California Native Plant Society
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Cushenbury carbonate flora

INTRODUCTION

This page was prepared as background reading for a CNPS-SGM field trip to see the carbonate flora of the San Bernardino Mountains on Saturday, May 1, 2004. These endangered and threatened plants are found in Cushenbury Canyon, the site of much mining activity.

Directions for this field trip: Meet at the intersection of forest road 3N03 and Highway 18 [about half-way up or down Cushenbury grade depending on the direction you come]. There is a large turnout on the east side and a sign that says "Cactus Flats". High clearance vehicles will be more comfortable on the road, but passenger cars are possible. The drive takes 2 1/2 hours from the Pasadena area.

THE PLANTS

There are four plants classified as federally endangered, and one as federally threatened; all are small and gray or silver leaved. — from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Designation of Critical Habitat for Five Carbonate Plants from the San Bernadino Mountains

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LEGAL STUFF (actually, this is very interesting)

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HISTORY OF THE AREA

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ROADS AND CONDITIONS

 

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Acknowledgment:

This page © 2004 Jane Strong