We don’t save individual plant species in isolation. Plants belong to communities, playing foundational roles in our ecosystems. Our understanding of those relationships are critical to both conservation and science. The CNPS Vegetation Program has established a vegetation classification system that has become the standard for interpreting statewide vegetation patterns and for initiating local and regional ecological assessments. Today, the program continues to expand this knowledge to inform conservation and land-use planning amidst today’s critical decisions. Read on to learn more.
Areas of Focus
CNPS is developing tools and training to identify and protect rare vegetation types as key units of biodiversity.
From grasslands to conifer forests, we’re working to quanifiably capture California’s plant communities and their changes over time.
CNPS recently sampled more than 30 plant alliances in the Santa Susana Mountains, the first step toward creating vegetation classification and the first fine-scale map of the area's plant communities.
Working in collaboration with the US Forest Service, CNPS completed field studies to assess the extent and status of the California endemic bigcone Douglas-fir in the Angeles National Forest (NF).
CNPS provides verifiable botanical data used every day in local, regional, and statewide planning for conservation and development around the state.