Recovery Plan Ad Hoc Report results

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Plan Title Plan Stage Plan Lead Region (FWS) Plan Lead Office (FWS) Species Common Name Species Scientific Name Action Priority Action Number Action Description Action Status Estimated Initiation Date Estimated Completion Date Action Lead Agencies Responsible Parties Work Types Labor Types Comments Implementation Activity Number Implementation Activity Description Implementation Activity Status Implementation Activity Estimated Initiation Date Implementation Activity Estimated Completion Date Implementation Activity Labor Types Implementation Activity Work Types Implementation Activity Responsible Parties Implementation Activity Comments Implementation Activity Species
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 1 1.1.3 Complete acquisition of Calabasas site and transfer to USFWS Complete FY 2000 - FY 2004 FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acquisition Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Administrative Determined by stochastic events. Calabasas Pond and ~ 30 acres of upland are included in the Calabasas Unit of the Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge. Necessary management actions at the pond include repairing the berm at the pond, and removal of non-native invasive vegetation. These actions will likely require assistance from Service (Refuge) personnel and volunteers. Regarding research, population studies at the pond should be conducted, as well as drift fence studies in the uplands. Research on disease (e.g., chytridiomycosis) should be conducted, through dipnetting and examining larvae, and swabbing larvae and adults.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.1.1 Improve the Valencia Lagoon Not Started Other California Department of Fish and Game Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Research: Population Surveys Species Expert, Contract There have been informal discussions between the Service, California Department of Fish and Game CDFG), and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) regarding management actions necessary to improve Valencia Lagoon. CDFG and Caltrans have had a streambed alterations agreement in place for the last five years (it expires at the end of 2005) for vegetation clearing in the channel here. The problems at this site are numerous, and include sedimentation problems at the lagoon from erosion runoff upstream. The pond (lagoon) likely needs to be improved, and the channel leading into the pond, which is full of sediment, needs to dug out. Also, vegetation needs to be managed here. Currently, there is no management plan in place to deal with the sedimentation problems at the pond and channel, and to allow for take during these management activities. Population studies are necessary here, to determine the status of the population, and to determine where in the uplands long-toed salamanders are migrating; the uplands here are very fragmented due to residential development.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.1.10 Develop and implement a management plan for the McClusky acquisition Obsolete U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Management: Planning Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative McClusky Slough is privately owned, as are the meager uplands and extensive agricultural lands surrounding the aquatic habitat there. Having said that, Mark Silberstein of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation is interested in discussing land acquisition at and near McClusky Slough with private landowners there and the Service, but this hasn't happened yet. This recovery action will be updated in the revision of the recovery plan.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.1.11 Implement management actions at Moro Cojo Slough Not Started Other Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Research: Population Surveys Species Expert, Contract Management actions here should include removing and non-native aquatic predators such as bullfrogs, mosquitofish, and crayfish, if found. Also, removing non-native invasive plants in the uplands. Population studies should occur here, to determine population size and status.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.1.2 Repair the breach in the Seascape berm, maintain berm and pond Complete FY 2000 - FY 2004 FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Research: Population Surveys Species Expert, Contract I believe the berm was in Seascape Pond 1, and this has been repaired, and the pond has a stable population. The management of this pond and vegetation control in the uplands is being implemented through the Seascape Uplands HCP. Through this HCP, two other mitigation ponds have been created and both contain breeding long-toed salamanders.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.1.4 Maintain the Calabasas pond at an appropriate level by maintaining and repairing the berm Complete FY 2006 FY 2009 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Internal Field Assistance Management action completed by Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.1.5 Develop a management plan for the Calabasas acquisition and update it as appropriate Ongoing Current FY 2010 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Internal Field Assistance Management of the Calabasas Unit was included in the Ellicott Slough NWR CCP, which was published in 2010 and remains current. Future updates may be needed if conditions change.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.1.6 Continue adaptive management of Ellicott Pond Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Internal Field Assistance Manangement actions at the pond and uplands are partial, in that the Refuge has undertaken removal of non-native plants (e.g., eucalyptus, jubata grass). The Refuge recently completed a project to deepen a portion of the pond to increase hydroperiod. Continued monitoring is needed to reveal if the deepening project was effective. Population studies were conducted in winter of 2014-2015.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.1.7 Develop conservation agreements and management plans for salamander habitat near Ellicott Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Contract Lands near Ellicott are privately owned, and the status of three ponds (Green's, Anderson's, and Rancho Road) are uncertain.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.1.8 Investigate acquisition possibilities for Buena Vista site Complete FY 2000 - FY 2004 FY 2000 - FY 2004 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Management: Other Species Expert, Internal Field Assistance The 289-acre Buena Vista property was purchased by CDFG and TPL in 2004, and is proposed to be managed as part of the Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.1.9 Develop agreements with private landowners for management of salamander habitat in McClusky Slough Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acquisition: General Contract Management actions here should include land acquisition and improvement of aquatic and upland habitats.