Wildflowers at Chino Hills State Park

Visitors veer off the designated trails to take photographs of the California poppies at the Chino Hills State Park Sunday afternoon. They also sat on the flowers, taking photos of themselves.

State Park officials are asking visitors at Chino Hills State Park to respect the landscape by not trampling on the blooming wildflowers.

They are also asking visitors to refrain from picking the flowers, including the California poppies on Bane Canyon Ridge and other areas of the park.

“People need to stay off the hills because if they trample the flowers, they won’t go to seed and will not bloom next year,” said Claire Schlotterbeck, executive director of Hills for Everyone, the group that founded the State Park.

Ms. Schlotterbeck is asking that visitors refrain from creating their own trails to access the flowers. 

The trails were recently reopened after the rainstorms, but if it rains today (March 2), the trails could close again, she said.

Jorge Moreno, spokesman for the California State Parks Department, said visitors should take photographs from the designated trails. “We want all visitors to enjoy the bloom, not only for the next visitor but also for future generations,” he said.

Mr. Moreno said the blooms are an unpredictable, rare occurrence that attract people to the outdoors. They occur when rain levels are high, combined with years-long drought that eliminate grasses and weeds that take up nutrients.

Depending on the park, visitors may see colorful orange California poppies, purple Canterbury bells, sand verbena, desert sunflower, lupine, evening primrose, or desert lilies. 

Mr. Moreno said spectacular blooms are in the desert landscapes. 

In 2017, colorful arrays of super blooms carpeted Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.

A list of state parks with wildflower bloom information and updates, park rules and tips is available online at parks.ca.gov/wildflowerbloom.

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lilliofthevalle

It was a privilege to witness first-hand, the California poppy bloom at Walker Canyon recently. It was breathtaking. To think that everything combined---- the rainfall, the combined years of drought---brings these beautiful flowers to life is nothing short of amazing. For me, the poppy is a representation of one of the world's most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict.
Therefore, what I didn't like was my observance of people trampling all over the poppies, some with dogs, sitting on the poppies taking pictures. These trespassers were oblivious to those who requested they get back on the trail, some were vocally rude. It's not enough to request good manners and respect for the earth from those who don't know anything about respect. Will our great grandchildren be witness to these poppies if this constant vandalism continues? Perhaps it's time for people who vandalize poppy fields be given tickets.

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