Tricolored Blackbird Voluntary Local Program (VLP)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Document Title
Tricolored Blackbird Voluntary Local Program (VLP)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has authorized a VLP for the California Farm Bureau Federation, pursuant to California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 786, which implements Fish and Game Code Article 3.5. Incidental Take Associated with Routine and Ongoing Activities (Fish & G. Code, § 2086 et. seq.). The VLP will cover 8 counties located in California's San Joaquin Valley containing approximately 10,451,894 acres of agricultural grain crops associated with ranching and farming likely to provide nesting and foraging habitat for Tricolored Blackbird (Agelaius tricolor), a State threatened species.

Contact Information

Annee Ferranti
Agency Name
Department of Fish and Wildlife Central Region
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
California Farm Bureau Federation
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Benito, Stanislaus, Tulare
Other Location Info
The VLP encompasses Kern, Kings, Tulare, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Benito counties where Tricolored Blackbirds may nest on grain fields cultivated by ranchers and farmers.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
title 14, section (15307)
Reasons for Exemption
See NOE for full details. The VLP consists of specific actions undertaken to ensure the maintenance and enhancement of a natural resource through implementation of procedures and measures for protection of the resource. See NOE for full details.


Notice of Exemption

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