Lassen Volcanic National Park is rich in active hydrothermal features, wild landscapes, and biodiversity. The rugged panoramas signify the park's volcanic nature that continues to shape its landscape today. Lassen Volcanic NP sits at the crossroads of three distinct geological and biological provinces: the Cascades Range to the north, the Sierra Nevada mountains to the south and the Great Basin desert to the east.
The meeting point of these provinces gives rise to many different habitat types, characterized by the variations in environmental conditions in the park, such as elevation, precipitation, temperature, and amount of available sunlight. The landscape includes peaks, forests, meadows, lakes and streams, and nearly three quarters of the park is designated as wilderness. Natural resource concerns for Lassen Volcanic National park include invasive species, water quality and the health of whitebark pine forests.
Data from the Klamath Inventory and Monitoring Network's programs balance the immediate needs of park managers for current information on the status and condition of ecological communities, and the need for insight into the changes occurring over time. These datasets help the park to make informed management decisions.
Last updated: February 12, 2020