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2019 - 2020

A Message from the CNPS Board of Directors

From the tallest redwoods to desert super blooms, California’s native plants are celebrated worldwide. With more than 5,500 species, the Golden State has more native plants than any other state in the U.S., making it one of Earth’s 36 biodiversity hotspots. In the face of a worldwide extinction crisis, protecting California’s biodiversity has global implications. That reality is sobering but also inspiring, because California is making real progress thanks to people like you.

We’re proud to share the accomplishments that our volunteers and staff have achieved in 2019 and 2020. Despite unprecedented wildfires, attacks on environmental protections, and a global pandemic, CNPS worked with partners, legislators, and citizens to protect plant diversity by advancing the important initiatives you’ll read about in this report.

One example of that work is our focus on wildfire recovery, which is bridging the gap between emergency response and habitat protection. Dozens of experts across the state worked with CNPS through our publications and on the ground to provide the best available science and much-needed context on this complex and urgent issue.

We’re also proud to highlight CNPS’s participation in California Plant Rescue, a consortium of non-profit organizations, herbaria, and botanic gardens partnering to collect and permanently store specimens and seeds of California’s rarest plants. We wish to extend a special thanks to California Assemblymembers Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) and Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), who helped to secure unprecedented funds for rare plant seed collection in California’s 2020 state budget.

From the California Capitol and through our network of local chapters, CNPS fights tirelessly for California’s native plants and places. You can get a quick but powerful sense of our conservation impact in the geographic overview. The plants we choose for homes and public gardens also have a profound impact on California’s biodiversity, which is why CNPS launched the Habitat Revolution with the help of local chapters, water agencies, and supporters. It’s a powerful – and beautiful – way for nearly every Californian to make a difference.

To protect our state’s precious biodiversity, we must understand where it occurs and how it functions. In the past year, the CNPS Vegetation and Important Plant Area Programs have advanced our knowledge of California’s flora through ongoing community data gathering, vegetation mapping and monitoring projects across the state. As California accelerates the pace of projects on natural and working lands, CNPS is working hard to ensure the latest and most helpful information is in the right hands at the right time.

But to continue the great work of the past year, we must train the native plant advocates and scientists of tomorrow. In 2019-20, we were especially pleased to form the first CNPS Student Advisory Committee, creating a new way for college students and recent graduates to connect with mentors, develop resources for other students, and influence the future of conservation science.

With a bright future in mind, we’re also taking measures to ensure that our conservation community reflects the diversity of California itself, and is welcoming to all. Thanks to our outreach and publications efforts, California native plants have thousands of active champions, and the community is growing every day. We thank every one of you for your contribution to the successes we celebrate today and into the future.

—CNPS Board of Directors, 2019-20

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rare plant Rescue
Fighting extinction, building understanding

For more than 50 years the CNPS Rare Plant Program has set the scientific standard for information on the rarity and endangerment status of California’s flora. This was a banner year for the program, including an exciting new agreement with the US Forest Service to develop species profiles for more than 100 rare plants, the collection of seeds from 50 rare plant species, and a massive win for biodiversity in the 2019-2020 state budget.


Rare Plant Treasure Hunt participants


Rare Plant Treasure Hunts organized in 2019


rare plant taxa seedbanked in 2019


US Forest Service Species of Conservation Concern profiles completed by CNPS staff since December 2019

In Sept. 2019 CNPS awarded Asm. Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) Legislator of the Year for his work to secure $18 million in funding for seedbanking, invasive species management, and other biodiversity projects in California’s 2019-20 budget. More than $3 million is going to universities and nonprofits to save rare plants, with the goal of seedbanking 75 percent of the state’s rare plants by the end of 2020.

CNPS Chapter Highlights

  • Alta Peak Chapter volunteers helped survey River Ridge Ranch for the endemic Springville Clarkia (Clarkia springvillensis).

  • The Shasta Chapter scaled nearly 9,000 feet to scout for Mt. Eddy sky pilot (Polemonium eddyense).

  • San Luis Obispo volunteers helped collect seeds of slender bush-mallow (Malacothamnus gracilis) at Lopez Lake.

CNPS Rare Plant Rescue is supported by the Mary A. Crocker Trust, the Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation, and the William C. Bannerman Foundation.

Photo by David Bryant

habitat revolution
"Garden as if life depends on it" Doug Tallamy

This year, CNPS launched a new initiative called Habitat Revolution, which uses plant science, education, technology, design, and business strategy to get the right native plants in the right place. The right plants are those that support local ecosystems. The right place is where those plants will naturally thrive.


people attended CNPS chapter garden tours and plant sales


native plants sold at chapter plant sales


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nursery professionals enrolled in Calscape Nursery Program training

Project Highlights from 2019-20:

The Calscape Nursery Program
A partnership with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California provided free online education for nursery staff, native plant marketing and education, and nursery account enhancements.

Southern California Planting Guides
A partnership with Metropolitan, local CNPS chapters, and Miridae landscape architects developed a suite of county-specific native planting guides.

The Long Beach Water Department Parkway Program
A CNPS-developed plant palette, how-to videos, and five different landscape designs supported the department’s pilot program to replace parkway strips with native plants.

Landscaper Training and Certification
A partnership with the Theodore Payne Foundation and the US Green Building Council-Los Angeles launched to expand skills and opportunities for landscape crews and businesses. The first training, funded by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, will be offered this fall in Spanish and English.

Calscape Butterfly and Moth Data
CNPS unveiled host plant data on, so users can discover which native plants provide much-needed habitat for butterflies and moths, whose caterpillars are a primary food source for many birds.

Re-Oak California
CNPS distributed thousands of seedlings grown from locally collected acorns across the state, including a planting of several hundred oaks into the Camp Fire burn area in partnership with Butte County RCD.

Habitat is Local
Across California, CNPS chapters advanced local biodiversity in their communities through chapter nurseries and plant sales, lecture series, garden tours, and habitat-focused landscape guidance.

Habitat Revolution is made possible by generous donations from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust; the Daniel and Susan Gottlieb Foundation; One Voice Charitable Fund; S&S Seeds; the Schwemm Family Foundation and One Tree Planted (for Re-Oak California); and the CNPS Sacramento Valley, Santa Clara Valley, and Yerba Buena chapters.

“...present generations have the responsibility to bequeath to future generations a planet that is not irreversibly damaged by human activity. Our local, indigenous and scientific knowledge are proving that we have solutions and so no more excuses: we must live on earth differently.”

– Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO

Photo by Neal Uno


Photo by Tim Dunfee, Flickr CC

Responding to Crisis

Wildfire is a natural part of California’s ecology, but today’s extreme conditions demand solutions. CAL FIRE and other state agencies are under pressure to move faster than ever before to reduce wildfire risk and save lives.

In 2019 Gov. Newsom fast-tracked 35 emergency fuel break projects, waiving requirements to prepare California Environmental Quality Act documents. The California Board of Forestry also prepared a new California Vegetation Treatment Program, which CNPS will be monitoring to ensure that despite its increased pace and scale, the program is environmentally sound.

With high-impact projects underway, native plants need active and practical representation to secure their protection.

Bridges to Solutions

Across the state, CNPS chapters worked with local ground crews and agencies to provide rare plant data and other guidance on sensitive species. Meanwhile, staff worked with partners and decision-makers to identify gaps and advocate for science-based solutions like defensible space and community hardening, prescribed fire in forests, and development restrictions in high-risk areas.

Thanks to a collaboration between California’s leading fire ecology and land-use experts, CNPS delivered two important resources to further the public’s understanding of wildfire in California: the statewide CNPS Fire Recovery Guide, which was featured in The The New York Times California Today report, and the widely shared Fremontia Fire issue, both available at

Local Action

Former CAL FIRE battalion chief and CNPS member Chris Paulus came back from retirement to lead the 830-acre North Fork American River Shaded Fuel Break Project near Colfax, one of the Governor’s 35 emergency fuel break projects. Determined to balance ecological priorities and safety, Paulus has served as a bridge between CAL FIRE and CNPS, providing one example of how chapters and agencies can work together.

Meanwhile, the East Bay Chapter’s conservation committee worked with the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department to advocate for the protection of sensitive habitat on nearby fuel breaks. Now, at the fire department’s invitation, the chapter is participating in a study on how native plant species, like coyote bush (Baccharis pilularis ssp. consanguinea), respond to fuel reduction treatments.

CNPS has been able to continue its important advocacy for ecological solutions to wildfire management thanks to the support of One Voice Charitable Fund, Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Foundation, Butte County Fire Safe Council, California Waterfowl Association, and two anonymous foundations.

