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The text describes the salient features of the area. The integrity
section includes a brief statement of the known past and present use or
development of an area, as well as a note on the overall present condition of
the area (as of the month and year noted at the end of each description).
Regarding use, where areas are protected the usage permitted by the
managing agency is stated. In areas in public ownership suggestions of usage
that will not materially damage the area are included and may, in many
instances, go beyond the strictly educational or research use. Where areas are
in private hands no comment on use is given, as the areas are not open to the
public. Users of this Inventory should respect property rights and contact
owners before entering their lands.
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About the "Inventory of California Natural Areas"
The information about natural areas was developed by the California Natural
Areas Coordinating Council and published in a multi-volume set of green
notebooks in 1986 as the "Inventory of
California Natural Areas," Leslie Hood editor. It is cited as:
Hood, Leslie Editor. Inventory of California Natural Areas.
California Natural Areas Coordinating Council. Copyright 1975-80 and 1982.
The text has been updated for the errata published to accompany the original
notebook volumes. Be advised that many of the descriptions are based on observations from the
mid-1970's, and that the "integrity" (and management) may have changed
Original preface and credits
Plant scientific names have been updated to match The Jepson Manual (1993)
[see synonym table].
Where varieties or subspecies appear in parentheses after a name, that means the
name is no longer recognized in The Jepson Manual. When not enough
information is available to determine the current taxonomy (e.g. Stipa lepida)
the name remains unchanged. In the case of Quercus dumosa, if
it was unclear whether the species is Q. berberidifolia or Q. dumosa, the
name was changed to Quercus sp.
If a species was described by a subspecies or variety that is not recognized
in The Jepson Manual, it was kept as long as it was still part of the same
Where non-native plants were mentioned but not identified as such, the words "non-native"
Where scientific names were mentioned without attribution of type of organism, the
type of organism was inserted for clarification.
In some cases (i.e. Galium johnstonii), where the species was listed for an
area but The Jepson Manual indicated that its distribution was
questionable, a "?" was inserted. If a scientific plant name was not found in The
Jepson Manual and is not a known synonym, the name is followed by a "?".