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
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 1 113 Obtain permanent protection of habitat Not Started Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Realty , USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Acquisition Internal Administrative
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 1 116 Erect fences around protected sites Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Management: Other Contract Under a Sec. 7 project for the expansion of U.S. Hwy 83 in Zapata County proposed in 2004 and continued as of currently (summer 2010), the consultant (the Federal Highways Admin) has stated that they will temporarily fence off the species during construction; they are not planning on permanently leaving this fencing up. Only temporary fencing has been scheduled for placement for the Hwy 83 widening project (as of Aug 2013). 116-1 HWY 83 expansion consultation includes recommendations to fence populations, and mark them as "Avoidance Areas". TXDOT annual report 2014 states that orange construction fencing was initially placed around populations in September 2013, and the boundaries of the fencing have been adjusted to accommodate changes in the footprint of the populations over time. Latest changes were made in February 2014. Ongoing Current 2013 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 111 Identify essential habitat Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Habitat Requirements Species Expert
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 1121 Make landowners aware of plants and habitat Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Other: Information and Education Contract As of 2006, 3 Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCA) in Zapata County were signed with help of private contractor. Originally 11 CCAs were in place.
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 1122 Work with landowners on land management techniques Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Management: Land Use Species Expert
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 114 Notify Texas highway Dept. of plant localities Complete Prior to FY 1995 FY 2012 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Management: Planning Internal Technical Assistance We have made TXDOT aware of all localities of the plant within the right-of-way. They have also informed our agency when they've found plants. This process should continue, especially when new populations are found in the future. 114-1 2014: Hwy 83 expansion continues. Staff worked with TXDOT to identify "avoidance areas" within the Rights of Way along the expansion route, as recommended in the Section 7 consultation. Ongoing Current 2013 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 115 Conduct Sec. 7 consultations Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Other: Regulations Internal Technical Assistance Section 7 project initiated in 2004 by Federal Highways Admin. (FHWA) with TxDOT for U.S. Hwy 83 road-widening project in Zapata and Webb counties. In 2009, they had completed their Biological Assessment for the project and found a "may affect not likely" for the species. They have since altered the project and now improvements are only proposed for Zapata County. As of summer 2010, construction for the project has not begun. Formal consultation still ongoing as of August 2013. The Pharr District has had delays in this project along the portion of the Hwy where dogweed is. They have not cleared that portion of that project although they will be putting up temporary fencing around the species. 115-1 HWY 83 Expansion continues, and is implementing several Recovery actions via activities recommended during consultation. Ongoing Current 2013 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 12 Develop management plans Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Management: General Species Expert
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 13 Monitor population Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Population Surveys Species Expert In 2001, two populations in Zapata County and one in Webb County (one that was designated as the most northern extension of the species range) were surveyed for a disturbance study (TPWD Final Report). In 2004-2005, the Federal Highways Admin hired a consultant to survey part of a metapopulation along Hwy 83 on private lands. At that time, the plants were doing fine and LO were aware of populations. In Zapata County as well, another ranch (Hancock Ranch) was last surveyed in 2007 but has not been looked at since. The accessible portion of this population on non-private lands was not monitored in 2013. TXDOT's Pharr District environmental staff did monitor the HWY 83 ROW population in FY's 2016 and 2017. 13-1 Part of the HWY 83 expansion consultation includes monitoring, and annual reports from TXDOT. Last report 2014. Ongoing Current 2013 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 13 Monitor population Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Population Surveys Species Expert In 2001, two populations in Zapata County and one in Webb County (one that was designated as the most northern extension of the species range) were surveyed for a disturbance study (TPWD Final Report). In 2004-2005, the Federal Highways Admin hired a consultant to survey part of a metapopulation along Hwy 83 on private lands. At that time, the plants were doing fine and LO were aware of populations. In Zapata County as well, another ranch (Hancock Ranch) was last surveyed in 2007 but has not been looked at since. The accessible portion of this population on non-private lands was not monitored in 2013. TXDOT's Pharr District environmental staff did monitor the HWY 83 ROW population in FY's 2016 and 2017. 