California Native Plant Society

Education Program - Workshops and Professional Training

Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé
The CNPS & California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) Combined Method

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Dates: May 1-3, 2018 (Tuesday - Thursday)
Location: San Luis Obispo/Morro Bay area, CA
Instructors: Jennifer Buck-Diaz, Vegetation Ecologist, CNPS; Rachelle Boul, Environmental Scientist, CDFW - Biogeographic Data Branch
Registration: $375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members

Target Audience: Professional and student botanists, ecologists, resource managers, and conservationists. Participants should have an initial understanding of the subject matter and basic plant identification skills.

Description: This course will be a combination of lecture and field exercises in vegetation sampling with a focus on collecting data using the CNPS-CDFW combined vegetation rapid assessment and relevé methods. We will discuss applications of fine-scale vegetation sampling, classification, and mapping, how to document rare natural communities, and how vegetation information fits into planning documents.

Participants will learn:

  • Applications of fine-scale vegetation sampling, classification and mapping
  • How vegetation sampling is used for mapping projects
  • How to collect data using the CNPS-CDFW combined vegetation rapid assessment/relevé method.
  • How to document rare natural communities
  • How vegetation types and attributes can be mapped
  • How vegetation information fits into County General Management Plans, CEQA, HCP's, NCCPs, etc.




If you have questions about this or any other CNPS workshops, please contact Becky Reilly, CNPS Events Coordinator, at 916-447-2677 x207 or .

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