Monitoring Plants of Northern California

Whether monitoring rare plant populations or restored wetlands, you need both a good eye and an understanding of ecosystem processes, plant biology, and invasive species control.  Two poster presentations by Stillwater botanists highlight this work at the 5th annual botanical symposium of the Northern California Botanists in Chico, January 14 and 15, 2013.

Nicole Jurjavcic is presenting a poster summarizing a 5-year study of northern adder’s tongue “Population Variability of Northern adder’s tongue and Adaptive Management Implications:  Lessons from Oregon.” Population dynamics of this California state rare plant are poorly understood; this study begins to examine factors driving observed annual variation in population size and will help inform an adaptive management strategy for the population. Emmalien Craydon and Emily Teraoka are presenting on annual vegetation monitoring of restored wetlands “Monitoring Restored Wetlands at the Buhne Point Wetlands Preserve, Humboldt County.” Results indicate that habitat enhancement has been successful at this 6-acre preserve of salt marsh and riparian forest, as native vegetation has increased in cover and is providing valuable habitat for wildlife. Additionally, they will be presenting on the effectiveness of an eelgrass restoration effort in Humboldt Bay, " Eelgrass Restoration in Humboldt Bay, CA: restoration techniques and results from two years of monitoring."

Posted 8 January 2013.