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California grasslands are among the most endangered ecosystems in the United States. Birds and insects that rely on grasslands are among the fastest declining species in North America.

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Upcoming events

    • Friday, April 26, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 21905 County Road 88, Winters CA 95694
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    12th Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms

    Think Globally, Plant Locally: Restoration & Local Adaptation

    Friday, April 26, 2019

    8:45 AM - 4:00 PM - Morning refreshments start at 8 AM

    Please join us for a day of field tours, expert talks, networking, and beautiful scenery at Hedgerow Farms Inc. in Winters, CA. 

    Flyer available here - Please share with your friends and colleagues. 

    Expert Speakers:

    • Jessica Wright, Research Geneticist, U.S. Forest Service
    • Bill Krimmel, Owner, Restoration Landscaping Company, Sacramento
    • Joe Silveira, Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, USF&WS
    • Elizabeth Leger, Professor, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Reno
    • Valerie Eviner, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
    • Rachael Long, Farm Advisor, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
    • Neal Williams, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

      Walking tours to view Hedgerow Farms’ seed barn, native plant nursery, seed cleaning mill, production fields, and demonstration gardens.  

      Driving tours in Hedgerow Farms’ native grass and wildflower production fields and habitat areas.

      The day begins at 8 AM with registration, coffee, a light breakfast, and viewing of displays. Talks begin at 8:45 AM and the day concludes at 4 PM.

      Contact us if you have questions at admin@cnga.org

      We hope you can join us for this fantastic event! Spaces are limited so please do not mail registrations without registering on-line first!

      • Friday, May 10, 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Contra Costa County Farm Bureau Hall, 5554 Clayton Rd., Concord
      • 30

      This one-day workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of vegetation monitoring in the context of grassland habitats. During the morning session, workshop instructors will give indoor presentations on grassland ecosystems, goals and objectives for monitoring, sampling designs and in-field methods, data analysis, and use of results to inform management actions.

      In the afternoon, we’ll take our newly acquired skills and techniques into the field at Lime Ridge Open Space. The workshop will cover a variety of vegetation monitoring methods including: point-intercept sampling, line-intercept sampling, belt transect sampling, nested frequency sampling, relevé, and photo point monitoring.


      Michele Hammond– Botanist for the East Bay Regional Park District in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties; has studied California grasslands and their ecology and management for the past 20 years. CNGA board member.

      Felix Ratcliff– Rangeland Ecologist at LD Ford Rangeland Conservation Science, and Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Berkeley. CNGA board member.

      Location:  Contra Costa County Farm Bureau Hall, 5554 Clayton Rd, Concord

      Includes: Lunch and comprehensive workshop materials.

      Afternoon Field Session: Wear field gear and prepare for heat in the afternoon field session. Bring water, sunhat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, etc. 

      Download a flyer here and distribute to your friends!

      • Saturday, May 18, 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Pepperwood Preserve, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa, CA
      • 2

      Grasses are fun and challenging to identify! Build your skills:

      • Understand California’s grassland ecology.

      • Familiarize yourself with grass-specific terminology.

      • Identify grasses by using The Jepson Manual, 2nd ed. dichotomous key.

      • Recognize the basic groups and common species.
      • Build a “collection” of identified samples.

      A class syllabus, 10x hand lenses, and basic keys from the Jepson Manual website provided. An afternoon field tour on Pepperwood lands to see grasses in the field will round out this full day of learning.

      • Morning coffee and snacks are included.
      • Bring your own lunch. 


      Andrea Williams – Vegetation Ecologist for Marin Municipal Water District. CNGA board member.

      Emily Allen – Restoration and botanical consultant based in Ukiah, Mendocino County. CNGA board member.

      Download and share the workshop flyer

    Special thanks to our Corporate Members: 

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