Did you know that CNPS has a new statewide Bryophyte Chapter? Bryophiles are lovers of mosses, liverworts, and hornworts, and the chapter’s members are eager to share what they know! Join Jim Shevock for a leisurely stroll along the trail at Alpine Lake via Bon Tempe, a good site for bryophytes and, of course, other native plants.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Polytrichum 2016 11 11 3245bJim will impart in-depth knowledge about these winter beauties and will also be on the lookout for Pseudoleskella serpentinensis, which reaches its southern limit there.

Jim has worked as a botanist for the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. He has long been active in both CNPS and the California Botanical Society. Two decades ago, Jim started working on bryophytes and coauthored California Mosses, published in 2009. He is currently affiliated with the California Academy of Sciences and serves as the Bryophyte Chapter’s delegate to Chapter Council.

To meet the group at the Lake Lagunitas parking/picnic area, head west on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. until you reach the Fairfax city limits, turn onto left onto Broadway Blvd. (at the Valero Gas Station), then immediately right to stay on Broadway. In approximately 500 ft, turn left onto Bolinas Rd. Stay on Bolinas Rd. for approximately 1.5 miles, then turn left onto Sky Oaks Rd. (There is a wooden sign at 700 Bolinas Road on the left saying “Lake Lagunitas.”) Stop at the MMWD Kiosk to purchase a parking permit; if the kiosk is closed, continue along the paved road about 1.25 miles until it ends at the Lake Lagunitas parking/picnic area. There is an $8 parking fee. A bathroom and water are available at the parking lot.
Rain cancels.          Polytrichum moss – Lake Lagunitas

Saturday, January 21,  9a.m. – noon
Leader: Jim Shevock
For questions, contact Carolyn Longstreth, cklongstreth@gmail.com