Updated 20 June 2021
Releve Pudding Creek with tape
Relevè: MacKerricher State Park Pudding Creek Headlands Photo: Renee Pasquinelli
DKY Chapter Letters of Support/Solidarity on Various Environmental Issues
Affecting Mendocino and other Northern California Coastal Counties
CDP (Coastal Development Plans)
THP (Timber Harvest Plans)
  • Latest: DKY CNPS comments on THP 1-20 -00006 (Caspar 500) Minor amendment Botany Report
  • DKY CNPS comments - on the consistency of THP 1-20-00193-MEN
    (“Mitchell Creek”), including cumulative effects associated with
    adjacent timber harvest plans (THP 1-20-00006-MEN “Caspar 500”
    and the proposed submittal of “Railroad South THP”, with the
    approved EIR for the Jackson Demonstration State Forest
    Management Plan 11-23-2020
  • THP 1-20-00193 MEN - Additional Comments 12-20-2020
  • THP 1-20-00173-MEN -("Little North Fork Big River") - DKY Comments
  • THP 1-20-00193-MEN - (“Mitchell Creek”)- DKY Comments 01-30-2020
  • Dogwood THP - CDFW Comment Letter
  • White Paper - Flood prone Considerations - in the Coastal Redwood Zone
Gibney Lane Emergency Evacuation Route
  • DKY Response - to Proposed Gibney Lane Evacuation Route 04-03-2019
  • Gibney Lane - Irreversible road related impacts 01-26-2021
  • Letter from Hans Jenny - concerning financial support for a film about
    Jug Handle Ecological Staircase and the Pygmy Forest

DKY Vegetation Mapping the Mendocino Coast for Alliances

For those that are curious here is the link to the CNPS Manual of California Vegetation Online. The link leads to an overview of How to Read the Alliance and Other Descriptions and well worth the look to get a picture of how the Alliance system is setup and functions. Most of the state has been surveyed with the exception of the Northern Coastal areas which is why the data generated by the following projects is important to creating the Alliances and Associations for Northern California Coast.

Relevés 2021

DKY Chapter volunteers Teresa Sholars, Renee Pasquinelli, Mario Abreu and Jim Gibson along with Terra Fuller from State Parks are taking part in this years surveys which began at Glass Beach Headlands where four Relevés surveys have been conducted. A Rapid Assessment survey was done at the northern end of Jug Handle (Pine Beach access) in the Pinus contorta ssp. contorta forest. More to follow as the season progresses. -Webmaster

2021 Locations: (so far) Glass Beach, Jug Handle (Pine Beach Area North of Jefferson Way), Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, MacKerricher State Park (Lake Cleone), Jackson Demonstration State Forest (Mushroom Corners & the August 13th burn area west of Road 408 adjacent to the Zieimer Regeneration Unit)

Jug Handle RA MEND0032 Mario Abreu, Renee Pasquinelli, Lupine, Teresa Sholars
Jug Handle Rapid Assessment Team: Mario Abreu, Renee Pasquinelli, Lupine, Teresa Sholars, Jim Gibson (not pictured) at the headlands at the northern section of Jug Handle (Pine Beach Access)
- Photo Credit - Jim Gibson

Glass Beach-Lupine, Teresa Sholars, Jim Gibson, Renee Pasquinelli
Glass Beach Relevé - Lupine, Teresa Sholars, Jim Gibson, Renee Pasquinelli, Mario Abreu (not pictured) -Photo Credit: Mario Abreu

Renee Pasquinelli, Jim Gibson, Dave Hartesveldt, Mario Abreu, Teresa Sholars, Lupine, Stevie Jean
Jackson Demonstration State Forest - Mushroom Corners RA - Renee Pasquinelli, Jim Gibson, Dave Hartesveldt, Mario Abreu, Teresa Sholars, Lupine, Stevie Jean -Photo Credit: Jim Gibson

Jackson Demonstration State Forest - August 13,2021 Burn Incident - Rapid Assessment Post Burn Monitoring

Burn site adjacent to Zeimer Regeneration Unit (clear cut)
Photo credits: Mario Abreu
Teresa and Mario Measuring Tree Height
Teresa and Mario measuring tree and burn height
Burn Area JDSF
Photo credits Jim Gibson

Relevés 2020
Glass Beach Pre-Covid-19Pre-Covid-19 Glass Beach

2020 Locations: Navarro Point, Mendocino Headlands, Russian Gulch, Glass Beach, Pudding Creek to Laguna Point

In 2020 DKY volunteers began by continuing Relevés from 2019 in building Veg-maps and Alliances along the coastal bluffs of the Mendocino Coastline. Participants - included Teresa Sholars, Renee Pasquinelli, Peter Warner, Alexis LaFever‐Jackson, Terra Fuller (State Parks),and Jim Gibson. The first 2020 Relevé began with Glass Beach where we were joined by Jennifer Buck‐Diaz (Vegetation Ecologist with CNPS) and other CNPS interns including Alexis LaFever‐Jackson for an Introduction to the Collector App for sending our location data and other info to CNPS's ArcGIS Data base and a refresher on relevé protocols. Great start that day in March just the day before the statewide COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Lock down put us on standby for two months. Once we were allowed to resume, COVID-19 health protocols were observed in the field and our work began anew.

Covid-19 Protocols at Mendocino HeadlandsMendocino Headlands Covid-19 Protocols: Jim Gibson, Renee Pasquinelli, Teresa Sholars, Lupine, Peter J. Warner
Navarro Point ReleveNavarro Point - Peter Warner, Teresa Sholars, Lupine, Alexis LaFever-Jackson, Renee Pasquinelli
Stay tuned more to come!

Barbara Rice Intern Alexis LaFever‐Jackson Research Summary

Alexis LaFever‐Jackson
DKY Barbara Rice Intern Alexis LaFever‐Jackson featured in the 2020 March-April Calypso and again in the November-December issue continued native plant research started by Barbara Rice. Thanks Alexis!
Charismatic Coastal Communities by Alexis LaFever‐Jackson. Published in Grasslands,a quarterly published by the California Native Grasslands Association, Vol. 32, No. 1 Winter 2022 (pages 17-19). A great article about her work as Barbara Rice Intern and the continuing importance of the native vegetation mapping the DKY Chapter is doing along the Mendocino Coast. Alexis continues her work with CNPS as Assistant Vegetation Ecologist and we look forward to more collaboration with her. Great job Alexis!

California Oaks Project
Dorothy King Young Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has joinedCalifornia Oaks Coalition as partners in the California Oaks Project of the California Wildlife Foundation

“The four areas of support being developed for the coalition are:
 1) Research and advocacy updates (available at californiaoaks.org).
 2) Information to educate and engage the public.
 3) Tools for participating in planning processes and educating opinion leaders.
 4) Materials to inform local, regional, and state governmental agencies of the
  opportunities for and benefits of protecting oak woodlands...
 ‐ OAKS [California Oaks Newsletter FALL/WINTER 2019/2020]