erythranthe carsonensis-400The Field Studies Program at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden aims to support conservation of the California native flora through field-based activities undertaken by skilled staff botanists. We participate in floristic inventories, monitor the status of rare plants and work closely with partnering institutions to develop species management guides and conservation strategies. Floristic-based research is core to the program because knowledge of the California flora is vital to ongoing conservation efforts. Staff work closely with local agencies providing expertise on the California flora (especially Southern California), and have a strong commitment to conserving California’s native plants.

The Field Studies program can provide the following services:

  • Botanical surveys
  • Consultation and review of documents
  • Floristic inventories
  • Habitat and species distribution modeling
  • Plant identification services
  • Species manaegment guides
  • Rare plant monitoring

Ongoing Projects:

The Vascular Flora of the Bighorn Mountain Wildnerness. IN partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and San Bernardino National Forest, RSABG is conducting a floristic study combined with an assessment of rare plants, weed species, floristic affinities and long-term vegetation patterns of the Bighorn Mountain Wilderness. Photo album

Surveys of Phacelia stellaris (Boraginaceae) a candidate for listing under the Endangered species act for the USFWS.

We are proud partner with the BLM working on the Seeds of Success program. We are working to collect, conserve and develop native plant material for restoration on BLM lands in the California Desert District. Read more about Seeds of Success at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

For more information about field studies at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden contact Naomi Fraga, Conservation Botanist.