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Conservationists Say 'Don't Doom the Bloom'
by Central Coast News
This year's wildflower season in California is already experiencing a "superbloom" comparable to the 2017 season, and lovers of nature are flocking to many of the state's well known wildflower sites. As reported widely in the media, "Disneyland" sized crowds have already descended on the natural areas surrounding Lake Elsinore in southern California, creating massive traffic backups of people searching for photo-ops in the superbloom areas. On the Central Coast, poppies, lupines, goldfields, phacelias, and many other native plants will be coming into bloom over the next couple of months, with large crowds expected in Big Sur, Los Padres National Forest, Carrizo Plain National Monument, and other public lands. In some cases, the public's search for wildflowers has led to the trampling and destruction of the natural areas set aside to preserve the very subject of their interest. Photo: Satellite imagery of a patch of user-created trails among a stand of phacelias in the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

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