Presentation – A Regional, Collaborative Approach to Monitoring Rare Plant Species in San Diego
WhenStart: February 19, 2019 @ 6:30PM PT
End: February 19, 2019 @ 8:30PM PT
WhereCalifornia Native Plant Society, San Diego (Casa del Prado Room 101 Balboa Park, San Diego, CA )
WebsiteCNPS, San Diego
In 2016, 2017, and 2018, the Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) and AECOM coordinated and implemented the San Diego Management and Monitoring Program (SDMMP) Management Strategic Plan (MSP) Inspect and Manage (IMG) regional rare plant monitoring protocol for 30 rare plant species on conserved lands in western San Diego County. SDMMP, in collaboration with the City of San Diego, CBI, and The Nature Conservancy, developed the threats-based monitoring protocol based on existing rare plant and habitat assessment protocols. The 2016 - 2018 monitoring effort was funded by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and involved greater than 50 entities, including federal and state wildlife agencies, local jurisdictions, non-profit land conservancies, private landowners, military, and volunteer organizations. We trained agency staff and volunteers through workshops and site visits, assisted land managers with monitoring, and monitored ‘orphan’ populations.
We monitored a total of 235, 205, and 227 rare plant occurrences in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively. For each occurrence, we collected data on species status, habitat attributes, and threats. Monitoring as many occurrences of a species within the same year using the same method improved our understanding of species status, threats, and management priorities. High priority occurrences will be eligible for regional management funding.
*Photo credits: Jessie Vinje and Patricia Gordon-Reedy
Jessie Vinje is a botanist with Conservation Biology Institute. She has over 20 years professional experience in field biology, botany and land management throughout California with a strong background in coastal and desert ecology, and natural resource management and restoration. She specializes in the flora of central and southern California coast and coastal ranges, western and central Mojave Desert, and central and southern Sierra Nevada Mountains where she has surveyed for and located more than 120 threatened, endangered, or sensitive plant species. She is a member of the San Diego Rare Plant Oversight Committee and the San Diego County Weed Management Area steering committee.