Natural Communities (NCs) have been considered part of the Natural Heritage conservation triad, along with plants and animals of conservation significance, since the state inception of the Natural Heritage program in 1979. The links below provide information on how the Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP) is updating the way Natural Communities are classified and mapped in California.
Background Information – codes used in the list, natural communities and CNDDB, high priority natural communities, references
Natural Communities List – the list in three formats
Protocols for Surveying and Evaluating Impacts to Special Status Native Plant Populations and Natural Communities [PDF] – the Department's protocols for addressing impacts to natural communities under the California Environmental Quality Act
How and Where to Get More Information – contacts and sources