People are Literally Killing California's Super Bloom

Thanks to all that rain, this year's super bloom turned out to be the largest in more than ten years. It attracted thousands of visitors from near and far, all of them eager to a get a glimpse of the unfettered beauty and post it on social media. But as we know, humans love to push their luck. With people ignoring trail signs, rows of California poppies and other wildflowers were completely crushed, prompting the closure of the Wildflower Trail at Diamond Valley Lake in Riverside County.  

“It happened sort of suddenly, people started disregarding the rules and trail guides,” said Wendy Picht, a senior environmental specialist with the Metropolitan Water District, which manages Diamond Valley Lake. “You can’t really blame them, but at the same time, we couldn’t allow that.”

The California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster has also suffered from the excessive foot traffic. Volunteers are now on site at the since reopened Diamond Valley Lake trail to guide visitors and ensure they stay along the path.

Stop it, people.