Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

California Native Grass Association

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

aka California Native Grasslands Association

Davis, CA

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

1992

President

Andrea Williams

Main Address

PO Box 485

Davis, CA 95617 USA

Keywords

Conservation, grassland restoration, grassland habitat, pollinator, workshops

EIN

68-0239825

 Number

5072629458

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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.

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Our programs

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

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Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship (GRASS)

Workshops and Events

Grasslands Journal

Conservation

Education

Where we work

Our Results

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Total number of classes offered

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Workshops and Events

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

We offer some workshop annually, sometimes more than once, and others every other year.

Total number of new organization members

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General/Unspecified

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

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General/Unspecified

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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 field work 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 or by submitting articles to Grasslands journal.

We will measure future progress in motivating more people to take an interest in conserving California’s grassland ecosystems primarily by increases in membership and workshop registrations.

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 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 1,000 persons have attended our training workshops. That is an average of 250 persons per year. We plan to educate the public 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 answer information requests by phone and by email. We will offer our 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, preserving and restoring grasslands, is more important than ever. The public has become more aware of the importance of grassland ecosystems in supporting human health and well-being and we aim to give them the tools and information they need to focus their conservation efforts.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Organizational Demographics

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Equity Strategies

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