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The California Native Grasslands Association works to conserve grasslands throughout California through education, advocacy, research, and stewardship.
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Current Conservation Efforts
Conserving Knowland Park grassland prairie
In Grasslands (Summer 2011), we first wrote about the Oakland Zoo’s expansion plan to take 50 acres of Oakland’s Knowland Park for a three-story restaurant, gondola, and exhibits. The development is touted to be about educating kids and families about the importance of conserving California plant and animal life.
As of late summer 2015, the California native prairie at Knowland Park remains. However, the Oakland Zoo filed an application in July to remove over 50 protected oaks (and the native grasslands abiding with them) for this project. CNGA is still pushing for a sensible project.
CNGA is submitted a letter to the East Bay Zoological Society Board of Trustees in late July. CNGA Supports a "California Trail" Zoo project, but one that both celebrates and preserves the diverse plant and animal life present in the park today.
Check back for updates regarding our conservation efforts!
Saving the UC Richmond Global Campus coastal prairie
UC is planning on developing this area which includes coastal prairie. Over the past two decades, Phalaris has been slowly taking over these prairie areas. CNGA is involved in advocating for smart and safe weed control in the prairie.
Advocating for coastal prairie conservation at the City of Richmond's Pt. Molate property
Jim Hanson, chair of the CNGA Conservation Committee, was recently appointed to the Point Molate Community Advisory Committee. Discussion has recently begun on how this area will be developed.
Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument grasslands management and protection
President Obama created this new National Monument on July 9, 2015. CNGA will be involved in the publicity, management and protection of the grasslands contained within the new Monument.
Protecting the Pt. Pinole-East Bay Regional Park District coastal prairie through adaptive management
CNGA has been advocating for better management of the grasslands at Pt. Pinole. In July CNGA met with the new Supervisor and Vegetation Manager for the park and learned that they are planning on hiring someone to educate staff on native grasses. In the past eucalyptus debris had been dumped on the native grasslands.