For Release: December 18, 2007 Contact: Steve Razo (951) 697-5717CA-CDD-08-15Imperial Sand Dunes 2007-2008 Monitoring Protocols Announced
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the University of California, Davis, (UC Davis) plans to conduct two new study protocols at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA), while postponing a third due to lack of rainfall.
Vicki Wood, BLM El Centro field manager, said the two new studies focus on principal pollinators of the Peirson’s milk-vetch, a plant listed as threatened by the USFWS under the Endangered Species Act, as well as sampling of seedpods to determine seed quantities for reproduction. The third study, the seed bank persistence sampling study must be postponed for a future year when rainfall conditions are met.
The UC Davis study will be conducted under a cooperative ecosystems studies unit agreement with BLM under the supervision of Dr. Lynn Kimsey of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. That study will be conducted in spring 2008.
The USFWS study will also be conducted in spring 2008 and will involve collection of 600 pods from 80-100 milkvetch. The Fish and Wildlife Service plans to send the pods to Dr. Kimsey’s laboratory at UC Davis where they will be dissected, viable seeds counted, and seed dimensions measured.