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  • Rare Plant Program - California Native Plant Society
    Program Vegetation Program Services Manual of CA Vegetation The Online Manual 2009 2nd Edition of the Manual State Natural Communities List MCV State Classification List Vegetation Sampling Classification Mapping Mapping Guidelines Field Forms Protocols Classification Map Reports Sampler Newsletters Alliances Associations Vegetation Resources Vegetation Program Initiatives Carrizo Plain NM Veg Project Grassland Initiative MCV Database Project N Sierra Foothills Veg Map S Sierra Foothills Veg Surveys Rare Plant Comm Initiative Contact Program Staff Rare Plant Program About the Program Rare Plant Inventory Lichens of Conservation Concern Rare Plant Ranking System Ranks 2A and 2B Rare Plant Data Status Review Process Rare Plant Forums Rare Plant Status Review Rare Plant Phenology Rare Plant Photos Locally Rare Plants Botanical Survey Guidelines Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Project Background and Results Volunteer Signup RPTH Event Calendar Critical Rare Plant Data Needs Data Collection Reporting Resources Annual RPTH Award Winners Stories from the Field Funding and Support Opportunities Rare Campaign Rare Plant Data Calochortus tiburonensis photo by York 1986 The CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants of California the CNPS Inventory is based on the best available information on rare plant distribution and endangerment In order to keep this information up to date we rely on contributions from botanists both amateur and professional throughout California All information we receive is shared with the California Natural Diversity Database CNDDB of the California Department of Fish and Game DFG The CNDDB is the largest most comprehensive database of its type in the world It presently contains more than 65 000 site specific records on California s rarest plants animals and natural communities The backbone of both the CNDDB and CNPS effort is the Field Survey Form This form is used to record field observations of rare threatened endangered or sensitive species elements Field Survey Form Native

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  • Rare Plant Program - California Native Plant Society
    hardcopy Inventory Though a perfectly sound approach in the pre internet days this approach is no longer adequate The need to provide current plant status information combined with new ways to accumulate and distribute data has led to the possibility and the need for a continuous Inventory review process The RPP has now shifted to such a continuous data analysis and dissemination approach Major changes to the Inventory i e additions deletions CNPS list changes scientific name changes will be continuously reviewed by CNPS California Natural Diversity Database CNDDB regional Plant Status Review groups and other experts Once consensus is reached about a change it will be added to a group of pending changes which will all be implemented and disseminated on a quarterly basis For the process of reviewing rare lichens please see Sponsoring Lichens of Conservation Concern For information about the inclusion of rare lichens in the CNPS Inventory visit this page The Process Flow chart for processing proposed additions or status changes to the CNPS Inventory 1 Proposed Addition Status Change Submitted to or Identified by CNPS Potential additions and changes to the CNPS Inventory are identified by or proposed to the CNPS Botanist who initiates the review process prior to listing the proposal on the Rare Plant Status Review Forum and sending the proposal out to Regional Plant Status Review Groups 1 Proposed addition status change identified 2 Information Query Status Criteria Assessment The CNPS Rare Plant Program conducts a search of all pertinent information from relevant publications available herbarium records available CNDDB reports and information from experts who have direct knowledge of the distribution taxonomy and biology of the proposed taxon 2 Research literature herbarium records CNDDB reports communication with experts etc 3A Initial Status Review The CNPS Rare Plant Program and the CNDDB Botanist with assistance of knowledgeable experts will initiate a status review including a proposed ranking The CNPS Botanist will send the status review documents to Regional Review Groups and other knowledgeable botanists by means of email and post the proposed status review on the CNPS Status Review Forum for comment After 3 weeks the CNPS Botanist will send out a Final Call for information extending the Status Review Forum comment period 2 additional weeks notifying all involved groups and previously consulted experts and request further clarification comments or additional expertise including the Rare Plant Program Committee 3A Status review documents sent to Regional Review Groups and to potential experts identified during document production posted on Status Review Forum 3A If a general consensus of reasoning regarding status has been reached following the Final Call the comment period will be closed The CNPS Botanist will then make a final determination in consultation with the CNDDB Botanist and will post the change to the Inventory If general consensus has not been reached proceed to step 3B 3A Final decision made comment period closed change made to the Inventory 3B Second Status Review Period If a general consensus of reasoning is not reached during

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  • Rare Plant Program - California Native Plant Society
    Native Gardening CNPS Landscaper Certification Planning Your Garden Getting Started Habitat Gardening School Gardens Patio Gardens Sample Garden Plans Ditch Your Lawn Where to Buy Natives Events Calendar Identifying Native Plants Propagation Native Plant Resources For Your Home Garden Arboretums Botanic Gardens Invasive Weeds Pest Mgmt Invasive Weeds Managing Pests Native Plant Lists Horticultural Research Gardening Blog About the Program Rare Plant Inventory Lichens of Conservation Concern Rare Plant Ranking System Ranks 2A and 2B Rare Plant Data Status Review Process Rare Plant Forums Rare Plant Status Review Rare Plant Phenology Rare Plant Photos Locally Rare Plants Botanical Survey Guidelines Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Background and Results Volunteer Signup RPTH Event Calendar Critical Rare Plant Data Needs Data Collection Reporting Annual RPTH Award Winners Stories from the Field Funding and Support Rare Campaign About the Program Vegetation Program Services Manual of CA Vegetation The Online Manual 2009 2nd Edition of the Manual State Natural Communities List MCV State Classification List Vegetation Sampling Classification Mapping Mapping Guidelines Field Forms Protocols Classification Map Reports Sampler Newsletters Alliances Associations Vegetation Resources Vegetation Program Initiatives Carrizo Plain NM Veg Project Grassland Initiative MCV Database Project N Sierra Foothills Veg Map S Sierra Foothills Veg Surveys Rare Plant Comm Initiative Contact Program Staff Rare Plant Program About the Program Rare Plant Inventory Lichens of Conservation Concern Rare Plant Ranking System Ranks 2A and 2B Rare Plant Data Status Review Process Rare Plant Forums Rare Plant Status Review Rare Plant Phenology Rare Plant Photos Locally Rare Plants Botanical Survey Guidelines Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Project Background and Results Volunteer Signup RPTH Event Calendar Critical Rare Plant Data Needs Data Collection Reporting Resources Annual RPTH Award Winners Stories from the Field Funding and Support Opportunities Rare Campaign CNPS Rare Plant Program Forums Rare Plant Status Review The

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  • Rare Plant Program - California Native Plant Society
    Plant Data Needs Data Collection Reporting Annual RPTH Award Winners Stories from the Field Funding and Support Rare Campaign About the Program Vegetation Program Services Manual of CA Vegetation The Online Manual 2009 2nd Edition of the Manual State Natural Communities List MCV State Classification List Vegetation Sampling Classification Mapping Mapping Guidelines Field Forms Protocols Classification Map Reports Sampler Newsletters Alliances Associations Vegetation Resources Vegetation Program Initiatives Carrizo Plain NM Veg Project Grassland Initiative MCV Database Project N Sierra Foothills Veg Map S Sierra Foothills Veg Surveys Rare Plant Comm Initiative Contact Program Staff Rare Plant Program About the Program Rare Plant Inventory Lichens of Conservation Concern Rare Plant Ranking System Ranks 2A and 2B Rare Plant Data Status Review Process Rare Plant Forums Rare Plant Status Review Rare Plant Phenology Rare Plant Photos Locally Rare Plants Botanical Survey Guidelines Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Project Background and Results Volunteer Signup RPTH Event Calendar Critical Rare Plant Data Needs Data Collection Reporting Resources Annual RPTH Award Winners Stories from the Field Funding and Support Opportunities Rare Campaign The Rare Plant Status Review Forum CNPS solicits information about proposed changes to the CNPS Inventory via the Rare Plant Status Review Process The CNPS Rare Plant Program encourages anyone who has knowledge about native plants particularly rare plants to contribute their comments data as a Rare Plant Status Reviewer via the Rare Plant Status Review Forum In order to join a Regional Plant Status Review Group and or become a member of the Rare Plant Status Review Forum please fill out and submit this form PDF 463kb to Aaron E Sims asims cnps org If you feel you might qualify as a reviewer but are not able to fill out and or submit this form please contact Aaron E Sims asims cnps org

