Conservation Genomics of the Endangered Chorizanthe orcuttiana Project (Project)

Summary

SCH Number
2020040209
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife (Headquarters), Habitat Conservation Planning Branch - Sacramento (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning )
Document Title
Conservation Genomics of the Endangered Chorizanthe orcuttiana Project (Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
4/20/2020
Project Applicant
Jyotsna Sharma, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science
Present Land Use
Point Loma Peninsula and the Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve Extension in Del Mar within San Diego County

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit (Permit Number 2081(a)-20-007-RP) to Texas Tech University, Department of Plant and Soil Science pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to collect leaves and plant tissue samples from five populations of Chorizanthe orcuttiana for genetic analysis. Up to 30 plants will be selected at each population. Data on plant size and fitness will be collected from each of the selected plants, and four to five leaves will be removed from each plant. Additional leaves and small pieces of stems may be collected if necessary to yield 100 milligrams of fresh tissue for genetic analyses. Tissue samples will be transported to Texas Tech University for genetic analysis to identify the following: 1) whether allelic variation explains fitness of plants (local adaptation) across the study locations; (2) whether the same alleles govern size variation within and among populations; 3) whether plants at the Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve Extension in Del Mar (EO 16) are hybridizing with a closely related species, Chorizanthe procumbens, which cooccurs with Chorizanthe orcuttiana at this population; and 4) whether genetic diversity within populations is lower than the total diversity across all populations

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

Phone : (916) 376-8676
Cherilyn.Burton@wildlife.ca.gov

Location

Counties
San Diego
Regions
Southern California
Other Location Info
The Project will take place at five populations of Chorizanthe orcuttiana in San Diego County. Four populations are located on the Point Loma peninsula (California Natural Diversity Database [CNDDB] element occurrence [EO] 12 [consisting of two populations] [32.695090, -117.243269], EO 13 [32.696093, -117.249056], and EO 14 [32.707480, -117.251138]) and one population is located within Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve Extension in Del Mar 9 (EO 16; 32.943871, -117.252018). Plant material will be exported to the Department of Plant and Soil Science laboratory at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas for genetic analyses.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15306, Class 6
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 Chorizanthe orcuttiana are not impacted.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
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