Fish & Wildlife (HQ) Environmental Services
(California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Environmental Services Division)
Contra Costa Wallflower Seeding Project (Project)
NOE - Notice of Exemption
CDFW is issuing a permit the DWR, FloodSAFE Environmental Stewardship and Statewide Resources Office (FESSRO) pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 2081(a) for a project to collect and redistribute seed of Contra Costa wallflower (Erysimum capitatum var. angustatum). The project includes seed collection and dispersal to expand the distribution of Contra Costa wallflower and to aid in the recovery of this species. Seed will only be collected late summer through early fall of 2015 if sufficient seed is available. If seed is not collected in 2015, then seed collection and dispersal will be attempted again in 2016 or 2017. Seed pods will be trimmed from the plants with pruners and will be placed in bags. Seeds will be cold-stratified for two weeks in a refrigerator and then introduced at the Dutch Slough planting area. Contra Costa wallflower seed will be sown into a grouping of three small (0.5 m x 0.5m) plots, which will be replicated three times across the entire restoration area; a total of nine plots will be seeded with Contra Costa wallflower. The exact locations of the Contra Costa wallflower seeding plots will be determined in the field based on habitat conditions. Weeds within two feet of the Contra Costa wallflower seeding plots will be pulled. Plants will be monitored annually for five years after seeds have established.