Rare Plant Reintroduction and Other Conservation Translocations

  1. The Goal of Rare Plant Reintroduction: Joyce Maschinski, Matthew A. Albrecht, Jeremie Fant, Leonie Monks, and Kristin E. Haskins
  2. Justifying and Deciding Whether to Conduct a Reintroduction or Other Conservation Translocation: Joyce Maschinski, Matthew A. Albrecht, Jeremie Fant, Leonie Monks, and Kristin E. Haskins
  3. Preparing the Reintroduction: Joyce Maschinski, Matthew A. Albrecht, Jeremie Fant, Leonie Monks, and Kristin E. Haskins
  4. Implementing the Reintroduction: Joyce Maschinski, Matthew A. Albrecht, Jeremie Fant, Leonie Monks, and Kristin E. Haskins
  5. After the Installation: Joyce Maschinski, Matthew A. Albrecht, Jeremie Fant, Leonie Monks, Jimmy Lange, Emily Coffey, Holly Forbes, Jennifer Ceska and Kristin E. Haskins

Overview

Roadmap for Conducting a Reintroduction

Part 4 describes the framework for conservation actions that can improve the chance of successful rare plant reintroductions to the wild.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Justify the Need

  • Evaluate whether reintroduction is appropriate.

Logistics

  • Collect from 50 plants and up to 3000 seeds.
  • Make a plan.
  • Review and follow laws.
  • Collaborate with landowners.
  • Procure funding.

Know the Species

  • Record and share data.
  • Gather information about the species’ biology, ecology, & distribution.
  • Consider genetics of existing and source populations.
  • Assess a suitable recipient site.
  • Select and match source material to site.
  • Use good horticulture.
  • Begin with large founder size.
  • Plan for population growth.

IMPLEMENTATION

Prepare the Site

  • Label plants for long-term tracking.
  • Plant in pattern and microsite conducive to good growth and pollination.

Logistics

  • Choose best season for transplanting or seeding.
  • Organize and bring all necessary materials and equipment to the site.
  • Enlist enough people to help prepare and install the plants.
  • Bring snacks and water.
  • Limit the number of generations in cultivation.

AFTERWARDS

Aftercare

  • Water, weed, and protect plants from herbivores and vandalism.

Monitoring Plan

  • Managing long-term commitment.
  • Analyze and report data.
  • Document activities.
  • Publish results.

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Suggested Citation

Center for Plant Conservation. Rare Plant Reintroduction and Other Conservation Translocations in CPC Best Plant Conservation Practices to Support Species Survival in the Wild. Web Version. https://plantnucleus.com/best-practices/rare-plant-reintroduction-and-other-conservation-translocations Accessed: 11/18/2019 - 2:06pm