Originally formed in 1965 in the east bay region, the California Native Plant Society (CNPS)
is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest
in California's native plants. CNPS 10,000 members work to promote native plant appreciation,
research, education, and conservation through our five statewide programs and 33 regional
chapters in California. This collection includes documents and materials created and/or
collected by the South Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.
Since 1965, CNPS has worked to protect California's native plant heritage and preserve it for
future generations. CNPS actively promotes the use of science in land use and management decisions
through our Online Rare Plant Inventory and essential reference book: Manual of California Vegetation,
2nd Edition, both of which are the most advanced resources available for identifying and managing
critical habitat in California. They work closely with decision-makers, scientists, and local
planners to advocate for well-informed and environmental friendly policies, regulations, and land
The time period represented by these documents (1972-2005) was one of intense development pressure
on the last local natural habitats and native flora and fauna of the area and often there were
major challenges occurring simultaneously on multiple fronts. The Rancho Palos Verdes Natural
Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP) was initiated during that time period to address some of
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All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives
and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical
materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
There are no access restrictions on this collection.