Helicopter Lands in California Poppy Reserve During Super Bloom

first_img Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’ Stay on target It seems super bloom mania has reached an insane (and illegal) peak as one park had to issue a warning when a helicopter carrying visitors landed in a poppy reserve.A couple apparently decided to skip the lines into Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, located in northern Los Angeles County, 15 miles west of Lancaster, and brazenly helicoptered into the park’s blooming fields.WE ALREADY KNEW THIS, BUT: Don’t land your helicopter in the middle of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. https://t.co/1AdiMaqTiE pic.twitter.com/r20j6YAGZB— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) March 26, 2019The helicopter landed around noon Monday, Jorge Moreno, a California State Parks information officer, told CNN. When a ranger arrived to talk to the couple, they took off in the helicopter.“We never thought it would be explicitly necessary to state that it is illegal to land a helicopter in the middle of the fields and begin hiking off the trail in the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, but recent events have shown that we were wrong,” the park said in a Facebook post, which also shared a photo taken by a visitor which showed a small black helicopter parked among blooming poppies and bushes of lacy phacelia.Helicopters are not allowed in California State Parks unless it’s an emergency helicopter or authorized agencies by the district, Moreno told CBS Los Angeles.Officers are watching for people illegally entering the park through barbed-wire fencing, trampling flowers. It only takes a few to wreck the habitat for years to come. There are areas in the Reserve that haven’t recovered from trampling in 2017.#DontDoomTheBloom #CaStateParks pic.twitter.com/V3GcCE12ip— Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (@PoppyReserve) March 18, 2019According to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve website the poppies are currently in full bloom, and visitors can also currently see evening snow, wild parsley, blue dick, lacy phacelia, pygme-leaved lupine, western forget-me-not, fiddleneck, filaree, slender keel fruit, goldfield, and Joshua trees blooming.This super bloom, wildflower spectacles that exceed a typical season, is the second in two years, which is a highly unusual occurrence. In California, super blooms happen about once in a decade in a given area, and they have been occurring less frequently with the drought.Drone5 captured amazing video of the @PoppyReserve super bloom in the Antelope Valley on Tuesday https://t.co/TakuVIGnab pic.twitter.com/qHAJVDlm2J— KTLA (@KTLA) March 26, 2019“This year, I’m rating it a nine-and-a-half out of 10,” a park ranger said of the Antelope Valley bloom, CBS Los Angeles reported.Officials have been reminding visitors to stay on designated trails and to stop picking and stomping the flowers to get a photo. They’ve been promoting the rules on social media using the hashtag #DontDoomTheBloom.Authorities say people are even illegally entering the park through barbed wire fencing and crushing the flowers. “It only takes a few to wreck the habitat for years to come,” it said on Twitter.An aerial view of a ‘super bloom’ of wild poppies blanketing the hills of Walker Canyon on March 12, 2019 near Lake Elsinore, California. (Photo Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)In Lake Elsinore, thousands have flocked to Walker Canyon to photograph an eye-popping display of California poppies, leading to heavy traffic and illegal parking along the 15 Freeway.The city had to pull in all available staff, outside traffic controllers, and shuttles to help manage the crowds.More on Geek.com:Rare ‘Super Bloom’ Erupts Across Southern CaliforniaWatch: Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano Explodes in One of Largest Eruptions in YearsWatch: Sinkhole Size of Football Field Shuts Down Zoolast_img

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