Article abstract: BCLT and AECOM used the EMP funds for restoration of native grassland habitat at BCLTâ€™s property, Wrightâ€™s Field, located in Alpine, California (the Project). Specifically, funds were utilized to restore and enhance the two remaining San Diego thornmint (Acanthomintha ilicifolia; thornmint) populations, as well as Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino; Quino) host plant (Plantago erecta; plantago) populations. Wrightâ€™s Field populations of both species are facing extirpation due to nonnative plant invasion. Working in partnership with AECOMâ€™s highly skilled and qualified restoration team, BCLT implemented restoration and enhancement on two sites within native grassland habitat, both of which support thornmint and plantago. Restoration and management activities included removal of nonnatives; seed collection, bulking, and redispersal; monitoring (qualitative and quantitative) and reporting; resource agency coordination; volunteer training; and public outreach and education.
Number of pages: 28
Notes: SANDAG TrasnNet EMP Land Management Grant #5001764
Prepared for: San Diego Association of Governments;
Prepared by: AECOM; Back Country Land Trust;
Keywords: Habitat Enhancement; habitat restoration; nonnative removal; Quino checkerspot Butterfly; San Diego thornmint; seed collection;
Vegetation communities: grassland
Threats: Invasive plants