street, in Carson City at 7:50am to car pool. Plan on heading to the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 8:00am. Those traveling from Reno will meet at the Lemon Drive McDonalds at 9:00am to await the arrival of the southern contingent. We will leave the second meeting point at 9:15 hooking up with our leaders at Hallelujah Junction.
    For further information you can contact Nancy or Bill Harnach at 530-994-3464 or John Weiser at 775-331-4485, any time after 5:00pm.

June 2 no trip planned as this is the date for the plant sale at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum in Reno.

June 9 Trip to the Lake Basin area of Sierra County, CA - Leaders Bill and Nancy Harnach

    We will be stopping at several locations in the hope of finding, Erythronium, Claytonia and Penstemon in bloom. Two sights on our list are Fern Falls and Frazer Falls. The hikes should be easy and the roads paved for all but a short well maintained gravel section on the way to Frazer Falls. No requirement for high clearance vehicles.
    Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the U.S. Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street, in Carson City at 7:50am to car pool. Plan on heading to the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 8:00am. Those traveling from Reno will meet at the Lemon Drive McDonalds at 9:00am to await the arrival of the southern contingent. We will leave the second meeting point at 9:15am going north on Hwy 395 to Hallelujah Junction then turn West on CA Hwy 70 for about thirty miles to the intersection of CA Hwy 70 and CA Hwy 89. The signs should read Blairsden-Graeagle. We will meet the Harnachs at the Park and Ride lot located just North of the intersection. Our hope is to be at the final meeting site at 10:00am.
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent.
    For further information you can contact Nancy or Bill at 530-994-3464 or John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm.

June 16 Ivesia survey in the Pinenut Mountains Polyctenium Survey in the Virgina Range

DUE TO RECENT FIRES THIS TRIP LOCATION HAS CHANGED.

    For this trip we will be working as volunteers for BLM,Carson District botanist Dean Tonenna helping him with a field survey of Polyctenium. Dean will not be present due to a prior commitment but he will have his interns give us guidance. We will meet at the parking lot for Little Washoe Lake (on Eastlake Blvd. near the northern junction with 395) at 9:00 am.  The road requires 4WD vehicles and there will be extra seats available in BLM vehicles.
    We will be looking for Polyctenium williamsii in small playas in the Virginia Range.  There will be some hiking to access the playas that are not near the road.
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent.
    For further information you can contact John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm.

June 23 Trip to Wilson Canyon to look at Eriogonum alexanderae - Leader John Weiser

    Wilson Canyon is a gorge cut by the west fork of the Walker River through a series of volcanic cliffs. The canyon is located 13 miles west of Yerington, along NV Route 208 in Lyon County. It is managed by the BLM. The main purpose of this trip is to find Eriogonum alexanderae habitat on the volcanic ash deposits of the area. We will also explore the riparian habitat along the river.
    The hikes will be short but rather steep on lose soils to see the Eriogonum. Roads are paved so there is no requirement for high clearance or four wheel drive vehicles.
    Since this is a long drive we will be leaving early. Reno members will meet at the Pink Scholar's at 8165 South Virginia Street at 7:00am, we will leave by 7:10am and meet the Carson City contingent at the Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street at 8:00am. We will leave the Forest Service offices at 8:10am heading south on Hwy 395 for 30miles to Holbrook Junction. Then head east on 208 for about 23 miles to Wilson Canyon.
    There is a rest area with picnic tables and restrooms located on the river, very near or destination. We will be heading home no later than 2:00pm .
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent. I highly suggest you bring walking sticks for the short hike up the slopes.
    For further information you can contact John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm

June 30 Trip cancelled  A tentative trip to Washoe Lake has been discussed with the purpose of seeking out Sand lily-Leucocrinum montanum. This trip hinges upon how fast the spring runoff recedes from their habitat. There could be changes to this schedule. We will post any new information to the NVNPS web site as it becomes available.
    Leader Charlene Duncan
    For further information you can contact John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm

Please note the change of date for the trip to Paige Meadows

July 1 Paige Meadows field trip - Leader Cheryl Beyer

    Paige Meadows is a popular hiking destination located a short distance to the west of Lake Tahoe.The sight we will be exploring is made up of a series of wet meadows considered to be an easy hike. To learn more about these meadows visit http://wildflowerhikes.com/ and look at the recommended hikes section.
    No high clearance or four wheel drive vehicles required. We will be on paved roads for the whole trip.
    Due to the site's location on the west side of the lake we will be traveling as two separate groups.
    For those traveling from Reno our first meeting site will be the Boomtown Casino parking lot at 8:00am departing at 8:10am. We will travel west on I-80 to Truckee then South on CA route 89 to West Lake Blvd.
    For those traveling from Carson our first meeting sight will be the Forest Service offices at 1536 Carson Street. Be there at 7:50am and depart at 8:00am travel west on US-50 to East Lake Blvd. Turn right and follow Lake Blvd around the lake to West Lake Blvd.
    Our final meeting place for both groups will be Tahoe House Bakery and Gourmet located at 625 West Lake Blvd. Cheryl will meet us there by 9:15am. We will depart by 9:30am taking a short drive to the meadows. Our plan is to be on site by 10:00am.
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent.
    For further information you can contact John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm

July 28 Trip to Carson Pass and Lake Winnemucca - Leader Elizabeth Bergstrom  This trip has  been moved up to July to catch the primrose in bloom.

    The purpose of this trip is to seek out the Sierra Primrose-Primula suffrutescens for those who missed it on last year’s excursion.   The trail from Carson Pass to Winnemucca Lake is approximately 4.5 miles round trip and gains 500 feet of elevation. There is a $5 day use fee for each vehicle at Carson Pass parking lot. Fee waived for Inter-agency Pass and El Dorado NF Annual Pass holders.

