2019 Annual Meeting Luncheon

Event Start Date:
January 19, 2019
Event End Date:
January 19, 2019
Event Venue:
The Lancaster Columbus Club, Knights of Columbus, 719 West Avenue M, Lancaster, CA 93534

The DTPC’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon will be held Saturday, January 19, 2019 at The Lancaster Columbus Club, Knights of Columbus, 719 West Avenue M, Lancaster, CA The afternoon Annual Meeting will feature a review of the Committee’s ongoing programs and activities, and plans for 2019. Speakers from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will provide updates on important activities throughout southern California. The luncheon guest speaker will be Dr. Jim Andre. Serving as Director of
the University of California’s Granite Mountains Desert Research Center since 1994, Jim’s academic training is in plant ecology, taxonomy, and rare plant population biology. With 35 years of experience conducting floristic studies throughout the desert southwest, Jim has contributed 45,000 herbarium specimens and discovered and published many new species to science. He is author of A Flora of the Mojave National Preserve, a book project, A Flora of San Bernardino County Desert Region (in press), and is currently working on a Flora of the Mojave Desert spanning four states, a lifelong endeavor. Jim has been a strong advocate for native plant conservation, and serves as the Senior Advisor to the California Native Plant Society’s Rare Plant Program. Dr. Andre will present the following program:


“Recent Plant Discoveries in the California Desert Shed Light on Human Ignorance”
Commonly portrayed as barren and lifeless, the vast region of California’s desert is exceedingly rich in plant species. Surprisingly, the flora also represents a major hotbed for taxonomic discovery in the United States. Even conservative estimates predict that 15% of the flora remains undescribed today, and that many new species discoveries will continue into the next century. In this presentation I will provide an overview of botanical exploration in the California Deserts, highlighting recent taxonomic discoveries. With accelerated rates of new species discoveries throughout the desert southwest amid looming large-scale impacts, I stress the urgent need for additional botanical inventory and public lands conservation in a region that represents one of the last remaining floristic frontiers on planet earth.

Doors Open 11:00am
Buffet Luncheon 11:45am
Annual Meeting 12:30pm to 2:45pm
To RSVP please mail in the following information or use the registration form below

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Please RSVP by January 14, 2019

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Note: We are always looking for exciting items to add to our raffle table for the end of the meeting. All proceeds from the raffle help to fund our conservation programs.

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