California Native Grasslands Association
Promoting, preserving, and restoring the diversity of California's native grasses and grassland ecosystems through education, advocacy, research, and stewardship.

Grass Facts

Deer in restored native grassland. Photo by Andrew Rayburn

  • Over 300 species of native grasses are found in California. Grasses are an integral part of diverse habitats, ranging from cool, wet forests to hot, dry deserts.

  • The decline in native grasses and grasslands in the last two centuries has been due to intensive cultivation, poorly managed grazing, urbanization, fire suppression, and the introduction of invasive, nonnative grass and forb species.

  • The deep roots of native grasses stabilize soil, increase water infiltration, and recycle nutrients. Appropriate management and restoration of grasslands can reap these benefits.

  • Well-managed grazing can help maintain native grass populations in California grasslands. Native grasses offer a long, green forage season.

  • Native grasses planted in urban landscapes are low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, and can filter polluted runoff.

  • 90% of rare and endangered species in California inhabit grassland ecosystems.
  • Native grasslands support about 40% of California's total native plant species. 

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