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Grasslands Journal 

Grasslands is published four times year with feature articles about native grasses, restoration, land management, current conservation efforts, and (of course) grassland habitat. 

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 Grasslands - Summer 2020 Vol 30. No. 3 

   In this issue:

  • The Impact of Drought and Pocket Gophers on Restored Native Perennial Bunchgrasses in California
  • Grasslands Researcher: Justin Luong
  • Can a Summer Burn Following Watering to Flush the Exotic Annual Grass Seedbank Confer an Advantage to Native Perennial Grasses in Restored Grasslands? 
  • Species Spotlight: Hairy Orcutt Grass
  • Bunchgrass Circle

On the cover:  A beautiful and diverse collection of natives found on a rural roadside outside of Petaluma. Photo by Emily Allen, CNGA Board Member



Grasslands - Spring 2020 Vol 30. No. 2

In this issue

  • Biodiversity Loss and Phenology in California Grasslands
  • Grasslands Researcher: Sarah Gaffney
  • Invasive Annual Weeds—Problems or Symptoms? Part 4
  • Species Spotlight: Hairy Wood Rush
  • Large-flowered Fiddleneck Recovery Implementation Team
  • Meet the 2020 Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship (GRASS) Recipients
  • Bunchgrass Circle

On the cover:  San Luis Obispo County wildflowers, April 13, 2019. Photo: Mariga Torossian


Grasslands - Winter 2020 Vol 30. No. 1 

  • Species Spotlight: Santa Cruz Tarplant
  • California Native Grasslands: A Historical Perspective
  • Grasslands Researcher: Maddie Nolan
  • Unraveling the Plant-insect interactions Taking Place in Your Native Garden
  • Meet a Rancher: Julie Finigan Morris and Joe Morris
  • Is Funding Always Worth the Cost? 
  • Bunchgrass Circle

On the cover:  A rare significant snowfall on the Mitsui Ranch, in the oak savanna of the Inner Coast Range of Sonoma County near Petaluma. Photo:Jeffery T. Wilcox, Managing Ecologist, Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation, Former CNGA Board Member



Grasslands - Fall 2019 Vol 29. No. 4

    • VISIT A NATIVE GRASSLAND: Prairies of Point Arena
    • California Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship
    • Mapping and Investigating the Spatial Distribution of Peritoma arborea var. globosa, a California Endemic Shrub
    • SPECIES SPOTLIGHT:  Monument Plant
    • Impacts of Coastal Scrub on the Diversity of Introduced and Native Grass in Southwestern Marin County
    • GRASSLANDS RESEARCHER: Daniel Toews
    • CNGA Calendar
    • Safeguard Native Grasses and Forbs for a More Wildfire Resilient California: CNGA weighs in on big state vegetation treatment project affecting over 20 million acres. 
    • A New Field Guide for Identifying Weeds, Forages and Native of Central Sierra Nevada
    • Bunchgrass Circle

    On the cover: Madia elegans (common, or showy madia) growing at Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, CA. Photo courtesy of Emily Allen, CNGA Board of Directors.  


    Grasslands - Summer 2019 Vol 29. No. 3 - Special Issue: Fire in California

    • CNGA's 12th Annual Field Day at Hedgerow Farms
    • Location and Seeding Affect the Outcomes of Controlled Burning of California Annual Rangeland
    • Species Spotlight: Fire Poppy
    • Invasive Weed Management Post-Wildfire: Closer Look at Camp Fire Invasive Weeds in Right-of-ways
    • Grasslands Researcher: Sasha Berleman
    • Burning by the Day: Why Cost/acre is not a Good Metric for Prescribed Fire
    • Field Report: Building a Burn Trailer to Support Your Community's Prescribed Fire Efforts
    • Going Native: Designing for Fire--Homeowner Guidelines and Considerations for Native Planting


    Grasslands - Spring 2019 Vol 29. No. 2


    • Restoring Native Grasslands for Wildlife and Grazing
    • Grow a Genius!
    • Climate Change and Grass-Specialist Butterflies of the Central Valley
    • Options for Prescribed Fire on Private Lands in California
    • Species Spotlight: Side-blotched Lizard
    • Grasslands Researcher: Three Ecologists Remember Dr. Erin Espeland
    • Meet the 2019 Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship Recipients
    • Bunchgrass Circle


