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 sensitive 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.
Conserving the genetic variation of our flora is of utmost importance if we’re to be prepared for future restoration and recovery efforts, especially under the threats of climate change, catastrophic fire, and invasive species.
In order to restore native ecosystems that are resilient against climate chaos, many Indigenous practitioners continue to utilize Traditional Cultural Practices such as cultural burning.
The Klamath Mountains contain some of the most exceptional temperate plant communities in North America. Representative plants from the Cascades, North Coast Range, Sierra Nevada, and Great Basin all call the Klamath Mountains home.