Plant Monitoring

    The USGS was contracted to evaluate data collected thus far on covered plant species in the MSCP area and to provide recommendations for an overarching monitoring program design. Several workshops were held to gather additional input from the multiple jurisdictions, agencies, scientists and other interested parties. A draft report was prepared in 2010 and is available below.

    2014-2016 Rare Plant Monitoring Information

    A Management Strategic Plan (MSP) has been developed for western San Diego County to provide a biological-based foundation to support decision making and funding priorities for managing species and vegetation communities on Conserved Lands (San Diego Management and Monitoring Program 2013). There is a gap in our knowledge of the current status of many rare plant populations in the MSP area (MSPA) and an even greater deficit in our knowledge of the specific threats faced by each occurrence. In 2014 and 2015, a top priority of the MSP is to obtain rare plant status and threat data across the MSPA in order to identify the needed management actions and to prioritize regional funding for management over the remainder of the five year planning horizon. Go to the MSP Rare Plant Monitoring webpage for more detail.

    2011 Rare Plant Monitoring Strategy

    The USGS and SANDAG have developed a strategy for the regional monitoring of rare plants in the San Diego region to establish regulatory compliance with the adopted regional habitat conservation plans and to inform land managers on the status of rare plants for potential management efforts. The results of the monitoring efforts help to refine adaptive management models, monitoring objectives, and management objectives, as well as further define the general distribution of the species. While it is the intent to apply these protocols (presented in Appendix C) toward a regional effort, the protocols are intended to be flexible enough to be used by individual land managers that wish to contribute information to the regional effort.


    Vegetation Classification and Mapping

    The new Vegetation Classification Manual for Western San Diego County is now available. The classification is the result of a detailed analysis of data collected throughout the western San Diego County study area. Under contract to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Biologists from AECOM, Conservation Biology Institute, and theCalifornia Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP) collaborated on the analyses, definition of the classifications, and preparation of the manual.  A new vegetation map of conserved lands in San Diego County will be produced using the new classification and will be available in 2012.  



    Visit the Plant and Animal Species webpage to view information on at risk species in San Diego County.