Parks and Recreation, Department of
(California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Purple Veldt Grass Removal Project
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Undertake a multi-year project to remove the invasion, non-native, purple veldt grass (Ehrharta calycina) from Tolowa Dunes State Park to aid in the protection and restoration of native plants and coastal scrub and chaparral communities as well as native wildlife forage and habitat. Work will involve an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy that will use a multifaceted and adaptive approach that reflects available time and funding, land use goals, and the most effective removal method aimed at full eradication of the purple veldt grass.
State Parks proposes to use a foliar spraying herbicide, Glyphosate (Rodeo and Habitat) and Methylated Seed Oil (COMPETITOR), applied using backpack sprayers. Care will be taken to avoid all native plants and a spray shield will be used when in close proximity to sensitive plant species. Treatment would occur prior to the rainy season and after the sensitive plants have set seed. Applications will occur for up to 4 years or until the infestation is eradicated. Label requirement and best management practices for applying herbicide will be followed.
Project consists of minor alterations in the condition of land and/or vegetation that do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees, and consists of restoration that does not exceed five acres in size for plant and wildlife habitat; included as "resource management projects" and "habitat restoration or enhancement projects being undertaken with hand, rather than mechanized, labor" in the Department of Parks and Recreation's list of exempt activities, in accordance with CCR S:15300.4.