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The California Channel Islands

Steve Junak, Denise A. Knapp, J. Robert Haller, Ralph Philbrick, Allan Schoenherr and Todd Keeler-Wolf

in Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249554
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933361 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249554.003.0009
The California Channel Islands

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The California Channel Islands comprise the eight major islands off the coast of southern California between Point Conception and the Mexican border. The eight islands are divided into two major groups: (1) the Northern Channel Islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and Anacapa; and (2) the Southern Channel Islands of Santa Barbara, San Nicolas, Santa Catalina, and San Clemente. This chapter provides an overview of flora and vegetation of the California Channel Islands, describing plant communities such as scrub vegetation, chaparral, grasslands, woodland and forest, and vegetation in freshwater and coastal wetlands. It also discusses vegetation mapping, classification, and restoration; invasive plant mapping and control; rare plant surveys; and monitoring and protection efforts.

Keywords: California Channel Islands; Northern Channel Islands; Southern Channel Islands; scrub vegetation; chaparral; grasslands; woodland; forest; vegetation mapping; invasive plant mapping

Chapter.  15557 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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