13-2 During FY16, the Texas Department of Transportation's Pharr District office environmental staff will conduct site visits to the Ashy dogweed populations in the Highway 83 ROW to check conditions of plants and habitat and to take photos for their annual report. Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 13 Monitor population Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Population Surveys Species Expert In 2001, two populations in Zapata County and one in Webb County (one that was designated as the most northern extension of the species range) were surveyed for a disturbance study (TPWD Final Report). In 2004-2005, the Federal Highways Admin hired a consultant to survey part of a metapopulation along Hwy 83 on private lands. At that time, the plants were doing fine and LO were aware of populations. In Zapata County as well, another ranch (Hancock Ranch) was last surveyed in 2007 but has not been looked at since. The accessible portion of this population on non-private lands was not monitored in 2013. TXDOT's Pharr District environmental staff did monitor the HWY 83 ROW population in FY's 2016 and 2017. 13-3 During FY16, TPWD botanist Anna Strong visited one Ashy dogweed population. She mapped the population and estimated plant numbers. Complete Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 13 Monitor population Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Population Surveys Species Expert In 2001, two populations in Zapata County and one in Webb County (one that was designated as the most northern extension of the species range) were surveyed for a disturbance study (TPWD Final Report). In 2004-2005, the Federal Highways Admin hired a consultant to survey part of a metapopulation along Hwy 83 on private lands. At that time, the plants were doing fine and LO were aware of populations. In Zapata County as well, another ranch (Hancock Ranch) was last surveyed in 2007 but has not been looked at since. The accessible portion of this population on non-private lands was not monitored in 2013. TXDOT's Pharr District environmental staff did monitor the HWY 83 ROW population in FY's 2016 and 2017. 13-4 During FY 17, TXDOT's Pharr District Enviromental staff carried out a spot-check monitoring of the ashy dogweed population on HWY 83. Their observations indicated that the plants on the eastern side of the highway ROW were in good condition, with many plants flowering. Plants growing on adjacent private land appeared to be spreading into the ROW as well. On the western side of the highway, the plants did not look as healthy; covered in dust and only a few plants were flowering. TXDOT will prepare their annual report and submit to FWS in September 2017 Ongoing Current 2017 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 211-219 Determine habitat requirements Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Habitat Requirements Species Expert 211-219-1 211-Edaphic Factors Ongoing Not Current 1990 1991 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected A 1992 soil survey of four sites showed that three sites had Hebronville sandy loam soils and the fourth had a variant of Aguilares series (TPWD Final Report).
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 211-219 Determine habitat requirements Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Habitat Requirements Species Expert 211-219-2 214-Physiographic and topographic characteristics. Ongoing Not Current 1990 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected A 1992 Final Report from TPWD found that all sites are within one mile from the Rio Grande; that the species is on flat to very gently sloping areas; and that sites are normally between drainage features which run into the Rio Grande and the other into Dolores Creek. They used a known site in Zapata County. Ground-truthing of this site was done if public access was available.
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 211-219 Determine habitat requirements Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Habitat Requirements Species Expert 211-219-3 216-Frequently associated species. Ongoing Not Current 1990 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected In 1992 Final Report project, they found that main component of plant community had a main associate of Yucca constricta (TPWD, Final Report 1992). In 2002, associated plants were identified (TPWD, Final Report 2002). In 2007, a book on the Rare Plants of Texas was published that listed common associated plants and shrubs to ashy dogweed.
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 211-219 Determine habitat requirements Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Habitat Requirements Species Expert 211-219-4 219-Dependence on natural disturbance. Ongoing Not Current 1999 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected A 2001 master's thesis (Dodson) and a 2002 Final Report from TPWD (Williamson b)was done on soil disturbance; three treatments and a control were used. Results suggested that soil disturbance increases plant density (such that root plowing had higher density of plants compared with rootplowing with seeded buffelgrass sites). A 2007 publication in the Rare Plants of Texas book suggests that a one-time soil disturbance can increase germination (such as tilling).