    From Reno meet at the Pink Scolari's at 8165 South Virginia Street at 7:50am. We will depart at 8:00am and to link up with the Carson area members at the Forest Service offices at 1536 Carson Street by 8:45am. Our goal is to be at the Carson Pass Visitors Center by 10:00am.
    For further information you can contact Elizabeth Bergstrom at 775-884-8154 or John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm.

The Sonora Pass Trip has been postponed until next year.  A tentative over night trip to Sonora Pass. Several members are researching the possibility of a over night trip to Sonora Pass. There is no further information available at this time. An alternate day trip destination of Carson Pass / Winnemucca Lake may be inserted on this weekend should the preferred Sonora Pass trip not take place. Check the NVNPS web site as the date gets closer to see if this trip is finalized.
    For further information you can contact John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm

August 4 Osgood Swamp trip - Leader Tom Schuster

    Osgood swamp is located near Echo Peak in Eldorado County, CA. This is a unique sphagnum bog habitat and contains an interesting assemblage of species. For further information check the web site listed below. http://biohere.com/natural_areas/california/El_Dorado_County/osgood_swamp.php
    From Reno – 395 south to Carson City, turn right onto Hwy 50 (over Spooner Summit) and head south toward South Lake Tahoe, in South Lake Tahoe turn left onto Hwy 50/Emerald Bay Road, go through Meyers and 0.5 miles later on the right is the very small trail head parking area for Osgood swamp. Travel time 1hr 45 min.
The trail is an easy  2-3 miles loop around a small lake on and fairly level ground partially shaded by forest. Waterproof boots are recommended for riparian plant identification close to the water’s edge.
    We will be getting an early start for this trip. Reno area people should plan on meeting at the Pink Scolari's at 8165 South Virginia Street by 6:30am. We will leave by 6:35am and meet the Carson City group at 7:15am at the Forest Service offices at 1536 Carson Street. We plan on leaving this final meeting spot by 7:20am. Tom our leader will meet us at this site.
    Parking at the Osgood Swamp site is limited so we will meet a group led by Will Richardson from the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science on the southern outskirts of Meyers at Chiapa Drive.  They will be accompanying us on this trip. The main purpose of this stop is to consolidate our transportation down to as few vehicles as possible. Chiapa Drive has wide shoulders and is close to our destination.  Look for Chiapa Drive on the north side of US Highway 50 opposite the Lake Tahoe KOA campground. A google map of the area. Due to the parking situation, please RSVP with Tom Schuster at tom-mail@sbcglobal.net or 690-2953. 

    Further information concerning this trip will be posted to the NVNPS web site prior to the trip date.
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent.
    For further information you can contact Tom Schuster at 690-2953 or John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm

Aug 11 Trip to the meadows on the upper slopes of Mount Rose - Leader Elizabeth Bergstrom

    This trip will explore some of the upper elevation meadow habitats on Mount Rose. We will access these meadows via the US Forest Service access road to Relay Peak. We plan to meet at the large Mount Rose trailhead, parking lot. This lot is on the west side of the Mount Rose Hwy summit. Be at the staging area by 9:00am at the latest, we will be leave shortly afterward. It is a short drive to the meadows through locked gates so be on time. Meet at the Starbucks in the Raley's parking lot on Mt. Rose Highway at 8:30 to carpool (1/4 mile west of the freeway.)  It is suggested that you carpool as much as possible before heading up to the pass, since the parking lot gets very congested on the weekends. High clearance vehicles preferred for the drive up the access road.
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent.
    For further information you can contact Elizabeth Bergstrom at 775-884-8154 or John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm.

Aug 18th Carson Pass trip has been moved to July 28th.

Aug 25th Trip to Big Meadows - Leader Janel Johnson

    Meet at 9:30am at the Big Meadows trail-head on Highway 89 about half way between Meyers and the junction with Hwy 88. Carpool from the Forest Service offices at 1536 Carson Street in Carson City at 8:30am or the Pink Scolari's at 8165 South Virginia Street in Reno at 8am.
    The first quarter mile of trail climbs about 300 feet with many big steps made of boulders. After that the trail levels out in the meadow and those who want a longer hike can continue up to Scott, Round, or Dardanelles Lakes.
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent.
    For further information you can contact Janel Johnson at 775-684-2911 or John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm

It is suggested that you check the web site before the dates of the trips to see if changes or updates have been posted.

 

Southern Nevada Field Trip - February 18, 2012

On Saturday February 18, 2012, we are doing the kickoff field trip of the year, a visit to the greenhouse at Lake Mead!  Janis Lee, nursery manager, has kindly agreed to show us around.

The greenhouse is not far from the water safety building, but not signed, so we'll plan to meet at the water building at 10am.  It's about 1.5-2 miles from the Boulder City fee station and about 8-9 miles from the Henderson (Lake Mead Pkwy) fee station; if you don't have the all-access pass, you can tell the fee station folks that you are going to the nursery.

After the tour, we can nose around the area to see if anything is coming up, and will likely be done by lunchtime.

If anybody wants to carpool, RSVP to stanshebs@earthlink.net and I'll organize.

Stan Shebs
stanshebs@earthlink.net

May 2011 Field Trips

May 14th. A volunteer planting event will be held at the Galena Creek Visitor Center on the Mt. Rose Highway.  This is a Forest Service sponsored event.  We will be putting out native perennials and shrubs grown by Washoe Nursery to provide landscaping.  Please call the Visitor Center at 775-849-4948 for further information and registration.  This will be a first part of the native plant landscaping planned for this area. 

 

May 15. Jack's Valley Wildlife Management Area.  Trip Leader: Elizabeth Bergstrom, 884-8154.

From Carson area: meet at IHOP (3883 S. Carson St.) for breakfast at 8:15, otherwise at 9:30. 

From Reno: for car-pool meet at pink Scolari's (S. Virginia St., Reno), for Carson IHOP breakfast, at 7:30, otherwise at 8:30. 

