The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to River Partners [Permit No. 2081(a)-21-006-RP] pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to expand the Bakersfield cactus population at the PVP through propagation and to monitor the reproductive success of propagated individuals. Project activities include collecting pads from the existing Bakersfield cactus population at the PVP, propagating the pads at an on-site nursery, outplanting the propagated cactus pads in unoccupied habitat in the PVP, and monitoring and documenting the survivorship and reproduction of the outplanted cacti. In early 2022, the Permittee will collect no more than 250 pads (less than 2% of the estimated total number of pads). The cut cactus pads will be stored at the on-site nursery for one to three weeks until the cut ends have callused over to protect the pads from disease. The pads will then be potted in small plastic containers (4 x 4 x 6 in) with a custom cactus soil mixture. The propagated cacti will grow in the nursery for about one year before they are outplanted in winter 2022-2023. A total of approximately 27 experimental plots with nine plants each will be randomly placed throughout the study area. Each month for two growing seasons, data will be collected to document plant vigor and phenology. In the fall of 2023 and 2024, data on plant survivorship, height, and width will be collected. Photographs will also be taken throughout the project to make incidental observations. Plant reproduction will be assessed in the spring each season to document which plants flowered and which plants produced seed.