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Part of the mission of the Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley is to collaborate with state and federal agencies to preserve endangered plant species. Curator Holly Forbes describes how they do this, and visits an area in West Marin County where they have been helping preserve the federally endangered Baker's larkspur.
"Beginning in early 2010, the Marin County Municipal Water District, in collaboration with the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, the California Native Plant Society, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have been working to reintroduce the federally endangered Baker's larkspur (Delphinium bakeri) at Soulajule Reservoir. Soulajule Reservoir is one of a handful of sites where new self-sustaining populations are being planted to help reestablish this plant in the wild in locations less vulnerable to disturbance.
Soulajule Reservoir is an ideal site because it lies within the species' historic range and contains sites similar to where it grows naturally. Since 2003 the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley has been propagating new plants from seed collected from the one remaining wild population.
Funding from the Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is helping the district give new life to this endangered wildflower."