Meet at 8:00 AM at Festival Headquarters (Almanor Recreation Center) to carpool to Willow Lake.
Bring comfortable shoes for walking, sun protection, water, snacks, binoculars.
Activity level 3. Mostly flat, some log crossing on peat mat.
DESCRIPTION Willow Lake is a Botanical Special Interest Area in Lassen National Forest. We will traverse the fen, a wet meadow with no mineral soil, and highlight plant adaptations to the harsh environment. Willow Lake Fen supports carnivorous plants on the floating peat, and a suite of achlorophyllous plants such as snowplant and orchids in the adjacent dense fir forest. We will also be on the lookout for forest and meadow birds. TRIP LEADER: KIRSTEN BOVEE Kirsten Bovee is Assistant Forest Botanist on the Lassen National Forest. She has an M.S. in Plant Biological Sciences, and ten years of experience in botanical resource management in the northern Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades. Kirsten enjoys public outreach and education, and has led wildflower walks, created field-based sessions for K-12 students on pollinators and plant adaptations, taught a Master Gardener class on native plant gardening, and helped to establish a Monarch Waystation at Chester Elementary School.