The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a California Endangered Species Act permit to Dr. Jodi McGraw (Permit No. 2081(a)-23-009-RP) pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project involving Santa Cruz wallflower seed collection, habitat manipulation, outplanting, and weed management. Project results will increase understanding of the ecology and management of Santa Cruz wallflower and inform future introduction efforts.
Between June and August of 2023 and 2024, seed will be collected from extant Santa Cruz wallflower populations within the 6.3-acre Olympia Conservation Area. Seed will be collected at random from a minimum of fifty plants, not to exceed five percent of the total annual seed production. Habitat manipulation that will entail loosening soil using shovels, will take place within a 0.2-acre unoccupied restoration area in the fall of 2023 prior to seeding Santa Cruz wallflower in that area. Seed will be broadcast evenly over the restoration area in late September or early October of 2023 and 2024 and timed with the onset of rain.
Seeding areas will be monitored in May 2024, 2025, and 2026 to quantify the abundance of Santa Cruz wallflower seedlings, litter cover, canopy cover, and other factors that may influence establishment. Reconnaissance-level monitoring will take place annually to assess overall conditions, and to monitor and treat any invasive plants. Weed management is expected to include hoeing, hand pulling, and weed whacking of exotic annual grasses, forbs, and invasive brooms.