SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 2, 2021 – The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has launched its fully-rebuilt Rare Plant Inventory (Inventory) database and website. The updated Inventory, which is available to the public, displays key facts for each rare plant tracked in the database. It features a user-friendly interface where users can search for and retrieve rare plant information.
The Project: In partnership with Rincon Consultants, Inc., Jones Payne completed a rebuild of the Rare Plant Inventory. Jones Payne analyzed the existing data and converted it to meet new standards. The team designed a new database to house all information and developed the data sync so that CNPS is able to keep their data from other sources up to date. In the past, many barriers to the update process existed. It would typically take several months for changes to occur. “This launch is a giant step forward in enabling CNPS to have immediate control over the data that is available online. CNPS now has integration and data reporting tools with the ability to edit on demand, which speeds up the process and improves quality”, says Andrew Walter, Jones Payne Information Management Director.
The improved system streamlines monthly data imports from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Geospatial data is connected to provide accurate web mapping. CNPS designated Rincon and Jones Payne as Champion Sponsors for the team’s efforts. “This project was definitely unique. Listening to the plant specialists discuss data and how they use it is fascinating. I am not a botanist, but I have developed a great appreciation for the skill and care that goes into curating this information”, says Walter.
About the Inventory: The Inventory is a widely-used resource that guides rare plant protection and promotes scientific research, education, conservation planning, land acquisition, and enforcement of environmental laws. Its data is accepted as the standard for information on the rarity and endangerment status of California flora. First published in 1974, the Inventory has moved from a physical set of index cards to an online database that documents and ranks more than 2,400 California rare plants. The updated Inventory was developed through generous contributions from the state of California, the Center for Plant Conservation, CNPS, and the California Plant Rescue initiative.
Jones Payne Information Management Team: Jones Payne has over 2 decades of experience planning, deploying, and operating information management projects for transportation authorities, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Leveraging our experience in aviation, housing, and program management, the firm’s Information Management team integrates GIS solutions with customized information management systems to help clients and partners better manage, track, and analyze projects.