Approximately 100 to 125 pads will be collected in December 2016 through February 2017, and will be grown in pots by The Wildlands Conservancy at the Wind Wolves Preserve. Propagated plants will be transplanted to the receiver site in late fall/early winter 2017. Each planting location will be cleared of vegetation via mechanical methods prior to planting to reduce competition, a small hole will be excavated for each pad. Plants will be watered immediately after planting, and rocks will be placed around each plant. The planting area will be fenced to prevent grazing during plant establishment. Survival, number of pads, and overall health of each plant will be monitored annually for four years following transplantation activities.
The Project will facilitate the recovery of the California endangered Bakersfield cactus by attempting to establish additional self-sustaining populations of the species within its historic range. The permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Project includes measures to ensure that existing populations of Bakersfield cactus are not impacted, and that re-introduced populations are adequately protected.
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