Photo by David Magney

important plant areas
A grassroots effort to map California’s richest plant resources

Spanning the California Floristic Province from southwest Oregon to Baja California, the Important Plant Areas (IPAs) initiative aims to identify areas of outstanding biodiversity, so species can be protected in the face of global mass extinction and development pressure.


participants in five IPA webinars and workshops


rare species documented at IPA workshops


acres modeled

"We don't want to just put out a map, we want to put out a tool that gets used for conservation" -IPA Program Manager Sam Young

This IPA composite map represents combined results for the first draft of IPA model outputs for the Sierra Nevada, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Great Valley, Central California Coast, Central Coast Ranges, Southern California Coast, Southern California Mountains, and Northern Baja California ecoregions. Results feature a 5-mile buffer to assess edge effects and will be peer-reviewed via 2021 IPA webinars. Further analysis will include assessment of datagaps for “lower conservation value” regions, and conservation opportunities for identified IPA candidates.

The concept of IPAs dates back to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, which was adopted at the Convention on Biological Diversity 5th COP in 2000-2001. Mapping IPAs was first spearheaded in California with the CNPS East Bay Chapter’s 2006 Botanical Priority Preservation Areas. In 2018 CNPS created a statewide IPAs program, to support the State of California Biodiversity Initiative.

Through workshops held across the state, CNPS has been gathering information from a broad variety of stakeholders for each ecoregion, including researchers, conservation advocates, land managers, tribal members, policymakers, and regulators.

In the last year, CNPS conducted IPA workshops in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Coast, and held the first international and bilingual CNPS IPA workshop in northwestern Baja California. The Baja region mapping will be finished by the end of 2020; this is important as rapid development has increased the urgency of mapping conservation priorities in the region.

This project is made possible by contributions from the Jiji Foundation Fund at International Community Foundation; a generous anonymous donor; the Ray Collett Trust; and the Utom River Conservation Fund.

Photo by Neal Uno

CNPS Conservation Actions

From local land use decisions to state policy, CNPS is a powerful voice for the preservation of California’s plant biodiversity. Our growing staff, chapter conservation chairs, legislative consultants, and thousands of active members mean that CNPS can be in many places at once, rallying the numbers needed to defeat well-funded projects and protect at-risk species.


CNPS Conservation Around the State

From local land use decisions to state policy, CNPS is a powerful voice for the preservation of California’s plant biodiversity. Our growing staff, chapter conservation chairs, legislative consultants, and thousands of active members mean that CNPS can be in many places at once, rallying the numbers needed to defeat well-funded projects and protect at-risk species.


Walker Ridge
CNPS is campaigning to permanently protect this rare serpentine habitat from development. The site is home to at least 27 rare plants but is an ongoing target for wind energy development.


Guenoc Valley
In Sept. 2020 CNPS filed suit against Lake County for its rushed approval of a 16,000-acre luxury complex in a fire-prone region north of Napa County. Concerns include public safety, inadequate environmental review, and a questionable public review process.


Point Molate
The CNPS East Bay Chapter and co-plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in Oct. 2020 challenging Richmond City Council’s approval of a luxury shoreline condominium develop­ment. Petitioners advocate instead for a Community Plan that would conserve rare coastal strand beach, native coastal prairie, and eelgrass beds.


Fort Ord
CNPS sued the City of Del Rey Oaks over a proposed roundabout through a plant reserve the Monterey Bay Chapter helped create as mitigation for the Fort Ord Reuse Authority’s prior extension of General Jim Moore Blvd.


Santa Barbara
CNPS and Strauss Wind, LLC. reached a settlement over the development of a large wind energy project in Santa Barbara County. The settlement supports mitigation and project improvements to protect the world’s largest population of the federally- and state-endangered Gaviota tarplant (Deinandra increscens ssp. villosa).


Los Angeles
Thanks to efforts by the CNPS LA/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter and Save the Agoura Cornell Knoll coalition, the California Court of Appeals ruled in favor of protecting native oak woodlands from the 8.2-acre Cornerstone Project in Agoura Hills in Los Angeles County. The defeated project would have led to the destruction of 49 percent of the oak trees on the property and 90 percent of their habitat.