Final Meeting place: parking lot of the Jacks Valley Elementary School at 10:00. From Highway 395 south of Carson City turn west onto Jacks Valley Road (Target and Home Depot Shopping Center intersection) and proceed several miles to the elementary school. 

We will be looking for the Carson Valley monkeyflower, a minute yellow flowered annual which is currently being described.   This plant was formerly described as Mimulus montiodes and is limited to the foothills of Carson and Eagle Valleys with a disjunct occurrence in the Red Rock area outside of Reno.  Much of the habitat for this plant has been developed.  

In addition to the monkeyflower we will have a chance to see many more spring annuals. The fieldtrip will run until around noon so you will have some gardening time at home in the afternoon!

 

May 21. Sand Mountain.  Bring food, water, insect repellent, suntan lotion. Be prepared for any type of weather.   High clearance vehicles recommended.

First meeting place: 8:00 am, at the west side of the parking lot at the Legends Shopping Center, southwest of Scheels, nearest the Sparks Marina. Take the Sparks Blvd. exit from I-80, go north about ½ mile to East Lincoln Way and turn west, go around the first roundabout and follow the road to Scheels.

Second meeting place: 9:15 am at the McDonalds on the west side of Fallon.

From Carson vicinity: meet at Forest Service office, 1536 S.Carson St. (US 395) Carson City, to leave at 8:00.  Rendezvous with Reno group at 9:15 at Fallon McDonald's on US 50.

While there we will look for Penstemon acuminatus var. latebracteatus, Astragalus lentiginosus var. kennedyi and Castilleja angustifolia var. flavescens. This area was a stop on the Pony Express.

Trip Leader: Gary Monroe 775-359-4863 or Email g.monroe@att.net

2010 Field Trips

  • July 24. Carson Pass (Alpine Co.) 
    The trail from Carson Pass to Winnemucca Lake is approximately 4.5
    miles round trip and gains 500 feet of elevation.  Bring a lunch and
    plenty of water.  There is a $5 day use fee for each vehicle at Carson
    Pass.  Fee waived for Interagency Pass and El Dorado NF Annual Pass
    holders.  Trip departure times are:  Pink Scolaris in Reno, 8:15am;
    Carson City Forest Service Office, 8:45am; Woodford's Station, 9:30am,
    Carson Pass, 10am.  Leaders: Elizabeth Bergstrom 775-884-8154, ebergstrom@fs.fed.us and Janel Johnson 775-684-2911, jdjohnson@state.nv.us
  • July 17. Eriogonum Quest, Churchill Narrows (south of Fort Churchill) and other stops (Lyon Co.), Eriogonums visited during the Eriogonum Society Field Trips (June 12 and 13).  Breakfast at Denny's on North Carson Street at Hot Springs Rd, 8am, depart at 9am.  If coming from Reno leave from the Pink Scolaris on South Virginia at 7:30am for breakfast or 8:30am otherwise.  Leader John Weiser, 775-331-4485.
  • July 10. Chapman Saddle (North of Yuba Pass, CA 49,
    Sierra County, CA.)  Meet at 10:00 am at Yuba Pass, CA on Highway 49,
    in parking area on south side of highway.  High clearance vehicles are
    not necessary.  For those traveling from Reno, meet at the McDonald’s
    on southwest corner of West McCarran and Mae Anne just north of
    Interstate 80 at 8:30 am.  For those coming from Carson City, meet at
    the Forest Service office, on Carson Street south of the mall at 8:30
    am.  Leaders Bill and Nancy Harnach, 530-994-3464.
  • June 19. Spooner Lake State Park. 
    Meet at 9:00 am at the stone circle trail-head at Spooner Lake State
    Park.  Write "NNPS" on a card and place it on your dash in front of the
    steering wheel to waive park entry fee.  Carson City meeting place at
    IHOP (3883 S. Carson St, east side just south of Raley's) for breakfast
    at 7:30 am or 8:30 am for the field trip.  Reno rendezvous 8:00 am and
    the Pink Scolari's.  If coming for breakfast, leave by 7:00 am.
    Leader: Ann Pinzl, 883-0463.
  • June 5. Little Valley.  Meet at the Bower's Mansion parking lot (on old 395 in Washoe Valley) at 10:00 am. If carpooling, plan to leave the Pink Scolari's in Reno by 9:35 am. From Carson City leave the SE corner of the Save Mart parking lot in north Carson City at College Parkway and N. Carson St. by 9:30 am. The road to Little Valley is typically in poor condition in the spring so 4WD vehicles are required. Leader: John Christopherson 775-684-2507, jchrist [at] forestry [dot] nv [dot] gov. Alternate contact: Janel Johnson 775-684-2911, jdjohnson [at] state [dot] nv [dot] us.
  • May 29. Rosaschi Ranch/Masonic Mountain. 
    Final meeting place is Rosachi Ranch parking area on the East Walker
    River, Forest Road 28, near the Sonoma historical site. Departure
    times for carpool locations are: Reno Pink Scolari's, 8 am; Carson
    City Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street), 8:30am,
    Douglas High School (south end of parking lot) 8:50 am.  After a tour
    of the restoration activities, we will drive up the back road to
    Masonic Mountain to see locations of three rare plants: Phacelia
    monoensis, Astragalus oophorus var. lavinii, and Streptanthus
    oliganthus. The Masonic Mountain portion requires high clearance
    vehicles. Leader: Elizabeth Bergstrom 775-884-8154, ebergstrom@fs.fed.us. Alternate Contact: Janel Johnson 775-684-2911, jdjohnson@state.nv.us.
  • May 22. Waterfall Fire Revegetation Study Area (Carson City). 
    Meet at 9:00 am at the Jack Davis Observatory, on Van Patten Ave., of
    the Western Nevada College in Carson City. From Reno take US 395 Exit
    43 (US 395 Bus.) - N. Carson St., at the second traffic light, College
    Parkway, turn right, turn right at stop sign, Ormsby St., it will curve
    left and you will be on Combs Canyon Road, go left on Murphy Dr., and
    right on Vanpallan. Reno rendezvous at 8:20 am from the Pink Scolari's.
    http:www.wnc.edu/waterfall/trail  Leaders Mike Sady (WNC) 775-445-4400 or Larry Taylor, 775-883-6016.
  • May 15. Washoe Lake State Park. 
    Meet at 9:30 am at the parking lot inside the main entrance to the park
    on Eastlake Blvd. (across from Dead Man's Canyon). This is 3.3 miles
    NE from US 395 exit 44. Morning, scout Dead Man's Canyon, late arrivals
    join after lunch for exploration near the lake. Reno rendezvous 8:45,
    Pink Scolari's - Carson 9:00 am at Save Mart (see May 8th trip). Leader
    Ann Pinzl, 775-883-0463.
  • Sunday, Earth Day, April 25. Spanish Springs (Washoe Co.)
    9:00 am - Meet at Walgreen's on the corner of Pyramid Lake Highway
    & Eagle Canyon Road. Leaders Connie Douglas, 775-425-1305, and
    Bonnie Larsen, 775-972-0583.
  • April 17. McCarran Ranch/Lower Truckee River (Washoe/Storey Cos.)  Come join The Nature Conservancy for a day of willow planting on the banks of the Truckee River. NOTE: This has the potential to be muddy work so please bring solid shoes and wading boots or fishing waders if you have them. Following the event, we'll have snacks and beverages. Meet at 10:00 am at the 102 Ranch. Leader: Janel Johnson 775-684-2911

