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Conservation issues: California chaparral

February 6, 2016

California chaparral, a sclerophyllous shrub-dominated plant community shaped by a Mediterranean-type climate and infrequent, high-intensity fire, is one of the most biodiverse and threatened habitats on Earth. Distinct forms of chaparral, distinguished by differing species composition, geography, and edaphic characteristics, can cover thousands of hectares with dense vegetation or be restricted to smaller communities identified by the presence of endemic species. To maintain the biodiversity of chaparral, protective land management actions will be required to mitigate the loss due to the impacts of human population growth, development, climate change, and increased fire frequencies.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2016
Title Conservation issues: California chaparral
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.09584-1
Authors Richard W. Halsey, Jon E. Keeley
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 70169114
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Ecological Research Center