Lassen National Forest celebrating wildflowers
Highlighting the late spring bloom of wildflowers, the Lassen National Forest is holding "Celebrating Wildflowers" the week of May 20-24.
Throughout the week, forest officials will promote the importance of native plant conservation, with an emphasis on the biological, aesthetic and economic value of these plants.
"Due to an unseasonably warm spring, the window to enjoy our local wildflowers will be brief this year," said Kirsten Bovee, assistant forest botanist, in a statement.
Bovee will lead a Wildflower Walk at Susanville Ranch Park from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 20. The walk is designed to introduce participants to riparian, juniper-sagebrush and pine-oak plant communities, each of which hosts a unique suite of wildflower species.
With participants starting at the kiosk by the main parking area along Lakewood Way, the walk will include hiking approximately a mile and a half across somewhat uneven terrain so participants should have appropriate footwear.
Displays depicting a variety of wildflowers common to the forest area will also be available during the week at Lassen National Forest ranger stations.
Along with the displays, a variety of free materials will be offered, including wildflower posters, magnets, Frisbees, and guides to some of the local wildflower viewing spots.
For more information, call Bovee at 252-6487 or visit www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers.