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A California Native Plant Society Lecture

NativePlants_ImagePresented by Glen Holstein

E.P. Foster Library     Topping Room

Tuesday, April 19               7:00 to 8:00 p.m

The earliest visitors to California’s valleys and foothills found a sea of wildflowers where grasses were scarce and vast elk herds grazed.   Why then do so many call these areas “grasslands” when even today native wildflowers can so completely cover them that hardly a grass blade is seen?   Answering that takes looking back at some plant ecology history still hugely affecting California native plant conservation.   California’s prairies are its lost ecosystem hiding in plain sight.   Dr. Holstein will explore their misunderstood history, their unique ecology, their great biodiversity, and their urgent conservation challenges.

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