CNPS x BYLT: Fantastic Ferns and Where To Find Them at Independence Trail


WHEN: February 15th 2020 9am-1pm RAIN OR SHINE!
WHERE: Independence Trail- From the north end of Nevada City where Highway 49 turns west toward Downieville, go 6.25 miles on Hwy 49 north. A highway sign tells northbound travelers the Independence Trailhead is coming up. There is parking along the east side of Highway 49 by the trailhead, and overflow parking just around the next curve down Highway 49. In the parking area look for a “Trail Entrance” sign, display case and restrooms on your right (N39.29164 W121.09734). More info:
COST: Free, Suggested donation $5
BRING: Water, Snacks, Weather Gear, especially footwear since the trail is likely to be muddy. Also suggested are a hand lens, a notebook, a cell phone with the iNaturalist app installed

Ferns are part of an ancient lineage of plants that reproduce by way of spores, rather than seeds. Nevada and Placer counties are blessed to have a strong fern diversity due to our native species being adapted to a variety of ecosystems, from the water loving ferns growing in the riparian areas to those that are adapted to extremely hot, dry conditions that grow out of harsh rock outcrops. Come learn about the ecological roles and niches filled by ferns as well as how to identify them!

This weekly hiking series is put on by the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society with support from the Bear Yuba Land Trust. From February – May 2020, we will be offering field trips to various locales in western Placer and Nevada Counties. The hikes will cover a variety of botanical topics that were selected to follow the seasonal development of our various ecosystems. Early hikes will concentrate on lower elevations and early spring plant phenomena and will ramp up into full blown wildflower season. So come to one, a few, or all of the dates and join us on an immersive educational hiking series.

All are welcome to join our Facebook Group where we will be posting recaps and pictures and having discussions about the plant phenomena we will be observing. Its also a great place to post your requests for IDs and gardening tips and have your questions be answered by our knowledgeable chapter members.

**All hikes are rain or shine. Some may require pre-registration. Dates and Locations may change.**

Feb 15 – Ferns – Independence Trail, Nevada City, CA
Feb 22 – Galls – Kenny Ranch Trail, Grass Valley, CA
Feb 29 – Spring Fungi – Hidden Falls Regional Park, Auburn, CA
Mar 7 – Native Trees and Shrubs – McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA
Mar 14 – Native Trees and Shrubs – Yewei’im Bom Trail, Nevada City, CA
Mar 21 – Wildflowers – American State Recreation Area or nearby, Auburn, CA
Mar 28 – Native Trees and Shrubs – Cascade Canal Trail, Nevada City, CA
Apr 4 – Wildflowers – Steven’s Trail, Colfax, CA
Apr 11 – Wildflowers – Euchre Bar, Alta, CA
Apr 18 – Geophytes – Spenceville Wildlife Area, Penn Valley, CA
May 2 – Wildflowers – Table Mountain, Oroville, CA
May 9 – Rare Plant Hunt – Cascade Canal Trail, Nevada City, CA


Shane Hanofee is a passionate amateur botanist and mycologist devoted to learning about and caring for the plants and fungi of California and more specifically, Nevada and Placer counties. He spends his free time hiking, gardening, and volunteering for local conservation groups. He is a CA certified Naturalist and Master Gardener.

Several dates will have co-leaders TBD.