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  • Rare Plant Program - California Native Plant Society
    Plant Phenology Rare Plant Photos Locally Rare Plants Botanical Survey Guidelines Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Project Background and Results Volunteer Signup RPTH Event Calendar Critical Rare Plant Data Needs Data Collection Reporting Resources Annual RPTH Award Winners Stories from the Field Funding and Support Opportunities Rare Campaign The Rare Plant Phenology Forum The Rare Plant Phenology Forum provides a place for field botanists to share observation data relating to flowering and fruiting times as well as the general location of California s rare plant taxa Sharing these types of observations assists field botanists researchers consultants and others on when to conduct field studies and surveys on the subject taxon This forum is only as rich as the number of contributors that provide this type of data The data that contributors provide is not expected to be voluminous but is expected to be as scientifically accurate and reliable as possible Short succinct entries will keep this reference usable and quickly searchable for individuals seeking phenology information on a specific rare plant taxon Observation entries logged into this forum should include the following Subject Title The scientific name of the plant species which should be the only text entered into the subject heading Use the most up to date nomenclature as found in the CNPS Inventory www rareplants cnps org Please do not use common names and include subspecies ssp or varieties var when applicable e g Arctostaphylos tomentosa ssp daciticola This will allow for taxon entries to be easily searchable in the forum Before entering data for a specific taxon the forum should be searched for existing threads of the subject species to avoid multiple threads for a single species Each subsequent post for the same species should be posted as a reply in the appropriate species entry post Date The date of the observation The date should be uniform among entries and given as DD Month YYYY Name of Observer The first and last name of the person reporting the observation Total No Individuals An estimate of the size of the population given as the total number of individuals Phenology An estimation of the population s flowering fruiting and or vegetative condition as a percentage which gives a qualitative assessment of the taxon s phenology whether it is beginning peaking or ending Location The general location of the observation including regional location county Jepson Bioregion and elevation in feet if possible Please do not use specific coordinates in order to protect against rare plant poachers and other potential threats Notes Observations Any other notes and or observations that seem relevant should also be included in the entry such as if the population is peripheral disjunct a range extension elevational or distributional a new county record notable or unusual seasonal weather patterns etc Photographs A photo of the plant population and at least one photo of an individual plant preferably of diagnostic features if possible Sample Entry Subject Title Blepharizonia plumosa Date 14 Sep 2011 Name of Observer Heath Bartosh Total

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  • Rare Plant Program - California Native Plant Society
    act as refugia for species It has been shown that in species that undergo catastrophic range contractions peripheral populations have greater survivorship than the core population Locally rare plants play an important role in helping to preserve the diversity of the species as well as the gene pool of local flora Locally rare plants also preserve the potential for the species to undergo speciation events and are often of scientific or historical importance With all of the benefits associated with preservation and conservation of locally rare plant populations CNPS encourages local chapters to establish their own locally rare plant program see article by Dianne Lake below for additional information Arbutus menziesii is documented as occurring in at least 33 counties within California However southern Sierra Nevada and southern California counties are represented by only a few populations of this species A menziesii should be treated as locally rare in those counties in which it has 10 or fewer populations which would likely include San Diego Calaveras Orange Los Angeles Ventura San Benito Amador Riverside Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties Laws Governing the Protection of Locally Rare Species Floristic botanists prefer to look at natural distribution patterns and influences when studying the range distribution and population characteristics of a species however few of our laws follow or consider the natural environment Rather our laws are made and enforced according to political boundaries such as states counties and cities and conservation efforts must therefore also work within those political boundaries Because many laws including CEQA are implemented at the local level county or city it is not always appropriate to limit oneself to a statewide perspective on rarity Use of the CNPS Inventory as part of the project impact assessment has become routine however it is also important to take into consideration those plants that are rare at the local level CEQA is one environmental law that is extremely important in rare plant conservation including the conservation of species that are considered locally rare While CEQA has rarely been used to date for the protection of locally rare plant populations Article 9 of CEQA states that special emphasis should be placed on environmental resources that are rare or unique to that region For this reason it is important to provide agencies with local conservation tools so that project related impacts on the flora within their jurisdiction and region can be better assessed CNPS Involvement in Locally Rare Species Two chapters and a botanic garden have had the foresight to set criteria defining local rarity and identify species that are rare locally To date three locally rare plant lists have been created The CNPS East Bay Chapter s locally rare effort led by Dianne Lake has maintained a list of unusual and significant plants of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties since 1992 now in its seventh edition David Magney of the CNPS Channel Islands Chapter developed a list of locally rare taxa for Ventura County In addition at the request of the Channel Islands

