Assessing the Impacts of Drought and Warming on Lupinus nipomensis Development and Survival


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW)
Document Title
Assessing the Impacts of Drought and Warming on Lupinus nipomensis Development and Survival
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to Justin Luong [Permit No. 2081(a)-21-023-RP] pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to test the impacts of episodic drought and elevated temperatures on the survival and reproduction of an endangered plant species, Lupinus nipomensis. The Project includes germinating seeds and testing the effects of drought and warming on germinated plants. Beginning in December 2021, Permittee will germinate enough seeds to produce 120 plants. It is expected that approximately half of the stored seeds (approximately 400) will be used. Germinated seedlings will be placed into 120 individual container pots, which will be divided into four treatments: (1) drought; (2) warming; (3) drought and warming; and (4) control. Treatments will begin approximately four weeks after the seedlings germinate. Drought will be induced through episodic droughting which best mimics field drought conditions in a greenhouse and warming will be generated using clear open top plastic domes. Following treatments, above ground productivity, seed production, and survival will be measured. Seeds remaining at the end of this experiment will remain in temporary storage at the Permittee’s home for the duration of this permit for use in potential future greenhouse studies.

Contact Information

Justin Luong
Agency Name
University of California Santa Cruz
Job Title
PhD Candidate
Contact Types
Project Applicant

Cherilyn Burton
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
San Francisco Bay Area
Other Location Info
The Project will take place at the UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) Jean H. Langenheim Greenhouses for plant sciences (36.9982048, -122.062651) in Santa Cruz, California. Seed storage will take place at the Permittee’s home at 204 Koshland Way in Santa Cruz

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15306, Class 6
Reasons for Exemption
The Project consists of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities and will not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. The Project will take place in a greenhouse, and the permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Project includes measures to ensure that existing populations of Lupinus nipomensis are not impacted.


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