Coastal or Inland Sage Scrub Habitat
Plants are generally herbaceous or semi-woody, aromatic, narrow-leafed, and summer deciduous. It is a more open community than true chaparral, and easier to walk through. Total height of plants ranges from 1 to 6 ft., lower than chaparral. Coastal Sage is not well adapted to fire, there is not as much root-crowning (re-sprouting) after a fire. It is found below 3,000 ft elevation and is thus the most impacted of all local habitats by urbanization. Only 30% of California Inland Sage Scrub remains.
Blue Sky has approximately 164 acres of this habitat, or 40% of the total area of the Ecological Reserve, and receives between 9-15 inches of rain per year.
Plants of this habitat:
Flat-top or California buckwheat –Eriogonium fasciculatum
Common animals of this habitat:
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