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Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:28 PM
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Comment from Scott White, Botanist

I apologize for replying late. I don't have time to say much about the
question but I agree w/ David and Steve. I only want to add that, (1)
Both CDFG and US FWS have rare plant survey guidelines...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Elihu Gevirtz, Senior Associate Biologist, LFR, Inc.

“Thanks Roxanne. Perhaps there is someone out there who could reach out to groups of agencies (such as the one for California Counties) and there are probably others for cities, sanitary and water...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
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Comment from Roxanne Bittman, Botanist, CNDDB

“I have to agree with Elihu. The Guidelines (or Protocols, as they will soon be known) are really not an option. They are supposed to be a requirement. Figuring out the best ways to reach public...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Elihu Gevirtz, Senior Associate Biologist, LFR, Inc.

“It's likely to be a good discussion at the conference, but unlikely to be controversial among those at the table. The focus will need to be on preparing a paper that provides the reasoning that...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:24 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Rick Burgess, Planner/Botanist, City of Thousand Oaks

“I think that species checklists are an essential part of any CEQA document involving development in natural habitat. A good species checklist indicates that an adequate biotic survey was undertaken...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:24 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Jim Greaves, Ornithologist

“When I used the example of "7 unnecessary surveys" I was referring to sites with "a few willows" and/or EVEN "perennial water" along a deeply cut ravine next to houses on one side and less than 100...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Tony LaBanca, CDFG Environmental Scientist

“Thanks to Dave for asking the question. I can concur with many of the comments regarding the essential nature of species lists for disclosure under CEQA, as well as while analyzing projects and...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Deborah Hillyard, CDFG Staff Environmental Scientist

“I am compelled to chime in here on two counts, one we need to remember why we do surveys at all, and the other is that professional biologists should be exercising their professional judgment when...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Rob Preston, Botanist, Jones & Stokes Associates

“I agree entirely with you on the reasons that it is very important to have a species checklist as part of the CEQA documentation. My specific comments:
1) A general species checklist is worthless....
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Sula Vanderplank, Botanist, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

“Steve [Boyd] forwarded this message, and I just wanted to echo that to me this is an issue of standards, and standards need to be higher. I think many consultants are trained just to look for the 3...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Fred Roberts, Botanist

“While Jim may make a valid point in a limited number of cases, species lists are not used universally to determine whether there is appropriate endangered species habitat on a site. More often this...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Jim Greaves, Ornithologist

“In fairness, it might be pointed out to the email listees that all of my surveys have been done in NON-NCCP areas, so I wonder how relevant your comments are to my point, since those areas require...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Allison Shilling, CNPS Representative

“As a non-botanist who nevertheless uses the results of botanical surveys, I think that a species list can be invaluable. A few years ago, Andy Sanders of UC Riverside was employed, in September of...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Margot Griswold, Principal/Senior Restoration Ecologist, EARTHWORKS

“As a plant ecologist specializing in habitat restoration, I rely on a qualified botanist to perform detailed plant surveys of projects if no good survey or species checklist is available. So I...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Lynn Houser, Botanist, Milo Baker Chapter (Sonoma Co) CNPS

“Great comments, everyone. I agree that a full species list (more than one visit!) should be made whenever possible. It can help in mitigation monitoring (what was there?) and serves as a record to...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Diana Hickson, Botanist, CDFG

“I collected all the comments and forwarded them to Tony LaBanca, (before I noticed he was on the list!) who is chairing the impact assessment and mitigation session [for the CNPS Symposium in...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Jennifer Kalt, Botanist, CNPS Representative on Timber Harvest Plans

“David, I feel it is the only method currently at our disposal to assess the qualifications of the surveyor. If someone (e.g. a timber company forester or "botanist") has few to no grass or...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Betsey Landis, Botanist, CNPS Representative

“I think species lists are essential to evaluating impacts on natural resources. However, lately all I have seen are lists from the CNDDB, usually for an entire mountain range or an entire county. ...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Cindy Burrascano, Botanist, CNPS Representative

“In reviewing EIRs I have found species lists invaluable. They tell me something about the quality of the habitats being impacted and/or the skill of the person doing the surveying. In looking over...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Rosi Dagit, Biologist/Arborist

“I am with you! I find them very helpful as well!”
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Mary Carroll, Botanist, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

“I agree with the other comments you have received to date. Species lists tell us about biological diversity, ecotones, transition zones, and many other subtleties. I do wish that folks with less...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Tasha La Doux, Botanist, UC Riverside

“Hi Steve [Boyd] - Thanks for including me in the e-mail. I agree that a species list is important for the reasons pointed out by David in his e-mail. Ideally consultants could establish this with...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Cher Batchelor, Plant Ecologist, Rincon Consultants

“I too agree that species lists are extremely important for completeness of surveys. So many times I am asked what the condition of a project is (is it highly disturbed or relatively pristine?), and...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Comment from Heather Wylie, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

“I agree. Another problem associated with this, is that the government employees "reviewing" these documents are not qualified to know when the wool is being pulled over their eyes or not (if they...
Forum: CEQA Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 170,630
Posted By njensen
Andy Sanders, UCR Herbarium, reply to Carl Wishner

“Carl, Well said! A lot of these "reputable firms" seem to hire inexpensive recent graduates, who have never had a field course in their lives and know essentially nothing about the biota of CA, and...
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