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.2.1.1 Secure land upslope from Valencia Lagoon through conservation easements and/or purchase Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Acquisition: Easement Contract Although the California Department of Fish and Game may own about 8 parcels in the Valencia neighborhood, there are more undeveloped parcels that should be purchased, as upland sheltering and dispersal habitat. However, we are not aware of any recent proposals to acquire any additional parcels here.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.2.1.2 Ensure proper implementation of the Seascape Habitat Conservation Plan Partially Complete FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Management: General Contract The Center for Natural Lands Management is using funds from the HCP to try to alleviate erosion problems not identified in the HCP. The Service needs to discuss with CNLM that this is not an activity approved in the HCP.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.2.1.3 Rehabilitate upland habitat surrounding Seascape pond Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 Other Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Contract This is an ongoing activity in the HCP.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.2.1.4 Ensure Salamander Protection Zone regulations are enforced in Larkins Valey/Calabasas area. Obsolete U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Other: Law Enforcement, Other: Regulations Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative We are not aware of any "Salamander Protection Zones" (SPZ) in Larkin Valley. The only SPZ we are aware of is in the Valencia lagoon neighborhood.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.2.1.5 Implement upland habitat restoration and management at Calabasas Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Contract This is a goal of the Ellicott Slough NWR, but they just don't have proper funding.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.2.1.6 Continue to upland habitat restoration and management at Ellicott. Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Contract Ellicott Slough NWR is removing eucalyptus trees and pampas grass.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.2.2 Develop and implement an adequate Habitat Conservation Plan at Willow Canyon Obsolete FY 2009 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Management: Planning, Management: Land Use Contract, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Administrative Willow Canyon was aquired for conservation purposes and is now owned by the CDFW and managed cooperatively with the Ellicott Slough NWR.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.2.3 Restore upland habitat at the McClusky acquisition Obsolete U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Management: Land Use Contract There is no acquisition at McClusky Slough, that we are aware of.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.2.4 Develop management plans for privately owned McClusky Slough uplands. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Management: Planning Contract
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.3.1 Establish a new pond at Seascape Complete FY 1995 - FY 1999 FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other Management: Other Contract Actually, two new ponds have been created in association with the Seascape Uplands HCP, and both ponds have documented breeding by SCLTS.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.3.2 Establish a new breeding pond at Bush Gulch/Cuesta Canyon Unknown Other Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Research: Management Techniques Species Expert, Contract This has been proposed in the recovery plan, and there is a location on this property where a pond could be built. However, this property is privately owned, and we are not aware of any plan on the part of the landowner to build a pond here.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.3.3 Monitor and manage the new pond in Larkins Valley. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Contract This pond is called Suess Pond, and there are currently no plans underway for managing this pond.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.3.4 Assess the feasibility of establishing additional ponds in Larkins Valley Ongoing Current FY 2013 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Contract The Service (Ellicott Slough NWR and VFWO) is working with the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District to conduct outreach to find appropriate locations and willing landowners.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.3.5 Manage and monitor the new pond at Ellicott Preserve Ongoing Current FY 2014 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Contract The new pond, known by the Ellicott NWR as "Prospect Pond" was built many years ago with minimal planning and did not hold water long enough to function as SCLTS habitat. Prospect Pond was recently improved and now functions as breeding habitat. Management and monitoring is ongoing.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.4.1 Prevent losses to the populations by encouraging appropriate actions by public agencies Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Acquisition Contract The Service is encouraging other agencies to participate in recovery efforts for the species. This includes California Department of Fish and Game, Ellicott Slough National Wildlfie Refuge, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, California Department of Transportation, and California Department of Transportation. Actions the Service is interested in include: development of a regional (programmatic) Safe harbor Agreement(s), land acquisition, and research.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.4.4.2 Install salamander tunnels at Seascape as specified in the Habitat Conservation Plan Complete FY 1995 - FY 1999 FY 1995 - FY 1999 Other Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Contract Six tunnels were installed beneath a road at Seascape. They have not been very effective, however, because few SCLTS are making it through them. Biologists have recommended the installation of more extensive and effective drift fences to guide SCLTS to these tunnels, but the funding doesn't currently exist to install additional drift fence arrays.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.4.4.7 Evaluate roadkills near Moro Cojo and assess the feasibility of tunnels. Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 Other Research Volunteer, Species Expert During the winter of 2005-06, a graduate student at UCDavis is planning on coordinating a rangewide survey of roads, looking for roadkilled SCLTS. Survey areas should include Dolan Road near Moro Cojo Slough.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.5.1 Monitor and census adult salamanders during the breeding migrations Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: Population Surveys Species Expert Ongoing monitoring occurs under the existing Seascape and Tucker HCPs. Upland studies are also currently ongoing at Ellicott Slough NWR and the Buena Vista property (owned by CDFW and managed by Ellicott Slough NWR).
