Coastal sage scrub

Coastal Sage Scrub, Point Lobos, California. Much of coastal California experiences a Mediterranean climate, with cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers. The plant species of the coastal sage scrub community have adapted to this regime quite well, and many of them have thick leaves that resist water loss. These species are also adapted to deal with regular fires and conservation biologists have been using fire to manage and restore this plant community. This area is protected by the state of California in Point Lobos State Reserve.