It was almost two years to the day that I submitted a petition to list the Livermore tarplant (Deinandra bacigalupii) as Endangered under the California Endangered Species Act. Yesterday the California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to give this very rare plant Endangered Status, following staff’s recommendation to do so. In two motions:

the Commission, pursuant to Section 2075.5 of the Fish and Game Code, found the information contained in the petition to list Livermore taplant (Deinandra bacigalupii) and the other information in the record before the Commission warrant listing Livermore tarplant as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act.

AND

the Commission, authorizes publication of its intent to amend Section 670.2, Title 14, CCR, to add Livermore tarplant to the list of plants of California declared to be endangered.

With this listing the Livermore tarplant has the highest level of protection in California, especially on private land. The Staff Summary from yesterday’s agenda is available for those interested: http://tinyurl.com/gue8o5a

This is a success that can be shared by all involved in the process but especially Jeb Bjerke (CDFW), Cherilyn Burton (CDFW), Jim Andre (CNPS), Greg Suba (CNPS), Bruce Baldwin (UC/JEPS), and Sue Bainbridge (UC/JEPS). Mr. Bjerke in particular worked diligently to move this process forward and provided an expert level review during this process, which inevitably resulted in his recommendation to list this species as Endangered.

It has almost been 10 years since a plant has been added to the California Endangered Species List and with this listing I hope there will be a resurgence of petition submittals.

Heath Bartosh
Principal
Senior Botanist; CCB-0002
Rare Plant Specialist
Nomad Ecology, LLC
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Martinez, California 94553
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