Genomics of Three Fremontodendron Species Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020070162
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife (Headquarters), Habitat Conservation Planning Branch - Sacramento (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning )
Document Title
Genomics of Three Fremontodendron Species Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
7/8/2020
Project Applicant
Dr. Shannon Still, Director of Plant Conservation/Curator, UC Davis
Present Land Use
The Genomics of Three Fremontodendron Species Project (Project) will take place at all accessible populations of Fremondodendron decumbens and F. mexicanum populations throughout California. Populations of these species are located in El Dorado, Nevada, Yuba, and San Diego Counties. Genetic analysis will take place at UC Davis in Yolo County or at a centralized sequencing center for the California Conservation Genomics Program.

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden [Permit No. 2081(a)-20-011-RP] pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to collect vegetative material for DNA extraction and sequencing from two state-listed plant species, Fremontodendron decumbens (Pine Hill flannelbush) and F. mexicanum (Mexican flannelbush), and from the unlisted Fremontodendron californicum (California flannelbush). The Project is part of a larger project called the California Conservation Genomics Program, which is a multi-institutional project to assess the genomic variation in 150 species of vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants across the state of California. In summer 2020, a small number of leaves will be removed from 15-20 plants per population. DNA will be extracted from the leaf material and sequenced in the lab. The goal is to analyze genomic variation within and between the three Fremontodendron species and to analyze population genetic variation between populations. In addition, some populations of Fremontodendron contain individuals whose phenotypes do not fit cleanly into any of the currently described species, and this work could help resolve these taxonomic relationships.

Contact Information
Cherilyn Burtton
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Habitat Conservation Planning Branch Native Plant Program P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

Phone : (916) 206-0411
Cherilyn.burtton@wildlife.ca.gov

Location

Counties
El Dorado Nevada San Diego Yolo Yuba
Regions
Statewide
Schools
UC Davis
Other Location Info
The Genomics of Three Fremontodendron Species Project (Project) will take place at all accessible populations of Fremondodendron decumbens and F. mexicanum populations throughout California. Populations of these species are located in El Dorado, Nevada, Yuba, and San Diego Counties. Genetic analysis will take place at UC Davis in Yolo County or at a centralized sequencing center for the California Conservation Genomics Program.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 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 Fremontodendron decumbens and F. mexicanum are not impacted.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
C__Users_akammet_Desktop_20-011-RP NOE   PDF 221 K

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