Ojai is in a Coastal Chaparral Forest & Shrub Ecoregion

Bailey’s Ecoregions of the United States, developed by the United
States Forest Service, is a system created as a management tool
and is used to predict responses to land management practices
throughout large areas. The guide below addresses pollinator-friendly land
management practices in what is known as the California Coastal
Chaparral Forest and Shrub Province.

This 10,300 square mile province adjacent to the Pacific Ocean
included coastal plains, low mountains, and interior valleys
with elevations ranging from sea level to 2,400 feet. The climate is
characterized by dry, hot summers and mild, rainy winters. Average
annual temperature ranges from 50° to 65°F. Annual rainfall ranges
from 10 to 50 inches with a marked summer drought.

The vegetation in this province occurs in distinct communities
along with endemic cypress and pines. Sagebrush and grassland
communities can be found on the coastal plains and in larger valleys.
Broadleaf species grow in Riparian forests along streams. Sclerophyll
(dry-loving) forest, comprised of woody plants with leathery leaves,
thrives among oak woodland on the hills and lower mountains.
Chaparral, semi-arid evergreen scrub, dominates dry steep hills
and mountain slopes inhospitable to oaks. It varies in composition
with exposure and elevation and consists of bushy shrubs such as
chamise and manzanita. Desert-like coastal scrub, including coyote bush
and California sagebrush, inhabits exposed coastal areas.

Long before there were homes and farms in this area, the original,
natural vegetation provided continuous cover and adjacent
feeding opportunities for wildlife, including pollinators. In choosing
plants, aim to create habitat for pollinators that allow adequate food
shelter, and water sources. Most pollinators have very small home
ranges. You can make a difference by understanding the vegetation
patterns of the farm, forest, or neighbor’s yard adjacent to you
and by making planting choices that support the pollinators’ need
for food and shelter as they move through the landscape.

Download PDF File California Coastal Chaparral

This guide was funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the C.S. Fund, the Plant Conservation Alliance,
the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management with oversight by the Pollinator Partnership™
(, in support of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC–


From  The Nature Principle by Richard Louv

“Scientists at the University of Sheffield in the UK have found that the more species that live in a park, the greater the psychological benefits to human beings.  “Our researc shows that maintaining biodiversity levels is important . . . not only for conservation, but also to enhance the quality of life for city residents,” said Richard Fuller of the Department of Animal and Plant Science  at Sheffield.”

“Beneath the placid surface of the shrub forest, funghi connect the chaparral roots into vast communities; through this grid, the roots and fungi exchange water and nutrients.”

Mr. Richard Louv, Author of “Last Child in the Woods” and “The Nature Principle” 2011 who started the Children & Nature Network

Report issued recently by the National Research Council of the National Academies that looks at science education, and recommends science education make changes by “focusing on ways to ensure all students have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science…”

April 22, 2011

Sounds of a Healthy Ecosystem

♥Amazing Earth Day talk on Science Friday with Ira Flatow April 22, 2011
Listen to hear the sounds of a healthy ecosystem, including biological activity, human activity
-hear a healthy coral reef in FIJI vs unhealthy coral reef.
(the link to replay the show is in upper left corner of website)

May 25, 2005

NPR Podcast with Mr. Richard Louv, Author of “Last Child in the Woods”


Yesterday at this time, we heard from an author who argued that television and video games can be good for you. This morning, we have an argument for nature. The author Richard Louv says children are spending more time indoors, and when they do go outside, they’re most likely to be on their way to soccer practice or some other structured activity. The result, he says, is that kids are out of touch with fields, streams and woods. Louv calls this condition nature deficit disorder.

Mr. RICHARD LOUV (Author, “Last Child in the Woods”): Our kids are actually doing what we told them to do when they sit in front of that TV all day or in front of that computer game all day. The society is telling kids unconsciously that nature’s in the past. It really doesn’t count anymore, that the future is in electronics, and besides, the bogeyman is in the woods.

INSKEEP: Is some of this change just basic reality? When you talk about people being afraid of nature, afraid of the terrible things that can happen, afraid of what might happen to their children if you let them roam freely from home, I mean, these are fears that people have.

Mr. LOUV: Perception of fear is real. The causes of fear are less real. The actual number of stranger abductions have been going down over the last many years, but the perception is strong. And I acknowledge that I felt that as a parent raising my kids. So I suggest that they send their kids out into the woods with a cell phone. I mean, I don’t like doing that, but there are ways to deal with the fear. But in terms of reality, there’s a hypothesis called the biophilia hypothesis. And basically the idea is that biologically we are still hunters and gatherers and we need, at some level we don’t fully understand, direct involvement in nature. We need to see natural shapes in the horizon. And when we don’t get that, we don’t do so well.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Botanic Garden produced an on-line video, “Reduce Runoff: Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In,” that highlights green techniques such as rain gardens, green roofs and rain barrels to help manage stormwater runoff.

The film showcases green techniques that are being used in urban areas to reduce the effects of stormwater runoff on the quality of downstream receiving waters. The goal is to mimic the natural way water moves through an area before development by using design techniques that infiltrate, evaporate, and reuse runoff close to its source.

To view this video go to their website at:


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