Southern California Conservation Analyst
photo: Nick Jensen

Southern California Conservation Analyst

Southern California Conservation Analyst

Grant Type: 

  • Leadership Program

Fellows: 

Award Date: 

November 2017

Amount: 

$25,000

Location: 

Claremont, CA

California Native Plant Society created a new position of Southern California Conservation Analyst for Nick Jensen, after his graduation with his PhD in Botany from Claremont Graduate University in 2018.  Nick leads this statewide organization’s conservation and advocacy efforts throughout southern California.  This includes overseeing citizen science and volunteer projects, connecting research scientists with CNPS volunteers, providing input on development plans that would impact sensitive habitat, strengthening and creating partnerships with a variety of conservation allies, and managing cross-border conservation efforts in Baja California, among other responsibilities.  Nick works to increase the overall awareness of the importance of native plants and habitats in protecting human health and well-being, and is a critical member of a team that makes sure existing land use laws are enforced and that new laws and regulations will protect important natural habitat.  

Grant Outcome: 

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