San Diego Management & Monitoring Program

Rare Plants
Otay Tarplant and San Diego Thornmint Restoration and Enhancement Program in the Chula Vista Central City Preserve

June 1, 2011 - August 31, 2014 completed

Project description

A three-year, TransNet-funded project (#5001590) to restore and enhance Otay tarplant (Deinandra conjugens) and San Diego thornmint (Acanthomintha ilicifolia) in the Chula Vista Central City Preserve. Project goals were to: 1) Restore native grassland and clay lens habit habitat for Otay tarplant, San Diego thornmint, and other MSCP-covered species, including variegated dudleya (Dudleya variegata) and small-flowered morning glory (Convolvulus simulans) in areas currently dominated by weeds; 2) Increase the size of Otay tarplant and San Diego thornmint populations; 3) Reduce competition with non-native weeds that are invading the native grassland habitat and degrading the rare plant habitat by controlling annual non-native grasses and perennial weed species such as fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and artichoke thistle (Cynara cardunculus); and 4) Increase native grassland habitat by planting purple needlegrass (Stipa [=Nassella] pulchra) in areas currently dominated by non-native grasses and other weeds.

Project focus

Project type: Habitat restoration

Main implementing entity: City of Chula Vista

Partner: RECON Environmental, Inc.

Point of contact: Cheryl Goddard

Project Page manager: Sarah McCutcheon

Study lead: Mark Dodero

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