Funded Research Projects: RESTORATION ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HORTICULTURE

Enhancing the conservation status of Spalding's catchfly

Research Sponsored By: USDI Fish and Wildlife Service
Principal Investigator: Kern Ewing
Project Description
The project proposes to meet several recovery plan objectives to improve the status of Spalding’s catchfly (Silene spaldingii). The goal of this project is to establish five additional viable subpopulations of 500 individual Spalding's catchfly on secure habitat through the following: augmenting one population and creating a second new population at Turnbull NWR, expanding one population at BLM’s South 3 Sprague Area (with in-kind contributions), and collaborating with private landowners within the Channeled Scablands and Palouse Prairie to expand two existing populations on private lands. The Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens will work cooperatively with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to establish and augment populations at Turnbull NWR and assess the efficacy of the planting methods and treatments.