Conservation Genomics of California Limnanthes


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW)
Document Title
Conservation Genomics of California Limnanthes
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to Vanessa Handley [Permit No. 2081(a)-21-002-RP] pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to include range-wide sampling of several Limnanthes species, L. douglassii ssp. sulphurea, L. alba ssp. parishii, and L. vinculans, which are listed as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act, and L. bakeri which is listed as rare under the Native Plant Protection Act. Project activities will require collection of one gram of fresh leaf or stem tissue from several plants per collection site for each of the target taxa. The collected samples will be placed in paper envelopes and immersed in silica granules. DNA will be extracted from the collected tissue samples robotically and whole genome libraries will be produced following the plexWell library protocol at the CCGP Mini Core facility at UCLA. The resulting genomic data will be analyzed and made available to the public. A single voucher specimen will be collected from each Limnanthes species per site and deposited at the Jepson Herbarium at the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact Information

Raffica La Rosa
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Vanessa Handley
Agency Name
University of California Botanical Garden
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Riverside, San Diego, San Mateo, Sonoma
Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California
Other Location Info
The Project will be conducted at several locations throughout Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Riverside, San Diego, San Mateo, and Sonoma counties. Tissue samples and voucher collections from the Project will be deposited at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley and the Jepson Herbarium, respectively. Additionally, DNA extraction and genetic analyses of the collected tissue samples will be conducted at the California Conservation Genomics Project (CCGP) Mini Core facility at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

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 and research to help maintain species of California Limnanthes. The Project will increase scientific knowledge of the species by providing baseline data to help manage rare and endangered species. The permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Project includes measures to ensure that existing populations of Limnanthes species are not negatively impacted by the Project.


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