In California alone, scientists have identified nearly 400 distinct type of habitat that, overall, are home to 7,850 kinds of plant, 30,000 species of insect, and 2,300 different vertebrate species. Nearly half of state is owned and managed by government agencies. There are six national parks, ranging from the primeval forests of Redwood National Park in the north to the desert wonderland of Joshua Tree National Park in the south.

The Sierra Nevada, the granite backbone of the state, boasts some of the most scenic landscapes found anywhere: few places on Earth can match the beauty and majesty of Yosemite National Park