Kelly Ranch Habitat Conservation Area Annual Work Plan October 2010 - September 2011

Type: report

Article abstract: Introduction and Summary This work plan has been developed from the guidelines for goals and objectives set forth in the Kelly Ranch Habitat Conservation Area (HCA) Management Plan dated April 2008 (CNLM 2008). The Management Plan includes management requirements as agreed to by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), and additional management activities that the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) feels is appropriate to protect and maintain the natural resources in perpetuity. CNLM holds a conservation easement (since February 2002) on the Kelly Ranch Habitat Conservation Area (HCA) and performs or oversees the tasks identified in the management plan. The purpose of this work plan is to identify the tasks and budget required to complete the management activities for the upcoming fiscal year that will begin on October 1, 2010 and end on September 30, 2011. Unless otherwise stated, all tasks will be performed by Preserve Manager Patrick McConnell. Summary of Tasks and Goals for the Fiscal Year: - Replace, relocate (and install) signs and fix fencing as necessary - Note all sensitive animal species observed - Perform habitat assessment and continue population studies on Orcutt's hazardia (Hazardia orcuttii) - Perform habitat assessments on wart-stem lilac (Ceonothus verucossus) populations - Map sensitive annual plant species - Update the vegetation map for the HCA - Remove natal grass (Melinis repens), Veldt grass (Ehrharta sp.), Saharan mustard (Brassica tournefortii), Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) and Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana). - Follow progress of restoration activities with Planning Systems, Inc. - Patrol and conduct site enforcement on a regular basis - Report conservation easement for compliance to conservation values - Report and describe data collected and management actions taken on the HCA to the wildlife agencies - Provide an accounting of funds to be spent in the fiscal year

Number of pages: 16

Authors: McConnell, Patrick;

Month: October

Year: 2010

Prepared for: California Department of Fish and Game; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; City of Carlsbad;

Prepared by: Center for Natural Lands Management;

Keywords: biological monitoring; habitat assessment; sensitive plants; sensitive species; vegetation mapping;

Species: Asian mustard; Wart-stemmed ceanothus; Uruguayan pampas grass; veldtgrass; Orcutt's hazardia; nasturtium; rose Natal grass