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California's Native Grasslands

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  • Calfora: Information on wild California plants with plant descriptions, photos, and an extensive search engine
  • California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC): Information regarding California invasive plants and their management
  • California Native Plant Link Exchange (CNPLX): A resource for finding supplier of California native plant seed and transplants throughout the state
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS): Information on native plants of all types. Includes information on all of their programs (Conservation, Education, Growing Natives, Rare Plant Science and Vegetation Science)
  • California's Coastal Prairies: Educational resource project of the Sonoma Marin Coastal Grasslands Working Group
  • California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (CRCC): CNGA is a signatory of this diverse group of partners who make up the CA Rangeland Conservation Coalition (the Coalition or CRCC). Working toward conserving rangelands, it  includes ranchers, conservationists, and state and federal agencies, academia and others.
  • California Society for Ecological Restoration (SERCAL): Information on recovering damaged ecosystems. They put on conferences, symposia, workshops, and field trips
  • Institute for Applied Ecology: Information on the Oregon based non-profit’s conservation research, ecological education program, habitat restoration program, and useful published reports
  • Master Gardeners: Volunteers who provide University of California approved horticulture information to the home gardeners
  • Native Seed Network: Includes a vendor list, species recommendations, and information on their National Native Seed Conference
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): The NRCS works in partnership with the Yolo RCD
  • USDA Plants Database: A database providing distribution maps and detailed information on native and non-native plants
  • Urban Bee Gardens: A resource for planning a pollinator friendly garden. Hosted by UC Berkeley
  • Xerces Society: A resource for information on pollinator conservation. Includes pollinator-friendly plant lists and handy fact sheets and brochures
  • Weed Research Information Center: The Weed Research and Information Center is an interdisciplinary collaboration that fosters research in weed management and facilitates distribution of associated knowledge for the benefit of agriculture and for the preservation of natural resources. Hosted by University of California Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station 
  • Yolo County Resource Conservation District (RCD): Our local district office has wonderful resources on their website. RCDs are committed to technical guidance, education, and onsite expertise



Vegetation Types and Plant Identification:

  • The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California edited by James C. Hickman
  • Weeds of California and Other Western States by Joseph M. DiTomaso and Evelyn A. Healy
  • Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California by the Redbud Chapter of CNPS
  • California Plant Families: West of the Sierran Crest and Desserts by Glenn Keator, Illustrated by Margaret J. Steunenberg
  • Terrestrial Vegetation of California edited by Michael G. Barbour, Todd Keeler-Wolf, and Allan A. Schoenherr
  • Field Guide to the Sedges of the Pacific Northwest by Barbara L. Wilson, Richard Brainerd, Danna Lytjen, Bruce Newhouse, and Nick Otting of the Carex Working Group

Grass and Grasslands

  • California Grasslands: Ecology and Management edited by Mark R. Stromberg, Jeffery D. Corbin, and Carla M. D’Antonio

Landscaping and Gardening

  • The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn by John Greenlee, photography by Saxon Holt
  • The New American Front Yard: Kiss Your Grass Goodbye! by Saray Carolyn Sutton
  • California Native Plants for the Garden by Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O’Brian
  • Reimagining the California lawn: Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs by Carol Bornstein, David Fross, Bart O'Brien
  • Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native Plants, Updated and Expanded by Douglas W. Tallamy

Farming and Restoration

  • Bringing Farm Edges Back to Life! Landowner Conservation Handbook edited by Paul Robins. Published by the Yolo County Resource Conservation District
  • Monitoring on Your Farm: A Guide to Tracking and Understanding the Resources and Wildlife on Your Land by Jeanette Wrysinski. Published by the Yolo County Resource Conservation District
  • Farming With the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches by Daniel Imhoff


  • The Xerces Society Guide: Attracting Native Pollinators published by the Xerces Society


  • California Natural History Guide This is a collection of books put out by UCPress. Some subjects include soils and plants, spring wildflowers, California plant life, growing California native plants, grasses in California and California Chaparral

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