2020 Post Symposium Workshops

The Diversity of Northern California Botany: Challenges and Opportunities

15 January 2020

Optional post-symposium workshops are scheduled for the Wednesday following the Symposium.  You do not have to attend the Symposium to register for a workshop.  To register for a workshop, visit the Registration Page.

Workshop 1: NEPA for Botanists

Instructor: Danika Carlson, Environmental Coordinator, Salmon/Scott River Ranger District, Klamath National Forest
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: CSUC Campus, Bell Memorial Union, Room 210

Opportunities exist for incorporating enhancement and protection of botanical resources into project design throughout the NEPA process. Discussion will move through all three sides of the “NEPA Triangle” making this a useful refresher or intro NEPA workshop in addition to the focus on botanical resources. Discussion will also include the use of analysis indicators for framing a focused effects analysis, with clearly defined thresholds for determinations of significance.
Discussion will include:

  • How NEPA applies for plants that are not federally listed
  • Opportunities for botany related input and participation throughout the NEPA planning steps
  • Focused effects analysis and determining significance
  • How NEPA applies to projects on private lands with federal funding

Workshop 2: Field trip to Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve – Tour of Fall 2019 Prescribed Fire Areas

    Dr. Don Hankins, CSU Chico, Geography
    Mitch Bamford, Chico State Enterprises, Ecological Reserve Land Steward
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve HQ https://www.csuchico.edu/bccer/public-use/directions.shtml
Cost: $35.00


The trip will tour areas burned during the Fall 2019 prescribed fire season. The burns will likely be about 2 months old at the time of the tour. These areas will be mostly oak savannah and grasslands, but may possibly include some mixed oak woodland. The tour group will meet at the BCCER HQ in the morning at 9 a.m., and then be shuttled to the burn areas by the BCCER staff. There will be a moderate amount of hiking through the burn areas as well. The details of the tour are subject to change if heavy rains make the road impassable. The burn areas and acreage are also subject to change based on conditions during the burn window in the fall.  If the details of the tour change, the BCCER staff will reorganize to tour to provide the best tour of the BCCER prescribed burn program possible allowed by the conditions. The tour should last approximately 4 hours.