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Welcome to the Milo Baker Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Our chapter, named after the famous Santa Rosa botanist Milo Samuel Baker, is located in Northern California’s beautiful Sonoma County. CNPS is a statewide organization whose goals are to protect California’s native plants and their natural habitats, through science, education, stewardship, gardening, and advocacy. Membership is open to all.
Upcoming Events / Special Interest
Lynn Houser is a Milo Baker past President and Conservation Chair. She also served on the State CNPS Board for many years. Welcome Lynn in her new role and look for upcoming plant walks starting in February.
Sales were brisk and of the 2000 plants our nursery volunteer team propagated, potted up, tended and groomed, all were sold but a very few. Thanks to all the volunteers who made the plant sale such a success.
Rain or shine, nature-loving volunteers root out invasive species on dunes. Read a recently published article from the Press Democrat about the herculean efforts by Jan and our invasives team at Doran Beach.
The Milo Baker Chapter offers a range of events in locations around Sonoma County. Events include monthly general meetings with guest speakers focusing on a variety of topics related to native plants, volunteer opportunities at our Preserves, rare plant outings and hikes and walks highlighting native plants.
The Milo Baker conservation program encompasses a wide range of activities, from preserve management, rare plant hunts, invasive plant removal, and involvement in local planning processes. Members work in partnership with other conservation groups, partly through the Sonoma County Conservation Coalition.
The mediterranean climate of Sonoma County lends itself to a diverse array of plants in many habitats, from coastal bluffs, chaparral, redwoods, vernal pools, mixed conifer, oak woodland and salt marshes (just to name a few.) See our Native Plant Pages for more information about gardening with natives in Sonoma County.