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 221 Study demography Not Started Prior to FY 1995 Other USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Population Surveys Species Expert
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 222 Study phenology Not Started Prior to FY 1995 Other USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Other Information Species Expert
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 2231-2236 Study reproductive biology Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 Other USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Propagation Species Expert No updates for FY2013. 2231-2236-1 2231-Types of reproduction. Ongoing Not Current 1999 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected A 2001 master's thesis (Dodson) and a 2002 TPWD Final Report (Williamson b) found that no fruit was set in autogamous crossing; however, 88.8% of seeds set in xenogamous crossing.
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 2231-2236 Study reproductive biology Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 Other USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Propagation Species Expert No updates for FY2013. 2231-2236-2 2232-Pollination biology. Ongoing Not Current 1999 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected A 2001 master's thesis (Dodson) and a 2002 TPWD Final Report (Williamson b) identified some of the pollination vectors. Pollen viability study was also initiated by using propagated plants. Plants grown in the field had higher viability than greenhouse grown plants (73% compared with 86%). In the Rare Plants of Texas book published in 2007, they mentioned that it appears that the plant has non-specialist pollinators.
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 2231-2236 Study reproductive biology Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 Other USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Propagation Species Expert No updates for FY2013. 2231-2236-3 2234-Seed biology. Ongoing Not Current 1990 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected In 1992, a study examined the habitat factors and the reproductive biology of the species. Seeds that were pre-treated and heat stratified had an increase in survival rates compared with non pre-treated seeds (TPWD, Final Report).
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 2231-2236 Study reproductive biology Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 Other USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Propagation Species Expert No updates for FY2013. 2231-2236-4 2236-Survival and Mortality. Ongoing Not Current 1990 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected In 1992 as part of a Final Report for TPWD, the botanist involved with the project performed a temperature dependent study where some plants were subjected to gradually increased temps (upwards of 110 degrees F) until mortality reached 50%. Results associated with this study were not included in the final report (TPWD, Final Report).
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 231-233 Study population ecology Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: General Species Expert 231-233-1 232-Negative interaction. Ongoing Not Current 1999 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected A 2001 master's thesis (Dodson) and a 2002 Final Report (Williamson b) from TPWD found that invasive grasses, including buffelgrass, deter germination because of competetion for similiar resources.
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 3 Search for additional populations Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Population Surveys Species Expert In 1992, TPWD published a Final Report (E-1-3) that listed potential habitat types in the appendices. In FY08, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contractors surveyed along proposed route of border fence. No additional survey work in FY2013.
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 41 Develop cultivation techniques Not Started Prior to FY 1995 Other USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Management: Propagation, Research: Propagation Species Expert
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 42 Search for suitable natural habitat to establish new populations Unknown Prior to FY 1995 Other USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: Habitat Requirements Species Expert
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 43 Maintain populations in botanic gardens Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 Other USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Research: General Species Expert In a 2001 master's thesis and a 1992 TPWD Final Report (E-1-3) suggested that they would grow and establish seeds at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. As of 2010, it is unknown what the status is of these seeds.
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 2 5 Develop public awareness Ongoing Not Current Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Other: Information and Education Contract 5-1 HWY 83 expansion consultation recommended implementation of TXDOT's Resource Protection Signing System in the areas where the Ashy dogweed is found. These signs will be placed when the construction is complete. In addtion TXDOT designed and distributed an informational brochure for employees and contractors to aid in the identification of the plant, and reporting requirements to USFWS. Ongoing Current 2013 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Ashy Dogweed (Thymophylla tephroleuca) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Ashy dogweed Thymophylla tephroleuca 3 14 Establish down listing & delisting criteria Not Started Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Regional Office 2, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Management: General Species Expert