California has a long history of protecting our natural resources, and now more than ever, we must stand strong to protect our wild spaces. Today, the California Native Plant Society has a unique opportunity to do our part.
Thanks to the generous bequest of Elizabeth C. Schwartz, CNPS now has the seed money to fund a Southern California Conservation position. The rest is up to you! Please help us double the impact of Elizabeth's contribution, so we can cover this much-needed role for years to come!
Elizabeth C. Schwartz - A Conservation Legacy
Elizabeth Schwartz was a Southern California native plant legend. After practicing law for 15 years, she fell in love with native plants and became a certified horticulturist. In this second career, she engaged thousands of plant lovers as executive director of the Theodore Payne Foundation, board president of the Southern California Horticultural Society, staff of the Botanical Garden at UCLA, and via numerous lectures and articles on native plants. Liz died suddenly on August 12, 2015 while hiking in Arizona. She was 66.
Liz named CNPS as a beneficiary of her IRA retirement account. After talking with her husband, UCLA astronomer Ben Schwartz, it was decided to apply a portion of Liz's gift to create a fund that would honor her memory and dramatically increase CNPS Conservation work in Southern California.