Several mountains with lush green bushes and trees.

Chaparral in California

Caitlin Dempsey

Chaparral ecosystems in California are characterized by dense shrubs and rocky terrains and span from maritime zones to mountain slopes.

A view of chaparral bushes with a bare zone in front of them and grassland in the foreground.

Scurry Zones Around California Shrubs

Caitlin Dempsey

Scurry zones are areas of low-lying vegetation that form a ring about some shrubs in Northern California near grasslands.