Measures taken to protect rare plant colony

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

Negrón-Ortiz praised Duke Power for its cooperative attitude in managing the rare plant.

According to a five-year status review for telephus spurge prepared by Negron-Ortiz, the species has a high potential for recovery. But in a telephone interview, she said global climate change could negatively affect telephus spurge because of its limited range.

Wayne Richardson, environmental specialist for Duke Power, said the area would be marked with cardboard signs until metal signs can be installed. He said measures would be taken to protect the plants from routine mowing.

Negrón-Ortiz said the power easement is an ideal area for managing the rare plant since there is no tree canopy. Richardson said the colony would be monitored for two years after the new poles are installed.

Negrón-Ortiz said a new survey of known populations of telephus spurge is planned for next year.

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