Welcome to Northern California Botanists

Northern California Botanists is an organization with the purpose of increasing knowledge and communication among agency, consulting, academic, and other botanists about botanical issues concerning science, conservation, education, and professional development. Our primary objectives are to establish a communication forum via occasional meetings, a scholarship fund for students working on botanical problems in northern California, a job forum, and symposia that focus on the botany of northern California.

The geographic range for defining the Northern California Botanists (NCB) area of interest for symposia presentations, associated workshops, and student research scholarships includes the area extending northward--from the southern boundary of San Luis Obispo County and western slope of the Tehachapi Mountains, following the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, to the southern boundary of Mono County. Students from any accredited college or university doing research within the NCB geographic range may apply for NCB student research scholarships. NCB welcomes members from all areas.

2017 Northern California Botanists Symposium

Registration is Open!

Diverse Environments: How Plants Succeed in Northern California

9-10 January 2017 with optional workshops on 11 January
California State University, Chico
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Northern California Botanists will host their 8th botanical symposium on January 9-10, 2017 on the campus of California State University in Chico. Optional workshops will be held on Wednesday, January 11. A 2-day schedule of presentations by working botanists will include sessions on the Great Basin, Plants in the Fog, Insects on Plants, Seeds, Special Soil Endemics, And Now the Good News, and New Discoveries.

Link to the 2017 Symposium webpage here.

Link to the 2017 Draft Program here.

2017 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hugh Safford

We are pleased to announce Dr. Hugh Safford as the Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Northern California Botanists Symposium. Dr. Safford will give a talk on the major environmental threats facing Sierra Nevada forests, focusing on climate change, the negative effects of fire suppression, and invasive species and pest outbreaks. Dr. Safford will also explain how interaction between these threats will likely lead to major changes in Sierra Nevada forests, and he will discuss what sorts of management actions - both active and passive – can be employed in Sierra Nevada forests to increase ecosystem resilience to future change. Dr. Safford is the senior vegetation ecologist with the US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (California, Hawaii, Pacific Territories), and a member of the research faculty in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis.  His talk is titled “Fear and Loathing in the Sierra Nevada: Confronting a Wicked Problem.”

The Keynote Address will follow the banquet on Monday evening, January 9, 2017 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Although the banquet requires a paid ticket, the Keynote Address is open to all.

Lightning Talks Session

This year we are offering a 5 minute per talk session. Consider giving a talk if you:

  • Are working on a project about Northern California and want to give us a quick update.
  • Are aware of an issue of concern or growing need in the botanical community.
  • Want to promote something exciting.
  • Need to hire people for an upcoming botanical project.
  • Have discovered something novel and interesting while working on a project.
  • Know of new laws or regulations that the community should know about.
  • Want to update about what your organization is doing in Northern California.

If you are interested in giving a lightning talk, contact jennyost@gmail.com by November 15th with the following information: Your name, organization, one to three sentences about the topic of the talk, and the best way to contact you. If you are chosen to give a talk, you will be contacted in early December.

California Botanical Society Mixer

The California Botanical Society will hold a mixer on Sunday, January 8th at 5:30 at the Madison Bear Garden (downtown Chico). Cost is $10 per person and can be paid with the Symposium registration. CBS will provide appetizers with a no-host bar. Come to town early to join in on this fun social event.

2017 Symposium Sponsorship

Please help us make the 2017 Symposium a success and consider becoming a sponsor! Your help is important and allows us to keep our registration rates low, supports student attendance, and keeps our programs moving forward. All sponsors of $100 or more will received recognition in the Symposium Program, on our website, and in our newsletter. Sponsorships of $200 or more receive additional benefits including an Exhibitor Booth space. Please visit the Sponsorship Page for more information.


Thank you to our many 2016 Symposium sponsors!

Bureau of Land Management, California State Office

California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC)

California Native Grasslands Association (CNGA)

California Native Plant Society (CNPS) - State Office

California Native Plant Society (CNPS) - Redbud Chapter

California Native Plant Society (CNPS) - Sacramento Valley Chapter

California Native Plant Society (CNPS) - Shasta Chapter

California Native Plant Society (CNPS) - Yerba Buena Chapter

College of Natural Sciences, The Chico State Herbarium

College of Natural Sciences, California State University, Chico

Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Chico


Friends of the Chico State Herbarium

Garcia and Associates (GANDA)

Hedgerow Farms

HDR, Inc.

James R. and Julie K. Nelson

Lawrence Janeway

Nomad Ecology

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Ray Collett Trust

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Sierra Pacific Foundation

Southern California Botanists

Stillwater Sciences

The Jepson and University Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley

Westervelt Ecological Services,

WRA, Inc.

Contact Us

Please email Northern California Botanists at ncbotanists@gmail.com

NCB's mailing address:

Northern California Botanists
P. O. Box 8042
Chico, CA 95927-8042