Scope and Content
Title: California Native Plant Societ
Collection Number: "Consult repository."
[10.8 linear ft]
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room 5039
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3013
Originally formed in 1965 in the east bay region, 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 10,000 members work to promote native plant appreciation,
research, education, and conservation through our five statewide programs and 33 regional
chapters in California. This collection includes documents and materials created and/or
collected by the South Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.
Language: Collection material is in English
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives
and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical
materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
[Title of item], CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University
Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills
Materials in this collection were donated by Angelika Brinkmann-Busi in 2011.
The South Coast Chapter Board recognized the importance of retaining Ms. Brinkmann-Busi’s
documents as references for its ongoing conservation work; however the logistics of maintaining
and accessing the many boxes was challenging. The Board opted to have the documents digitized
for Chapter reference and to then house the original documents at the Archives and Special
Collections Library of the California State University at Dominguez Hills. The documents
were catalogued by Barbara Sattler with the generous assistance of Dr. Connie Vadheim.
The collection was processed by Christina Delgadillo Palma in 2012.
Since 1965, CNPS has worked to protect California's native plant heritage and preserve it for
future generations. CNPS actively promotes the use of science in land use and management decisions
through our Online Rare Plant Inventory and essential reference book: Manual of California Vegetation,
2nd Edition, both of which are the most advanced resources available for identifying and managing
critical habitat in California. They work closely with decision-makers, scientists, and local
planners to advocate for well-informed and environmental friendly policies, regulations, and land
The time period represented by these documents (1972-2005) was one of intense development pressure
on the last local natural habitats and native flora and fauna of the area and often there were
major challenges occurring simultaneously on multiple fronts. The Rancho Palos Verdes Natural
Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP) was initiated during that time period to address some of
Scope and Content
Collection includes draft environmental impact reports (DEIR), CNPS comments, articles,
reports, memos, agenda’s, plant lists, landscaping plans, photographs, maps, and other material.
The Chapter works on many specific projects such as the Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation
Project, and activities that impact the Natural Communities Conservation Plan, the Marine Life
Protection Act Initiative and other projects. Project areas include Abalone Cove, Abalone Cove
Beach Improvements, Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve, Abalone Cove Overview, Abalone Cove Sea Dike,
Abalone Cove Well Conversion, Altimira Canyon, Belmont, Fred Hesse Trail, Friendship Park, Gardena
Willows, Harbor Park Master Plan, Hesse Park, Indian Ridgecrest Gardens, Indian Valley, Kajima,
Kajima DEIR, Landslide Moratorium, Madrona Marsh, Malaga Cove Park, Malaga Dune, Marymount College
expansion, Montrose Chemical, Paseo Del Mar Harbor Walkway, Peck Park Canyon, Portuguese Canyon,
Palos Verdes Peninsula Shoreline / Seawall Project, RDA Projects / Dewatering, Rolling Hills
Development, RPV Code Changes, Salvation Army, San Pedro, 22nd Street, Subregion 1, Torrance,
Transamerica, and White Point Nature Preserve/Trees. Digital copies of some of this material are
By far the largest volume of documents is in the “Ocean Trails – Trump” category, and as of the
date of processing, this item is still active. For the most part, the documents are organized by
geographic site, however common place names can change over the years, and there are natural and
political relationships between some of the sites included.
Although this collection refers to and contains copies of various studies, plans and agreements,
those documents are solely what was in Ms. Brinkmann–Busi’s collection. CNPS often received
“courtesy” copies of such documents in the Draft stage to facilitate the ability of CNPS to publicly
comment on the documents. Such drafts may or may not be equivalent to the final approved version.
Arranged in twelve series:
- Series I. Articles (1976-2002)
- Series II. Assessments (1995)
- Series III. Brochures (1993-2002)
- Series III. Correspondence (1992-2001)
- Series III. Magazines (1994-1996)
- Series III. Maps (1989-2003)
- Series III. Memoranda (1983-2005)
- Series III. Newsletters (1982-1996)
- Series III. Photographs (1990-2005)
- Series III. Reports (1972-2005)
- Series III. Studies (1992-2000)
- Series III. Surveys (1991-1996)
Birds--California--Los Angeles County
Rancho Palos Verdes (Calif.)
Madrona Marsh Collection