Press Release
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Comment on Draft Recovery Plan for Vandenberg Monkeyflower

Ventura, Calif.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft recovery plan and associated recovery implementation strategy for the conservation and recovery of Vandenberg monkeyflower, a federally endangered plant. Recovery plans are required for federally listed species and identify recovery actions that, when implemented, will achieve the plan’s goals for conservation and persistence of the species.  

"Our strategy is to systematically increase the monkeyflower’s population and ability to withstand potential threats until it is able to become self-sustaining throughout all of the areas where it is found," said Kristie Scarazzo, botanist with the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office. "We are committed to working with our partners to effectively manage the populations adaptively, as we learn what is most likely to achieve recovery throughout the plant’s small range of habitat." 

Vandenberg monkeyflower (Diplacus vandenbergensis) is an herbaceous annual plant, endemic to the Burton Mesa landform in southwestern Santa Barbara County, California. The primary threats to this species include invasive species invasive species
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, anthropogenic fire, recreation and other human activities, habitat loss from development (including military, state and residential), utility and pipeline maintenance and climate change climate change
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The draft recovery plan will publish in ECOS ECOS
Environmental Conservation Online System (ECOS) serves a variety of reports related to FWS Threatened and Endangered Species.

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on February 23, 2024 opening a 30-day public comment period. The Service will consider comments from all interested parties received by March 25, 2024. Comments may be submitted by email to or U.S. mail to Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola Road Suite B, Ventura CA, 93003. A copy of the draft recovery plan is available

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