California Native Grass Association

Celebrating and conserving the ecological richness of California's native grasslands

aka California Native Grasslands Association   |   Davis, CA   |  cnga.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1992

President

Jeanne-Philippe Marie

Main address

PO Box 485

Davis, CA 95617 USA

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EIN

68-0239825

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Grasslands perform essential services necessary to support life. Grasslands contribute to human well-being and provide benefits that extend to local, regional, and global communities. Grasslands are perhaps the most human-altered terrestrial ecosystem in California. Agriculture, invasion by exotic species, development, and other human-related activities have reduced California native grasslands by 99%. Yet, California’s relict native grasslands are habitat to over 40% of the state’s total native plant species. Grassland birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, pollinators and other animals depend on the resources these plants and spaces provide. Currently, 73 grassland-associated species are listed by the state & federal Endangered Species Acts: 14 vertebrates and 59 plants, and 14 invertebrates, including 6 butterfly species. This count does not even include native pollinators and other plants and animals experiencing sharp declines without the benefit of a government attention.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship (GRASS)

CNGA's newest program is GRASS (California Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship). Beginning in January 2019, we offer competitive research funds to promote undergraduate and graduate student research focused on understanding, preserving, and restoring California’s native grassland ecosystems in accordance with the CNGA Mission and Goals.

Population(s) Served
Students

CNGA offers an array of workshops, field days and trips related to California's iconic native grasslands. Workshops include:
-Identification and Appreciation of California's Native and Naturalized Grasses
-Grassland Monitoring Methods and Techniques
-Grassland Restoration
-Landscaping with Nature
-Introduction to Grassland Soils
-Pasture Walk: Radical New Grassland Management Ideas
-Planned Grazing: Build Soil, Grassland Health and Profit

Population(s) Served
Adults

Grasslands publishes material of interest to all of our readers, including peer-reviewed scientific research reports, general interest articles, updates on recent events, book reviews, photo essays, workshop news, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The California Native Grasslands Association works to conserve grasslands throughout California through advocacy at the grassroots level (no pun intended).

Population(s) Served
Adults

K-12: We offer educational materials for teachers and students grades K-12. We have worksheets on several topics and all except the crossword have detailed instructions and answer keys. We also created a video for grades 3 to 9 called "What Was Here Before?" with teacher instructions and worksheets.


General Population: We provide information on how to enjoy, conserve, and restore grassland ecosystems from your own front yard to large properties.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Workshops and Events

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We usually offer some workshops annually, sometimes more than once, and others every other year. In 2020 our workshop program was curtailed by COVID-19. We did offer 2 online workshops.

Total number of new organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Young adults

Related Program

Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship (GRASS)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2019 was the first year of our scholarship program. We have 12 applicants for 2021--all well qualified.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Young adults

Related Program

Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship (GRASS)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CNGA's goals are to see that:
1. Appropriate practices and techniques are used to evaluate, prepare, and plant native grasses and grasslands.
2. Members of the public understand the value of native grasses and grasslands and support the goals of CNGA.
3. Grasslands and other communities of which native grasses are a component are managed to benefit native grasses and associated species.
4. Native grasslands are protected from conversion or degradation.
5. Growers, wholesalers, and consumers of native grass seed and live plants have a clear set of purity, quality, and seed source standards that guide their actions.
6. Scientific research and the results of management are readily available to guide restoration and management of native grasses and grasslands.
7. Sites with restoration potential are planted with native grasses and associated species.
8. Native grasses are used as appropriate in the urban landscape to benefit habitat, aesthetics, and educational values.

CNGA’s mission is to promote, preserve, and restore the diversity of California's native grasses and grassland ecosystems through education, advocacy, research, and stewardship. Through our programs and workshops we 1) inform landowners and land managers how to restore and maintain grasslands; 2) train those working in the field so that they may train others; 3) encourage and assist a new generation of land managers; and 4) increase the general public's understanding and appreciation of the value of native grassland ecosystems.

We offer workshops in plant identification, restoration, soil evaluation, monitoring methods, grazing management, landscaping, and other topics. We encourage the next generations through K-12 Curriculum and our newest program, Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship (GRASS) supporting fieldwork in California grasslands. We publish a quarterly journal, Grasslands, and promote conservation through grass-roots advocacy.

CNGA is the only organization working exclusively to conserve and restore California’s grasslands. Most of our work is accomplished by a 15-member all-volunteer Board of Directors. We are also supported by dedicated members who volunteer their professional expertise as workshop instructors, in conservation advocacy endeavors, or by submitting articles to our quarterly journal, Grasslands.

February 19, 1990, twenty public and private organizations responsible for managing grasslands met at the Lockford SCS Plant Materials Center to explore opportunities and "figure out a way to meet challenges which the organizations faced." In the fall of 1991, the California Native Grass Association was founded with the dream to make native grasses available for the restoration of natural communities. Native grasses are now available commercially for restoration projects around the state. But that was only the beginning.

Successful grassland restoration and conservation is a complex goal that depends on many variables, including site evaluation, plant selection, the availability of local genotypes (plants adapted to the specific restoration area), site preparation, installation, weed control, and maintenance.
Since 2014, just over 1,250 persons have attended our training workshops. That is an average of 250 persons per year.

We plan to educate the public on the importance of grassland ecosystems and train land managers through our programs. We will continue to update and offer our workshops around the state and add information to our website. We provided online workshops in 2020, and although we had to reduce the number and type of workshop, we were able to reach a broader geographical audience because of the online venue.

We answer information requests by phone and by email. We award student research scholarships every year to more and more students. In the face of increasing population pressures and climate change and their effects on our environment, encouraging the next generation in preserving and restoring grasslands is more crucial than ever.

The public has become more aware of the importance of grassland ecosystems in supporting human health and well-being. We aim to give them the tools and information they need to focus their conservation efforts.

Financials

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Operations

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California Native Grass Association

Board of directors
as of 2/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

JP Marie

University of California, Davis, Putah Creek Riparian Reserve

Term: 2020 - 2020


Board co-chair

Kendra Moseley

Ecological Site Regional Specialist, NRCS

Term: 2020 - 2020

Emily Allen

Consultant

Michele Hammond

East Bay Regional Park District

Richard King

Rancher

Billy Krimmel

Restoration Landscaping Company

JP Marie

UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Preserve

Patrick Reynolds

Hedgerow Farms, Inc.

Jodie Sheffield

Delta Bluegrass Company

Chad Aakre

Westerveldt Ecological Services

Sarah Gaffney

PhD Candidate, UC Davis

Haven Kiers

Asst. Professor, UC Davis

Leticia Morris

Project Biologist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/08/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.