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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
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 1 1.1 Familiarize landowners with information on the rarity, significance, and threats; encourage stewardship agreements Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, The Nature Conservancy, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Other: Information and Education Species Expert, Internal Field Assistance Continued protection of existing populations is crucial to the species' survival. During FY18, a Recovery Land Acquisition proposal was approved for funding to purchase an ~ 400-acre ranch in Starr County that supports Zapata bladderpod and 2 other listed plants as well as a petitioned species. The LO has been cooperative with conservation groups and agencies for over a decade, allowing plant surveys and is willing to sell this ranch as a conservation sale. 1.1-1 Fee title acquistion of a ranch in Starr County with Zapata bladderpod Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected During FY 2018, a Recovery Land Acquistion proposal was approved - will enable fee title acquisition of an ~ 400-acre ranch in Starr County with a population of Zapata bladderpod, as well as 2 other listed plants and a petitioned plant species. Botanists from conservation groups and agencies have worked with this LO for over the past 10 years and he is interested in the conservation value of his ranch.
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 1 1.2.2 Develop and implement management plans for known sites Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, The Nature Conservancy, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Species Expert, Internal Field Assistance Years 4 and 5 $5000 See comment 1.1 1.2.2-1 Refuge 2014 plan includes developing a monitoring plan for inclusion into the PRIMR database for the Refuge I&M program that will be specific t othe three natural populations on Refuge lands, and the relocated population at the Refuge's nursery facility. Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 1 1.2.3 Develop monitoring program with voluntary landowner assistance Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge National Wildlife Refuge , Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Management: Population Monitoring Internal Field Assistance Years 4 and 5 $3000 (See comment 1.1). As of 2013, a monitoring program has not been developed. However, populations were investigated in late winter and spring 2013; plant had not bloomed. No plant counts done in FY2013. Site visits to 2 refuge tracts in 2015 to monitor threats. During FY16, Kim Wahl, LRGVNWR made site visits to 3 refuge tracts with Zapata bladderpod to monitor site conditions and threats; no threats were noted. During March 2018, LRGV NWR staff took researchers to the Cuellar and Arroyo Mortero bladderpod populations to observe condition of plants and habitat. The bladderpod population on the privately-owned Martinez Ranch was visited on June 14, 2018. 1.2.3-1 Monitoring of threats at 2 LRGVNWR tracts: Chicharro Banco and La Puerta, in FY15. Ongoing Current 2015 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected During FY 15, LRGVNWR staff carried out site visits to 2 LRGVNWR tracts (Chicharro Banco and La Puerta) to monitor threat levels to Zapata bladderpod. An increase in buffelgrass was noted at both sites.
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 1 1.2.3 Develop monitoring program with voluntary landowner assistance Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge National Wildlife Refuge , Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Management: Population Monitoring Internal Field Assistance Years 4 and 5 $3000 (See comment 1.1). As of 2013, a monitoring program has not been developed. However, populations were investigated in late winter and spring 2013; plant had not bloomed. No plant counts done in FY2013. Site visits to 2 refuge tracts in 2015 to monitor threats. During FY16, Kim Wahl, LRGVNWR made site visits to 3 refuge tracts with Zapata bladderpod to monitor site conditions and threats; no threats were noted. During March 2018, LRGV NWR staff took researchers to the Cuellar and Arroyo Mortero bladderpod populations to observe condition of plants and habitat. The bladderpod population on the privately-owned Martinez Ranch was visited on June 14, 2018. 1.2.3-2 During FY16, Kim Wahl, LRGVNWR made site visits to 3 refuge tracts with Zapata bladderpod to monitor site conditions and threats; no threats were noted. Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 1 1.2.3 Develop monitoring program with voluntary landowner assistance Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge National Wildlife Refuge , Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Management: Population Monitoring Internal Field Assistance Years 4 and 5 $3000 (See comment 1.1). As of 2013, a monitoring program has not been developed. However, populations were investigated in late winter and spring 2013; plant had not bloomed. No plant counts done in FY2013. Site visits to 2 refuge tracts in 2015 to monitor threats. During FY16, Kim Wahl, LRGVNWR made site visits to 3 refuge tracts with Zapata bladderpod to monitor site conditions and threats; no threats were noted. During March 2018, LRGV NWR staff took researchers to the Cuellar and Arroyo Mortero bladderpod populations to observe condition of plants and habitat. The bladderpod population on the privately-owned Martinez Ranch was visited on June 14, 2018. 1.2.3-3 Two LRGV NWR Zapata bladderpod populations as well as one population on private land were visited in FY18 Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected During March 2018, LRGV NWR staff took researchers to the Cuellar and Arroyo Mortero bladderpod populations to observe condition of plants and habitat. The bladderpod population on the privately-owned Martinez Ranch was visited on June 14, 2018. Due to dry conditions earlierin the spring, bladderpod on the refuge tracts was almost finished blooming and fruit was evident. By June 14, bladderpod on Martinez Ranch was dried up but still aboveground and seeds were still evident.