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 1.5.2 Monitor egg and larval development Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: Population Surveys Species Expert Monitoring of larvae is ongoing under the Seascape and Tucker HCPs and on areas owned or managed by the Ellicott Sough NWR.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 2.1.4 Survey the Merk Road and Pleasant Valley drainages. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: General Species Expert This has been discussed among Service and CDFG biologists, as well as species experts, as necessary. However, surveys along Merk Road and in Pleasant Valley are not currently being conducted, due to lack of funding.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 2.2.2 Survey upper Moro Cojo Slough drainages Not Started Other California Department of Fish and Game Research: General Volunteer, Species Expert This has been discussed among Service and CDFG biologists, as well as species experts, as necessary. However, surveys in the upper Moro Cojo drainages are not currently being conducted, due to lack of funding.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 2.2.3 Survey east of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Research: General Species Expert This has been discussed among Service and CDFG biologists, as well as species experts, as necessary. However, surveys east of the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve are not currently being conducted, due to lack of funding.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 2.2.4 Survey the upper reaches of Elkhorn Slough. Not Started Other California Department of Fish and Game Research: General Volunteer, Species Expert This has been discussed among Service and CDFG biologists, as well as species experts, as necessary. However, surveys in the upper reaches of Elkhorn Slough are not currently being conducted, due to lack of funding.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 3.1 Locate breeding sites and assess threats for Merk Road, Moro Cojo and new breeding aggregations or subpopulations. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: General Species Expert Santa Cruz long-toed salamanders were confirmed breeding in Merk Pond in December 2002 by Wes Savage (doctoral candidate, UC Davis). Threats at Merk Pond include many species of non-native fish.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 3.2 Conduct migration monitoring and trapping studies at the above sites. Not Started Other Research: Population Surveys Volunteer, Species Expert These studies have not been conducted. Other than being mentioned in this recovery plan, we are not aware of any recent proposals to conduct studies such as these.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 3.3 Monitor egg and larval survival at the above breeding sites. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: General Species Expert These studies have not been conducted. Other than being mentioned in this recovery plan, we are not aware of any recent proposals to conduct studies such as these.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 3.4 Determine the location and extent of upland habitat at the above sites. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: Habitat Status Graduate Student, Contract These habitat assessments have not been conducted. Other than being mentioned in this recovery plan, we are not aware of any recent proposals to conduct assessments such as these.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 3.5 Institute management actions as necessary to protect any new sites. Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Acquisition Internal Administrative Acquistion: the 289-acre Buena Vista Property was acquired by the CDFG (and Trust for Public Land) in 2004. This is managed by the Service as part of the Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge. In addition, CDFG has acquired Millsap Pond and 24 acres of adjacent upland. Millsap Pond was discovered as a SCLTS breeding site in 2000. Management: Tucker Pond, which was discovered as a SCLTS breeding site in 2000, is managed under a permitted HCP..
