Ecology Photo of the Month

The Morgan Fire of 2013 burned nearly 3,000 acres primarily on the east and south sides of Mount Diablo. In the spring of 2014 Nomad Ecology conducted a post-fire study of fire-following annual plants. In several of their plots fire poppy (Papaver californicum) was observed - an exciting find! Fire poppies haven’t been seen on Mount Diablo since after the 1977 fire, nearly 40 years ago.  


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    The Livermore Tarplant Gets Endangered Species Status

    It was almost two years to the day, that Nomad Ecology Senior Botanist Heath Bartosh submitted a petition to list the Livermore tarplant (Deinandra bacigalupii) as Endangered under the California Endangered Species Act. Yesterday the California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to give this very rare plant Endangered Status, following staff’s recommendation to do so! In two motions: 

    the Commission, pursuant to Section 2075.5 of the Fish and Game Code, found the information contained in the petition to list Livermore taplant (Deinandra bacigalupii), and the other information in the record before the Commission warrants listing Livermore tarplant as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act. 


    the Commission, authorizes publication of its intent to amend Section 670.2, Title 14, CCR, to add Livermore tarplant to the list of plants of California declared to be endangered.

    With this listing the Livermore tarplant has the highest level of protection in California, especially on private land. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife Staff Summary from yesterday’s agenda can be seen here.

    This is a success that can be shared by all involved in the process but especially Jeb Bjerke (CDFW), Cherilyn Burton (CDFW), Jim Andre (CNPS), Greg Suba (CNPS), Bruce Baldwin (UC/JEPS), and Sue Bainbridge (UC/JEPS). Mr. Bjerke in particular worked diligently to move this process forward and provided an expert level review during this process, which inevitably resulted in his recommendation to list this species as Endangered.

    For more information on the Livermore tarplant see Bay Nature’s article, written by Eric Simon, The Tarweed Lives Happily Ever After. The California 

    It has almost been 10 years since a plant has been added to the California Endangered Species List and with this listing I hope there will be a resurgence of petition submittals.