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California's Fading WildflowersLost Legacy and Biological Invasions$
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Richard Minnich

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253537

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253537.001.0001

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Lessons from the Rose Parade

Lessons from the Rose Parade

(p.259) Chapter 5 Lessons from the Rose Parade
California's Fading Wildflowers

Richard A. Minnich

University of California Press

The restoration of California's wildflower flora will require management strategies involving the entire landscape, with a historical perspective to be kept in mind. Local research studies have restricted application because local, high-precision field measurements with limited time scales of data collection have often lead to dangers of extrapolation to landscapes. It is important to increase the breadth of data collection in order to see the big picture of landscapes over long time scales. Another approach is to employ an “adaptive management” perspective. Potential avenues for effective management and conservation to preserve some degree of history in the landscape include spring burning, the use of pathogens as biological controls of invasives, the dedication of new wildflower reserves, and the encouragement of seasonal grazing by domesticated livestock.

Keywords:   California poppy, California wildflower, data collection, landscapes, conservation, biological control

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