Reintroduction of Mountain Yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa) in Ramshaw Meadows, Tulare Co.


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Document Title
Reintroduction of Mountain Yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa) in Ramshaw Meadows, Tulare Co.
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project will reintroduce adult Mountain Yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa Northern DPS) (MYLF) back into historically occupied habitat in Ramshaw Meadows. Adult MYLF will be collected from Mulkey Meadows and transported on foot carried directly to the lower end of Ramshaw Meadows where unoccupied high-quality habitat is present. The Year One collection target is 15 MYLF, and Year Two collection target will be 15-25 MYLF based on the monitoring of the donor and translocated populations, for a total of 30-40 MYLF. Both the donor and reintroduced populations will continue to be monitored utilizing Catch-Mark-Recapture techniques to determine the success of the recovery action to re-establish the Ramshaw population. MYLF is listed as Federally ESA (Endangered) and State CESA (Endangered). The project will result in population expansion and is a significant recovery action.

Contact Information

Brian Beal
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
Mulkey and Ramshaw Meadows, Golden Trout Wilderness, Inyo National Forest. Collection site in Mulkey at Lat 36.408740, Lon -118.162831. Reintroduction site in Ramshaw at Lat 36.351440, Lon -118.255086

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Type – Class 7; California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15307
Reasons for Exemption
The Class 7 categorical exemption applies to proposed “actions by regulatory agencies for protection of natural resources” projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Pub. Resources Code, 21000 et seq.). The proposed project is an activity that falls within the Class 7 categorical exemption because it is a wildlife preservation activity of the State Department of Fish and Wildlife that is limited in scope and no serious or major disturbances to environmental resources are expected. The amphibian species benefited is MYLF, an ESA (Endangered) and CESA (Endangered) listed species. This project will result in the reestablishment of a historic population of MYLF and a significant recovery trend within their native range.


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