Leptosiphon croceus Habitat Management and Introduction Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020060659
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife (Headquarters), Habitat Conservation Planning Branch - Sacramento (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning )
Document Title
Leptosiphon croceus Habitat Management and Introduction Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/30/2020
Project Applicant
Sean Correa, Natural Resource Specialist, San Mateo County Parks
Present Land Use
The Project will take place on the Vallemar Bluffs within the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and at Pillar Point Bluffs County Park in Moss Beach, San Mateo County. Collected seed will be stored and propagated at Go Native Nursery in Montara, San Mateo County. Seed may be temporarily stored in a refrigerator or freezer at UC Botanical Garden in Alameda County.

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to San Mateo County Parks [Permit No. 2081(a)-20-009-RP] pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to collect, propagate, and outplant seed of Leptosiphon croceus (coast yellow leptosiphon), a state-listed endangered plant species. The Project also includes removing invasive plants within the only known existing population if this species. Invasive plant removal will take place annually in February through April, prior to germination of Leptosiphon croceus. After Leptosiphon croceus germination begins, weeding will only occur outside of the population to avoid impacts to Leptosiphon croceus plants. In summer 2020, up to five percent of the available Leptosiphon croceus seed will be collected and stored at Go Native Nursery or transported to UC Botanical Garden and stored in a refrigerator or freezer to keep it viable until propagation is initiated. Seed will be propagated at Go Native Nursery beginning in fall 2020 to produce seeds and container plants for introduction at Pillar Point Bluffs County Park. Direct seeding will take place at Pillar Point Bluffs County Park in October or November of 2021, prior to the onset of rain. UC Botanical Garden may also provide seed from their stored collection to the Permittee for direct seeding at Pillar Point Bluffs County Park. Container plants will be outplanted at Pillar Point Bluffs in spring 2022. At least 100 of the seeds produced at Go Native Nursery will be set aside to grow additional plants for seed bulking and continued direct seeding at Pillar Point Bluffs County Park.

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

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

Location

Counties
Alameda San Mateo
Other Location Info
The Project will take place on the Vallemar Bluffs within the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and at Pillar Point Bluffs County Park in Moss Beach, San Mateo County. Collected seed will be stored and propagated at Go Native Nursery in Montara, San Mateo County. Seed may be temporarily stored in a refrigerator or freezer at UC Botanical Garden in Alameda County.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sections 15306 and 15307, Classes 6 and 7
Reasons for Exemption
The Project will facilitate the recovery of the California endangered Leptosiphon croceus by managing the existing population and attempting to establish an additional self-sustaining population of the species within its historic range. The Project consists of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities, as well as maintenance, restoration, and enhancement activities for Leptosiphon croceus. The permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Project includes measures to ensure that existing populations of Leptosiphon croceus are not impacted.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
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