Livermore Tarplant Seed Collection

Summary

SCH Number
2020120474
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife (Headquarters), Habitat Conservation Planning Branch - Sacramento (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning )
Document Title
Livermore Tarplant Seed Collection
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
12/23/2020
Project Applicant
Erin L. McDermott, Nomad Ecology
Present Land Use
The project will take place northeast of the intersection of Raymond Road and Ames Road in Livermore, at approximately (37.732360, -121.733089). Collected seed will be temporarily stored at the Permittee’s office in Martinez, California. A portion of collected seed will be kept in long term conservation storage at University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley, California, and a portion of collected seed will be exported for long term conservation storage at the National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to Nomad Ecology, LLC [Permit No. 2081(a)-20-018-RP] pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to collect Livermore tarplant (Deinandra bacigalupii) seeds for the purposes of long-term conservation storage, redispersal of the collected seeds back to where they were collected from, and possible development of experimental propagation techniques. To avoid the possibility of introducing artificial selection into natural populations of Livermore tarplant, any seed or plants produced as a result of developing experimental propagation techniques shall not be returned to a natural population, and will be disposed of, or placed into long term conservation storage at an institution that has been permitted for this purpose by California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Collected seed will be hand broadcast in the areas where it was collected from in the fall of 2020 after topsoil has been replaced and if necessary, after soil scarification has taken place. The location where Livermore tarplant is reseeded will be mapped with a GPS unit with submeter accuracy. The seed collection location will be monitored twice per year for one year following hand seeding.

Contact Information
Jeb Bjerke
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Department of Fish and Wildife, Native Plant Program P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

Phone : (916) 720-1232
Jeb.Bjerke@wildlife.ca.gov

Location

Coordinates
37°43'56.5"N 121°43'59.1"W
Cities
Berkeley Livermore Martinez
Counties
Alameda Contra Costa
Regions
San Francisco Bay Area
Other Location Info
The project will take place northeast of the intersection of Raymond Road and Ames Road in Livermore, at approximately (37.732360, -121.733089). Collected seed will be temporarily stored at the Permittee’s office in Martinez, California. A portion of collected seed will be kept in long term conservation storage at University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley, California, and a portion of collected seed will be exported for long term conservation storage at the National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sections 15306 and 15307, Classes 6 and 7
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 California endangered Livermore tarplant. The Project will facilitate the recovery of the Livermore tarplant by collecting seeds for long-term conservation storage and attempting to redisperse the collected seeds back onto a site that has been disturbed. The Project will also increase scientific knowledge of the species by allowing an investigation into successful propagation techniques for the species. The permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Project includes measures to ensure that existing populations of Livermore tarplant are not impacted by the Project.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
U__Groups_HCPB_Shared Folders_NPP_Permitting_Research Permits_2020_20-018-RP Livermore tarplant seed_20-018-RP_NOE Signed   PDF 294 K

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