The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. Its principal aims are to preserve the native flora and to add to the knowledge of members and the public at large.

Environmental Partnership Potluck

Sunday, March 26, 2023
12:00-3:00 p.m. (11:00 a.m. setup all Hands are Welcome)
Greenwood Community Center, Elk

Peter Baye: Environmentalist of the Year

Four organizations dedicated to the Mendocino environment ”Dorothy King Young Chapter of CNPS, Mendocino Coast Audubon, Mendocino Land Trust, and Mendocino State Parks ”began meeting in the late 1990s to share information and provide mutual support. By 2002 they had formalized to the extent of agreeing to meet annually, rotate hosting the meeting, and present an award each year to a person or organization whose efforts on behalf of the environment have made a difference in our community. This award was renamed the Matt Coleman Environmental Service Award in his honor after his tragic death. Ginny and Warren Wade, Joan Curry, Pat Howard, Binah Polay, and Sally Malby were the organizers.

DKY is this year's host. The host organization nominates an awardee (it can be more than one), and since many of our DKY members are also active in the other groups, we have been well represented. At last year's meeting, for the first time, a new organization was added, the Noyo Center, adding the marine environment to the group.

This year's Environmentalist of the Year is our own Peter Baye, Naturalist, Botanist, Conservationist extraordinaire!

Please come and celebrate this recognition of his work to protect native habitats in Mendonoma.


We will start setting up at 11:00 a.m. (please help if you can). Bring a dish to share, beverage, and utensils. Lunch will start at noon, then the partners will briefly update everyone on their activities, followed by the award to Peter. It is a very fun event. And, you'll be amazed at how much these groups are accomplishing. For more information Email presidentSupport CNPS Plant Natives* atSupport CNPS Plant Natives *dkySupport CNPS Plant NativescnpSupport CNPS Plant Nativess.Support CNPS Plant Nativesorg or leave a message at 707 271-3156. Greenwood Community Center is at 6129 S. Highway One (look for the sign, take the dirt drive to the back)

2023 DKY Field Trips are Posted. Check out this years exciting lineup of Coastal Field Trips and RSVP online. Thanks Rhiannon for organizing these great opportunities to explore the diversity of ecosystems in our coastal environs.

New 2022 Barbara Rice Intern Sara Bandali Read her Barbara Rice Intern Report posted February 2023

Alexis LaFever-Jackson continues to comment on her work as 2020 Barbara Rice Intern in the latest issue of Grasslands. (pp. 17-19) Check it out!

Latest DKY CNPS Comments on THP in JDSF

Latest Dudleya Protection Legislation News Governor Newsom signs AB233!

Enjoy Being Outdoors! Stay Safe! Wear a Mask! Practice Social Distancing!

The Dorothy King Young Chapter serves coastal Mendocino County, the northern coastal area of Sonoma County, and nearby areas. We host activities throughout the year for members and the general public. These include:

  • regular meetings featuring informative guest speakers
  • field trips
  • educational functions
  • plant sales
  • weed eradication

We also provide input and information to governmental and private agencies about projects of local and statewide interest which may have effects on native plants.
Geographic Area Map of the Dorothy King Young Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself."

Edward Abbey - Desert Solitaire