Population Genetics, Ecology, and Reproductive Biology of Dudley's Lousewort Project (Project)

Summary

SCH Number
2019058102
Lead Agency
Fish & Wildlife (HQ) Environmental Services (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Environmental Services Division)
Document Title
Population Genetics, Ecology, and Reproductive Biology of Dudley's Lousewort Project (Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to Benjamin Carter pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081 (a) for a project to study the population genetics, pollination and dispersal ecology, and germination success of Dudley's lousewort. For the population genetic analysis, a small amount of leaf tissue will be collected from 125 individual plants from both the Little Sur River and Portola Redwoods State Park Populations, for a total of 250 samples. Pending landowner approval, the Permittee will collect an additional 10-20 samples from the population on the Hearst Ranch property. If landowner permission is not granted, the Permittee will collect tissue from herbarium sheets of the population housed at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo herbarium. Additionally, three voucher specimens will be collected from each of the three populations. To test the effects of litter depth on seedling establishment, the Permittee will perform litter removal trials within Dudley's lousewort populations at the Portola Redwoods State Park Population. To determine the identity of seed dispersers and pollinators, a combination of time-standardized field observations and video recordings will be used during the flowering and fruiting season (mid-spring to mid-summer of 2019). Data will be collected from a single robust population in Portola Redwood State Park. To compliment video analysis, undergraduate student observers will perform time standardized observations of pollination and seed dispersal.

Contact Information
Cherilyn Burton
CDFW HCPLB
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 92422

9166516508

Location

Counties
Santa Clara San Mateo San Luis Obispo Monterey Alameda
Other Information
Project activities will occur at Dudley's lousewort (Pedicularis dudleyi) populations in San Mateo County in Portola Redwoods State Park and in Monterey County along the Little Sur River within Los Padres National Forest and on private property. Collection may also occur at populations in San Luis Obispo County on the Hearst Ranch property pending landowner approval. DNA sequencing and molecular lab work will be completed at the QB3 Vincent J. Coates Genomics Sequencing Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley in Alameda County. Voucher specimens will be housed in the Sharsmith Herbarium at San Jose State University, Santa Clara County.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15306 and 15307
Reasons for Exemption
The Project will involve data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities, and actions to assure the maintenance, restoration, and enhancement of populations of the state-rare Dudley's lousewort. The Project 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 Dudley's lousewort are not impacted.

Attachments

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