GO HERE: If Everyone Picked a Wildflower… Our Local Botanical Hotspots
by Jeanine Moy, Outreach Director at KS Wild
If landscapes had egos, then the Klamath-Siskiyou region would boast of its big trees, wild rivers, and vistas of rugged mountains receding forever to the horizon. Principal among the Klamath-Siskiyou’s more inward and sensuous secrets would be its treasures of botanical diversity. With an estimated 3,500+ plant species, and about 280 endemic species that are unique to this region, we are globally recognized as a “Botanical Hotspot.”
Some of the most special places for plant life on public lands are recognized as “Botanical Areas,” yet are often subject to damage by trash dumping, cattle grazing, off-road vehicles, and other chronic issues. To learn more about how to be a steward of public lands, check out AdoptABotanicalArea.org
Here are a couple of highly accessible, extremely beautiful, but fairly threatened botanical areas:
Eight Dollar Mountain: One simply cannot live in the Klamath-Siskiyou region without witnessing the unbelievable Darlingtonia, aka California Cobra Lily. This crowd-pleasing carnivorous plant can be found in the wetland fens around the base of Eight Dollar Mountain. From Hwy 199, follow signs to the botanical boardwalk, and choose to continue down the T. J. Howell Botanical Drive for more botanical adventures.
Mount Ashland and Siskiyou Peak meadows: A stroll along the Pacific Crest Trail in late summer is a colorful, and aromatic treat. Hillside springs of orchids, lilies, and asters punctuate the sandy slopes that are home to the very special, Mt. Ashland lupine, found nowhere else in the world. Like many other sensitive alpine meadows, the plants are threatened by cattle grazing.