Marsh Sandwort Population Establishment Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW)
Document Title
Marsh Sandwort Population Establishment Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) [Permit No. 2081(a) 21-017-RP] pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to establish new populations of the state-listed endangered marsh sandwort (Arenaria paludicola). Project activities include the propagation of marsh sandwort plants, vegetation removal, outplanting on the UCSB campus, and providing propagated plants for two future projects off campus. Plants will be propagated vegetatively from 50 source plants at the greenhouse facility at the CCBER center on the UCSB campus using a variety of methods including cuttings, air rooting, splitting pots, and growing them with and without companion plants. Seeds from the propagated plants are also being collected to test for seed viability and to possibly be stored long-term. Approximately 150-300 marsh sandwort plants will be outplanted at East Stork Wetland starting in the spring of 2022 and will be monitored for the duration of the permit. The Permittee will be vegetatively propagating marsh sandwort plants for two future off campus restoration projects in San Luis Obispo County at the Black Lake Ecological Area and property owned by the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District in Los Osos. These propagated plants will be stored and maintained at the greenhouse facility at UCSB until the sites are ready. Outplanting on the off-campus sites will not occur without prior written approval from CDFW.

Contact Information

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

Lisa Stratton
Agency Name
Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration
Job Title
Director of Ecosystem Managment
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Goleta, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
Southern California
Other Location Info
The Marsh Sandwort Population Establishment Project (Project) is located in Santa Barbara County. Propagation of the plants will occur at a greenhouse located on the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) campus approximately 0.25 miles west of Harder Stadium. Outplanting will occur at East Stork Wetland, 500 feet west of Harder Stadium on the UCSB campus.

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 research, data collection, experimental propagation and outplanting to facilitate the recovery of the California endangered marsh sandwort by attempting to establish new self-sustaining populations of the species. The permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Project includes measures to ensure that existing populations of marsh sandwort are not impacted and that reintroduced populations are adequately protected.


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