Staying the course
Tripp McCandlish, ISP’s Field Operations Manager, reports that ISP will continue to plan for “bi-annual surveys for densiflora at the historical infestations until we achieve five straight years of zero detections.” After the celebration, ISP will transfer the job of monitoring to ACR’s staff and volunteers.
It may be difficult, however, to keep the ISP crew away. Their field biologists consider a visit to Tomales Bay and Toms Point a treat. According to Tripp, even after several years of zero detections, “we plan to do a complete survey of Tomales Bay for hybrid Spartina and densiflora at least once every three to four years—as a reward to our staff and also as a preventative survey.”
ACR is grateful for the decades-long partnership with the Invasive Spartina Project to protect not only our sanctuaries, but also the whole of Tomales Bay. ISP’s open, collaborative approach greatly simplifies the difficulties of managing a species that ignores property boundaries and can be widely dispersed.
Learn more about the work of the Invasive Spartina Project here. This article originally appeared in Conservation in Action, Spring 2022, ACR's newsletter to our community. Read this article and more in the full edition of Conservation in Action, or share this article with a friend!