The overall economic impact of super-bloom tourism has yet to be determined. But for businesses that involve moving around town, like the plumbing company Darrell Brown works for in nearby Murrieta, Calif.
Other sites that are expecting significant wildflower blooms this year, like Joshua Tree National Park, are major year-round attractions that have visitor centers and ample parking. Occasionally, a food truck parks near the trailhead, which is walking distance from the freeway overpass. Last Wednesday, the parking situation along Walker Canyon Road was dog-eat-dog, with drivers stopping and idling in the middle of the road whenever they saw a hiker emerge from the trail who might free up a parking space.
This rare spectacle seems to be worth the trouble for many visitors.
The last major super bloom in Lake Elsinore, and perhaps the first of the Instagram era, was in , thanks to another consistently rainy winter. But the poppies may be no match for the more destructive invasive species: the influencer who gets too close. Cetin, whose Instagram was flooded with angry comments, said she used Photoshop to create a fuller flower effect in her posts.
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Quantify the degree to which basic landscape fragmentation metrics could be used as drivers of woody cover potential.
A quantile regression was performed to identify which metrics were useful at predicting the 25th, 50th, 75th or 95th quantile of woody cover distribution. Grassland proportion and edge density were significant predictors of the woody plant potential 75th and 95th quantile. Woody cover potential was positively associated with edge density suggesting that fragmented areas i.
We propose that in addition to a lack of fire, fragmented landscapes may facilitate further woodland expansion by reducing natural land and restricting grasslands to smaller, less connected patches, which can maintain higher woody cover. Given current trends in woodland expansion, special attention should be given to areas that are found within a fragmented landscape and climatically prone to woodland expansion.
Thanks to C. Duquette for comments on an earlier draft.
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Skip to main content. Advertisement Hide. Authors Authors and affiliations R. Scholtz J. Polo E. Tanner S. Research Article First Online: 17 August Context Woodland and agricultural expansion are major causes of grassland fragmentation. Objectives Quantify the degree to which basic landscape fragmentation metrics could be used as drivers of woody cover potential.
Results Grassland proportion and edge density were significant predictors of the woody plant potential 75th and 95th quantile. Conclusion We propose that in addition to a lack of fire, fragmented landscapes may facilitate further woodland expansion by reducing natural land and restricting grasslands to smaller, less connected patches, which can maintain higher woody cover.