The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to DPR (Permit No. 2081[a]-21-008-RP) pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to control invasive species, specifically perennial veldt grass (Ehrharta calycina), to promote recovery of the endangered Nipomo Mesa lupine. Project activities include conducting surveys of the Nipomo Mesa lupine population, applying grass-specific herbicides to non-native veldt grass infestations, hand-weeding using hand tools, and installing wire mesh caging around seedlings to protect them from herbivory. Nipomo Mesa lupine surveys will be conducted prior to all weed control activities on-site and Nipomo Mesa lupine locations will be demarcated with flagging. Wire mesh cages will be installed around each seedling. Herbicide will be applied annually when the veldt grass is germinating, typically between December and March. During herbicide treatment, an herbicide-free buffer zone of no less than 15 feet (but typically 25 feet) will surround each Nipomo Mesa lupine plant. Manual removal of perennial veldt grass and other exotic weeds within the buffer zones will take place each year after the Nipomo Mesa lupine plants have senesced, typically between June and November. Working under direction of a qualified monitor, a contractor will
apply herbicide with backpack sprayers or truck mounted power sprayers except within the buffer zones. A Nipomo Mesa lupine survey will be performed at the end of each herbicide treatment season for the duration of the project.