2009 Field Trips

  • Tahoe Meadows (Washoe Co.), August 8. Field trip photos by Janel Johnson. Meet for breakfast at 8:30 am at Tamarack Junction Casino at 13101 S. Virginia St. (from highway 395 take Damonte Ranch Parkway exit west, then south on S. Virginia St.). Coffee Shop is on the right just after the entrance. If not breakfasting join the group by 9:30 am. If coming from the south meet at 8:00 am at the east end of Treadway Park off Fleischmann St., west of Division, to leave surplus cars in shade. Final meeting place at 10:00 am at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead on southeast side of Mt. Rose Highway west of the road summit. Leaders Elizabeth Bergstrom 775-884-8154 and Janel Johnson 775-684-2911.
    • Mount Lola (Nevada Co., CA), July 26 (Sunday). First meeting place - at the McDonald’s on southwest corner of West McCarran and Mae Anne just north of Interstate 80 at 8:00 am. Second meeting place - On State Route 89 at the exit from Interstate 80 towards Loyalton at 9:00 am. Third meeting place - At the rest area at the junction of State Route 89 and Henness Pass Road at 9:30 am. Bring raingear, food, water, and insect repellent (Note: I have led two trips in the past to Mount Lola and both times we have had violent thunderstorms or hail). Standard vehicles permitted. Leader Gary Monroe 775-359-4863.
    • Slide Mountain (Washoe Co.), July 18. Field trip photos by Janel Johnson. Meet for breakfast at 8:30 am at Tamarack Junction Casino at 13101 S. Virginia St. (from highway 395 take Damonte Ranch Parkway exit west, then south on S. Virginia St.). Coffee Shop is on the right just after the entrance. If not breakfasting join the group by 9:30 am. If coming from the south meet at 8:00 am at the east end of Treadway Park off Fleischmann St., west of Division, to leave surplus cars in shade. Final meeting place at 10:00 am at the back end of Mt. Rose Campground at the summit of Mt. Rose Highway (431). We will walk a narrow ascending road for approximately 1 mile. Leaders Elizabeth Bergstrom 775-884-8154 and Janel Johnson 775-684-2911.
    • Prison Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch (Carson City), July 1 (Wednesday). Meet for breakfast in Carson City at 8:00 am at Denny’s on the NE side of Hot Springs Road and Carson St. (From Reno take exit 43). To car pool from Reno meet at the Pink Scolari’s at Southwest Pavilion, 8165 S. Virginia St. If coming for breakfast depart Reno at 7:20 am, if just coming for the field trip depart Reno at 8:20 am. Departure from Denny’s will be 9:00 am. Leader Larry Taylor 775-883-6016.
    • Dog Valley north of Verdi (Sierra Co., CA), June 20. Field trip photos by Janel Johnson. If coming from the south gather in Carson City at 7:45 am at the east end of Treadway Park off Fleischmann St., west of Division, to leave surplus cars in shade. Reno meeting at 8:30 am at the McDonald’s at Mae Anne and North McCarran. Final meeting at 9:00 am in downtown Verdi, SR 425 and Dog Valley Road. Leaders Elizabeth Bergstrom 775-884-8154 and Janel Johnson 775-684-2911.
    • Spooner Lake (Douglas Co.), June 13. Meet for breakfast in Carson City at Carson Station Hotel Casino (900 S. Carson Street on the west side of Carson Street/Highway 395) at 8:00 am. You can park in Carson Station’s parking lots between 10th & 11th Streets or on the west side of Curry Street (one block west of Carson Street/Rte 395). Those not joining the group for breakfast should meet at the Spooner Lake parking lot at 9:30 am. Mention you are with the wildflower walk and your park entrance fee will be waived. Leader Ann Pinzl 775-883-0463.
    • Spring Mountains (Clark Co.), June 13. Meet at 7:00 am at the Kyle Canyon turnoff on Hwy 95. The trip will head up the mountain in search of wildflowers. For more info, contact DeVon Ekenstam 702-378-0624 or ekenstam [at] mvdsl [dot] com. Frenchman's Lake & Ferris Swamp (Plumas Co., CA), June 7 (Sunday - changed from newsletter!). Meet at the Frosty in Chilcoot California on the north side of highway 70. This is west from Hallelujah Junction on highway 395. Leaders Bill & Nancy Harnach 530-994-3464.
    • East side of Diamond Range (Plumas Co., CA) and Red Rocks (Washoe Co.), May 30. Meet at 8:00 am just north of US 395 at the Red Rock Road exit, in the cul-de-sac just south of the Shell Station on the west side of Red Rock Road. Leader John Dyer 775-677-2714.
    • Pine Nut Mountains, Sunrise Pass (Douglas Co.), May 16. Meet for breakfast at 8:00 am at Denny's in Carson City on the NE corner of Hot Springs Road and Carson Street (this is US 395 business route, take exit 43 if coming from Reno). To car pool from Reno meet at the pink Scolari's in the Southwest Pavilion at 8165 S. Virginia St. If coming for breakfast depart at 7:20 am, if tripping but not breakfasting depart at 8:20 am. Departure from Denny's will be at 9:00 am. Leaders Dr. Robin Tausch 775-784-5329 (USFS) and Larry Taylor 775-883-6016.
    • North Valleys Sagebrush Ramble (Washoe Co.), May 6 (Wednesday). Meet at 8:45 am. Place to be determined. Call the leaders Connie Douglas 775-425-1305 & Bonnie Larsen 775-972-0583 for the meeting place.
    • Gold Butte (Clark Co.), April 25. Meet DeVon at Whitney Pockets on Friday evening (any time) or on Saturday morning at ±8:00 am. DeVon will be in a black Ford Ranger parked just off the road at Whitney pockets. We will begin in the area around Whitney Pockets and go from there when everyone arrives. If there is enough interest, the field trip could be extended to the 26th. Please call ahead if you are planning to attend so we will know who to expect and when, and so you can get directions, if needed. Call DeVon Ekenstam at 702-378-0624 or e-mail to ekenstam [at] mvdsl [dot] com. This is a combined field trip with the Friends of Gold Butte. There is plenty of lodging in Mesquite, NV if you do not want to stay overnight.
    • CANCELED!! Truckee River Canyon (Washoe/Storey counties), April 25. Meet at 8:00 am at 780 Vista Blvd., SW corner of Vista and Prater Way in Sparks (AMEC Engineering parking lot). High clearance vehicles recommended. Leader John Dyer 775-677-2714.
    • First Creek (Clark Co.), April 18. Join DeVon at 7:30am at the First Creek trailhead parking off of Hwy 159 (just north of Spring Mtn Ranch State Park). This is a great hike and hopefully the waterfall is still flowing good. Contact DeVon Ekenstam at 702-378-0624 or e-mail to ekenstam [at] mvdsl [dot] com.
    • Highland Range and/or Nelson area (Clark Co.), April 4. Meet at 8 am at the Railroad Pass Casino parking lot. We will explore the area around the Highland Range (west side of US 95 south of the Nelson Road turnoff). If not much is blooming, we can take the road to Nelson and see what is blooming closer to the lake. For more information, contact Matt Hamilton at 702-468-2251 or mojave0827 [at] aol [dot] com.

