Calochortus Speciation and Geographic Spread (Project)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW)
Document Title
Calochortus Speciation and Geographic Spread (Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to Dr. Thomas Givnish pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081 (a) for a project to sequence the genomes of species in the genus Calochortus for the purpose of studying speciation, trait evolution, and geographic spread of the species. Up to eight plants per species will be affected by this project-two to three for tissue collection for DNA and one plant vouchered at each of six sites.

Contact Information

Raffica La Rosa
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Dr. Thomas Givnish, Henry Allan Gleason Professor of Botany
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Marin, San Diego, Siskiyou
Other Location Info
The Project relies on tissue and voucher collections of one state-threatened species and two rare plant species at a total of six sites. The state-threatened C. tiburonensis will be sampled from (1) a western population in Ring Mountain Preserve (Marin County; California Natural Diversity Database element occurrence [EO] 1 ), and (2) an eastern population in Ring Mountain Preserve (Marin County; EO 1 ). Calochortus dunnii will be sampled from (1) three to four miles south of Julian near Inspiration Point (San Diego County; EO 1 ), and (2) Otay Mountain (San Diego County), either on Minnewawa Truck Trail near Pio Pico or Otay Truck Trail near Keubler Ranch (near EO32). Calochortus persistens will be sampled from (1) the northeast flank of Cottonwood Mountain, southwest of Hornbrook (Siskiyou County; EO 6), and (2) Gunsight Peak, 5 miles west of Yreka (Siskiyou County; EO1 ). Voucher specimens and plant tissue will be exported out of California and processed and stored in Wisconsin, New York, and/or Florida.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 6, 15603
Reasons for Exemption
The Project consists of basic data collection and research that will provide information on the genetic distinctiveness of Calochortus species, and how species might respond to future climatic threats. The permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Project includes measures to ensure that existing populations of Calochortus tiburonensis, C. dunnii, and C. persistens are not negatively impacted.


Notice of Exemption

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