FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Diana Hawkins FLORIDA November 22, 1995 BEACH JACQUEMONTIA DRAFT RECOVERY PLAN AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input on a draft recovery plan for the plant, beach jacquemontia (Jacquemontia reclinata). This perennial vine was listed as endangered on November 24, 1993.
The beach jacquemontia is a member of the morning glory family and its small, white flowers have five broad, funnel-shaped petals. It is native to coastal barrier islands from Miami, northward to Palm Beach County.
Fewer than 1,000 of these plants are known to exist in small widely separated populations located along the coast. Almost all of the currently known populations of beach jacquemontia occur in public parks and recreation areas. The scarcity of this plant is caused by loss of habitat due to urban development, beach erosion, the invasion of exotic plant species and the carrying out of park maintenance activities such as mowing and use of herbicides. Management and recovery actions discussed in the recovery plan include searching for new populations, mapping and monitoring natural populations, propagation to preserve genetic diversity and provide plants for reintroductions, and developing management recommendations for public area land managers.
The draft recovery plan recommends reclassifying the beach jacquemontia from endangered status to threatened status when 10 geographically distinct, self-sustaining populations are able to be protected and managed throughout its historic range.
The Service will collect written public comments on the recovery plan over the next 60 days. Copies of the proposed plan can be obtained by writing to the Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 6620 Southpoint Dr., South, Suite 310, Jacksonville, Florida, 32216; or by calling (904) 232-2580.
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