San Diego
In March, voters shot down the Measure B initiative to build the sprawling Newland Sierra development. The CNPS San Diego Chapter sued to block the project, which proposed to build more than 2,000 homes and up to 2 million feet of retail space in undisturbed chaparral habitat.


Paradise Valley
CNPS and partners earned a win for desert habitat when the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted against a proposed development at the southern border of Joshua Tree National Park. The project as planned threatened microphyll woodland habitat and conflicted with already established regional conservation


Centennial on Tejon Ranch
After a long fight to stop the ill-advised Centennial Development on one of California’s greatest wildflower habitats, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the development, which is sited in a wildfire severity zone and along the state’s two largest faults. The Center for Biological Diversity and CNPS are now suing LA County.


Del Puerto Canyon Resevoir
CNPS and other organizations filed a lawsuit challenging the approval of the proposed water storage project. The plaintiffs argue that additional botanical surveys in a year with adequate rainfall are necessary to determine impacts to rare plants.


Tesla Ranch
The East Bay Chapter worked with the Friends of Tesla Park (FOTP) in support of Assembly Bill 1086 (Bauer-Kahan) to help protect the park from OHV damage and allow its sale for conservation purposes. Although the bill passed both legislative chambers with a 2/3 majority vote, Gov. Newsom vetoed the bill. CNPS, FOTP, and allies will continue to fight for the park’s preservation.


Idaho Maryland Mine
The Redbud Chapter is opposing a proposed gold mine in Nevada County over the mine’s expected impact on the area’s native plants.

"While some countries are struggling to meet the goals of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, California will be showing the world that it can be done."

-Asm. Ash Karla

Photo by Nick Jensen

Photo by Alexis LaFever Jackson

vegetation mapping & Monitoring
Mapping California's botanical treasures

Working with partner organizations and agencies, CNPS conducts fine-scale mapping of vegetation and wildlife habitats across California’s many ecological regions. These efforts allow us to evaluate which habitats are key to conserving wildlife, to identify areas that need restoration, to assess fire risk, and to monitor how vegetation is responding to climate change and restoration efforts. We use information from mapping to update the Manual of California Vegetation and the rankings of sensitive natural communities.

2.7 M

acres monitored or samples

1.19 M

acres mapped


vegetation surveys


changes to California's list of sensitive communities, based on new threats

This year, the CNPS Vegetation team focused on the state’s Warm Desert regions, the Modoc Plateau, the Pacific Northwest, the greater Bay Area, the Sierra Nevada, and the southern Sierra Nevada. CNPS field scientists helped document the impacts of wildfire, such as the effects of the Erskine and Chimney Fires on oak and pinyon-juniper woodlands, and continued mapping and monitoring the Carrizo Plain National Monument, one of California’s iconic grassland habitats.

The Vegetation Program also ushered in two internship programs in 2019-20: the Barbara Rice Vegetation Program Internship and the Erin Espeland Internship. Erin Espeland Intern Annie Zell helped to process more than 400 plant specimens from the Carrizo Plain and Modoc Plateau and to conduct more than 100 vegetation surveys from the Sonoran Desert to the North Coast.

Vegetation Mapping & Monitoring Sites

In 2019 CNPS collected over 160 vegetation samples across the southwestern Modoc Plateau, revealing an incredible diversity of habitats across 2+ million acres of mapped land. Partners: BLM, CDFW, and Chico State’s Geographic Information Center.

Threatened Conifers (Silver Fir & Yellow-Cedar)
In recent years, CNPS scientists have documented threats to silver fir (Abies amabilis) and yellow-cedar (Callitropsis nootkatensis) in places like the Salmon and Siskiyou mountains. Partners: Klamath National Forest, Michael Kauffman

Point Arena
In 2020 CNPS published a new classification and mapping report for the Point Arena-Stornetta unit of the California Coastal National Monument, a 1,600-plus-acre BLM-managed property in Mendocino County.

Carrizo Plain National Monument
Long-term vegetation monitoring is helping land managers track changes due to climate change, past land use, and restoration efforts.

Jawbone & Owens Valley
In 2019-20 CNPS completed 1,000 vegetation surveys of the Owens Valley and Jawbone regions in the southern Sierra Nevada, producing fine-scale maps that cover over 650,000 acres. Partners: Bureau of Land Management and Aerial Information Systems

Mojave and Sonoran Desert Regions
Since 2018 CNPS has collected over 500 field surveys across the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, most recently surveying or verifying vegetation in the Mojave National Preserve, Mojave Trails National Monument, Picacho region, and beyond. Partners: Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service

“Now is the time for people of our Baby Boomer generation to think about enabling the next generation,”

-Tom Hopkins

Photo by Sam Young

Photo courtesy of Maria Jesus

The Next Generation

The future looks bright when we invest in tomorrow’s native plant stewards. This year, CNPS provided paid internship programs, free plant science workshops for university students, kid-focused educational content, and a new Student Advisory Committee to support the needs of emerging conservation science professionals.


student participants in 11 workshops, including rare plant and vegetation training


participants in Sepulveda Basin oak-planting event


student travel scholarships awarded for the NorCal Bot Symposium


new paid internship positions

Student Advisory Committee
CNPS recruited its first group of college students and recent graduates to participate in a student-led working group. Bringing perspectives from a variety of backgrounds, the students helped develop an online Student Resource Guide, published career interviews with native plant experts, and organized community events like an oak planting event in LA’s Sepulveda Basin. You can read a collection of their interviews with native plant professionals at

Plant Science Workshops
Professional education can be expensive, which is why a generous donor and CNPS staff partnered to offer a series of free training workshops for college students. A three-day course in Santa Barbara kicked off the year, followed by smaller courses in field protocol at UC Santa Cruz, and student scholarships to the popular 2020 Vegetation Mapping Workshop (prior to COVID).

Kid's Corner
Flora magazine’s “Kids’ Corner” brought plant science to life with fun interactive activities like making homemade herbaria and sound maps.


Photo by David Magney

The Stories That Connect Us

Native plants are in the news: Wildfire, climate change, threats to biodiversity—and respect for human diversity—are all topics that intersect with California’s native plants. In a year of challenges, CNPS worked across platforms, from social media to print publications, to connect the dots for our audiences, provide context, and inject a dose of healing beauty.


followers on CNPS's aggregated social media accounts


individuals visited CNPS state and chapter websites


people potentially reached from the biggest CNPS news story of the year


media mentions and stories for CNPS

Books & Publications

Working with WinterBadger Press, CNPS published Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change, which in 2020 won three of the Independent Book Publishers Association’s prestigious Ben Franklin Awards. The Sierra Club recently awarded the book’s creators, conservation photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter, the prestigious Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography. CNPS also published the 272-page Vascular Plants of Northern California by James P. Smith, Jr. and the late John O. Sawyer, Jr. The book provides the first comprehensive checklist of the native and naturalized vascular plants that occur in northwestern California. Rounding out its publications, CNPS produced the statewide Fire Recovery Guide, created in collaboration with more than 30 state and local organizations.


Flora continued to resonate with CNPS members and the broader community featuring interviews with California Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot, international biocultural rights expert Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte, and author Jenny Odell. After months of careful review with an all-star group of contributors, a special issue of Fremontia focused on fire hit mailboxes in March.


Digital advocacy campaigns for the southern Mojave Desert, the Shasta snow wreath, and rare plant seed rescue helped establish important protections for plants and secure millions in funding for California Plant Rescue. More than 500 people participated in our Instagram Native Plant Art Challenge, using pen, paint, embroidery, and even music to communicate their love for native plants. An integrated Native Plant Week Campaign celebrated California’s extraordinary plant biodiversity with a week of video, educational social media, and website resources.

CNPS Communications work is made possible by support from the Skyscrape Foundation and generous anonymous donors.


Consolidated audited financial statements
Fiscal years ending in March 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020

"Rather than approaching projects parcel by parcel, we're stepping back and understanding what is the most valuable habitat at a landscape level and protecting against loss of biodiversity"

– Wade Crowfoot

Photo by Dylan Neubauer

Our Society

We wish to thank the following individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the CNPS mission in the past year.

