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Coastal Grasslands Management “How to Cheat at Land Management”
Coastal Grasslands Management Land management Did not begin with the Europeans The historic extent of California’s grasslands, in particular, may be fairly anthropogenic May also have impacted species composition (fire-tolerant species) Humans have been in relationship with this land for a long time
Coastal Grasslands Management Land management Has a goal o Can be aligned with protecting biodiversity, maintaining or re-establishing ecological processes, maintaining rare ecosystems, etc.
Coastal Grasslands Management How to “Cheat” Have a goal Know what your land looks like now Know what success looks like Know how to measure it Ongoing monitoring/management
Coastal Grasslands Management Figuring out what’s on your land Problematic species you need to address Native species you want to preserve “The best and the worst”
Coastal Grasslands Management How to figure it out Looking from a high point Changes in color, structure, “look” of vegetation Utilizing other people on the property (e.g. researchers, stewards, hikers) Using aerial imagery (esp. for cover type conversion) Historic information Mapping
How to tell if something might be invasive: It’s establishing a monoculture You never noticed it before (caveat: it could be something rare; it could be responding to unusual weather or other conditions)
It’s lining trails or roads, but you don’t see nearly as much of it if you step off the beaten path You know from neighbors, local RCD, or state lists that a particular species is a problem (caveat: for highly invasive species only)
Coastal Grasslands Management How to identify your best and worst Find narrowest (comprehensive) species list for your area Taxonomic sufficiency: identify to coarsest useful taxonomic level Visual identification (GISS and field marks) But look at whole plant. Know family characterstics! Vegetative characteristics Practice (weekly refreshers)
Mapping with Volunteers 10 – 15 species Invasive perennial grasses Any other invasives of special concern Native perennial grasses “Other Native Perennial Grass” category Caveat: unusual rushes, sedges Caveat: “new” perennial invasive (e.g. Festuca arundinacea on SSU’s Fairfield Osborn Preserve)
Coastal Grasslands Management Land Management Have a goal Know what your land looks like now Know what success looks like Know how to measure it Ongoing monitoring/management
Coastal Grasslands Management Management Information Fire Effects Information System: fs.fed.us/database/feis/ USDA Plant Fact Sheets and Guides: plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet (DO NOT use for Phalaris aquatica) Calflora plant profiles and Calflora Observer app: calflora.org Local Resource Conservation District office
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