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Lassen Volcanic National Park (14)
Plants & Animals
Lassen Volcanic National Park's lakes attract a lot of waterfowl, including the ubiquitous Canada geese.
Another view of a Canada goose is shown below as it swims on the surface of Manzanita Lake near the picnic area.
A butterfly can be seen among the vegetation in the park.
One of the larger animals which can be seen in the park is the Rocky Mountain mule deer, seen here in the lower meadow through which Kings Creek runs. Both mule dear and Columbia blacktailed deer are present in the park.
Trees Lassen Volcanic National Park hosts a wide variety of vegetation. There are over 800 species of plants within the borders of the park. The park features a number of diverse habitats, including coniferous forest, wetlands, moist and dry meadows, a number of rocky areas, and high elevation alpine environments. The view below is at the trailhead of the Brokeoff Mountain Trail at about 6680 feet.
A lone White Fir tree below stands apart from the rest of the forest.
Much of the park is heavily forested, at least below the timberline, and feature a variety of species, including Douglas fir, red fir, white fir, mountain hemlock, incense cedar, and lodgepole, whitebark, ponderosa, and Jeffrey pine.
The park features some of the best wildflowers anywhere in the Cascade mountain range.
The white blooms nestle within heavy vegetation.
Information about Lassen National Park has been drawn from personal experience, data available in the park itself, and a number of other sources, including:
- Bennett, Ross. (1980). The New America's Wonderlands: Our National Parks. Washington, DC: The National Geographic Society.
- Keyes, Nelson Beecher. (1957). America's National Parks: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Our Magnificent Natural Wonderlands. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co.
- California's National Parks. (1969). Menlo Park, CA: Lane Magazine and Book Co.
- Krell, Dorothy. (Ed.). (1980). National Parks of the West. Menlo Park, CA:Lane Publishing Co.
- Loomis, B. F. (revised by Paul E. Schulz). (1947). Lassen Volcano: A Pictorial History. Mineral, CA: Loomis Museum Association, Lassen Volcanic National Park.
- National Geographic's Guide to the National Parks of the United States. (1992). National Geographic Society.
- National Parks of North America. (1995). Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.
- Our National Parks: America's Spectacular Wilderness Heritage. (1989). Pleasantville, NY: Reader's Digest Association.
- Richard, Ellis. (1988). Lassen Volcanic: The Story Behind the Scenery. Las Vegas, NV: KC Publications.
- Schaffer, Jeffrey P. (1993). Lassen Volcanic National Park & Vicinity. Berkeley, CA: The Wilderness Press, 1981.
- Schulz, Paul E. (1949). Lassen's Place Names: The Origins and Meanings of the Place Names in Lassen Volcanic National Park with Relevant Annotations. Mineral, CA: Lassen Volcanic National Park.
- Showers, Mary Ann, & Showers, David. (1996). A Field Guide to the Flowers of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Mineral, CA: Lassen Loomis Museum Association.
- Strong, Douglas H. (1998). Footprints in Time: A History of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Red Bluff, CA: Lassen Loomis Museum Association.
- The Sierra Club Guides to the National Parks: California, Hawaii, & America Samoa. (1996). New York: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang.
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