    2008 Field Trips

    August 2008:
    • Barker Pass above Homewood (west shore Lake Tahoe, California), August 2. May include search for Tahoe yellowcress. Leaders Gary Monroe 775-359-4863 and Steve Caicco 775-861-6341.

    July 2008:

    • Summit Lake north of Donner summit (northern California), July 26. Meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald's at the southwest corner of North McCarran & Mae Anne in NW Reno. Pack a lunch and water. Trip involves a hike of approximately 3 miles. For those who plan to meet at Donner Summit, call leader Paul Mungan for meeting location (747-4567). To extend your weekend at Donner summit join Larry Taylor for Saturday night and Sunday. Bring sleeping bag. Bunk at Sierra Club's Clair Tappaan Lodge at Norden on old US 40. Dinner, breakfast, and U-build-it sack lunch included at $46 for SC members, $51 for non-members. Need more information? Call Larry Taylor at 775-883-6016.
    • Antelope Valley (near Sierra Valley, northern California), July 12. Group 1 will meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald's at the Lemon Valley exit on highway 395 north of Reno. Group 2 will meet at 8:00 am at Country Cooking in Loyalton for coffee and/or breakfast. Country Cooking is on the east side of Highway 49, next to the new Sierra County Sheriffs office. The two groups will converge at Country Cooking at 9:00, and proceed from there. Travel will be on dirt roads, high clearance vehicles suggested, bring lunch and beverages, and sunscreen. Ride sharing will be available. For more info call John Dyer, 775-770-0035 (day) or 775-677-2714 (evenings), or Bill or Nancy Harnach at 916-994-3464.

    June 2008:

    • Lower Prey Meadows (Lake Tahoe east shore), June 14. Meet at 8:00 am for breakfast at Denny's in Carson City at the NE corner of Hot Springs Road and N. Carson St. From Reno take exit 43. Depart from Denny's at 9:00 am. Reno carpoolers meet at 7:15 am at the Pink Scolari's at 8165 S. Virginia St. if meeting for breakfast, otherwise meet at 8:15 am. Final rendezvous at 9:45 at gate to Skunk Harbor road on Highway 28, 1 mile N of Carson/Douglas County line. Bring lunch and water. Hike to meadow is approximately 1.5 miles (Julie Carville "Hike" #29). Leader Larry Taylor 775-883-6016.

