Botanical Black Holes

In cooperation with the Los Padres National Forest, and with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Garden is embarking on an exciting adventure in Spring 2018! We’re saddling up our horses, lacing our hiking boots up tight, and hitting the trail to explore hundreds of miles deep into the remote reaches of the Los Padres National Forest. Our goal - to survey for both rare plant and invasive weed species within the boundaries of two recent fires: the 2007 Zaca Fire and the 2009 Jesusita Fire. This Botanical Black Holes Blog will keep you updated with our discoveries...

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From the Backcountry to the Herbarium

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

One of the Garden's goals is to explore areas that have been botanically understudied in our area. We call these areas "botanical black holes," and the Los Padres National Forest is full of them! Watch a video to find out more. 

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Field of purple owl's clover (Castilleja exserta)

Rarities at Rancho Nuevo

Thursday, April 26, 2018

     This week, the Garden headed out to a different part of the forest. We started a series of surveys on the eastern edge of the 2007 Zaca Fire in the Dick Smith Wilderness. For our first trip, we explored the Rancho Nuevo area off of Highway 33 near Lockwood Valley Rd.

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Claytonia gypsophiloides

San Rafael Round-up

Friday, April 20, 2018

     This week, we had two crews head out of the NIRA area again, this time toward the Manzana Schoolhouse on the Lower Manzana Trail.

 

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Remington and Mocha at the top of the Potrero Trail at Hurricane Deck

Saddle up!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  Last week, the Garden’s Conservation and Research team started a series of backcountry trips to map rare and invasive species within the Zaca Fire scar in the Los Padres National Forest. Two crews headed out into the San Rafael Wilderness - one on horseback and the other on foot - for multiple days of scenic vistas, creek crossings, and new discoveries!

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The view from Hurricane Deck at the top of the Portero Trail in the San Rafael Wilderness, at the border of the 2007 Zaca Fire

Los Padres National Forest - Botanical Black Holes Project

Thursday, March 1, 2018

In cooperation with the Los Padres National Forest, and with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Garden is embarking on an exciting adventure in Spring 2018! We’re saddling up our horses, lacing our hiking boots up tight, and hitting the trail to explore hundreds of miles deep into the remote reaches of the Los Padres National Forest.

Read more