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.
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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 quantifiably capture California’s plant communities and their changes over time.
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Over one-third of California’s flora is considered rare. Learn expert tips to search the RPI to prepare a list of rare plant species for a project.
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