California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning
Livermore Tarplant Seed Collection
NOE - Notice of Exemption
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.
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.