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 4.1.1 Determine the effects of insect growth regulators on Santa Cruz long-toed salamander and their prey base. Not Started Other Research: Environmental Contaminants Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 4.1.2 Determine the effects of mosquitofish on Santa Cruz long-toed salamander. Not Started Other Research: Predation Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 4.1.3 Determine juvenile dispersal distances. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: Other Information Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 4.1.4 Determine how much upland habitat is needed by nonbreeding Santa Cruz long-toed salamanders Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: Habitat Requirements Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 4.1.5.1 Determine physical and chemical characteristics of ponds Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: Habitat Status Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract Since 1999, this occurred (incidentally to ongoing research) at Seascape Ponds, Tucker Pond, Millsap Pond, McClusky Slough, Zmudowski Pond, and Lower Cattail Swale.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 4.1.5.2 Determine biotic attributes of ponds Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Management Species Expert "Determine biotic attributes of ponds" is not actually how this recovery criterion in the SCLTS draft revised recovery plan reads. Recovery criterion 4.1.5.2 actually reads "Determine the species composition of the plant cover, its extent, and use of the cover by adults, larvae, and juveniles." That said, this has been done to a limited extent, incidentally to research or surveys at several (at least 10) ponds since 1999.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 4.2.1 Conduct a comparative marking study. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research Species Expert
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 2 4.2.2 Conduct a long-term population dynamics study. Not Started Other California Department of Fish and Game Research Species Expert
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 1.2.5 Investigate additional protection around McClusky Slough Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Acquisition Internal Technical Assistance This has not taken place as aof December 2005. However, Service biologist have discussed (in principle) with Mark Silberstein of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, the topic of land acquisition near McClusky Slough
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 1.2.6 Investigate additional land protection around Moro Cojo Slough Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Acquisition Species Expert, Internal Field Assistance The Elkhorn Slough Foundation recently purchased 390 acres of land adjacent to lower Moro Cojo Slough. Santa Cruz long-toed salamanders are not known to breed in this stretch of Moro Cojo Slough, but focused surveys have not been conducted. SCLTS are known to breed in Upper Moro Cojo Slough, approximately 1.0 mile east.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 1.3.6 Investigate the potential for establishing a pond in the drainage to the west of the Buena Vista site. Not Started Other California Department of Fish and Game Management Species Expert, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance This could potentially be accomplished under proposed mangement by the Refuge. If so, it would be likely accomplished through internal FWS assistance (informal or formal consultation, and Refuge management actions); contractors to build the pond; and assistance and advice from species experts.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 1.4.2 Extend Salamander Protection Zones in Santa Cruz County Not Started Other Acquisition Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Administrative In fact, the County of Santa Cruz is likely not going to do this, due to lack of funding and political reasons.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 1.4.3 Investigate establishing Salamander Protection Zones in Monterey County Not Started Other Management Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative This has not been discussed with the County of Monterey.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 1.4.4.1 Evaluate roadkills near Valencia Lagoon to determine if and where tunnels are appropriate. Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research Species Expert Surveys along roadsides in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties are planned during the winter of 2005-06, to be coordinated by species experts (Nina D'Amore, Mark Allaback) and with the help of volunteers (students) from UC Santa Cruz. Bonita Road near Valencia Lagoon will likely be surveyed.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 1.4.4.3 Determine appropriate sites at the Willow Canyon development for installation of tunnels Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Species Expert, Internal Field Assistance
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 1.4.4.4 Investigate roadkill in Larkins Valey and install tunnels if needed. Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 Other California Department of Fish and Game Research Volunteer, Species Expert Surveys along roadsides in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties are planned during the winter of 2005-06, to be coordinated by species experts (Nina D'Amore, Mark Allaback) and with the help of volunteers (students) from UC Santa Cruz. Some roads in Larkin Valley may be surveyed. Note: there is a spelling error...should be Larkin Valley, not Larkins Valey.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 1.4.4.5 Replace non-functional tunnels at Ellicott with a functional design Partially Complete FY 2013 Other California Department of Fish and Game Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Contract Improved permanent drift fencing was installed to direct SCLTS to the tunnels. The tunnels themselves were cleaned out but not replaced. Monitoring (road surveys during rainiy nights) by Ellicott Slough NWR is ongoing and should inform the need for additional modification or replacement.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 1.4.4.6 Evaluate roads near Buena Vista and Rancho Road Ponds for mortality, assess the need for tunnels and install if needed Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 Other California Department of Fish and Game Research Volunteer, Species Expert Surveys along roadsides in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties are planned during the winter of 2005-06, to be coordinated by species experts (Nina D'Amore, Mark Allaback) and with the help of volunteers (students) from UC Santa Cruz. Roads near these ponds may be surveyed.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 1.4.5 Control site use by domestic animals and control raccoons, opossums, and skunks as appropriate. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Management: Predator and Competitor Control Contract
