1998 Pacific Slope Section Meeting Announcement

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Wed Aug 6 15:39:22 EDT 1997

In an uncharacteristic (and probably unprecedented) display of advance
preparation, the site for the 1998 meeting of The Pacific Slope Section of
The Lepidopterists' Society has been selected.

Date: 26-28 June 1998 (two days after a new moon)

Place: California: San Bernardino County, San Bernardino Mountains: Grace
Valley Ranch (Cienega Seca on maps), on Highway 38 near Onyx Peak,
elevation ca. 8,000 feet. Coordinates: 34 degrees 11.095 minutes N, 116
degrees 43.211 minutes W.

The camp is 191 acres in area, with a large meadow in the center, on
decomposed granite soil. Dominant trees around the perimeter of the meadow
and on adjacent slopes, are (depending on slope and exposure) Jeffrey pine
(Pinus jeffreyi),  single-leaf pinyon pine (P. monophylla), western red
cedar (Juniperus occidentalis), and white fir (Abies concolor), with one
lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) observed. Dominant shrubs are Great Basin
(big) sagebrush (Artemisa tridentata), rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus sp.),
curl-leaf mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus ledifolius), snowberry
(Symphoricarpos), manzanita (Arctostaphylos), and wild currant (Ribes). A
small pond supports Typha, Salix, etc. A hanging meadow is comprised of
Solidago, Geranium, etc.

The facility has beds for 128 people, two meetings rooms, superb meals
served cafeteria-style, and many other amenities (including a spa). There
is ample level space for parking, recreational vehicles, and tents.

Collecting of specimens on the property is permitted. Electricity for
night collecting will be available throughout the night. Collecting is
also permitted in the surrounding San Bernardino National Forest, BASED ON
a formal opinion prior to the meeting.

There is currently a $5 per day use fee for the National Forest, required
of anyone parking in the forest, using the trails, etc. The fee is not
required for activities confined to Grace Valley Ranch.

The registration package cost of less than $100 will cover two nights
lodging, six meals (dinner Friday through lunch Sunday), insurance, and
all other meeting expenses.

All members of The Lepidopterists' Society who reside in the Pacific Slope
region (ZIP code of 80000 or greater) will automatically receive
registration materials in early 1998. All other persons desiring further
meeting information should send a request to me by mail or e-mail.
Membership in the Society is not required to attend this meeting.

Applications for membership may be downloaded from the Society's website
(see signature block below).

Julian P. Donahue, Program Chairman
1998 Pacific Slope Section Meeting
The Lepidopterists' Society
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007-4057, U.S.A.
e-mail: Bugbooks at aol.com
phone: 213-763-3364
FAX: 213-746-2999
Lep. Soc. Home Page: http://www.furman.edu/~snyder/snyder/lep/

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