Manual of California Vegetation Database Project
The recent publication of A Manual of California Vegetation, 2 Edition (MCV2) is the result of more than ten years of active work in updating the CNPS signature publication on vegetation for the state. The MCV2 provides a systematic approach to classifying and describing vegetation in California. With defensible definitions, descriptions, and maps comes a greater ability to assess extent, location, rarity, and threats to these natural communities.
MCV2 focuses on individual species, species assemblages, and their surrounding habitats, and has been expanded to include the following:
To increase exposure and broaden applications of the MCV2, CNPS is building a database system for archiving, accessing, and adding to this vegetation information; and to make it available publicly via the web.
The objectives of this upgrade include:
The MCV has proven to have broad application to the work of consulting firms, government agencies, land owners and managers, and others. Because it provides synoptic and detailed views of vegetation from the standpoints of biology, distribution, and management, it allows for ecologically sound resource assessment and land-use planning.
An online system will allow easy viewing of the state vegetation information, and allow us to more readily view, update and improve the vegetation information for the entire state. Users will be able to produce their own lists of vegetation types by region through a set of simple online functions, and find pertinent information about specific vegetation types, plant species, regional distributions, or other characteristics of interest. The database will also include a tool that would allow us to receive new information from users such as consulting biologists and citizen scientists.
We have identified several additional benefits that an MCV2 database platform would provide:
To date, CNPS has acquired significant private funding for the project in addition to financial sponsorship from key agencies and organizations that support our work in vegetation classification. Even so, we still need additional funding to bring the project on-line.
If you are interested in helping CNPS financially to get MCV2 and related information on-line, please contact us.
We thank the following organizations for their generous support of this project: