The Plant Science Training Program specializes in providing workshops for professional botanists, biologists, and ecologists to teach the skills and provide the tools and resources for conducting sound scientific surveys for rare plants, rare plant communities, vegetation, and wetlands. Discounted registration fees are offered to CNPS Members. (Join CNPS here)
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Vegetation Rapid Assessment/ Relevé
Instructors: Jennifer Buck-Diaz, Anne Klein, and Rachelle Boul
Location: Sierra Foothills Range Field Station & Spenceville Wildlife Area in Nevada and Yuba Counties
This workshop is presented with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. It consists of an introductory evening lecture and two field-days with exercises in fine-scale vegetation sampling for professional and student botanists, ecologists, resource managers, and conservationists. Participants should have an initial understanding of the subject matter and basic plant identification skills. This course focuses on sampling plant communities using the CNPS/CDFW combined vegetation rapid assessment/relevé method. There will be a combination of lecture and field exercises in vegetation sampling with a focus on collecting data using the CNPS-CDFW combined vegetation rapid assessment / relevé method. We will discuss applications of fine-scale vegetation sampling, classification and mapping, how to document rare natural communities, and how vegetation information fits into planning documents.