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  • Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Background - California Native Plant Society
    S Sierra Foothills Veg Surveys Rare Plant Comm Initiative Contact Program Staff Rare Plant Program About the Program Rare Plant Inventory Lichens of Conservation Concern Rare Plant Ranking System Ranks 2A and 2B Rare Plant Data Status Review Process Rare Plant Forums Rare Plant Status Review Rare Plant Phenology Rare Plant Photos Locally Rare Plants Botanical Survey Guidelines Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Project Background and Results Volunteer Signup RPTH Event Calendar Critical Rare Plant Data Needs Data Collection Reporting Resources Annual RPTH Award Winners Stories from the Field Funding and Support Opportunities Rare Campaign Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Map of rare plant occurrences documented throughout California in the first 5 years of the project Click to view larger Project Background and Results CNPS and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife CDFW track California s rare plants in the California Natural Diversity Database CNDDB which has now provided us with a map of nearly 38 000 rare plant occurrences across the State Right now nearly half of those occurrences are historical meaning that they have had no documentation in at least 20 years Getting up to date information on our rare plants is critical to understanding which populations are still present and which species need our closest attention to ensure their long term conservation The project has already seen some incredible results in the first 5 years since its inception we ve documented over 2500 separate rare plant occurrences and of those nearly 1000 occurrences are new to science Focus areas for RPTH vary from year to year and are dependent on project funding The California deserts were a major focus area of the project during its first four years as many solar energy projects threaten this biodiversity hotspot In other years we have focused on the Los Padres National

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  • Lead your own Rare Plant Treasure Hunt - California Native Plant Society
    Process Rare Plant Forums Rare Plant Status Review Rare Plant Phenology Rare Plant Photos Locally Rare Plants Botanical Survey Guidelines Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Project Background and Results Volunteer Signup RPTH Event Calendar Critical Rare Plant Data Needs Data Collection Reporting Resources Annual RPTH Award Winners Stories from the Field Funding and Support Opportunities Rare Campaign Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Volunteer Sign up There are several ways to get involved in the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt so finding the right way for you to join in is important Subscribe to the RPTH email list by expressing your interest along with your name city ies of residence and CNPS Chapter affiliation in a message to Email address protected by JavaScript Enable JavaScript or visit contact page You ll be notified of upcoming RPTH events in your area Check with your CNPS Chapter Rare Plant Chair to see if the Chapter is hosting any local RPTH events If you have prior plant ID experience sign up as a trip leader to search for rare plants on your own or with your Chapter by taking the Trip Leader Survey See below for more info Becoming a trip leader Each year dozens of volunteers and CNPS Chapters sign up to search for particular rare plant populations throughout California Before the field season starts we query all of the volunteers on our email list and set them up with target rare plants in their geographic area We try to tailor the surveys to both the interests of the volunteer as well as to the CNPS Rare Plant Program s Critical Data Needs If you have plant ID experience and would like to lead your own trip but are not yet on the email list please take the Trip Leader Survey We ll get you set

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