CSU, Chico News

Week-long Course in Flora of the Western Great Basin Offered in June

Date: 06-11-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

Flora of the Western Great Basin is being offered through Regional and Continuing Education, California State University, Chico, June 21-28 at Eagle Lake Field Station in Lassen County. In addition, Friends of the Herbarium is offering shorter workshops this summer. Registration is open now for the course and workshops.

Botanist Mike Williams, who has 30 years of experience in the Great Basin, will teach Flora of the Western Great Basin. Williams was one of the first botanists working on the federal candidate lists of endangered plants in 1976 in southern Nevada. He has continued to conduct rare-plant surveys and ecological assessments throughout the western United States. Williams is the author of the treatment of the barberries (Berberidaceae) for the Jepson Manual. He currently teachers botany and ecology at Butte College.

Members of the class will examine the flora and habitats found in the cool high-desert region of the Western Great Basin. Course activities will include learning the fundamentals of using plant keys; becoming familiar with the Jepson Manual of Vascular Plants of California; reviewing common families and landforms; and learning methods of collection, note taking and habitat characterization.

A typical day will include morning lecture, field trips to surrounding locations and evening keying in the laboratory at Eagle Lake.

For details and registration, please go to the workshop page at the RCE Web site: http://rce.csuchico.edu/flora/

Other workshops currently open for sign-ups through Friends of the Herbarium are introduction to the willows of California on June 13; home composting on June 27; home vermiculture and vermicomposting on July 25; and ethnoecology of California wetland plants on August 15. More workshops are being planned for the fall.

For information about these Friends of the Herbarium workshops, please go to http://www.csuchico.edu/biol/Herb/Events.html.

The Chico State Herbarium is managed under the umbrella of the Gateway Science Museum. For more information about the Gateway Science Museum (formerly the Northern California Natural History Museum) please go to www.gatewayscience.org/ .