Nick Jensen
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Southern California Conservation Analyst: Year Two

Southern California Conservation Analyst: Year Two

Grant Type: 

  • Leadership Program

Fellows: 

Award Date: 

May 2019

Amount: 

$20,000

Location: 

Southern California

California Native Plant Society (CNPS) hired Nick Jensen as its first Southern California Conservation Analyst in 2017, with support from a Switzer Leadership Grant.  This second year of funding will provide continued support as CNPS integrates Nick’s position into the long-term plans for the organization.  Nick will continue his work galvanizing volunteer support from CNPS’s local southern California chapters on various land use advocacy campaigns, and he will develop and oversee southern California citizen science projects.  Nick will also focus time this year on developing an advocacy toolkit for CNPS members and volunteers, and on developing new partnerships with other local, regional and statewide organizations whose work complements and deepens CNPS's conservation advocacy work.

Grant Outcome: 

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