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Lessons from the Rose Parade

Richard A. Minnich

in California's Fading Wildflowers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253537
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934337 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253537.003.0005
Lessons from the Rose Parade

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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

Chapter.  2334 words. 

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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