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.
The governor's actions are among the first to unambiguously emphasize the critical importance of saving California’s native plants.
The Governor's new Biodiversity Initiative is a victory for native plants and a important validation of CNPS work.
CNPS sampled 30+ plant alliances in the Santa Susana Mountains, progress on classifying vegetation with the first fine-scale map of local plant communities.