    Grasslands - Winter 2019 Vol 29. No. 1 

    • Improving Habitat Values in a South Davis Neighborhood
    • Visiting California Grasslands: City of Davis South Fork Preserve
    • Evaluating Prescribed Fire Effect on Medusa Head and Other Invasive Plants in Coastal Prairie at Point Pinole
    • Species Spotlight: Biological Soil Crusts
    • A View from the Field: Invasive Annual Weeds--Problems or Symptoms? Part 3
    • Grasslands Researcher: Kendra Moseley
    • Bunchgrass Circle



    Grasslands - Fall 2018 Vol 28. No. 4          

      • Snapshot: Native Landscaping and Metapopulations
      • Monitoring Long-term Change in Coastal Prairies of the Marin Headlands
      • Visiting California Grasslands: Brushy Creek Regional Preserve
      • Species Spotlight: Narrow Manna Grass
      • Explaining the Dispersed Spatial Pattern of Peritoma arborea var. globosa





      Grasslands - Summer 2018 Vol 28. No. 3          

      • Visiting California Grasslands: Azalea hill/Pine Mountain, Marin Co.
      • CNGA's 11th Annual Field Day at Hedgerow Farms
      • Species Spotlight: Jerusalem Cricket
      • View From the Field: Invasive Annual Weeds - Problems or Symptoms? Part 2






      Grasslands - Spring 2018 Vol 28. No. 2     

      • Natural History (for a Natural Future) in  California's Grasslands
      • Species Spotlight: Loggerhead Shrike
      • Invasive Annual Weeds--Problems or Symptoms?
      • Snapshot: Springtime Observations in Your Native Garden
      • Visiting California Grasslands: Low Gap Park, Ukiah, Mendocino County

      APPENDIX: Abstracts on Grasslands from CNPS Conference, February 2018 in Los Angeles






      Grasslands Vol 28. No. 1 - Winter 2018

      Inside:

      • California's Native Perennial Grasses Provide Strong Suppression of Goatgrass and Medusahead
      • Reprint from 2008 with introduction comments from CNGA Board Members - Italian Ryegrass: A New Central California Dominant? 
      • Creating Structured Native Meadows for Landscapes




      Grasslands Vol 27, No. 4 - Fall 2017  

      Inside:

      • Re-watering Rangeland for Drought Resistance
      • Landscaping with Natives - Sticky Plants in Your Garden 
      • Species Spotlight: Western Meadowlark
      • Visit a Grassland: Point St. George
      • Progress Report: Tumbleweed on California's Central Coast




      Vol. 27. No. 3 - Summer 2017 -Special Issue - Critters in the Grasslands

      • California's Central Valley: A Winter Paradise for North America's Raptors
      • Game Species management and Economics of Hunting Enterprises in California Grasslands
      • Species Spotlight: Crab Spider
      • Announcing a new Grasslands Series: Native Landscaping Snapshots



         Vol. 27. No. 2 -  Spring 2017 Special Issue: Climate Change and Grasslands
                 Appendix to Volume 27 (2)

        Feature Articles:

        • California's Drier Future: What Will it Mean for Grasslands?
        • Soil Characteristics Influence Drought Tolerance of Perennial Plants During Mediterranean Summers or Projected Climate Changes
        • Experimental Approaches to Addressing Climate Change Challenges in Prairie Restoration
        • Species Spotlight: Douglas' Meadowfoam

          Vol. 27. No. 1 - Winter 2017 

          Feature Articles:

          • Sleeping Beneath the Weeds: Unearthing California Native Seeds
          • In Search of an "Honest" Grass
          • Visit a Grassland: Jepson Prairie Preserve, Solano County

          Vol. 26. No. 4 - Fall 2016

               Supplemental materials: References and Appendix

             Feature Articles:

