Vine Hill Clarkia Introduction Project

Summary

SCH Number
2019100389
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife (Headquarters), Habitat Conservation Planning Branch - Sacramento (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning )
Document Title
Vine Hill Clarkia Introduction Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
10/18/2019
Project Applicant
Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
Present Land Use
Preserve

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to collect seeds from Vine Hill clarkia (Clarkia imbricata) plants and introduce them into unoccupied areas of suitable habitat at the Vine Hill Preserve. Seeds will be collected in fall 2019 and 2020 and distributed into suitable habitat in the same season they were collected. Seeds will be collected by hand as they mature and before they drop from the parent plant, with a small amount of seed collected from as many individuals as possible to maximize genetic variation. Seeds will be cleaned and temporarily stored at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation office until they are introduced into areas with existing habitat that closely mimics the current occupied habitat. If necessary, minor hand weeding of nonnative herbaceous species will occur prior to introducing the seeds. The population will be monitored each spring for five years, through 2025. Monitoring will consist of mapping the distribution of Vine Hill clarkia and estimating the number of plants in the population. Additionally, the effectiveness of the outplanting methods will be evaluated, which will inform potential future introduction efforts for the species.

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

Phone : (916) 651-6508
cherilyn.burton@wildlife.ca.gov

Location

Cities
Santa Rosa
Counties
Sonoma
Regions
San Francisco Bay Area
Other Information
The Project will take place at the 1.6-acre Vine Hill Preserve, which is between Santa Rosa and Forestville in Santa Rosa County. Seed will be cleaned and temporarily stored at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Office at 900 Sanford Road in Santa Rosa.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15306 and 15307
Reasons for Exemption
The Project consists of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities and actions to restore and enhance populations of the endangered Vine Hill clarkia. The permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Project includes measures to ensure that existing populations of Vine Hill clarkia are not impacted.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
19-015-RP NOE   PDF 393 K

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