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FOODSCAPING - with Brie Arthur. Photo courtesy of Brie Arthur, all rights reserved.


This week we complete our 4-part conservation series kicking off 2023, by taking a broader look at the Klamath River’s namesake region and the importance of knowing any place better from multiple perspectives for most effective and durable conservation to be truly possible.

We’re in conversation with Michael Kauffmann, research plant ecologist, educator, and founder with his botanist wife Allison of the ecologically focused Backcountry Press, and Justin Garwood, Environmental Scientist for the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, with a focus on fisheries. Michael and Justin have spent the better part of the last decade curating and editing a cohort of 32 additional expert contributors to a new and really the first comprehensive natural history of the Klamath Mountains, one of the most biodiverse temperate mountain ranges on earth. This distinct North American region, protected by its rough topography for millennia is inclusive of the traditional homelands of more than 14 Native American Tribes, close to 10 separate mountain ranges, and more than 3000 plant taxa, as just a few measures of biodiversity.

The evolving story and natural history of this place has lessons for us all in to best care for, live with, and know our own places.

Listen in!

Photos courtesy of Backcountry Press, with photographer credits in image titles. All rights reserved.

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For an in depth recap of the CNPS 2022 Conservation Conference by CNPS member and plantsman Doug Mandel as posted in the Shasta Chapter's Firecracker Newsletter:


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JOIN US again next week, we focus in a slightly different conservation project – one dedicated to the conservation of heritage apple trees in a heritage apple growing epicenter in conversation with the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project in the far southwest corner of Colorado. Listen in.

Cultivating Place is made possible in part by The Catto Shaw Foundation, supporting initiatives that empower women and help preserve the planet through the intersection of environmental advocacy, social justice, and creativity.

Speaking of Plants and Place.....

will be back next week....:)


Thinking out loud this week:

I know mid-January can be a bit of a slow time – in ways both trying and gratifying. I want to take this time to say thank you to all of you who come winter or summer, rain or shine offer support to the growing work of Cultivating Place. Thank you for your contributions that do everything from help me cover the costs of online servers and research tools, to curating the programs coming your way. It’s been a mind-opener for me to work on this conservation series, and we have some great additional series coming up – for Black history month, for Women’s History month, series on seed growing at scales, and a new one on artists in and of the garden. It’s all about growing – and how we as gardeners can and do grow the world and each other better. Thank you for supporting the work through donations, through encouragement, through being here listening and for sharing it forward.

Thank you for being a gardener of such heart.

Speaking of Plants and Place will be back again next week but in the meantime – go outside and see for yourself – in this winter season in the Northern Hemisphere, when the bees and butterflies and beetles might be dormant, where are your birds? what trees and shrubs do the birds of your place tend to rest, to eat, to forage this time of year? Can you use these observations to invite greater biodiversity and such relationships into your garden life?

Answers to these questions are just some of the lessons we’re offered in attending to the natural history of wherever we are.




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