The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to the East Bay Regional Park District pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081 (a) for a project to collect small amounts of plant material from pallid manzanita individuals to test for plant pathogens. Small soil samples will also be collected for testing. Plant material to be collected includes small pieces of roots, small(~ two-square centimeters) sections of bark, small twigs, and two to four leaves per plant. Samples will be used in pear-bait testing for Phytophthora cinnamomi or in tests for other pathogens. Pallid manzanita plants will be sampled when they are suspected to have a pathogen threat or infection, either based on visual observation of the individual plant or of an adjacent plant. All data collected will be added to a GIS-based database, and a risk management map for pathogen infestation will be created and updated using data from this project. This information will be used to inform vegetation management in
the areas around pallid manzanita.
East Bay Regional Park District parks: Huckleberry Regional Botanic Preserve, Sobrante Ridge Botanic Preserve, Sibley Regional Park, Redwood Regional Park, and Tilden Regional Park.
Notice of Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 6 - S: 15306
Reasons for Exemption
The Project consists of basic data collection, research, and resource evaluation
activities 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 state-endangered pallid manzanita are not impacted.