California Department of Fish and Wildlife

VegCAMP Links


Download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view .pdf files


Department of Fish & Wildlife
Biogeographic Data Branch

Physical Address:
1700 9th Street, 4th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95811

Mailing Address:
1416 9th Street, Suite 1266
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 322-2493 • Email BDB

Natural Communities

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.

Field Survey


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

Submitting Information on Natural Communities – forms

How and Where to Get More Information – contacts and sources