          • Restoring Native Coastal Prairies on California's Lost Coast
          • Seedbanks in Restored and Degraded Annual California Grasslands: Implications for Management
          • Breeding Systems and Hybridization Potential of Native Grassland Species

          Vol. 26. No.3 - Summer 2016

          Feature Articles:

          • Topography, Nitrogen and the Growth of Stipa pulchra
          • Santa Rosa Plateau Habitat Studies and Restoration Program
          • Diversifying  Revegetated Native Grassland Communities with Native Wildflowers

          Vol. 26. No.2 - Spring 2016

          Vol. 26, No. 1 - Winter 2016

          Vol. 25, No. 4 - Fall 2015

          Vol. 25, No. 3 - Summer 2015

                      Vol. 25, No. 3 - Summer 2015 Appendix A 
            Vol 25, No. 2 - Spring 2015

            Vol. 25, No. 1 - Winter 2015

            Vol. 24, No. 4 - Fall 2014

            Vol. 24, No. 3 - Summer 2014

            Vol. 24, No. 2 - Spring 2014 Special Issue:Drought Management

            Vol. 24. No. 1 - Winter 2014

            Vol. 23, No. 4 - Fall 2013

            Vol. 23, No. 3 - Summer 2013

            Vol. 23, No. 2 - Spring 2013

            Vol. 23, No. 1 - Winter 2013

            Vol. 22, No. 4 - Fall 2012

            Vol. 22, No. 3 - Summer 2012

            Vol. 22, No. 2 - Spring 2012

            Vol. 22, No. 1 - Winter 2012

            Vol. 21, No. 4 - Fall 2011

            Vol. 21, No. 3 - Summer 2011 

            Vol. 21, No. 2 - Spring 2011 Feature Article - CNGA 20th Anniversary: What have we learned about grasses or grasslands in the past 20 years? part 2. 

            Vol. 21, No. 1 - Winter 2011  Feature Article - CNGA 20th Anniversary: What have we learned about grasses or grasslands in the past 20 years?  

            Vol. 20, No. 4 - Fall 2010 (missing pages 16  17) Feature Article- The Marin Carbon Project: Theory in Practice

            Vol 20, No. 3 - Summer 2010 (missing cover) Feature Article- An Overview of North Coast Grasses

            Vol. 20, No. 2 - Spring 2010 Feature Article- Regenerating Disturbed Soils to Sustain Vegetation by Vic Claassen & Jim Hanson

            Vol. 20, No. 1 - Winter 2010 

            Vol. 19, No. 4 - Fall 2009 Feature Article- Conservation Management of California's Coastal Prairie

            Vol. 19, No. 2 - Spring 2009 Feature Article-Italian Ryegrass: A New Central Coast Dominant? 

            Vol. 19, No. 1 - Winter 2009 Feature Article- Life Histories of Vernal Pool Annual Grasses

            Vol 11, No 1 - Winter 2001 Excerpted Article - Resource Management Demonstration at Russian Ridge Preserve, Paul Kephart, Rana Creek Habitat Restoration - Five management options explored in coastal grassland habitat in San Mateo County. 


            Grasslands Newsletters

            October 1992 CNGA Grasslands Newsletter Feature Article- Grassland Restoration in California, by David Amme

            September 1992 CNGA Grasslands Newsletter Feature Articles-

            -Perennial Grasses for Roadside Weed Control, by Ted Adams & John Menke

            -Sampling Scheme for Germplasm Conservation & Analysis of Genetic Variation in California Native Grasses: A Suggested Strategy, by Margi Oard

            May 1992 CNGA Grasslands Newsletter Feature Article- Seeding After Wildfire in California, by David Amme & Ted Adams

            February 1992 CNGA Grasslands Newsletter Feature Article- Mycorrhizae and Restoration of Native Grasslands, by T.V. St. John

            October 1991 CNGA Grasslands Newsletter Feature Article-Grazing and Fire Management, by John W. Menke

            July 1991 CNGA Grasslands Newsletter Feature Article- Notes on Native Grasses, by Judith Lowry

            April 1991 CNGA Grasslands Newsletter Feature Article- Working with Native Perennial Grasses, by Davis Amme













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