Conservation Advocacy Toolkit

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


Are you concerned about the potential environmental impacts of a project in your area?  The CNPS Conservation Advocacy Toolkit is designed to help you confidently take action using the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other conservation tools.


Getting Started | CEQA 101

Enacted in 1970, CEQA requires state and local agencies to disclose and help mitigate for the environmental effects of projects — both public and private — before they approve them. But CEQA is a self-executing statute, meaning that it’s up to the public to use and enforce it. Start your CEQA journey here.

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 more than XXX real letters to research past projects and see strong examples of letters at varying stages of the conservation process.


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.

Real World Stories

Learn the latest on active CNPS conservation efforts and how you can help.