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The pass was named for Kit Carson, John Charles Fremont’s guide on his 1844 expedition. Plants can ascend and descend between elevations via mountain passes. Plants normally seen in higher elevations can descend lower in passes because the cooler night air follows down these passes allowing physiologic relief for plants that normally inhabit the higher reaches.  Additionally, the varied rock types leading to a variety of soil chemistries have helped contribute to a botanically rich Carson Pass area.  Come for easy armchair access to these treasures at our June 13th meeting with Ted Kipping, a Life Member of CNPS and artistic tree pruner based in San Francisco. Ted has guided hundreds of hikers into the Carson Pass area and his photography has been extensively published.

Books, posters, and cards will be for sale before and after the meeting; note that the June presentation, will start 15 minutes earlier than usual, at 7:45 p.m. The Redwoods is undergoing major renovation work and onsite parking will be limited, so we recommend parking along or across the street.  Our meetings are held in a room in the wing parallel to Miller Ave instead of in the main auditorium. The main entrance is shifting to that southern side of the complex, so look for directional signage. We apologize for any inconvenience!