Community Scientist Resources

Community scientists are working with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Conservation Biology Institute to identify areas in need of habitat restoration within the Thomas and Whittier Fire Scars. Our community scientists are helping us map invasive species, erosion, and large areas dominated by weedy invasive species.

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Thomas Fire Scar Mapping Project Resources

The resources below are designed as booklets and can be downloaded as files formatted for web-viewing or single-sided printing, or as double-sided, half-sized booklets that can be printed at home for easy carrying on your hike.

Project Protocols

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Training Recap Video

This video briefly describes the methods used to make observations for the Mapping Recovery project.

External Resources

In addition to the resources provided here, there are several websites that can help you learn about and identify plants in California.

One of these is the Calflora webpage, which provides information about species locations, phenology, and more. Many individual species entries also link to CalPhotos pages, which provides photos of these species.

The next resource is the Jepson Herbarium's eflora, which provides dichotomous keys to families and genera of species throughout the state, as well as a glossary and links to CalPhotos pages.


If you have any questions about this project or the materials provided here, please contact the Garden's Applied Ecologist, Josie Lesage, at [email protected]