Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution of Three Plant Families Project (Project)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW)
Document Title
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution of Three Plant Families Project (Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to Dr. Hong Ma pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081 (a) for a project to collect a small amount of plant material from state-listed plant species for genetic analysis to help understand the biodiversity and evolution of three plant families: Brassicaceae (mustard family), Poaceae (grass family), and Themidaceae (brodiaea family). Collection will consist of taking one to two samples from one population of each species. Samples will consist of one to two plants or a small cutting (a small branch with some leaves and a few floral buds) from one to two plants, depending on the size of the population. Samples will only be taken from populations with a minimum of 50 individuals. Populations of each species will be located using online and herbarium information and through consultation with species experts. Samples will be preserved in silica gel and RNA/DNA extraction will take place at Penn State University.

Contact Information

Cherilyn Burton
Agency Name
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Dr. Hong Ma
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz
Other Location Info
The Project will take place throughout California at populations of the following state-listed species: McDonald's rockcress (Arabis mcdonaldiana), thread-leaved brodiaea (Brodiaea filifolia), Kaweah brodiaea (Brodiaea insignis), Chinese Camp brodiaea (Brodiaea pa/Iida), California jewelflower (Caulanthus califomicus), beach spectaclepod (Dithyrea maritima), Contra Costa wallflower (Erysimum capitatum var. angustatum), Menzies' wallflower (Erysimum menziesil), Santa Cruz wallflower (Erysimum teretifolium), California Orcutt grass (Orcuttia californica), San Joaquin Orcutt grass (Orcuttia inaequalis), hairy Orcutt grass (Orcuttia pi/osa), slender Orcutt grass (Orcuttia tenuis), Sacramento Orcutt grass (Orcuttia viscida), Geysers panicum (Panicum acuminatum var. therma/e), Tahoe yellow cress (Rorripa subumbellata), Tiburon jewelflower (Streptanthus glandulosus ssp. niger), and Eureka Valley dune grass (Swallenia alexandrae). Genetic analysis will take place at Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
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 state-listed species are not impacted.


Notice of Exemption

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