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Hardy Californian

Lester Rowntree was the first person to extensively document the native flora of California, and is the first female conservationist to have been widely published with over 700 articles and two books to her credit. She lived to be 100 years old, and died a guru of naturalism in California in 1978. Before her passing, an oral history consisting of 24 interviews of collegues and family were published by the University of California Bancfrot Library. Based on this intimate and historical document we are creating a feature film that tells the story of how one woman managed to save a number of California's native plants from extinction durring California's greatest period of modernist expansion.

How you can contribute:

This is an image Your donation to the Hardy Californian Project will help ensure that this remarkable story will be told and that future generations will know about the amazing work and life of Lester Rowntree. To learn more about becoming a producer of the film, please contact us at