Sidalcea oregana ssp. valida Stewardship and Seed Viability, Propagation, and Bulking Project

Summary

SCH Number
2021010126
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife (Headquarters), Habitat Conservation Planning Branch - Sacramento (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning )
Document Title
Sidalcea oregana ssp. valida Stewardship and Seed Viability, Propagation, and Bulking Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
1/13/2021
Project Applicant
Minona Heaviland, Environmental Planner, Sonoma Ecology Center
Present Land Use
The Project will take place in Sonoma County at the remaining wild population of Kenwood Marsh checkerbloom at Deerfield Ranch Winery, located at 10200 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood, Sonoma County (38.405949, -122.542783). Seeds will be germinated and grown at the Sonoma Ecology Center nursery located at Sonoma Garden Park (19996 7th Street East, Sonoma, CA 95476) and bulked seeds will be temporarily stored at the nursery, then sent to the University of California Botanical Garden for long-term conservation storage and use for future projects. Any plants germinated and grown will be kept at the nursery.

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to Sonoma Ecology Center Permit No. 2081(a)-20-013-RP pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to address the following tasks: (1) stewardship activities to promote the continued viability of the remaining confirmed population of Kenwood Marsh checkerbloom, such as: population monitoring, collecting seeds for conservation and restoration purposes, expanding the fencing around the population, removing thatch, and monitoring groundwater levels; (2) studies to determine the viability of seeds collected in 2001, 2007, and 2019 to understand how long seeds can remain viable in storage; (3) germination trials on approximately ten percent of the seeds collected in 2007 and 2019, followed by growing the plants to maturity for bulk seed collection; and (4) installing groundwater monitoring stations to supplement those previously installed in the Kenwood Marsh near the remnant population and former outplanting sites nearby. These stations will allow monitoring of changes in seasonal groundwater levels to identify what may be needed to sustain Kenwood Marsh checkerbloom.

Contact Information
Raffica La Rosa
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) 206-4502
Raffca.Larosa@wildlife.ca.gov

Location

Coordinates
38°24'21.4"N 122°32'34"W
Cities
Berkeley Sonoma
Counties
Alameda Sonoma
Regions
San Francisco Bay Area
Other Location Info
The Project will take place in Sonoma County at the remaining wild population of Kenwood Marsh checkerbloom at Deerfield Ranch Winery, located at 10200 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood, Sonoma County (38.405949, -122.542783). Seeds will be germinated and grown at the Sonoma Ecology Center nursery located at Sonoma Garden Park (19996 7th Street East, Sonoma, CA 95476) and bulked seeds will be temporarily stored at the nursery, then sent to the University of California Botanical Garden for long-term conservation storage and use for future projects. Any plants germinated and grown will be kept at the nursery.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 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 Kenwood Marsh checkerbloom. The Project will facilitate the recovery of the Kenwood Marsh checkerbloom through stewardship and by collecting seeds for long-term conservation storage and propagating plants to bulk up seed stock for future restoration projects. 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 Kenwood Marsh checkerbloom are not negatively impacted by the Project.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
U__Groups_HCPB_Shared Folders_NPP_Permitting_Research Permits_2020_20-013-RP Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom_20-013-RP NOE Signed   PDF 137 K

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