March 6, 2006
Arboretum hosts talk and slide show on flora
of Scotts Creek watershed
Local botanists and photographers will present an illustrated
journey through the diverse flora of the Scotts Creek watershed
at the UCSC Arboretum
on Monday, March 13. The talk and slide show will take place
at 7:30 p.m. in the Horticulture Building. Parking is limited,
so carpooling is encouraged.
The Scott Creek watershed is home
to an incredible diversity of flora.
Botanists James West, Randall Morgan, and Roy Buck will describe
the watershed, a local hotspot of floristic diversity. They
will illustrate their presentation with photographs by Albie
Miles, curriculum editor and horticulture instructor at the
Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, and Dylan
Neubauer, a freelance photographer and graphic designer.
The event, cosponsored by the UCSC Arboretum and the Santa
Cruz chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS),
celebrates the recent publication by the Santa Cruz Chapter
of CNPS of An Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants
of Santa Cruz County, California. Morgan, a local botanist
and fellow of CNPS, is the principal author of the checklist,
which was edited and designed by Neubauer.
The Scotts Creek watershed, located on the north coast of Santa
Cruz County, comprises 30 square miles of land, stretching from
coastal strand to chalky ridgetops. A variety of geologic forces--including
landslides, rapid uplift, and faulting--have contributed to
the incredible floristic diversity found in this isolated region
of the Central Coast. Of the 1,448 species of plants known to
be present in the county, more than 55 percent occur in the
Scotts Creek watershed. Over 600 native taxa have been identified,
many of which are rare, new to science, or in need of taxonomic