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The mission of the California Native Grasslands Association is to promote, preserve, and restore the diversity of California's native grasses and grassland ecosystems through education, advocacy, research, and stewardship.
Check out our line-up of Spring 2014 Workshops.
More details to follow!
March 14: Grassland Monitoring Methods and Techniques
April 25: Seventh Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms
May: New! Native Grasses in the Built Environment
June: Introduction to Grass Taxonomy and Identification
Also...Improving Land Health and Profitability - A Workshop for Ranchers
Scenes from our Oct. 24 course: Establishing Functional Native Grasslands, held at the Lake Solano Nature Center.
We also thank experienced grassland restoration practitioners, Bryan Young, J.P. Marie and Chris Rose who served as CNGA's expert instructors for the grassland restoration & revegetation workshop on October 24th.
Pictured below, CNGA instructor Chris Rose leads a large-scale restoraton tour at CNGA's 2013 Field Day at Hedgerow Farms. Photo courtesy Phil Hogan, NRCS.
Kurt Vaughn, below left spoke to the CNGA Oct. 24th workshop attendees about the grassland restoration on this 34-acre site north of Winters, that he and CNGA Board member Jon O'Brien had worked on previously with the Audubon CA Landowner Stewardship Program.
Dr. Valerie Eviner, UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, has been awarded a multi-year grant to investigate the diverse factors that contribute to "restoration success" under a variety of climate, soil, and topographical conditions. The goal is to compile large amounts of data from a diverse group of land managers (ranchers, conservation groups, consultants, agencies, etc.) and develop a "decision support tool" that will be available online to assist individuals when developing restoration management plans. CNGA will assist with the outreach regarding this project. To learn more about Val Eviner's research and projects link here.
To read a description of the project from the Winter 2013 Grasslands issue, please link here.
Establishing Functional California Native Grasslands - a great way to get a jump on your Fall Planting Projects
We thank Hedgerow Farms for their beautiful display of native grass seeds and native forbs for pollinators that they shared at the Oct. 24th workshop and Emily Allen, pictured below for her excellent presentation.
A Thank You to our Conservation Photography Workshop Instructors & Attendees
CNGA was thrilled to offer the expert guidance of 2 BayArea professional photographers, who are also experts in local botany and ecology - Lech Naumovich and Jim Coleman, in our 1-day Grasslands Photography class, August 24th.
Photo courtesy of Lech Naumovich.
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Link here to see more on current grassland restoration at The Bufferlands, site of the Fall 2012 Field Practices class.
Canal bank restoration with native grasses at Hedgerow Farms from 2013 Field Day with CNGA Board & instructors Drew Rayburn and JP Marie.