Contact: DFG Office of Communications, (916) 322-8911 Todd Keeler-Wolf, Ph.D., DFG Senior Biologist, (916) 324-6857 or (916) 708-2059 (mobile) Julie M. Evens, CNPS Vegetation Program Director, (916) 327-0714
The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) www.dfg.ca.gov and the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) www.cnps.org have published the second edition of A Manual of California Vegetation. This comprehensive manual provides a standardized, systematic classification and description of vegetation in the state and will serve as a guide for ecologists, environmental scientists, environmental and conservation planners, land-use managers, teachers, students and natural history enthusiasts.
This publication, a revision of the 1995 original edition, was co-authored by DFG’s vegetation ecologist Dr. Todd Keeler-Wolf, CNPS vegetation ecologist Julie Evens and Humboldt State University emeritus professor Dr. John O. Sawyer, with significant support from DFG. The 1,300-page book contains keys to, and descriptions of, more than 485 different vegetation types throughout the state, from desert to vernal pools. It presents a refined picture of the state’s diverse vegetation patterns, following 14 years of rigorous surveys, analysis, description and mapping of vegetation. The method of vegetation classification presented in the Manual represents the vegetation classification standards for large-scale vegetation maps recently adopted by the state. These state standards meet the National Vegetation Classification System standards followed by federal agencies. Examples of maps developed using these standards may be viewed through the DFG Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program’s Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/vegcamp.
The book serves as the backbone to a science-based approach to conservation and management by furthering the understanding of vegetation definition, ecology, restoration and conservation throughout the state.