A Bouquet of Biodiversity
Lassen Volcanic is home to both native plants and invasive (non-native) species. Native are plants indigenous to the area in geologic time. This includes plants that have developed, occur naturally, or existed for many years in an area (trees, flowers, grasses, and other plants. Invasive plants are not native to the park and have a tendancy to spread, possibly causing damage to the existing ecosystem.
Plant Life Zones
Mixed Conifer (below 6,500 feet)
Red Fir Forest (6,500-8,500 feet)
Subalpine (8,000 to 10,000 feet)
Plants of ConcernSprinkled throughout Lassen Volcanic's elevation-defined Life Zones are several plants of concern. "Concern" is based on a variety of variables, including the level of threat a species faces, its abundance and ranking, and also the ecosystem services that it performs. The greatest threats to Lassen's flora include climate change, competition with invasive plants, and historical fire suppression.
Last updated: April 23, 2020