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A Subalpine Meadow Phytoblitz

A Subalpine Meadow Phytoblitz

Saturday, 7 July, 9:00

Friends of the Herbarium will host this special field event jointly with the Mount Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society on Saturday, 7 July. After car-pooling for a 75-minute drive (some of it on dusty roads) the day will be spent exploring the Butte Creek House Ecological Reserve in high Butte County. The large meadow here is at about 5800 feet elevation, and is bordered by subalpine forest of mainly lodgepole pine. The meadow has dry regions (where pines are invading), and moist to wet regions with the upper reaches of Butte Creek winding through them. Vern Oswald prepared a list of the vascular plants in 1997 for this beautiful reserve, now owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The list can be viewed at here.

This “phytoblitz” is a type of plant treasure hunt, where we try to see as many plants in flower as we can in a short period of time. (“Blitz” = “lightning.” We will be at the site for only several hours.) Rob Schlising (, Marjorie McNairn (,  and Robert Fischer will lead the group around the meadow. There is a new list of the plants, with updated names, prepared by Marjorie.

Meet at the east end of Chico Park & Ride (Hwy 32/99) at 9 a.m. with lunch, water, sun and insect protection, and money for ridesharing. Reservations via email are requested. The phytoblitz is not recommended for children.  Dogs are not permitted on the Reserve.

Registration is free, but please email Rob Schlising at to let us know you plan on attending.

Later Event: August 25
Mountain Meadows