San Diego Management & Monitoring Program

Rare Plants
California Plant Rescue (CaPR) - San Diego Zoo Global's Native Plant Seed Bank

January 1, 2015 In Progress

Project description

San Diego Zoo Global's Native Plant Seed Bank - Center for Plant Conservation (CPC). Coordinated by the CPC, California Plant Rescue (CaPR) is a collaboration among many of the botanical gardens, seed banks, and botanical organizations in California to conserve the rarest and most threatened plant species throughout the state and northwestern Baja California. The purpose of CaPR is the long-term conservation of wild populations of these species through seed banking and fieldwork. The Native Plant Seed Bank has been working hard to make this possible by focusing on the rarest plant populations in San Diego County. This includes obtaining land manager permission, the locating of rare plant populations, monitoring population numbers and reproductive cycles and making a very responsible seed collection. The goal is to conserve the genetic diversity of the rarest populations in the county through the long term storage of these seed collections.

Project location

County: San Diego

General: Central-central, Central-west, South-central, South-west

MU: 3, 6, 7

Project focus

Project type: General management

Implementing entities

Main implementing entity: San Diego Zoo

Partner: Glen Laube; CPC; Huntington Botanical Gardens; Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden; Regional Parks Botanic Garden; San Diego Botanic Garden; Santa Barbara Botanic Garden; UC Botanic Garden; UC Davis Arboretum; UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

Point of contact: Stacey Anderson

Principal investigator: Stacey Anderson

SDMMP lead: Kris Preston

Study lead: Stacey Anderson

Strategic elements

MSP Objectives and actions:ACAILI-9; ACAILI-10; DICORC-6; DICORC-7; CHLMAR-5; CHLMAR-6; MONVIM-5; MONVIM-6