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
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 11 Develop habitat management plan for existing population Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other The Nature Conservancy, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Management: General, Management: Planning, Management: Land Use, Other: Information and Education, Other: Regulations, Other: Administration Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance Although there has been active management at the TNC Preserve to conserve the species, no records of a draft management plan are on file. TNC re-instated grazing on their Preserve in 2012 prior to the 3rd experimental reintroduction effort. They are now actively grazing the entire Preserve to reduce vole herbivory on plants. Livestock grazing at moderate levels maintains the suitability of the wet meadow habitat for the species. Still to be determined is the optimal grazing regime in the habitat. Fencing is still in place around planting areas during livestock grazing. Recent recommendations include grazing only in the fall after the plants have completed reproduction.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 12 Monitor existing population and conduct minimum viable population studies Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other The Nature Conservancy, State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Research: Population Assessment, Management: Reduce Threats in/to Marine Habitats, Management: Reintroduction, Management: Predator and Competitor Control, Research: Population Surveys, Research: Habitat Requirements, Research: Demographic Studies, Research: Predation, Research: Reintroduction, Management: Population Monitoring Contract Weber State has monitored reintroduced plants on the TNC Preserve since 2013. Flagstaff Arboretum will continue to monitor plants following the 4th reintroduction in 2017 for one year. Additional years of monitoring are subject to available funding. No minimum viable population analysis has been performed.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 13 Enforce regulations Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Law Enforcement Division, U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Bureau Land Management , Soil Conservation Service , State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Other: Regulations Volunteer
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 14 Rebuild preserve fence Complete Prior to FY 1995 Other The Nature Conservancy, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Management: Predator and Competitor Control Volunteer, Species Expert, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance As of 2010, the fence is intact. Fence mended summer 2013.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 2 Inventory habitat Partially Complete Prior to FY 1995 Other National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau Land Management , Soil Conservation Service , State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected In 2011, we obtained land owner permission to access site on private land. On August 5, 2011, we visited the site and found several hundred plants in full flower. We did not survey the area comprehensively or get an accurate count of plants. In 2014 we returned to survey the second private land population and estimated 6-9,000 plants occur on the property. In 2016 UNHP found a new population on BLM land. There is a ownership dispute with a nearby property owner, but the BLM believes the land is theirs. UNHP completed other surveys in adjacent drainages and did not locate additional populations.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 3 Acquire and protect habitat Partially Complete Prior to FY 1995 Other The Nature Conservancy, State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Acquisition, Acquisition: General, Acquisition: Lease, Acquisition: Easement, Acquisition: Management Agreement, Acquisition: Exchange, Acquisition: Fee Title, Other: Information and Education Internal Administrative Costs indicated reflect estimated cost of acquiring fee title to 60 acres of private land plus the purchase of the buttercup preserve from The Nature Conservancy (TNC). TNC is managing for Autumn Buttercup. No current discussion to acquire lands from other private land owner. Partners Program will take the lead to discuss with landowner.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 41 Collect seed Complete FY 2005 FY 2008 Other The Nature Conservancy, Center for Plant Conservation, State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Research: Population Surveys, Research: Habitat Status Volunteer, Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Seed was collected from the other private land (other than TNC)in Sept 2012 and in Sept 2014.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 42 Determine horticultural requirements Complete Prior to FY 1995 FY 2009 Other Center for Plant Conservation, State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Management: Reintroduction, Research: Habitat Status, Research: Habitat Requirements, Research: Propagation, Research: Competition, Research: Reintroduction Volunteer, Species Expert, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Plants were grown from tissue culture at the Cinncinati Zoo, then transferred to the Flagstaff Arboretum. The Arboretum was successful in getting the plants established in a horticultural setting.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 43 Produce propagules Complete Prior to FY 1995 FY 2010 Other Center for Plant Conservation, State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Research: Propagation Species Expert, Contract Plants have successfully been grown from tissue culture and then transferred to the Flagstaff Arboretum.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 51 Determine soil requirements Partially Complete Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Center for Plant Conservation, Soil Conservation Service , State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Research: Habitat Requirements Graduate Student Van Buren 1994. Partial fulfillment of PhD 1994. Soil evaluations still need to be performed on two newly located populations.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 52 Determine hydrology of habitat Partially Complete Prior to FY 1995 Other The Nature Conservancy, State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Research: Habitat Requirements, Research: Management Techniques, Research: Other Information Graduate Student, Species Expert, Internal Field Assistance Our experimentally driven reintroduction in 2013 found that plant survival was best on wet, mounded microsites, compared to level ground or depressions. This supports field observations and past evaluations of hummock formations as important for plant establishment in the habitat. A hydrologic assessment on newly located populations needs to be performed.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 53 Determine pollination mechanism Not Started Other USDA Bee Biology and Systeniatics Laboratory, Logan, Utah , State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Research: Other Information Volunteer, Graduate Student, Species Expert, Contract, Internal Technical Assistance
