California Native Plant Society

Statewide Conservation Initiatives

Follow current CNPS Conservation actions from this page. The status of current projects are updated as new information becomes available. Information on past projects is available here.

Current Conservation Initiatives

A beautiful show of Monolopia lanceolata in the Caliente Range. Photo: Nick Jensen

Off-Highway Vehicle Modernization and Reform
CNPS helped author a new bill (SB 249 - Sen. Allen), which seeks stronger protection for state park natural and cultural resources along with greater accountability for the OHMVR Division.

Important Plant Areas
Region by region, CNPS is now using big data disciplines, geospatial mapping, and its network of science and land-use experts to build the state's first comprehensive map of the plant places we most need to save and why.

CDFA Pest PEIR: The California Department of Food and Agriculture is in the Scoping Phase of their preparation of a programmatic EIR for their pest management tactics and programs. CNPS has submitted Pest PEIR Scoping Phase comments, and continues to track the development of the PEIR. Read our comments here (PDF 160kb).

Lawson's Landing: Tomales Dunes is the largest unprotected dune system on the central coast. Years of unpermitted development have resulted in serious damage to botanical resources, and wetland and mobile dune habitats that make it unique on the central coast.

Help Protect WMA Funding: CNPS is currently sending out letters of support to preserve the Weed Management Area (WMA) program funding. Follow link for instructions and letter templates.

Walker Ridge Letters of Support: CNPS is currently sending out letters of support for the February 2011 ACEC designation petition. Follow link for instructions and letter templates.

Walker Ridge: CNPS has submitted a new Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) Petition (PDF 152kb) to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on February 3rd, 2011.

DRECP: The California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is intended to evaluate the cumulative impacts of renewable energy development in the desert and plan for the conservation of desert flora and fauna. Update - Winter 2018: Defend California's Deserts | Leave the DRECP Alone


Enforcement Actions

When necessary, the California Native Plant Society may use litigation as a means of carrying out its mission and achieving its goals, which include promoting adherence to, and enforcement of, federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies that protect native plants. This section catalogues information from past CNPS enforcement actions.

Current Enforcement Actions



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