Welcome to Santa Cruz County CNPS
The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs
and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. CNPS seek to increase
understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to preserve them in their natural
habitat through scientific activities, education, and conservation.
The chapter meets every other month on the second Monday of the month at the
University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum Horticulture Building, located at 1156 High Street. Directions can be found
The chapter welcomes all-from the botanists and defenders of the environment to the casual nature lover.
Contact any Board Member to find out about the organization. Attend a meeting-you will learn something new!
California Native Plant Society - Santa Cruz County Chapter
P. O. Box 1622
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
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Statewide CNPS Chapter Newsletters
At the link below you will find a clickable chapter map which lets you
access the latest newsletter from each CNPS chapter.
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Arana Gulch Habitat Management Plan
City of Santa Cruz
Year 3 (2016) Annual Report (Draft)
This monitoring report evaluates the City's progress implementing the Arana Gulch Habitat Management Plan (HMP). The HMP guides the long-term restoration of the 67 acre Arana Gulch Open Space. The plan provides management goals and objectives to enhance three specific management areas: Hagemann Gulch Riparian Woodland Management Area, Arana Creek Wetland and Riparian Management Area and the Coastal Prairie/Tarplant Management Area.
The purpose of this annual report is to describe the current condition of the Arana Gulch habitat areas, evaluate the performance of each area in relation to the interim performance standards outlined in the HMP and included in the CDP, and provide management recommendations for the following year to ensure progress toward and achievement of success criteria. In Year 3 (2016), the City continued to focus on improving the habitat of the Santa Cruz tarplant (SCT), a federally Threatened and a California State Endangered species.
Goal 1: Maintain a viable Santa Cruz tarplant (SCT) population at Arana Gulch.
Goal 2: Reintroduce grazing to restore a disturbance regime that maintains functioning coastal prairie.
Goal 3: Minimize the detrimental effects of high non-native plant cover and restore coastal prairie species diversity and habitat function.
Goal 4: Maintain a genetically and demographically viable soil seed bank in perpetuity.
Click here to review the Draft
Arana Gulch HMP Year 3 (2016) Annual Report, Draft, 2-10-17 (pdf)
* New Second Edition Now Avaliable *
The Santa Cruz County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is proud to announce the publication of the Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Santa Cruz County, California, by Dylan Neubauer.
Dylan is a botanist who lives in Santa Cruz County.
Presented in an easy-to-use format, this comprehensive update of the 2005 edition summarizes the latest information on the 1594 vascular plant taxa currently known to occur in Santa Cruz County.
The 166-page, spiral-bound, 5.5 x 8 in. book includes:
- Botanical artwork by Tim Hyland
- Maps by Ben Pease—including a new color map of the County showing public lands & Sandhills
- Detailed instructions on how to use the Checklist
- An expanded introduction discussing the County’s botanical history as well as its botanical “hotspots” and special areas
- A list of all local taxa arranged alphabetically by family using the latest nomenclature from The Jepson Manual, 2nd Edition & the Jepson eFlora.
- Locality information for listed & “locally rare” taxa
- Appendices treating legal rarity status, endemics, extirpated taxa, undescribed taxa, the most invasive non-natives, and more
- An expanded, 64-page “Notes” section, including tips for identifying difficult taxa, taxonomic issues, habitat information for rare taxa, and more
- An Index to local plant families & genera with new names cross-referenced to superseded names from the first edition of The Jepson Manual
Click here for Santa Cruz County Checklist errata.
Price: $15.00 + tax/copy.
The book is available at Book Shop Santa Cruz, Norrie's gift shop at the UCSC Arboretum, Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History and Native Revival Nursery in Aptos.
Also, you can purchase copies from Cindy Hudson, email Cindy at