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This report details habitat restoration actions undertaken in 2015 at McGowan Meadow, a Bureau of Land Management site in the Cascade foothills outside of Springfield, Oregon. The actions are intended primarily to maintain open meadow and promote native species diversity in the meadow
Assessing the status and extent of Lupinus lepidus var. cusickii in Denny Flat, Baker County, OregonPetix, Meaghan I., Matt A. Bahm, and Erin C. Gray 2016
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY We conducted a full census of Lupinus lepidus var. cusickii subpopulations in Denny Flat on land managed by the Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management. In 2016, we monitored permanent monitoring transects to examine plant community and L. lepidus var. cusickii population trends. This species can have high annual variability and […]
Population monitoring of grimy mousetail (Ivesia rhypara var. rhypara) and Crosby’s buckwheat (Eriogonum crosbyae)Petix, Meaghan I. and Matt A. Bahm 2016
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This document summarizes monitoring of Ivesia rhypara var. rhypara (grimy mousetail) and Eriogonum crosbyae (Crosby’s buckwheat) on land managed by the BLM Lakeview District. In 2016 we revisited 5 special status plant sites in Guano Valley, Lake County, OR: 1 site for I. rhypara var. rhypara and 5 for E. crosbyae . In […]
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In 2016, treatments varied by site and establishment of seeded species was low across sites. Overall, soil removal treatments showed the most promise across sites. Soil removal plots had lower cover of invasive grasses and forbs and offered more potential management action(s). Future monitoring will help to elucidate treatment effectiveness and aid in […]
Astragalus mulfordiae: Population dynamics and the effect of cattle grazing in the Vale District, BLMMeaghan I. Petix, Eric C. Gray, and Matt A. Bahm 2016
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This document summarizes monitoring of Astragalus mulfordiae (Mulford’s milkvetch) on land managed by the BLM Vale District. In 2016, we monitored plots testing for effects of herbivory on A. mulfordiae in permanent plots along with transects looking at long-term population trends and plant community composition. • In 2016 we observed similar densities of […]
In 2016 the estimated number of Chloropyron maritimum ssp. palustre plants on the Coos Bay North Spit land managed by the Coos Bay District of the Bureau of Land Management is ~370,000 (277,000 in the protected area and 93,000 in the unprotected area). This is the lowest population estimate since monitoring began in 2011.
In 2016 the population of Limonium californicum is estimated to be ~652,000 with 532,000 and 120,000 in the protected and unprotected area, respectively.
Despite the relatively high number of plants, both species experienced decreases in total population size from 2015-2016, and Chloropyron maritimum ssp. palustre showed large decreases in areal cover in the unprotected area.
The area occupied with these rare species is found in a long, narrow strip of appropriate habitat in a dynamic system. This narrow strip of land (~700m long with a maximum width of 50m) lies in a precarious location along the shoreline where minor fluctuations in sea level (due to natural or manmade activities), could cause significant loss of habitat. More immediate effects from ORV use are also evident.
Executive Summary This document reports preliminary findings and summarizes methods used in monitoring the threatened species Lupinus oreganus in the BLM Roseburg District. In 2016, we monitored L. oreganus populations by assessing foliar (leaf) cover (a measure of abundance), raceme count, and fruit production at six different sites in the Roseburg District. Seed set and […]
Upper and Lower Table Rocks, located northeast of Medford, Oregon, are collectively designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Table Rocks are characterized primarily by vernal pool and mound habitats that support several rare species, including Limnanthes pumila ssp. pumila (née Limnanthes floccosa ssp. […]
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Pink sand-verbena (Abronia umbellata ssp. breviflora) is listed as endangered by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and a Species of Concern by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Since the late 1970’s, the number of natural populations in Oregon has decreased by approxiamately 50% (~10 to ~5). The primary threats to the species […]
The Institute for Applied Ecology monitored populations of Pyrrocoma radiata (Snake River goldenweed) on land managed by the BLM Vale District in 2015 and 2016. • We monitored 26 sites occurring on Vale BLM lands in 2015, including 1 previously undocumented site. o Identified 1 previously undocumented population. o Counted/estimated 16,368 plants, with sites ranging […]
This report documents research conducted on population characteristics and habitat of Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus), a threatened species, and Hitchcock’s blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium hitchcockii), a federal species of concern, at Oak Basin. Kincaid’s lupine serves as the primary larval host plant for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi). Both species are endemic to […]
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This document summarizes results from two studies involving habitat management techniques for L. cookii to support recovery of the species. The studies include 1) an evaluation of herbicide effects at Illinois Forks State Park, and 2) the effects of prescribed fire on L. cookii and the surrounding plant community at French Flat Middle […]
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Lomatium cookii is endemic to southwestern Oregon, and is listed as endangered by the State of Oregon and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Populations discussed in this report are located in the Illinois Valley in Josephine County. Long-term monitoring has occurred at French Flat since 1990, at Rough and Ready […]
Controlling exotic grasses while maintaining native plant communities in fire-maintained wet prairiesBahm, Matt A., Andrew T. Esterson, and Erin C. Gray 2016
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Overall, several treatment(s) show promise for individual aspects that we were considering (Anthoxanthum odoratum cover, native species cover, and exotic species cover). Currently, no individual treatment tested provides desired levels of all of the measured variables. Future monitoring is necessary to continue to refine the management techniques and provide the most accurate recommendations. […]
This report summarizes vegetation monitoring data from before and after a prescribed burn in Fall 2015 at Fitton Green Natural Area, a potential reintroduction site for Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly.