March 2016 — May 2018
CBI and AECOM are coordinating and implementing a regional rare plant monitoring protocol to determine the current status for 27 highly restricted, rare plant species around the San Diego County region.
CBI and AECOM Technical Services, Inc, in partnership with San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), San Diego Management and Monitoring Program (SDMMP) and all San Diego County Land Management Entities, are coordinating and implementing a regional rare plant monitoring protocol to determine the current status for 27 highly restricted, rare plant species within, or just outside of, San Diego County. CBI and AECOM are assessing population status and habitat attributes, identifying and categorizing threats, and determining and recommending management actions to ameliorate threats for the 27 rare plant species.
Many of these rare plant species are comprised of very small populations that are under serious threat. In addition, many of these rare plant populations have not been monitored or located for several decades. It is important to determine population status and identify threats and vulnerabilities. The threats assessment portion of the monitoring protocol will help to identify and determine appropriate types of management actions necessary at the regional and preserve levels to ensure long-term species persistence.
Next steps for the project include assessing rare plant population status and identifying threats by monitoring over a five-year period (through 2021). Assessments will inform recommendations, and, as appropriate, the implementation of management actions to ensure persistence in perpetuity.