WHERE TO FIND CHAPARRAL

OLD-GROWTH CHAPARRAL

PLANTS AND ANIMALS OF THE CHAPARRAL

CHAPARRAL GEOLOGY

FUNGI AND TINY THINGS

Where's the chaparral?

 

Chaparral Area in California by County (in acres)*

 

San Diego                    1,003,441

Los Angeles                    553,789

Riverside                         499,160

Santa Barbara                 440,645

San Luis Obispo              417,718

Monterey                        369,345

Ventura                           326,447

San Bernardino               276,010

San Benito                      246,623

Santa Clara                     188,427

Orange                            111,550

Marin                                37,566

San Mateo                         36,152

Santa Cruz                         32,328

 

 

*From Fried, J.S., C.L. Bosinger, and D. Beardsley. 2004. Chaparal in Southern and Central Coastal California in the Mid-1990's: Area, Ownership, Condition, and Change. USFS Resource Bulletin PNW-RB-240.

 

 

Chaparral distribution
Distribution of chaparral in California (shown in blue). From Keeley, J.E. and F.W. Davis. 2006. Chaparral. In M.G. Barbour (ed), Terrestrial vegetation of California. University of California Press, Los Angeles. In press.
Sample Locations of Various Chaparral Types
Malibu Creek State Park
Mixed chaparral above an oak woodland in Malibu Creek State Park
Chamise chaparral
Red shanks chaparral in foreground right, chamise chaparral in bloom background left. Above Noble Canyon, Pine Valley area, Cleveland National (Elfin) Forest.
San Mateo Wilderness
Ceanothus chaparral in bloom. San Mateo Wilderness in the Cleveland National (Elfin) Forest
Santa Barbara chaparral
Mesic mixed chaparral in the Los Padres National (Elfin) Forest above Santa Barbara
Torrey Pines State Park
Maritime mixed chaparral in Torrey Pines State Park near Del Mar, California. The Torrey pine in the background is one of the few trees occasionally found in chaparral.
Manzanita chaparral
Manzanita chaparral in the Cleveland National (Elfin) Forest near Horsethief Canyon on Japatul Road, San Diego County
Montane chaparral
Montane chaparral in the Cleveland National (Elfin) Forest, on the Sunrise Highway (S1), San Diego County
Chamise chaparral
Chamise chaparral with isolated manzanita individuals (Arctostaphylos viscida) in Amador County, east of Sacramento. Redbud in fall colors in foreground.
Arizona chaparral
Arizona form of chaparral south of Payson off Highway 87. Several California chaparral plant species are also found here: Ceanothus greggii, Mexican manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens), and silk-tassel bush (Garrya flavescens). There is also a scrub oak species (Quercus turbinella).