Examination of Impacts to Cirsium ciliolatum from Biological Control Insects (Project)

Summary

SCH Number
2019070531
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife (Headquarters), Habitat Conservation Planning Branch - Sacramento (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning )
Document Title
Examination of Impacts to Cirsium ciliolatum from Biological Control Insects (Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
7/1/2019
Project Applicant
Dr. Michael Pitcairn

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to the California Department of Food and Agriculture Biological Control Program pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081 (a) for a project to examine whether or not individuals of Cirsium ciliolatum are susceptible hosts of several biological control insects introduced as biological control agents for exotic Carduus and Centaurea species in California. Up to 20 Cirsium ciliolatum seed heads may be collected for the project.

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

Phone : (916) 651-6594

Location

Counties
Siskiyou
Other Location Info
The Project will involve collection activities at a population of the state-endangered plant species Cirsium ciliolatum located at the corner of York and Mulloy Roads northeast of Montague, in Siskiyou County (California Natural Diversity Database element occurrence 2). Collections may also occur at other populations of Cirsium ciliolatum if the Permittee obtains landowner permission to do so. Laboratory work for the Project will take place at the California Department of Food and Agriculture Biological Control Program Laboratory in Sacramento, California.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15306
Reasons for Exemption
The Project consists of basic data collection for research on the impacts of biological control organisms that have already been released in California. The temporary isolation of Cirsium ciliolatum seed heads will not result in any serious or major disturbances to the environment because seed heads will be returned to the collection site at the conclusion of the project. The permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Project includes measures to ensure that existing populations of Cirsium ciliolatum are not impacted.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
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