The national recovery strategy for maritime meadow species at risk addresses the recovery of two extirpated butterfly and seven endangered or threatened plant species: island marble (Euchloe ausonides insulanus), Taylorís checkerspot (Euphydryas editha taylori), bearded owlclover (Triphysaria versicolor spp. versicolor), bearís-foot sanicle (Sanicula arctopoides), coastal Scoulerís catchfly (Silene scouleri ssp. grandis), golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta), prairie lupine (Lupinus lepidus var. lepidus), purple sanicle (Sanicula bipinnatifida) and seaside birds-foot lotus (Lotus formosissimus). The maritime meadow recovery strategy is designed to fit under the umbrella recovery strategy for Garry oak and associated ecosystems drafted by the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT 2002). In Canada, these species occur (or occurred) primarily in Garry oak and associated ecosystems and are largely restricted to low elevation, marine-influenced habitats. Although the range of all species extends into the United States, many of the species are widely disjunct from the U.S. populations. Mild winters with frequent coastal fogs and cool, dry summers characterize maritime meadow ecosystems. These ecosystems are naturally fragmented, occurring along shorelines and small islands. However, urbanization has intensified the natural fragmentation and remnant habitats and species at risk face a diverse array of threats. Recovery of species at risk and restoration of imperilled habitats associated with Garry oak ecosystems will contribute to biodiversity, health and functioning of the environment and enhance opportunities for appreciation of such special places and species thereby contributing to overall social value in southwestern British Columbia. Protecting these natural spaces, biodiversity and recreation values has enormous value to the local economy.
Parks Canada. 2006. Recovery Strategy for Multi-Species at Risk in Maritime Meadows Associated with Garry Oak Ecosystems in Canada. Ministry of Environment. Recovery Plan
Topic: Recovery Planning
Keywords: SARA, species recovery, species at risk, cosewic, seaside birds'foot lotus, coastal Scouler's catchfly, bear's-foot sanicle, Taylor's chekerspot, Island Marble