Applying science to conservation through collaboration

The SDMMP’s mission is to coordinate science-based biological management and monitoring of lands in San Diego that have been conserved through various conservation planning and mitigation efforts.

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Management & Monitoring Strategic Plan: Goals, Objectives & Actions

The Management & Monitoring Strategic Plan provides goals, objectives and actions for species, vegetation communities, and threats/stressors. Use the MSP Portal to search this information spatially, by keywords, or by progress/status.

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Project Profiles & Associated Reports, Data, and Maps

Numerous management and monitoring efforts are taking place across the South Coast Ecoregion. Search Projects to obtain more information on these efforts and view and download associated project reports, data, and maps.

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Advanced GIS Viewer

Create maps using an advanced online ArcGIS software program which displays a specific set of spatial layers that allows users to access tools to investigate the layers interactively. SDMMP has numerous spatial layers available for users.

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Reports & Other Documents

Hundreds of reports and documents exist that describe conservation efforts in San Diego County and the region, and the plants and animals of conservation concern. Search the library to view and download documents.

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Highlighted projects

California Gnatcatcher South Coast Regional Monitoring Program
The USGS, USFWS, SDMMP, and the Nature Reserve of Orange County have joined together to develop a long-term coordinated regional monitoring program for the federally-threatened Coastal California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) in the United States portion of the species

Cactus Wren Habitat Conservation and Management Plan
Develop a cactus wren habitat restoration plan for South San Diego County to connect the cactus wren population between Otay, Sweetwater, and San Diego Watersheds.

Rare Plant Inspect and Manage Monitoring 2014-2018
From 2014-2018, an Management & Monitoring Strategic Plan(MSP) monitoring objective for many rare plant species is to inspect occurrences to determine management needs. The 2016 objective is to survey existing occurrences for twenty-six species (see page 12 of protocol) to document their status and assess habitats and threats in order to develop specific management recommendations. Surveys for these species were implemented by a combination of land managers and contracted biologists in coordination with SDMMP. In 2016, a top priority is to monitor the majority of rare plant occurrences on Conserved Lands across the MSP Area to prioritize regional funding for management. Coordinating data collection across the region allows analysis of species and population trends over time and provides a better understanding of the association between habitat and threat covariates and population dynamics. For an interactive map with 2014 and 2015 results, go to:

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