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Flowers focus of dune tour

Botanist Laura Julian will present a coastal dune wildflower slide program, “Dune Blooms,” and then lead a stroll through Tolowa Dunes State Park to see wildflowers Sunday.

The event will include a 2-mile round-trip walk through a variety of dune habitats.

Participants will discover which native plants and flowers are in bloom and how they survive so successfully in such a harsh windy and sandy world. Wear comfortable shoes, long-sleeved shirt and pants, bring drinking water, snacks and mosquito repellent.

Participants should meet at 1 p.m. at the Lake Earl Wildlife Area Information Center,     2591 Old Mill Road, Crescent City (off of Northcrest Drive).

Julian is a botanist and exotic plant management specialist with Redwood National and State Parks. She is a member of the North Chapter of California Native Plant Society and is actively involved in coastal dunes conservation and restoration. She recently completed her master’s thesis at Humboldt State University on the native bee species found in Tolowa Dunes State Park.

The event is sponsored by the Redwood Parks Association and Tolowa Dunes Stewards, in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California State Parks.

For more information, call  (707) 465-6191 or (707) 954-5253.


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