CNPS Conservation Advocacy Toolkit

Make a difference for the plants and places that matter to you!


Empower yourself as a conservation advocate for California native plants

Conservation can be complicated — and even technical. That’s why the California Native Plant Society created this toolkit to help you navigate the laws and public process for participation. Together, we can build a network of thousands who speak for nature.

Getting started

The California Environmental Quality Act is a pillar of conservation in the state. Learn about this important law in our short video primer. Then, select from the topics below to take the next step.

CEQA 101

A comprehensive overview of California’s “Environmental Bill of Rights”

How to get involved

Learn about public comment periods and navigating Environmental Impact Reports

Writing comment letters

Everything you need to research and write high impact letters

CNPS Comment Letter Database

As California’s voice for native plants, CNPS regularly submits public comment letters on a wide range of projects across the state. Search our active database of letters to research past projects and see strong examples of letters at varying stages of the conservation process.

Search comment letters

Subject Matter Expertise

Looking to dive into a specific topic? See the new CNPS annotated bibliography on wildfire research, or peruse our library of CNPS land management and conservation policy positions.

Thank you!

This toolkit would not be possible without the support of forward-thinking donors who believe in the importance of education and advocacy. A special thanks to Denise and Henry Louie and generous donors to the 2022 CNPS Conference Banquet Auction.

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