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CDFW Seeks Information Related to Coast Yellow Leptosiphon

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking information relevant to a proposal to list coast yellow leptosiphon (Leptosiphon croceus)—an annual wildflower—as an endangered species.

There is only one known population of coast yellow leptosiphon, located north of Half Moon Bay in Moss Beach, San Mateo County.

In May 2016, a petition to formally list coast yellow leptosiphon as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act was submitted to the California Fish and Game Commission. The listing petition described a variety of threats to the survival of coast yellow leptosiphon, including habitat destruction from development, competition from non-native plants, erosion, rising ocean levels and other human-related activities. The Commission followed CDFW’s recommendation and voted to advance the species to candidacy on Dec. 8, 2016. The Commission published findings of this decision on Dec. 23, 2016, designating the species as a candidate and triggering a 12-month period during which CDFW will conduct a status review to inform the Commission’s decision on whether to list the species.

As part of the status review process, CDFW is soliciting information from the public regarding coast yellow leptosiphon ecology, genetics, life history, distribution, abundance, habitat, the degree and immediacy of threats to reproduction or survival, adequacy of existing management and recommendations for management of the species. Comments, data and other information can be submitted in writing to:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Native Plant Program
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Comments may also be submitted by email to nativeplants@wildlife.ca.gov. If submitting comments by email, please include “coast yellow leptosiphon” in the subject heading.

All comments received by Sept. 15, 2017 will be evaluated prior to submission of the CDFW report to the Commission. Receipt of the report will be placed on the agenda for the next available meeting of the Commission after delivery, and the report will be made available to the public at that time. Following receipt of the CDFW report, the Commission will allow a 30-day public comment period prior to taking any action on CDFW’s recommendation.

The listing petition and CDFW’s petition evaluation for coast yellow leptosiphon are available at www.fgc.ca.gov/CESA/index.aspx#ll.

 

Media Contacts:
Cherilyn Burton, CDFW Native Plant Program, (916) 651-6508
Dana Michaels, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-2420

DFG Offers Wildflower Tours of North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve

Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, DFG Interpretive Services, (916) 358-2353
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

Public Contact: (916) 358-2869

Join a California Department of Fish and Game naturalist for a tour of North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve near Oroville. Tour leaders and local field experts will point out and discuss the area’s unique geology, vernal pools, waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife.

Tours will be offered Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., from Feb. 26 through May 7, when flowers are in bloom. Each tour is limited to 25 participants. Registration is required in advance on the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region2/northtable.html. These tours were extremely popular in 2010, so early registration is recommended. Additional information and photos can also be found on this webpage.

These two-hour tours cover up to two miles of moderate hiking over fields of uneven and rocky terrain, without established trails. Some small stream crossings and hill climbing may be required. Hikers should wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes and bring your own water and snacks, as neither are available onsite. Dogs are not allowed on these tours.

The tours are free, but registrants are encouraged to make a donation online to the California Wildlife Foundation to support this program.

If you are unable to register online, or need more information please call DFG Interpretive Services at (916) 358-2869.