The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to David Jacobson [Permit No. 2081(a)-21-027-RP] pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project related to the creation of habitat occupied by Burke’s goldfields (Lasthenia burkei) at Stonebridge Preserve (within CNDDB element occurrence 19), a 14-acre site located adjacent to and east of the proposed Stonebridge residential subdivision at 2220 Fulton Road in Santa Rosa, CA (38.475372, -122.764517). The habitat creation is compensatory mitigation under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the impacts of the proposed Stonebridge residential subdivision to unoccupied suitable habitat for Burke’s goldfields, which is protected under the ESA. The Stonebridge residential project will not result in take of Burke’s goldfields as defined under CESA; therefore, an incidental take permit and mitigation under CESA are not required for the Stonebridge residential project. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s performance criterion is a density of 4,000 plants per 0.1 acre after five years. The Project includes the hand-collection of Burke’s goldfields seeds from the ALMS donor site. Dry conditions and high winds in April/May 2021 resulted in rapid seed maturation and early seed dispersal. On May 3, 2021, written emergency
authorization was granted to allow for the collection of no more than five percent of Burke’s goldfields flowering heads containing mature seeds from ALMS prior to the issuance of this Permit. Seed collection by hand consisted of collecting one flowering head per plant from no more than five percent of plants per pool (approximately 150
flowering heads total). Flowering heads were placed in coin envelopes to dry, then transferred to the Nursery for storage. Seed will be temporarily stored for potential future seed bulking and outplanting activities. Stored seed may not be used for any additional activities or studies without advance written approval by CDFW.