San Diego Thornmint (Acanthomintha ilicifolia) Seed Collection Redistribution Project (Project)

Summary

SCH Number
2017068538
Lead Agency
Fish & Wildlife Conservation Board (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Conservation Board)
Document Title
San Diego Thornmint (Acanthomintha ilicifolia) Seed Collection Redistribution Project (Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to CNLM pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to collect San Diego thornmint seed during years of robust population sizes and seed production and to redistribute collected seeds to: (1) create potentially larger and more robust extant populations; (2) initiate an ex situ collection for the local populations of this species as a bank in case of prolonged and devastating drought or other impacts that would cause total or near extirpation; and 3) provide an opportunity to determine germination rates and shelf-life of San Diego thornmint seed so as to better manage the supportive role of seed banks to in situ occurrences. Collections will occur during years of high population size (greater than or equal to the average) and seeds will be sent to CNLM's nursery in Olympia, Washington where they will be cleaned and stored prior to redistributing them back on site. All seeds will either be used for enhancement of the populations from which they were collected or for annual germination tests. Seeds will be redistributed into unoccupied suitable habitat on the site they were collected from. Reintroduction sites will be managed for weeds and will be monitored annually.

Contact Information
Cherilyn Burton
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Conservation Board
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1260
Sacramento, CA 95814

916-651-6508

Location

Counties
San Diego
Other Information
The Project will take place at three Centers for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) preserves in northern San Diego County that support the California endangered San Diego thornmint: (1) Manchester; (2) Carlsbad Oaks North; and (3) Rancho La Costa. Seeds will be sent to CNLM's native plant nursery in Olympia, Washington for cleaning, storage, and germination testing.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S: 15306, 7, Class 6, 7
Reasons for Exemption
The Project consists of basic data collection, research, and resource evaluation activities, and restoration and enhancement of a natural resource, which will not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. The permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Project includes measures to ensure that existing populations of the California endangered San Diego thornmint are not negatively impacted.
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