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 1.4.6 Protect Santa Cruz long toed salamander habitat from effects of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, petroleum products, and other chemicals Not Started Other Management: Other Species Expert, Internal Field Assistance
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 2.1.1 Survey in the vicinity of Valencia-Seascape Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: Population Surveys Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 2.1.2.1 Survey the Salamander Protection Zone in the Larkin Valley/Calabasas area. Obsolete U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: Population Surveys Species Expert In 2004, SCLTS were discovered breeding in Olives Pond, located in Larkin Valley.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 2.1.2.2 Survey north of the Salamander Protection Zone in the Larkin Valley/Calabasas area. Obsolete U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: Population Surveys Species Expert Since 1999, SCLTS have been discovered breeding at 3 ponds (Millsap, Tucker, and Palmer) north of larkin Valley. To clarify, there is no "Salamander Protection Zone" in Larkin Valley.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 2.1.2.3 Survey south of the Salamander Protection Zone in the Larkin Valley/Calabasas area. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: Population Surveys Species Expert As of 2005, there have been no surveys in the southern portion of Larkin Valley (north of Highway 1). To clarify, there is no "Salamander Protection Zone" in Larkin Valley.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 2.1.3 Survey in the vicinity of Ellicott-Buena Vista complex. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: Population Surveys Species Expert As of 2005, there have been no surveys in this area. If they were to occur, they should conducted by permited species experts.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 2.2.1 Survey the inner dune face from the Pajaro River to the Salinas River. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Research: Population Surveys Species Expert As of 2005, there have been no surveys in this area. If they were to occur, they should conducted by permited species experts.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 4.1.6 Determine the life cycle of the trematode at Valencia-Seascape Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Research Species Expert As of 2005, there has been no research on this at Valencia. If this research were to occur, it should conducted by permitted species experts. This has been investigated incidentally during population and larval monitoring at Seascape Uplands Preserve, in association with the Seascape Uplands HCP. Biologists at Seascape have reported lower incidences of trematode infections than reported in previous research here (by Steven Ruth) in the 1980s.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 4.2.3 Determine population age structure using stained bone selections Planned Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Other Research: Demographic Studies Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract Ellicott Slough NWR staff have discussed this task with University researchers and have been saving tissue samples. Note: tissue samples are toes that were clipped for a mark-recapture study and have been retained opportunisticly rather than collected specifically for skeletochronology.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 4.2.4 Determine genetic structure within and between metapopulations. Ongoing Current FY 1995 - FY 1999 Other Research: Genetics Species Expert This research is currently being conducted by Wes Savage, doctoral candidate, UC Davis.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 4.2.5.1 Assess the utility and efficiency of using coverboards as a monitoring tool Discontinued FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Research Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract We don't think this is being considered as a management/research technique.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 4.2.5.2 Test the utility and efficiency of using underwater viewing apparatus to assess larval densities and habitat use. Discontinued FY 1995 - FY 1999 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Research Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract We don't think this is being considered as a management/research technique.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 5.1 Continue to provide information to all interested parties Ongoing Current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Other: Information and Education Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative The Service completed a 5-year review, which assembled and presented relevant information on the species. The Ellicott Slough NWR provides occasional interpretive presentations and guided walks on the Refuge.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 5.2 Continue program for controlled public access to the Ellicott site. Ongoing Current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Other: Information and Education Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative The Ellicott Slough NWR provides ongoing interpretive walks and environmental education.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 5.3 Install signs around protected areas Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Other: Information and Education Volunteer We don't think this has been done at most locations.
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander RD(2) 8 Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office (805) 644-1766 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum 3 5.4 Continue interpretive program at Ellicott and expand to other sites as feasible. Ongoing Current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game Other: Information and Education Volunteer, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative The Ellicott Slough NWR provides ongoing interpretive walks and environmental education.