    May 2008:

    •  Lower slopes of Peavine Mountain (Washoe Co.), May 17. Meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald's at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395 north of Reno. Leader Paul Mungan 747-4567.
    • Silver Peak area (Esmeralda Co.), May 9-11+. Should be some of the best spring flowers in Nevada this year. Dry camping in the Silver Peak Range. Gas, groceries, RV parks, and motels available in Tonopah and Goldfield. To coordinate carpooling, be at May 1 NNPS meeting in Reno, or call trip leaders. First meeting place Friday May 9th: intersection of Nevada highways 264 and 773, north end of Fishlake Valley, no later than 1:00 pm. Fill gas in Hawthorne if coming from Reno area, Big Pine or Bishop if coming from Owens Valley, or Tonopah if coming from southeast. Camping Friday night Coyote Summit on road between Fishlake Valley and town of Silverpeak. Second meeting place Saturday May 10th: Coyote Summit no later than 10:00 am. Camping Saturday night Railroad Summit between Silverpeak and Lida. Third meeting place Sunday May 11th: Railroad Summit no later than 9:30 am. Stephen Ingram of CNPS will join the group to lead us to some rare species habitat. For those interested in joining later or staying longer, Jim Morefield will meet any malingerers at Railroad Summit Sunday night or Monday late-morning, and stay through the 13th or 14th. Leaders Gary Monroe (359-4863), Larry Taylor (883-6016), and Jim Morefield (782-4360).
    • Pine Nut Range (Douglas Co.), May 3.
    • CANCELED! Gold Butte (Clark Co.), May 2-4 (Friday-Sunday). Join field trip leader Devon Ekenstam (ekenstam [at] mvdsl [dot] com or 702-378-0624) for either day hikes or an overnight stay in the Whitney Pockets area of the Gold Butte area south of the City of Mesquite along the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway. For those who prefer facilities, the amenities of the City of Mesquite are not far away.

    April 2008:

    • Petersen Range (Washoe Co.), April 26. Meet at 8:00 am at the cul-de-sac north of highway 395 at the Red Rock exit. This is just south of the Shell Station. Leaders John Dyer 775-677-2714 and Bonnie Larsen 775-972-0583.
    • Mormon Mountains (Clark Co., possibly the Hackberry Springs area), April 19. Meet field trip leader Devon Ekenstam (ekenstam [at] mvdsl [dot] com or 702-378-0624) at the Carp Elgin exit on Interstate 15 North of the Las Vegas Valley at 7:30 AM. Will botanize in sandy lowland areas up to middle elevations of the Mormon Mountains. Expect to see a wide variety of Mojave Desert flora, including Yucca, Agave and our native desert shrubs. We will stop for lunch at the Logandale Park for a picnic after the hike. Upper Las Vegas Wash area of North Las Vegas (Clark Co.), April 5. Another local group, the Protectors of Tule Springs (POTS), will be offering a hike to view Las Vegas Bearpoppy habitat. To join them, meet at 9:45AM at the Sun City Aliante Clubhouse parking lot (NE corner of Aliante Parkway and Elkhorn, north of the 215.) Contact Sue Wainscott (suewainscott [at] mac [dot] com) for more information.

    March 2008:

    • North Shore Road and Valley of Fire State Park area (Clark Co.), March 22nd (exact destination to be determined). Meet field trip leader Matt Hamilton (702-468-2251) at the USGS office in Henderson (directions below) at 7:00 AM to begin our excursion. The trip will consist of either several short hikes or an extended hike depending upon participant’s interest and available floral displays.

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    2007 Field Trips

    August 2007:
    • Bristlecone Pines, White Mountains (Mono Co., CA), August 10-12 (Friday-Sunday). The Summer Sojourn by the Bristlecone CNPS Chapter (Bishop) will be held at the UC White Mountain Research Station, Crooked Creek Facility, on August 11 and 12 [Note: this is not the same as the trip scheduled by the NNPS on June 1-3]. Cost for the CNPS Summer Sojourn is $100 per person. Accommodations include either a dorm room (limited number) or a tent area. The station is at 10,000 feet, and will focus on alpine flora and habitat. The Saturday night speaker will be Dr. Connie Millar of the USFS Pacific Southwest Research station, a paleoecologist, speaking about historic climate change on the structure, composition, and function of high-elevation and tree-line populations in the Sierra Nevada and the western Great Basin. More information can be obtained from Cheryl Chipman at 760-872-7636, or at gocc [at] cebridge [dot] net, or at http://www.wmrs.edu. Registration is limited due to the size of the research station. Registration deadline is July 28, but don't wait, the trip may be full by then. If you plan to attend, prepare for the effects of high elevation. NNPS coordinator John Dyer (775-677-2714).

    July 2007:

    • Lamoille Canyon, Ruby Mountains (Elko Co.), July 27-29 (Friday-Sunday). We have reserved spaces 10 and 11 (each with 40' long parking space & tent pads) in Thomas Canyon Campground (the only public camp in Lamoille Canyon - about a mile past the Lions Club camp). These spaces are in Loop B, the first road to the right after leaving the main road. Altitude at the camp is 7600 feet. Leaders Gary Monroe (775-359-4863) and Larry Taylor (775-883-6016).
    • Pole Creek (near Squaw Valley, Placer Co., CA), July 14th. Meet at McDonalds in the shopping mall at the corner of North McCarran & Mae Anne in NW Reno at 8 am. Pack a lunch and water. Trip involves a hike of approximately 3 miles. We should be back in Reno before 5 pm. Questions, contact leaders Paul Mungan (775-747-4567).

    June 2007:

    • Monitor Pass (Alpine Co., CA), June 30th. Meet at 7:30 am at the Pink Scolari's market at Southwest Pavilion at 8165 S. Virginia Street, Reno. Second meeting place will be at Denny's in Carson City at the NE corner of Carson Street (US 395 business) and Hot Springs Road. Departure from Denny's will be 8:15 am. Third meeting place will be at 9:30 at Monitor Junction at highways 395 and 89. If coming from Carson Valley call leader Larry Taylor (775-883-6016).
    • Smith Valley (Lyon Co.), June 16th. Meet at 7:30 am at the Pink Scolari's market at Southwest Pavilion at 8165 S. Virginia Street, Reno. Second meeting place will be at Denny's in Carson City at the NE corner of Carson Street (US 395 business) and Hot Springs Road. Departure from Denny's will be 8:15 am. Third meeting place will be 9:15 am at Holbrook Junction at highways 395 and 208. If coming from Carson Valley call leader Larry Taylor (775-883-6016).
    • Westgard Pass, White Mountains (Inyo Co., CA), June 1-3 (Friday-Sunday). We have reserved Ferguson Campground in the Cedar Flat area on highway 168 east of Big Pine. This is a dry camp. Leader John Reid (714-457-3149).

