Collection and Propagation of Bakersfield Cactus (Opuntia basilaris var. treleasiei) for Population Expansion Project (Project)

Summary

SCH Number
2018098523
Lead Agency
Fish & Game Commission (California Fish and Game Commission)
Document Title
Collection and Propagation of Bakersfield Cactus (Opuntia basilaris var. treleasiei) for Population Expansion Project (Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
9/24/2018

Document Description
CDFW is issuing a permit to the Center for Natural Lands Management pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to collect, propagate, and outplant Bakersfield cactus, a state-listed endangered species. The Preserve will be surveyed from October to Dec 2018 to estimate the abundance and distribution of cacti at the Preserve. These data will be used to determine the best donor and translocation areas at the Preserve. Pads will be collected in fall 2019 and will be propagated at one of the nursery locations. Propagated pads will be outplanted from Oct to Dec 2020 into suitable unoccupied locations on the Preserve. The translocated plant will be monitored annually for five years following installation. The project will also implement and compare efficacy of two methods of weed control on approx 18 acres of the Preserve to improve conditions on targeted outplanting sites. Weed-whipping will occur on approx nine acres in March or April of 2019 through 2022. Weeds will also be treated annually herbicide on approx nine acres of the Preserve from Dec 2018 through April 2022.

Contact Information
Cherilyn Burton
California Department of Fish and Game Commission
habitat conservation planning branch PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

Phone : (916) 651-6508

Location

Cities
Bakersfield
Counties
Kern San Benito
Other Location Info
Sand Ridge Preserve; Panoche Valley Preserve

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15306, 15307
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. The project will facilitate the recovery of the CA endangered Bakersfield cactus by attempting to expand the population on the Preserve. The permit issued by the CDFW for the project includes measures to ensure that existing populations of Bakersfield cactus are not impacted.

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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