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 54 Determine plant community Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other The Nature Conservancy, State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Management: Predator and Competitor Control, Research: Population Surveys, Research: Habitat Status Species Expert Newly located plant populations still need to be assessed.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 55 Determine the species' interaction with animal populations Complete Prior to FY 1995 Other The Nature Conservancy, State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Management: Planning, Management: Land Use, Research: Habitat Requirements, Research: Management Techniques Graduate Student, Species Expert, Internal Field Assistance A NFWF grant proposal submitted by Weber State University in 2011 was funded to determine the impacts of small rodents on reintroduced plants in grazed vs. ungrazed areas of the TNC Preserve. Grazed pasture conferred a significant survival benefit to both caged and uncaged plants. Vole herbivory is a high threat to autumn buttercup.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 56 Determine phylogenetic relationship Complete Prior to FY 1995 Prior to FY 1995 Other Center for Plant Conservation, State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Research: Taxonomic Studies Species Expert Van Buren,1994. partial fullfillment of PhD
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 61 Reintroduce plants into potential habitat Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other The Nature Conservancy, Center for Plant Conservation, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Research: Habitat Requirements, Research: Management Techniques, Research: Demographic Studies, Research: Propagation, Research: Reintroduction Volunteer, Graduate Student, Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance 150 plants were introduced in 2007, and an additional 45 in 2010. In August of 2011, 15 plants were found on TNC property, but not within the transplant area. In June 2013, reintroduced 351 plants onto Preserve. In August of 2013, 7 plants found within 2010 exclosure. Plant numbers on the TNC property remain low, a 4th reintroduction effort was implemented in 2017 by Flagstaff arboretum. Approximately 900 plants were planted on the TNC preserve. One year survival was 40% and 350 plants remain on the preserve.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 62 Develop management plan for introduced populations Not Started Prior to FY 1995 Other The Nature Conservancy, Center for Plant Conservation, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Management: Reintroduction, Management: Predator and Competitor Control, Management: Planning Species Expert, Internal Administrative
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 63 Monitor introduced populations Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Law Enforcement Division, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau Land Management , State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Research: Demographic Studies Volunteer, Graduate Student, Species Expert, Internal Field Assistance As of yet, the reintroduction effort has not been successful. Monitoring efforts will continue to evaluate the success of reintroduction efforts and periodically estimate population size on the TNC Preserve.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 1 64 Protect introduced populations Not Started Other National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau Land Management , State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 2 71 Inform private landowners Partially Complete Prior to FY 1995 FY 2020 Other The Nature Conservancy, Center for Plant Conservation, Soil Conservation Service , State of Utah, including the Utah Natural Heritage Inventory, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Other: Information and Education, Other: Administration Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative On August 5, 2011, we met with private landowners on the only known site on private lands. Unfortunately, the landowner who owns the land the site is on was not present. We concluded the site visit by agreeing to give an educational presentation to the local landowners and other interested parties on the buttercup and conservation opportunities. As of yet, we have not scheduled the presentation. The Partners Program will reach out to the private landowner to discuss protections. We plan to work with the Partners program to reach out to other private landowners to allow for surveys and introduction sites on lands adjacent to BLM suitable habitat for the species.
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 2 72 Develop public appreciation Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Other: Information and Education Volunteer, Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance Included in Task 7.1
Autumn Buttercup F 6 Utah Ecological Services Field Office (801) 975-3330 Autumn Buttercup Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis) 2 8 Develop downlisting criteria Not Started Other Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, USFWS Regional Office 6 - Denver Acquisition: General, Management: Propagation, Management: Reintroduction, Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Management: Predator and Competitor Control, Management: Planning, Management: Land Use, Other: Information and Education, Other: Administration, Research: Population Surveys, Research: Habitat Status, Research: Habitat Requirements, Research: Management Techniques, Research: Demographic Studies, Research: Propagation, Research: Predation, Research: Competition, Research: Reintroduction, Research: Other Information, Research: Genetics Volunteer, Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance Activity to be deferred until biological and ecological information is sufficient to accomplish