Restoration and Management of North Coast Semaphore Grass Project (Project)

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Summary

SCH Number
2019070381
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife (Headquarters), Habitat Conservation Planning Branch - Sacramento (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning )
Document Title
Restoration and Management of North Coast Semaphore Grass Project (Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/20/2019
Project Applicant
Christopher Bartow

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081 (a) for a project to restore and manage known populations of North Coast semaphore grass. Project activities include seed collection and sowing, and habitat restoration at the Lusher, Arkelian, and Goss parcels. Up to five percent of the seed production will be collected from fifty percent of the North Coast semaphore grass stands. Seed will be collected annually for five years in early June through mid-July and will be dried and stored in a cool, dry, dark place at the MCRCD's seed storage facility for approximately four months. Seeds will be broadcast at the populations they were collected from in November of the same year they were collected. In addition to seeding, habitat enhancement will take place each year when the North Coast semaphore grass is dormant (August to September). Himalayan blackberry will be removed by hand and through mowing, and Harding grass will be removed through targeted cattle and goat grazing, and mowing. The populations will be monitored and mapped annually to identify population expansion trends.

Contact Information
Cherilyn Burton
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

Phone : (916) 651-6508

Location

Counties
Mendocino
Other Location Info
The Project is located in Mendocino, County within the Willits Bypass Mitigation Lands in Willits, California. Three parcels have been selected for seed collection and dispersal of North Coast semaphore grass (Pleuropogon hooverianus): Lusher, Arkelian, and Goss. Seed will be dried and stored at the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District's seed storage facility located at their field office in Willits.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15307
Reasons for Exemption
The Project will involve actions to assure the maintenance, restoration, and enhancement of populations of the state-threatened North Coast semaphore grass. 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 North Coast semaphore grass are not impacted.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2019070381   PDF 764 K

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