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Catalina Island is home to over 66 endemic plant and animal species that are found nowhere else on Earth. As the principal land steward for the Island the Catalina Island Conservancy works to protect the biological diversity and environmental integrity of Catalina Island. The Catalina Island Conservancy actively manages and monitors the health and welfare of several species on the Island. Catalinas endemic island fox population continues to recover from the devastating outbreak of canine distemper in 1999. Also thanks to our ongoing use of the contraceptive PZP we are able to maintain our bison heard at no more than 150 insuring the good health of the herd as well as the Island. The Catalina Island Conservancy is also continuing to find success with our Catalina Habitat Improvement and Restoration Program CHIRP. There are now 76 invasive plant species on the Island that are identified as potential weeds in need of control andor eradication. The Conservancy spent nearly 4000 hours working to remove the invasive plants such as Genista fennel and pampas grass from the Island. The Conservancys native plant restoration efforts were equally as impactful undertaking largerestorationeffortsinboththeCapeCanyonandElRanchoEscondido areas of the Island - the later capitalizing on a seeding trial project. These efforts were complimented by the discovery of new populations of the endangered Santa Cruz Island rock cress and Lyons pygmy daisy. Like other parts of California Catalina Island was adversely impacted by the ongoing drought in 2014. The Ackerman Native Plant Nursery in particular was forced to reduce its inventory of 20000 plants by half. Catalinas resident bison herd was also affected resulting in the Conservancy having to place food and water for the animals. CONSERVATION 2541 Estimated Deer Population 10362 Plants at the Ackerman Nursery 10453 Local Independent Volunteer Hours 1717 Estimated Island Fox Population 1361 Acres Treated Under CHIRP 12130 Group Volunteer Hours 135 Estimated Bison Population 0 Number of Bison Calves Born 881 Hosted Research Days Photo Glen Tepke