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 1 1.3 Encourage enforcement of applicable laws and regulations Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Law Enforcement Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Transportation, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Other: Law Enforcement, Other: Regulations, Other: Administration Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative (See comment 1.1) In 2013, three signs were placed at the Santa Ana Refuge with known populations. One population was damaged from herbicide spraying so a "No Spraying" sign was posted. Two other signs saying "Sensitive Habitats" were placed in areas that had evidenct damage, the Arroyo Ramirez Refuge tract, and at another the Arroyou Monteros as a preventitive measure. Damage on these sites were thought to be from ATV damage from Border Patrol agents. In FY 18, TXDOT carried out early coordination with FWS regarding potential impacts to bladderpod from a highway project that may require moving some plants. 1.3-1 Coordinated with AEP on the Cuellar tract of the LRGVNWR. AEP chose not to do any vegetation maintenance within the Rights of Way due to the presence of the species and the low height of the brush under the power lines. Ongoing Current 2012 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 1 2 Search for new populations Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge Research: Population Surveys Species Expert, Internal Field Assistance In FY15, LRGVNWR staff surveys additional areas on the refuge's Arroyo Ramirez tract. During FY18, IBWC carried out rare species and cultural surveys of its Falcon Lake land for purposes of preparing an EA for a grazing program. 2-1 Refuge staff searched the Northern boundary of the Arroyo Ramirez in 2014 prior to the USCBP road improvement project (approx. 45 acres). Arroyo Ramirez has population of species on southeast corner,. Survey was completed along northern fenceline (road was between 1/3 and 1 mile away from known population). Ongoing Current 2014 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 1 2 Search for new populations Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge Research: Population Surveys Species Expert, Internal Field Assistance In FY15, LRGVNWR staff surveys additional areas on the refuge's Arroyo Ramirez tract. During FY18, IBWC carried out rare species and cultural surveys of its Falcon Lake land for purposes of preparing an EA for a grazing program. 2-2 2015 surveys for Zapata bladderpod on Arroyo Ramirez tract of LRGVNWR Complete 2015 2015 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected In FY15, LRGVNWR staff conducted surveys for zapata bladderpod on additional areas of the refuge's Arroyo Ramirez tract. No plants were found.
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 1 2 Search for new populations Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge Research: Population Surveys Species Expert, Internal Field Assistance In FY15, LRGVNWR staff surveys additional areas on the refuge's Arroyo Ramirez tract. During FY18, IBWC carried out rare species and cultural surveys of its Falcon Lake land for purposes of preparing an EA for a grazing program. 2-3 FY 2018 surveys by IBWC on their Falcon Lake land Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected During FY18, IBWC carried out rare species and cultural surveys of its Falcon Lake land for purposes of preparing an EA for a grazing program.
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 1 3.1.3.1 Study direct and indirect effects of land use practices on Zapata bladderpod and its associated habitat Ongoing Not Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Texas A&M University, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, University of Texas - Pan American, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, South Texas Community College Research: Habitat Requirements Species Expert Years 4 and 5 $2000. See comment 1.1. A journal article by several south Texas botanists was accepted into The Southwestern Naturalist in 2010 with a publication date of September 2011. This article discusses the impact of clearing vegetation on the density, growth, and reproduction of species.
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 1 3.2.1 Conduct a demographic analysis of the populations Unknown FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Texas A&M University, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, University of Texas - Pan American, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, South Texas Community College Research: Demographic Studies Species Expert Years 4 and 5 $2000
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 1 4 Establish a botanical garden population and seed bank Unknown FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Center for Plant Conservation, San Antonio Botanical Gardens, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Research: Management Techniques Species Expert Necessary to ensure survival in long-term management agreements are not sufficient to preserve the species
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 2 1.2.1 Determine landowner short-term and long-term land use goals Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, The Nature Conservancy, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Research: Habitat Status Species Expert Necessary for outreach and conservation. In FY08, DHS contractors surveyed for presence along proposed routes of border fence. 1.2.1-1 During FY 2017, a non-traditional section 6 proposal for Recovery Land Acquisition funding was submitted for purchase of a private ranch in Starr County that has Zapata bladderpod and Star cactus. Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 2 3.1.1 Study soils and underlying geology Unknown FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, U.S. Department of Transportation, Texas A&M University, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Transportation, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, University of Texas - Pan American, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, South Texas Community College Research: Habitat Requirements Species Expert Expert botanist reported in 2004 that plants are associated with sandstone outcrops where a stratum of fossil oyster shell is lying above sandstone; soil is usually yellowish sandy loam containing gypsum.
