Pallid Manzanita (Arctostaphylos palIida) Pathogen Testing Project (Project)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW)
Document Title
Pallid Manzanita (Arctostaphylos palIida) Pathogen Testing Project (Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
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.

Contact Information

Cherilyn Burton
Agency Name
CDFW, Habitat Conservation Planning Branch
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Alameda, Contra Costa
Other Location Info
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

Exempt Status
Categorical 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.


Notice of Exemption

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