Why annual fees?
Calflora is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to making data more freely
available -- particularly "public" data from state and federally funded
herbaria, agencies, and other sources. However, collecting and distributing
this data in the consistent format that thousands of Calflora users
have found valuable costs money: hosting fees, engineering, software.
Requiring a subscription fee from users is only a part of our
efforts to maintain this service. We actively seek additional
funding from public and private agencies, environmental organizations, as
well as larger donations from users.