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Chapter Meeting: Regional Rare Plant Monitoring and Management in San Diego County

  • Casa Del Prado, Rm 101 1600 Village Place San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

Photo by Kristine Preston

The San Diego Management and Monitoring Program (SDMMP) coordinates regional monitoring and management of 111 species of which 57 are plants on Conserved Lands in San Diego County! This coordination is carried out in collaboration with land managers, wildlife agencies, conservation groups, environmental consulting firms, and other partners.

The SDMMP prepared a Management and Monitoring Strategic Plan for Conserved Lands in Western San Diego County (MSP Roadmap) that provides regional goals and management and monitoring objectives for species, vegetation communities, and threats.  An important rare plant monitoring objective uses an “Inspect and Manage” standardized protocol to document population status and assess habitat and threats. This monitoring is conducted by land managers, contracted biologists, and volunteers. The results allow tracking of species populations over time in relation to environmental conditions, and determining annual management needs. Many rare plant species have objectives to prepare seed collection, banking/bulking plans and management plans to improve probability of population persistence over the long-term. Other objectives include genetic studies to guide management plans, developing best management practices, and conducting research to address information gaps critical to implementing effective management.

Kristine Preston provides science support to the SDMMP. She started as an ornithologist in southern California in the late-1980s, expanded to become a community ecologist, and more recently has focused on rare plants. She received a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from UC Davis and PhD in Biology from UC Riverside.

6:30pm-7pm: Topic TBD

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.

7:30pm: Featured Presentation

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