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 2 3.1.2 Determine community structure Unknown FY 2000 - FY 2004 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Texas A&M University, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, University of Texas - Pan American, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, South Texas Community College Research: Demographic Studies Species Expert Necessary for surveying and reintroduction efforts
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 2 3.1.3.3 Study interactions with other species (beneficial and negative). Unknown FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Texas A&M University, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, University of Texas - Pan American, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, South Texas Community College Research: Demographic Studies Species Expert Years 4 and 5 $2000 3.1.3.3-1 Refuge 2014 plan includes addressing the issue of non-native Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare)encroaching on all Refuge populations. Management planns with protocols and recommendation to remove and prevent future encroachment of buffelgrass and other non-native invasive grasses will be developed in FY 2014 and FY 2015. Planned Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 2 3.2.2 Characterize phenology Unknown FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Texas A&M University, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, University of Texas - Pan American, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, South Texas Community College Research: Other Information Species Expert Years 4 and 5 $3000. In later winter 2012 and early spring 2013, plants at the Santa Ana Complex had not bloomed. Areas just received rain in mid-summer. Surveys back to these 3 accessible sites are planned to see if they are now blooming.
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 2 3.2.3 Study pollination biology Unknown FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Texas A&M University, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, University of Texas - Pan American, Environmental Protection Agency , Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, South Texas Community College Research: Propagation Species Expert Years 4 and 5 $3000
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 2 3.2.4 Study seed production and dispersal in the wild Unknown FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Texas A&M University, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, University of Texas - Pan American, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, South Texas Community College Research: Propagation Species Expert Years 4 and 5 $3000
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 2 3.2.5 Study seedling recruitment Unknown FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Texas A&M University, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, University of Texas - Pan American, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, South Texas Community College Research: Other Information Species Expert Years 4 and 5 $3000
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 2 3.2.6 Study population genetics to determine genetic diversity within and among populations. Unknown FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Texas A&M University, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, University of Texas - Pan American, National Wildlife Refuge Research: Taxonomic Studies, Research: Genetics Species Expert, Contract Necessary for reintroduction (comment from 2006). Both in 2005 and 2006, plant biologists and experts were initiating molecular work. Because of this genetics work (that was done in 2002), a taxonomic change back to Physaria from Lesquerella is warranted.
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 3 3.1.3.2 Study response periodic or cyclic processes such as flooding, fire, and freezing temperatures Unknown FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, Texas A&M University, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, University of Texas - Pan American, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, South Texas Community College Research: Other Information Species Expert Years 4 and 5 $2000.
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 3 5 Establish new populations as necessary to meet downlisting criteria. Unknown FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, The Nature Conservancy, Texas A&M University, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, University of Texas - Pan American, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, South Texas Community College Management: Reintroduction Species Expert Years 4 and 5 $5000 (comment from 2006).
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 3 6 Develop a public information and awareness program Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Other Management: Planning Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Years 4 and 5 $2000 / $2000 (comment from 2006). During FY16, Kim Wahl, LRGVNWR carried out awareness training regarding Zapata bladderpod with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. She also provided them with an identification guide to the species that she had designed. 6-1 During FY16, Kim Wahl, LRGVNWR carried out awareness training regarding Zapata bladderpod with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. She also provided them with an identification guide to the species that she had designed. Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan F 2 Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office (281) 286-8282 Zapata bladderpod Lesquerella thamnophila 3 7 Develop delisting criteria and a post-delisting monitoring plan Ongoing Current FY 2000 - FY 2004 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, The Nature Conservancy, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge Other: Regulations Internal Technical Assistance No costs associated unless it is determined that a recovery team should be convened. In regards to this comment from 2006, a South Texas Plant Recovery Team was initiated in 2010. During FY 2018, the TXCESFO, in coordination with the South Texas Plant Recovery Team, revised the downlisting criteria for Zapata bladderpod and created delisting criteria. 7-1 During FY 2018, delisting criteria were developed and downlisting criteria revised for the Zapata bladderpod Ongoing Current Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected During FY 2018, the TXCESFO, in coordination with the South Texas Plant Recovery Team, revised the downlisting criteria for Zapata bladderpod and created delisting criteria.