Los Osos Creek Wetland Restoration: Marsh Sandwort Outplanting


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW)
Document Title
Los Osos Creek Wetland Restoration: Marsh Sandwort Outplanting
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District (CSLRCD) [Permit No. 2081(a)-21-026-RP] pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 2081(a) for a project to establish a new population of marsh sandwort (Arenaria paludicola) at the recently restored Los Osos Creek Wetland Restoration project site to serve objectives of the Preliminary Downlisting Criteria outlined in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Recovery Plan for Marsh Sandwort. Approximately 300 marsh sandwort plants originally propagated and maintained under the authority of CESA permit 2081(a)-21-017-RP issued to CCBER will be outplanted within the project site at suitable habitat locations identified by principal and assistant investigators. Propagated plants originated from plant material collected by the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) from Black Lake Canyon, San Luis Obispo County. Project activities include monitoring plant establishment on a bi-annual basis for five consecutive years to determine marsh sandwort presence, absence, size, and environmental conditions influencing species survival. Outplanting location data will be collected using GPS units and cataloged with ArgGIS mapping software

Contact Information

Joanne Heraty
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist- Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Luis Obispo

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 15306 and 15307, Classes 6 and 7
Reasons for Exemption
The Project will facilitate the recovery of the California endangered marsh sandwort (Arenaria paludicola) by attempting to establish a self-sustaining population of the species within its historic range in a restored wetland habitat, and includes data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities. 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 introduced populations are adequately protected.


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