San Fernando Valley Spineflower (Chorizanthe parryi var. fernandina) Experimental Habitat

Summary

SCH Number
2020100506
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife (Headquarters), Habitat Conservation Planning Branch - Sacramento (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning )
Document Title
San Fernando Valley Spineflower (Chorizanthe parryi var. fernandina) Experimental Habitat
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
10/27/2020
Project Applicant
Dr. Jodi McGraw, Jodi McGraw Consulting
Present Land Use
The Project will take place on land owned by Newhall Land and Farming, Inc. (Newhall) located in northwestern Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Specifically, the Project will be conducted at three sites: Castaic Mesa, Ventura County Facing Simi, and San Martinez Grande Expansion-Ventura County. Laboratory analyses will take place at the office of the Permittee at 262 Patricia Lane, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County.

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to Dr. Jodi McGraw (Permit No. 2081(a)-20-016-RP) pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to examine whether San Fernando Valley spineflower established from seed collected from different subpopulations differ in their demographic and population performance when seeded into potential introduction sites that feature a range of habitat conditions including elevation, soil texture, and soil organic matter. The project will utilize seed that was collected in 2003 and has been stored at California Botanic Garden in Claremont, California. In fall 2020, the seed will be sown into experimental plots in potentially suitable but unoccupied San Fernando Valley spineflower habitat. At the end of the each growing season, a maximum of 710 San Fernando Valley spineflower plants will be collected from the study plots (5 plants in each of the 108 seeding study plots plus 34 reference plots in the naturally occurring population) to measure aspects of plant biomass and flower production. Plants harvested from the seeded plots during the first year will be disposed of, and all remaining San Fernando Valley spineflower plants in the seeded plots will be removed and disposed of offsite to prevent seed production in the plots. Plants harvested from the seeded plots during the second year will be returned to the plots they were collected from. During both years, all plant samples from the reference plots in the naturally occurring population will be returned to the plots they were collected from prior to the onset of the winter rains to avoid reducing the population of seed in those sites.

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

Phone : (916) 206-0411
Cheriyln.burton@wildlife.ca.gov

Location

Counties
Los Angeles Ventura
Regions
Southern California
Cross Streets
262 Patricia Lane, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County
Other Information
The Project will take place on land owned by Newhall Land and Farming, Inc. (Newhall) located in northwestern Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Specifically, the Project will be conducted at three sites: Castaic Mesa, Ventura County Facing Simi, and San Martinez Grande Expansion-Ventura County. Laboratory analyses will take place at the office of the Permittee at 262 Patricia Lane, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County.

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, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities that will not result in a 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 the endangered San Fernando Valley spineflower are not impacted.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
C__Users_akammet_Desktop_20-016-RP NOE   PDF 224 K

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