Dry Creek wildflower meadows, Tulare County

Spring wildflowers of Dry Creek Preserve, California
Spring wildflowers of Dry Creek Preserve / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 36.44217 N 119.02939 W
No:26        (list of all attractions)
Category:Ecosystems
Values:Biology
Rank:9
Address:North America, United States, California, Tulare County, 4 km north-east from Lake Kaweah, valley of Dry Creek
Dominating species:California sycamore (Platanus racemosa Nutt.), California poppy ((Eschscholzia californica Cham.), baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii Hook. & Arn.), fiddlenecks (Amsinckia sp.) and others

Valley of Dry Creek in Tulare County is better known and protected due to rare biotope - sycamore alluvial woodland community. In total there are only 17 such woodlands known in California and the one in Dry Creek is third largest and considered to be healthy. Area contains many species of rare plants.

This monument here is included due to impressive spring wildflower displays - there are few wildflower meadows in this part of California which can be compared to Dry Creek wildflower meadows regarding thew size and visual impressiveness.

Gravel mine turns into preserve

In 2004 California Portland Cement Company suspended mining of gravel in their Dry Creek mine located at the lower reaches of valley. The land of the former quarry was granted to Sequoia Riverlands Trust.

Unfortunately the mining operations did change the landscape. Old sycamores and oaks were felled, streambed of Dry Creek was changed. Restoration activities include re-establishment of natural stream patterns and vegetation. Diversity of the unique Californian nature is returning here. As the activities will brong more success, area will be opened for tourism.

Meadows of Dry Creek Preserve
Meadows of Dry Creek Preserve / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Beautiful dream coming true

If the winter has been generous with the right amount of rain in right times - there can't be more beautiful place to enjoy the spring than the valley of DXry Creek. Walk through the endless cover of diverse flowers and sparse growths of sycamores with bright orange and green hillsides in sight... this world can't get more beautiful than this.

Part of this beauty is man-made - thorough work of nature conservation activists and landscape designers has turned the former industrial landscape into magnificent scenery. Here man has proved that he is venerable part of nature.

Map

See Dry Creek wildflower meadows on the map of United States!

Dry Creek wildflower meadows are included in the following list:

Map of California poppies

Top 10 locations of California poppy meadows and fields

References

  1. Beautiful gallery! Spring Wildflowers before the Storm, Creator's Palette, accessed on February 27, 2010
  2. Dry Creek Preserve, Sequoia Riverlands Trust website, accessed on February 27, 2010
  3. Dry Creek Preserve, Visalia website, accessed on February 27, 2010
  4. Wildflowers, Visalia Times Delta, accessed on February 27, 2010

Recommended books

Historic Tulare County

A Sesquicentennial history 1852-2002.

The Way it Was: The Colorful History of Tulare County

A colorful history of Tulare County California.

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