San Diego Management & Monitoring Program

Rare Plants
Rare Plant Inspect and Manage Monitoring 2014-2026

in progress

Project description

From 2014-2026, a Management and Monitoring Strategic Plan (MSP Roadmap) monitoring objective for 30 rare plant species is to inspect occurrences to determine management needs. The inspect and manage (IMG) objective is implemented to document the status of rare plant occurrences and assess habitats and threats to develop specific management recommendations. IMG monitoring is implemented by a combination of land managers and contracted biologists in coordination with the SDMMP. Available rare plant data is posted below. New annual updates are typically posted in March. Based upon an evaluation of these data, a 2014-2026 monitoring schedule has been developed for the 30 rare plant species (attached below). Coordinating data collection across the region allows analyses of species and population trends over time and provides a better understanding of the association between habitat and threat covariates and population dynamics.

Project groups


Project Group: Rare Plant IMG Monitoring

Project protocol

Name: Rare Plant IMG Field Methods Instructions 2022

Description: Instructions for rare plant IMG field protocol updated for 2022.

Additional protocol/methods documents

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Project Data - Files

Project focus

Project type: Monitoring-Plants

Target species: Aphanisma, Blochman's dudleya, Chaparral nolina, Coast wallflower, Encinitas baccharis, Gander's ragwort, Heart-leaved pitcher sage, Jennifer's monardella, Mexican flannelbush, Nuttall's acmispon, Orcutt's birds-beak, Orcutt's brodiaea, Orcutt's hazardia, Otay tarplant, saltmarsh bird's-beak, San Diego ambrosia, San Diego goldenstar, San Diego thorn-mint, San Miguel savory, Shaw's agave, Short-leaved dudleya, Small-leaved rose, Sticky dudleya, Thread-leaved brodiaea, Variegated dudleya, Willowy monardella

Target vegetation: chaparral, coastal sage scrub, grassland, riparian forest & scrub, salt marsh

Data steward: Emily Perkins

Investigator: Kris Preston

Main implementing entity: San Diego Management and Monitoring Program

Partner: Jonathan Mercado; Josue Campos; Carl Thelander; John Clark; ACI Sunbow, LLC; Bureau of Land Management; Cabrillo National Monument, National Park Sevice; California Department of Fish & Wildlife; California State Parks; Center for Natural Lands Management; City of Carlsbad; City of Chula Vista; City of Encinitas; City of Escondido; City of Oceanside; City of Poway; City of San Diego; Conservation Biology Institute; District 11, Department of Transportation, State of California; Endangered Habitats Conservancy; Friends of Goodan Ranch & Sycamore Canyon; Habitat Restoration Sciences, Inc.; Helix Environmental Planning, Inc.; Naval Base Coronado; Olivenhain Water District; Otay Ranch Preserve Owner/Manager (POM); Otay Water District; RECON Environmental, Inc.; San Diego Audubon Society ; Thomas Oberbauer; San Diego County Water Authority; San Diego Habitat Conservancy; San Diego Natural History Museum; San Diego River Conservancy; San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy; SANDAG; The Escondido Creek Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service Cleveland National Forest; UC San Diego Natural Reserve System; United States Border Patrol

Point of contact: Kris Preston

SDMMP lead: Emily Perkins

Study lead: Jessie Vinje

Strategic elements

MSP Objectives and actions:ERYAMM-1; LEPCAR-1

Files and Documents

2017 Draft 2016 Rare Plant Monitoring Report

Prepared by:AECOM; Conservation Biology Institute; San Diego Management and Monitoring Program

2011 Vegetation Classification Manual for Western San Diego County: First Edition

Author(s):Dunn, Jonathan; Gordon-Reedy, Patricia; Harper, Kyle; Keeler-Wolf, Todd; Klein, Anne; Sproul, Fred