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CNPS Celebrates 50 Years!

Protecting California's Native Flora Since 1965

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As 2015 comes to a close, we celebrate another year of remarkable achievements. CNPS staff, volunteers, and partners have worked hard all year long, with some inspiring results

Danny Slakey Rare Plant Treasure Hunters. Photo by Danny Slakey.

The CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt made great progress on an exciting new goal: to collect and protect seeds from all of California's rare plants!

CNPS vegetation scientists mapped amazing landscapes, developing the essential data that will guide conservation decisions across much of California.

Garden tour. Photo by Colene Rauh Garden tour. Photo by Colene Rauh.

Dedicated CNPS conservation activists have valiantly taken on challenges large and small, from fighting to protect our marvelous landscapes from ill-advised industrial energy development, to speaking on behalf of our local canyons and hills threatened by short-sighted sprawl construction.

CNPS has advanced a revolution in gardening and landscaping. We answered the call to help Californians switch to gorgeous drought-tolerant native landscapes, advising professionals and training homeowners to create chemical-free, water-wise, pollinator-friendly native gardens.

Kramer Junction.
Photo by Greg Suba Kramer Junction. Photo by Greg Suba.

All the while, we have explored our wonderful plants and places, photographed flowers, hosted garden tours, shared ideas, and made friends.

As you know, in many respects this is just a typical year for CNPS, saving and celebrating North America's most wonderful flora! We do this all the time, year in and year out, but 2015 is different. This is our 50th anniversary, the year we celebrated five decades of struggle and success and dedication.

Mariposa lilies.
Photo by Becky Reilly. Mariposa lilies. Photo by Becky Reilly.

For 50 years, CNPS has done what no other organization can do. You and 10,000 of your friends have come together as scientists and gardeners and hikers and photographers and citizen educators and dedicated conservation activists ... to celebrate and save California's remarkable flora.

As a result, you have changed the laws of the land, transformed Californians' appreciation of their home, and advanced our understanding of a global biodiversity hotspot. Working together, thousands of CNPS-ers have successfully saved the places we love.

Please take a look below to see why we believe CNPS deserves your special support.

Sincerely,

50 years of CNPS Presidents

 

 


 

What makes CNPS so special?

Here are a few words from CNPS's past Presidents, that gave so much to guide this organization.

Mac Laetsch

Mac Laetsch

It was astonishing to see the growth of CNPS from a handful in our living room to a vast multitude. Keep growing!

James Payne Smith

James Payne Smith

When I joined CNPS many years ago, I was impressed to discover that its membership included not only professional botanists, but a statewide network of enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation of California flora. This combination of perspectives has made CNPS the respected and influential organization it has become.

Jon Libby

Jon Libby

CNPS introduced me to a great community of plants and folks with whom I have continued to associate. The value, priceless!! Perhaps my best investment ever.

Charli Danielsen

Charli Danielsen

CNPS chapters host field trips. People walking trails to observe our native plants, paying close attention to the changes in health, species composition and population size, are the building blocks for all we do in protection of native plants and habitats. Only CNPS retains this focus on plant life.

Suzanne Schettler

Suzanne Schettler

CNPS does something no other organization does: it creates important tools. The Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants; A Manual of California Vegetation - these tools empower us to speak for the plants.

David Magney

David Magney

I have spent the majority of my life deeply involved in CNPS, for a number of reasons, but the most important reason is that CNPS is probably the most effective conservation organization focused on native plants. I am able to make a difference in protecting California plants because of CNPS.

Lori Hubbart

Lori Hubbart

CNPS has evolved and grown in multiple directions, and it just keeps getting better and better at conserving native plants, providing scientific information and enriching people's lives!

Jake Sigg

Jake Sigg

Wherever you go in the world you will find places becoming increasingly alike. Preserving a sense of place is imperative if life is to have meaning. No one - no one - is doing a better job at preserving identity than CNPS. If CNPS didn't exist it would be necessary to invent it.

Carol Witham

Carol Witham

For me, it often comes down to that teachable moment. When that happens, I'll run a mile with it.

Brad Jenkins

Brad Jenkins

CNPS seems invisible until one gets involved. Those who get a little involved see a thin overview. Those who immerse themselves see the impressive breadth, depth, and accomplishments of the Society. I look forward to us becoming visible to another 10,000 members!

Sue Britting

Susan Britting

I have always loved the ecology of California landscapes and came to CNPS for the people. Nowhere else can one find this unique blend of passion, smarts and dedication to conserving California's flora. The community of CNPS, combined with this glorious flora, are what inspire me to take action.

Brett Hall

Brett Hall

In the 1960s and 70s CNPS emerged as a world leader in botanical conservation. CNPS continues to be as progressive and adventurous as it was then! A friend once told me, "Great things are as difficult as they are rare" to which we add, "there is no time to waste"

Laura Camp

Laura Camp

I consider CNPS a crucial voice in conservation. No one else can match our grassroots knowledge of plants. We speak for deserts and valleys. We speak for filling our gardens with the heritage plants that belong to us. We speak for wildflowers and meadows and vernal pools and chaparral. The precious habitats that we know have thrived for millennia, they are beautiful, and we want them to live beyond us.

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