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Thursday, May 23, 2013: Plants of the San Emigdio Mountains Region, with Pam De Vries: This region is rich and varied due to its location at the junction of the Mojave, Great Central Valley, the Sierra Nevada, and Central Coast Range ecoregions. The 8,800 ft Mount Pinos, considered the center of the universe for the Chumash people, stands at the center of the region and overlooks a broad area of the Los Padres National Forest including Frazier Mountain and the Gorman Hills along Interstate 5, famous for its wildflower displays. Pam's talk is based on her new book. “A Field Guide to the Plants of the San Emigdio Mountains Region of California, including the Gorman Hills Frazier Mountain Recreation Area”.

Pam De Vries has worked as a botanical consultant in southern California since the mid 1990s.In 2006 she and her husband moved to Pine Mountain Club, a small countain community on the north slope of Mount Pinos where she continues to be inspired by the diversity of the flora in the San Emigdio Mountains region.