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California Chaparral Institute

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

This statewide organization conducts education, research, and advocacy about chaparral, arguably the most distinctive California landscape.

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A shrubland lover lives here

June 18, 2012 by Judith Larner Lowry

Chaparral and scrublands are often overlooked, dismissed even, as valuable habitat in places like Point Reyes National Seashore. But the unassuming assemblage of low-lying shrubs and herbs are the right tools for the job in many difficult landscape situations, and hold a beauty of their own. Perhaps it's time to rethink scrublands as a rightful native habitat, good in the wild and garden.

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The Bright Side of Fire

September 05, 2008 by Sue Rosenthal

Hot days and a dry year mean major fire danger in the Bay Area. But many plants are adapted to fire, and some even need it to reproduce. Even so, there's a lot we don't know about the natural rhythms of fire.

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Penetrating the Chaparral

April 01, 2003 by Gordy Slack

Though it's the most extensive natural habitat in California, chaparral's brambly ways discourage human visitors. Still, plenty of wildlife finds sanctuary in its tangled, brushy universe, as do the dormant seeds of wildflowers as they await the inevitable next fire, forceful sculptor of this complex landscape.

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