Lassen National Forest Celebrating Wildflowers

celebrating wildflowersWith the spring bloom of wildflowers filling the forests with color, the Lassen National Forest will be hosting a “Celebrating Wildflowers” program during National Wildflower Week from May 20th through the 24.

“Celebrating Wildflowers” is a U.S. Forest Service program that promotes the “enjoyment of the thousands of wildflowers growing on our national forests and grasslands,” and helps to educate the public about the virtues and values of native plants.

From the Lassen National Forest press release:

The Lassen National Forest is “Celebrating Wildflowers” the week of May 20 through May 24, 2013, to highlight the late spring bloom before it vanishes in the heat of summer. Throughout the week, the Forest 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.

Bovee will lead a Wildflower Walk at Susanville Ranch Park on Monday, May 20, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. 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, said Bovee. The walk will begin at the kiosk by the main parking area along Lakewood Way. It 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 our area will also be available to the public during the week, Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at these Forest locations:

  • Forest Supervisor’s Office 2550 Riverside Dr., Susanville (530) 257-2151
  • Eagle Lake Ranger District 477-050 Eagle Lake Rd., Susanville (530) 257-4188
  • Almanor Ranger District 900 East Highway 36, Chester (530) 258-2141

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, you may call Bovee at 530-252-6487 or visit the website at www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/.