    May 2007:

    • Loyalton (Sierra Co., CA), May 19th. First meeting place is the McDonalds parking lot at the Lemmon Valley exit on Highway 395 north of Reno. Departure at 8 am. Second meeting place is at 9 am at the turnoff on the east side of Highway 49 to the Sierra County landfill/transfer station about 1 mile north of Loyalton. We will park there and consolidate passengers to reduce vehicle numbers. General directions from Reno: Drive north on Highway 395, take Highway 70 west at Hallelujah Junction, proceed through Chilcoot, then turn south on Highway 49 at Vinton. Proceed south on Highway 49 to landfill/transfer station exit. If you pass the Mormon Church or Smithneck Road on the east side of Highway 49 or come to Loyalton, you went too far - turn around and go back north on Highway 49. Leaders John Dyer (775-770-0035) and Bill and Nancy Harnach (530-994-3464).
    •  Eagle/Dayton Valleys & Eldorado Canyon (Carson City and Lyon Co.), May 5th. Meet at 8 am for breakfast at Denny's in Carson City at the NE corner of Carson Street (US 395 business) and Hot Springs Road. From Reno take the first Carson City off ramp (exit 43). Reno meeting place will be the Pink Scolari's market at Southwest Pavillion at 8165 S. Virginia Street. Departure from Reno will be at 7:20 am for those who want breakfast at Denny's (Gary Monroe leader 775-359-4863) or depart at 8:20 am for the field trip (Oyvind Frock leader 775-826-8779). Departure from Denny's will be 9 am. Hiking will be moderate but may require some shallow wading. Leaders Larry Taylor (775-883-6016) and Paul Mungan (775-747-4567).

    April 2007:

    •  Hungry Valley (Washoe Co.), April 21st. Meet at 8:30 am at the Starbucks parking lot at the corner of Pyramid Way and McCarran Blvd. in Sparks. The exact trip destination is flexible. Flower evidence will determine location in the Hungry Valley area. Be prepared to walk up some inclined slopes. Leaders Paul Mungan (775-747-4567) and Connie Douglas (775-425-1305). Call Connie to arrange a second meeting place in Spanish Springs.
    • Summerlin Earth Day (Clark Co.), April 21st. Come visit (or help with!) our Earth Day booth at Summerlin Centre Community Park, 1800 South Town Center Drive (between Sahara and Charleston), Las Vegas. The event will feature live musical entertainment, interactive displays, children’s environmental art, and learning activities, food, and exhibits. Upper Las Vegas Wash (Clark Co.), April 16th (Monday!). Also hosted by the "Friends" of the Upper Las Vegas Wash group, this is a repeat of last Fall's trip where 3 different fossil and plant sites were visited. Sign up with Sue Wainscott (702)-455-3859 or eriogonum [at] earthlink [dot] net by March 9th.
    • Upper Las Vegas Wash (Clark Co.), April 14th. Hosted by the "Friends" of the Upper Las Vegas Wash group, a BLM representative will lead us into the trenches of the "Big Dig," where they will be looking at numerous fossil beds. This area is also home to Las Vegas bear poppies and Las Vegas buckwheat. Sign up with Sue Wainscott (702)-455-3859 or eriogonum [at] earthlink [dot] net by March 9th.

    2006 Field Trips

    October 2006
    • Frazier Falls for fall colors (Plumas Co., CA), October 7th. Meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395, north of Reno. Second meeting place at 9:00 at the park and ride at the intersection of Highways 70 and 89 at Blairsden, near Graeagle, CA. Leaders: John Dyer (775) 677-2714 and Fred Peterson (775) 747-2364.

    September 2006

    • Fall colors and seeds, September 23rd. For details, call leaders: John Dyer (775) 677-2714 and John Reid (530) 546-4127 (M-Th) or (760) 932-9861 (F-Su).

    August 2006

    • Grover Falls or Burnside Lake (Alpine Co., CA), August 19th. Meet at 8:00 am at the pink Scolari’s at 8165 S. Virginia St. Second meeting place at 8:45 near the southeast corner of Albertson’s North Carson Store. When you come into Carson City do not get on the new freeway. Albertson’s is west of highway 395 just past Glen Eagles Restaurant. Third meeting place at 9:30 at the Dairy Queen on the northwest corner of the junction of highways 395 and 88 at the north end of Minden. Leaders: Paul Mungan (775) 747-4567 and John Reid (530) 546-4127 (M-Th) and (760) 932-9861 (F-Su). [A welcome dip in Grover Hot Springs ($5.00) is an option after the field trip].
    •  New Mount Rose Trail (Washoe Co.), August 1st (Tuesday!). Meet at 8:00 am at the pink Scolari’s at 8165 S. Virginia St. Leader: Jerry Tiehm (775) 329-1645.

    July 2006

    • North Loop Trail, Mt. Charleston Wilderness (Clark Co.), July 22nd. While everyone is sizzling down in the Valley, you can join Trip Leaders Trent Draper and Gary Reese to botanize at higher elevations. The North Loop Trail starts around 8500 ft, just off the Deer Creek Highway and near Hilltop campground, we will hike close to 10,000 feet. Altitude sickness is always a possibility. We will hike 2-3 miles from the trailhead into the Mt. Charleston Wilderness to where the trail levels off into a nice Pinus longaeva (bristlecone pine) grove. We will talk about plant communities along the way and potentially see many species of concern such as Arenaria kingii ssp. rosea, Castilleja martinii var. clokeyi, Draba jaegeri, Ericameria compacta, Lesquerella hitchcockii, Pedicularis semibarbata var. charlestonensis, Penstemon leiophyllus var. keckii, Penstemon thompsoniae ssp. jaegeri, and Salvia dorrii var. clokeyi. We will also be watching for other species of concern that may occur in the area such as Townsendia jonesii var. tumulosa, Viola charlestonensis, Sphaeromeria compacta, and Phacelia hastata var. charlestonensis as well as many montane plant species. Nice views of the Spring Mountains and on a clear day, Fortification Hill at Lake Mead National Recreation Area can be seen. Bring sturdy shoes, water, lunch, and sunscreen. For any questions regarding the field trip, please contact DeVon Ekenstam at (702) 378-0624.
    • Gold Lake/Graeagle area (Plumas Co., CA), July 22nd. Paleofossils with Anna Thompson, botany instructor at Feather River College in Quincy. Meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395, north of Reno. Second meeting place at 9:00 at the park and ride at the intersection of Highways 70 and 89 at Blairsden, near Graeagle, CA. Leader: John Dyer (775) 677-2714(h) or (775) 770-0035(c).
    • Frazier Falls, July 8th (Plumas Co., CA). Meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395, north of Reno. Second meeting place at 9:00 am at the park and ride at the intersection of Highways 70 and 89 at Blairsden. Leaders Bill and Nancy Harnach (530) 994-3464 and Fred Peterson 747-2364.
    • Lincoln County, Nevada, July 1st. Details about this field trip are forthcoming. For any questions regarding the field trip, please contact

    June 2006

    • Peavine Mountain high elevations (Washoe Co.), June 17th. Meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395, north of Reno. Participants should be prepared for all weather conditions because we have encountered snow in previous years. Be sure to bring a hat and sun screen. Also, wear good walking shoes for negotiating rough ground. Leaders Paul Mungan (775) 747-4567 and Bonnie Larsen (775) 972-0583.
    • Zion National Park (Washington Co., UT), June 9-10 (Friday-Saturday). Come join our overnight trip to venture into beautiful southwestern Utah. More details will follow regarding botanizing, camping availability and the potluck on Friday night. We will meet Friday evening at City Park in Virgin. For any questions regarding the field trip, please contact DeVon Ekenstam at (702) 378-0624.
    • Carson City area, June 4th (Sunday!). Explore hills and canyons of the Carson area. In Reno, meet at 8:00 am at the Pink Scolari’s, 8165 South Virginia Street to carpool. In Carson City meet at 8:45 near the southeast corner of Albertson’s North Carson Store. From Reno, access via gas station entrance on west side of Highway 395 just past Glen Eagles Restaurant. From Carson, going north on Highway 395, go west (left) on College Parkway (intersection with traffic lights). Leader Larry Taylor (775) 883-6016.

    May 2006

    • Long Valley east of Hallelujah Junction (Lassen Co., CA), May 27th. First meeting place, 8:00 am, at the McDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395, north of Reno. Second meeting place will be at the corral at the end of the pavement on Scott Road. Scott Road is 2.2 miles west of Hallelujah Junction on Hwy. 70 and to the north. From the corral we will go another 5 miles N on Scott Road on dirt. The time will be about 8:45. We can leave cars at the corral. People should bring lunch, water, rain gear, insect repellant. Leaders Chris Battis and Gary Monroe (775) 359-4863.
    • Lee Canyon (Clark Co.), May 20th. Only a quick 40 minute drive from Las Vegas, here's your opportunity to beat the heat while botanizing at the same time! Meet at 8:00 am at the turn-off to Lee Canyon on US Highway 95. Trip leader DeVon Ekenstam will meet everyone, and the group will drive west on State Route 156 (Lee Canyon Rd.) up the canyon making frequent stops to botanize. Please bring lunch, water, a hat and field walking shoes - terrain is easy to moderate. For any questions regarding the field trip, please contact DeVon Ekenstam at (702) 378-0624.
    • White River Valley (White Pine Co.), May 12th-14th (Friday-Sunday). Meet at Lane's Truck Stop in Preston (White Pine County, Nevada) at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 12th. Lane's is located on Hwy. 318, 7 miles south of the junction of 318 and Hwy. 6. We will plan to eat dinner at the coffee shop and stay either at Lane's Motel (be sure to make reservations in advance (775) 238-5269) or at the Dave Deacon campground at Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Management Area, approximately 40 miles south of Preston. This is a bare bones campground, although it does have picnic tables, primitive restrooms, and a nearby warm springs for bathing. On Saturday, we will botanize around the Sunnyside area. Please bring items to share for dinner on Saturday night if you are camping. On Sunday morning, we will visit sites in northern White River Valley. Call Tara Forbis (775) 289-7974, Janet Bair (775) 322-4990, ex. 28, or Gary Monroe (775) 359-4863 for details and to reserve a space on this trip.

    April 2006

    • North Valleys/Red Rock area (Washoe Co.), April 29th. High clearance probably desirable. Car pooling desirable. Bring lunch, water, hat. Wear sturdy shoes for walking off trails. Meet 8:30 am in the cul de sac between the Shell Station and Highway 395 on Red Rock Road. Take Highway 395 north from Reno, exit Red Rock Road, and turn right. You will see the station and meeting place west of the road. Leaders John Dyer (775) 677-2714 and Paul Mungan (775) 747-4567.
    • Muddy River Headwaters (Clark Co.), April 29th. Meet at Glendale Restaurant at 8:00 am . The drive takes about 1 hour from Las Vegas: From Las Vegas, take I-15 north to Exit 90 (Glendale-Moapa exit); at the STOP sign at bottom of Exit ramp, turn right and drive approximately 0.2 mile to restaurant. Trip leader, Bruce Lund, will meet everyone, and the group will drive to the field trip site from there. Please bring lunch, water, a hat and field walking shoes - terrain is easy walking on level ground. Muddy River headwaters offers a great birding area, too, so bring binoculars if you like to watch birds! For any questions concerning the field trip, please contact Bruce Lund, (702) 865-2808. February 2006: Mojave Preserve near Cima Road (Clark Co.), February 25th. Leader Devon Ekenstam (702) 378-0624.

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