Associated Meetings

Download the Associated Meeting Request Form

Hold an event in conjunction with the Conservation Conference, while everyone is already together in LA! Several meeting rooms will be available at the LAX Marriott free of charge throughout the conference for organizations, agencies, or other groups to utilize. Associated meetings require advance request and approval, and space is limited – if you are interested in holding an associated meeting, please complete the Associated Meeting Request Form before September 30, 2017 to assist CNPS in guaranteeing your group a space. We can still take requests until January, however we cannot guarantee meeting space will be available for late requests.

The largest available meeting rooms can hold up to 240 people in a reception or theater format, 120 classroom-style, 60 in a conference format, or 160 for a banquet. A/V (projector/screen, etc.) can be ordered from the LAX Marriott or organizers can bring and set up their own. Food and beverage can also be ordered from the Marriott; outside food and beverages are not permitted for associated meetings. CNPS will provide A/V details and food/beverage menus upon request.

See the Associated Meeting Request Form for full details.

Associated Meetings Schedule

All meetings are open to registered conference attendees unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, February 1

Wildnote App Live Demo
2:40 pm – 3:00 pm | Scottsdale Room
Learn how the Wildnote app can be used to collect, manage, and report field data in this live demo.

California Oaks Coalition Open House
4:40 pm – 5:30 pm | Philadelphia Room
Conference participants are invited to this open house to learn about the California Oaks Coalition, which brings together state, regional, and local organizations to conserve and perpetuate the state’s primary old growth resource. Refreshments will be served.

Climate Change Organizational Meeting
4:40 pm – 5:30 pm | Scottsdale Room
This meeting will identify and recruit conference attendees interested in identifying climate-related risks to the California flora at all geographic scales. CNPS intends to form a broad working group that will select feasible avenues of action that might include a data clearing house, policy recommendations to agencies, and other ideas generated by the group. All views and ideas are welcome.

Winter CaPR Meeting (private event)
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Scottsdale Room
Meeting by invite only.

Friday, February 2

CDFW Botanical Resources Protection Meeting (private event)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Houston Room
Meeting by invite only. California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff will meet to discuss conservation and recovery of rare, threatened, and endangered plant species throughout California.

Consortium of California Herbaria, Participants Meeting (private event)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Chicago Room
Meeting by invite only.

Strategy Session: Partnerships and Cooperation in Combating Phytophthoras in Nurseries and Restoration Sites
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Boston Room
This meeting brings together the CNPS Ad Hoc Committee on Phytophthora and the Phytophthoras in Native Habitats Work Group with other like-minded practitioners to discuss our mutual interest in keeping Phytophthora species out of restored native habitats and the nurseries that supply them. The goal is to create a shared understanding of our various groups and learn how to best work together. We invite all interested conference participants to listen in and join the conversation.

Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild After Wildfire
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Atlanta Room
Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild after Wildfire is a film about the rapid and amazing comeback of the plants and wildlife wild in forests that have recently experienced a large wildfire. The story follows scientists through the Sierra Nevada, the Cascade Mountains and beyond, and shows hundreds of living, breathing reasons why our publicly owned forests need to be left to their own, natural recovery processes – which are set in motion after low, moderate, and even high intensity wildfire. In addition to the film, recent rare plant surveys will be discussed. Film length: 26-minutes; rare plant surveys: 10 minutes. Discussions will follow the presentations.

Botany Ambassador Informational Meeting
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Chicago Room
The California Botanical Society is launching a new program to inspire future botanists and to help build the communication and professional skills of current botany scholars (graduate and undergraduate students). Conference attendees are invited to join CalBotSoc to find out more, share ideas, and get involved.

Saturday, February 3

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Chicago Room collects and presents local plant identification information. This meeting will discuss how to integrate in your local area, and how to maintain accuracy and consistency across the state. We’ll also talk about the search for a final home for