California Native Plant Society

Vegetation Workshops


CNPS Chapter-Based Rare Vegetation Sampling Workshop
September 20-21, 2013
Sepulveda Basin, Los Angeles County

The California Native Plant Society Vegetation Program is conducting a field-based sampling/mapping workshop along the Los Angeles River in the Sepulveda Basin in Los Angeles County. This workshop will focus on techniques to identify and survey rare natural communities using our combined CNPS/CDFW protocols. The overall goals of the workshop are to learn about the diversity of vegetation along the L.A. River, learn to identify discrete stands of vegetation and estimate percent covers, and become familiar with the Relevé and Rapid Assessment methods for sampling vegetation. This workshop is geared towards amateur botanists. For professional level training please contact the Education Program at CNPS ( ).

The 2200-acre Sepulveda Basin includes a world class urban wildlife refuge. Originally used for agriculture only, the Basin now has a combination of recreation and sports facilities along with wildlife areas that have been planted with natives. As one of only 3 soft-bottomed stretches of the L.A. River, this is the only area in the Basin that has natural (unplanted) vegetation.

The cost of the workshop is $25 for CNPS members, $65 for non-members (includes a one-year CNPS membership). The precise meeting location, agenda, options for lodging, and important items to bring will be sent out to participants in September.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Jaime Ratchford ( ) no later than September 13, 2013, if possible. The Vegetation Program staff looks forward to meeting and working with your Chapter members!


View past Vegetation workshops

Upcoming workshops for professional training in vegetation sampling and mapping are listed in our Education Program section. You can view the Education Workshops here.


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