Hairy Orcutt Grass (Orcuttia pilosa) Seed Collection and Storage Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife (Headquarters), Habitat Conservation Planning Branch - Sacramento (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning )
Document Title
Hairy Orcutt Grass (Orcuttia pilosa) Seed Collection and Storage Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Carol Witham

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is issuing a permit to Carol Witham pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081 (a) for a project to collect and store seed from hairy Orcutt grass (Orcuttia pilosa), a state-listed endangered species. Seed will be collected from up to 1,200 plants total, not to exceed five percent of any population, and will only be collected from populations larger than 500 plants. Whole, seed-bearing plants will be collected and placed in paper bags and stored at ambient outdoor temperature protected from moisture, rodents, insects, and direct sunlight. Seed will be stored for later use as mitigation, if approved by CDFW. If seed storage needs to be extended beyond temporary storage, the seed-bearing inflorescences will be removed from each plant, and seeds will be dried with silica gel, transferred to airtight containers, and refrigerated at a facility that is approved in writing by CDFW.

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

Phone : (916) 651-6508


Madera Sacramento
Northern California Southern California
Other Information
The Project will take place in Madera County at two potential mitigation sites for hairy Orcutt grass, the Kevorkian site and Curran site. Seed will be temporarily stored at the Permittee's home office in Sacramento, California.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The Project will facilitate the recovery and restoration of the California endangered hairy Orcutt grass by collecting and storing seed for later use to establish new and augment existing populations of the species. The permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Project includes measures to ensure that existing populations of hairy Orcutt grass are not impacted.


Notice of Exemption
19-014-RP NOE   PDF 462 K

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