Cris Sarabia, President
Bill Waycott, Vice President
John Hunter, Secretary
Cari Porter, Treasurer
Cathy Capone
Dee Himes
Lucy Ferney
Brett Hall
Dave Pryor
Christina Toms
Vince Scheidt

Maya Argaman
Kelly Bahr
Nora Bales
Ann-Marie Benz
Chris Brown
David Bryant
Jennifer Buck-Diaz
Raphaela Floreani Buzbee
Andre Clemente
Kate Cooper
Ellen Dean
Christopher Escobedo
Julie Evens
Stacey Flowerdew
Dan Gluesenkamp
Kelsey Guest
Betsy Harbert
Adam Hoeft
Jonathon Holguin
Nick Jensen
Elizabeth Kubey
Alexis LaFever-Jackson
Isabella Langone
Barbara Lezon
David Magney
Liv O’Keeffe
Angela Pai
Amy Patten
Christine Pieper
Katie Quinlan
Becky Reilly
Kendra Sikes
Aaron Sims
Doug Stone
Greg Suba
Emily Underwood
Savannah Vu
Kristen Wernick
Molly Wiebush
Andrea Williams
Brock Wimberley
Sophie Winitsky
Sam Young

Judy Fenerty, Chair
Alta Peak, Cathy Capone
Baja California, Cesar Garcia Valderrama
Bristlecone, Stephen Ingram
Bryophyte, Brent Mishler
Channel Islands, Patt McDaniel
Dorothy King Young, Nancy Morin
East Bay, Beth Wurzburg
El Dorado County, Alice Cantelow
Kern County, Richard Spjut
LA/Santa Monica Mtns, Snowdy Dodson
Marin County, David Long
Milo Baker, Elizabeth Parsons
Mojave Desert, Arch McCulloch
Monterey Bay, Brian LeNeve
Mount Lassen, Woody Elliott
Napa Valley, Stephen Rae
North Coast, Larry Levine
North San Joaquin Valley, Jim Brugger
Orange County, David Pryor
Redbud, Shane Hanofee
Riverside/San Bernardino, Arlee Montalvo
Sacramento Valley, Tara Collins
San Diego, Frank Landis
San Gabriel Mountains, Helena Bowman
San Luis Obispo, Melissa Mooney
Sanhedrin, Jennifer Riddell
Santa Clara Valley, Vivian Neou
Santa Cruz County, Lucy Ferneyhough
Sequoia, Reece Riley
South Coast, David Berman
Tahoe, John Roos
Willis L. Jepson, Mary Frances, Kelly-Poh
Yerba Buena, Paul Bouscal

Brett Hall
Dave Imper
Celia Kutcher
Jean Struthers

7th Generation Advisors
Aerial Information Systems
Audubon (California and local chapters)
Bureau of Land Management
California Botanic Garden
California Chaparral Institute
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Invasive Plant Council
California Native Grasslands Association
California Plant Rescue
California State University
California Wilderness Coalition
California Wildlife Foundation
Center for Biological Diversity
Chico State Geographic    
Information Center
Defenders of Wildlife
Endangered Habitats League
Friends of the Inyo
Friends of the River
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Inyo County Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability
Long Beach Water Department
Los Padres Forest Watch
Metropolitan Water of Southern California
Mojave Desert Land Trust
Morongo Basin Conservation Association
National Parks Conservation Assocation
National Park Service
Northern California Botanists
Pacific Forest Trust
Priority Strategies, Inc.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Sierra Club
SoCal 350 Climate Action
The Nature Conservancy
The Wilderness Society
Theodore Payne Foundation
Santa Ynez Band Chumash
Save Mount Diablo
Sierra Forest Legacy
Southern California Botanists
University of California
US Forest Service
US Green Building Council – LA
Wildlands Conservancy
Wishtoyo Foundation

The protection of California native plants relies on generous individuals who invest in the future of our state’s flora by including CNPS in their estate plan. When received, these generous gifts are placed in the Legacy Fund. Each year, a portion of the Fund is allocated to projects like those featured in this report. The Legacy Fund catalyzes exploration of new ideas, funds pilot projects, and allows us to respond quickly to unanticipated threats to native plants across California. CNPS recently received contributions to the Legacy Fund from the estates of these very special people. We are grateful for their trust, foresight, and commitment to the cause of native plants.

Norden “Dan” Cheatham
Frank Woods Ellis
Lowel Figen
Stephen Bruce Gerow
Mariam Graham
Roger J. Harmon
Park L. Loughlin
Martha J. Mallery
Betty Matyas
Elizabeth H. Rice
Christina S. Schulz
Marvin J. Sheffield
Susan M. Smith

For more information on making native plants part of your legacy, contact Development Director Christine Pieper at or 916.738.7622 or visit us at