Management Strategic Plan Seed Collection, Banking, and Bulking Plan
The Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) and AECOM Technical Services, Inc. (AECOM) worked with the San Diego Management and Monitoring Program (SDMMP) and other regional partners to prepare a Management Strategic Plan (MSP) Seed Collection, Banking, and Bulking Plan (SCBBP) for MSP rare plants in the Management Strategic Planning Area in San Diego County, California. MSP rare plants are covered species under one or more regional Natural Community Conservation Plans (NCCPs).
The SCBBP provides a strategic approach to managing seed resources for MSP rare plants on conserved lands in western San Diego County. Recommendations are consistent with the intent of regional NCCPs. The SCBBP fulfills an objective in the regional Management and Monitoring Strategic Plan for Conserved Lands in Western San Diego County: A Strategic Habitat Conservation Roadmap (MSP Roadmap), provides guidelines to implement selected management actions in the MSP Framework Rare Plant Management Plan (F-RPMP) related to seed resources, and is informed by regional and preserve-specific monitoring data and studies.
The SCBBP includes a general section and species-specific sections or chapters. In the general section, we discuss (1) the relationship of this plan to the MSP Roadmap and other regional plans, (2) the overall approach to seed management in the region, and (3) key factors for managing seed of rare plants, including regional monitoring, research, seed collection, banking, and bulking priorities and strategies, Best Management Practices, and potential sources of funding for seed-related management. Guidelines or recommendations in the general section are widely applicable to all MSP rare plants.
The species-specific section includes chapters for four MSP rare plants (MSP target plants): Acanthomintha ilicifolia (San Diego thornmint), Acmispon prostratus (Nuttall’s acmispon), Chloropyron maritimum ssp. maritimum (Salt marsh bird’s-beak), and Deinandra conjugens (Otay tarplant).
The species chapters summarize relevant information specific to each target plant, and identify species-specific strategies, management actions, and BMPs for seed collection, banking, and bulking. The SDMMP will prepare chapters for additional MSP priority plants in the future.