Comarostaphylis diversifolia is a species of shrub in the heath family known by the common name “Summer holly.” Native to Southern California and Northern Baja California’s coastal chaparral habitat, it grows slowly to 12 inches tall and 8 feet wide or slightly larger.
Category: Life in Idyllwild
Hot weather and lower fuel moisture have prompted the San Bernardino National Forest to increase fire restrictions, effective Thursday Sept. 1, 2011. Forest officials took these steps to prevent human-caused fires and raise public awareness as the summer continues to get warmer and drier. Most wildfires on the San Bernardino National Forest are human-caused and […]
I recently read an article about access to Strawberry Creek. Apparently a section that runs through Idyllwild is being slowly eroded or cut off altogether. This article appeared in the Desert Star Weekly — “the #1 and only independent alternative community newsweekly serving the desert region of California.” The author, Don Wallace, is a longtime […]
While fire appears to be devastating to the plants in the forest, for some it is beneficial if not essential. These are often called fire followers and require some aspect of a fire to thrive. The mechanisms are many. Some trees require heat to release their seeds. Fire may burn away inhibitory chemicals in the […]
The invitation or demand came in the form of a text message from Les Walker “You’re doing Lunch Rock with me tomorrow.” I sent a tentative response, “I did not know that.” Les replied, “8 a.m. … Meet Humber Park.” My one word answer, “OK.” Two things came into my head simultaneously. Texting is really […]
In this column, my Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit teammates and I usually focus on safety on the trails and the overall beauty of the high country. Never have we talked about the safety aspect of the core sport that makes Idyllwild a destination for people from around the world — climbing!