Not all plant information is mapped, which makes local knowledge an important part of your plant research for CEQA projects. You can start with what you know. Think about what interested you in the project in the first place. Is the project site in an area with a rare plant you know about? Is there an important sensitive habitat on the project site?  

Then begin using your network. Local CNPS Chapters are an invaluable source of information. Lean on CNPS members and other connections with local expertise, including agency members, if a strong connection exists. Use these connections to further your understanding of the landscape. With their help, you can begin to document the plants that could be on the proposed project site, along with any information on the type of land that exists in the project area.   

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Be sure to check if your city or county has a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCPs) or Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP), as these may have information about the local flora and sensitive natural resources.