CNPS’s Vegetation Program in partnership with the California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt (CPH), CA Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW), Bigfoot Trail Alliance, North Coast CNPS Chapter, and other partners started a new collaboration in the Klamath Mountains Ecoregion to inventory and map plant communities. This new partnership will foster the next generation of botanists, including graduate and undergraduate students, where over the next year three students will formulate master’s theses as part of this project.
In mid-May, we met along the western portion of the Klamath Mountains in the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity national forests to begin collecting vegetation data. The data will assist land managers to fill in data gaps about the vegetation types and biodiversity found in this diverse region and will help inform the future work on lifeform and wildland fuels mapping to foster climate resilience. This work is supported by an historic investment by the State of California (CDFW) for this Survey of California Vegetation.
Over the next three years, this program will continue to collect data across the Klamath Mountains with 1600 surveys projected.