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Imperial Sand Dunes 2007-2008 Monitoring Protocols Announced

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For Release: December 18, 2007 Contact: Steve Razo (951) 697-5717CA-CDD-08-15

Imperial 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.

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Habitat - Learn More and Become Involved

Habitat - Learn More and Become InvolvedJohn StewartNatural Resources ConsultantCalifornia Association of 4 Wheel Drive ClubsHabitat is a combination of environmental factors that provides food, water, cover and space that a living thing needs to survive and reproduce. Habitat types include: coastal and estuarine, rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, wetlands, riparian areas, deserts, grasslands/prairie, forests, coral reefs, marine, perennial snow and ice, and urban.Critical Habitat is that habitat necessary for survival and recovery of threatened and endangered species.Destruction, degradation, and fragmentation of habitat is a driving force behind today's decline in species and biodiversity. Impacts to habitat can be caused directly by such activities as the clearing of forests to grow crops or build homes, or indirectly, for example, by the introduction of invasive species or increased pollution run-off from yards and fields. It is the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.Habitat defined as critical habitat for threatened species affects a wide range of recreation interests including private property in addition to public lands. Learn more about the habitat-related activities of the Fish and Wildlife Service programs by visiting the links below - and get involved.U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - http://www.fws.gov/MUIRNet - http://www.muirnet.net/NoteTaker/ESA-Critical-Habitat.ntweb/?1
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