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CDFW solicits public comment on Inyo Rock Daisy

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking data and public comment on a proposal to list the inyo daisy under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).

Inyo Rock Daisies (Perityle inyoensis) is a perennial subshrub of the sunflower family endemic to the high elevations (2,019-2,774 m/6,623-9,100 ft) of the southern Inyo Mountains of Inyo County. It is restricted to high calcium carbonate rock outcrops in pinyon forest, Joshua tree forest, and sagebrush scrubland. Inyo Rock Daisy is known from 26 occurrences with a worldwide population estimate of a few thousand. The main threat to Inyo Rock Daisy is habitat alteration and/or destruction due to mineral exploration and mining activities. Other potential threats include invasive plant species, climate change, small population size, and tourism related to the development of the Cerro Gordo ghost town.

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On February 2, 2022, Maria Jesus, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the California Native Plant Society filed a petition with the California Fish and Game Commission to list the Inyo Rock Daisy as an endangered or threatened species under CESA. The Commission published the results of its decision to advance the species to candidacy on September 2, 2022, and as such, Inyo Rock Daisy now receives the same legal protection afforded to an endangered or threatened species (Fish and Game Code Sections 2074.2 and 2085 ). .

Over the next 12 months, CDFW will conduct a status review to inform the Commission’s final decision on whether to list the species under CESA. As part of the status review process, CDFW solicits information on the ecology, genetics, life history, distribution, abundance, habitat, extent and imminence of threats to reproduction or survival of the Inyo daisy, the adequacy of existing management, and recommendations for management the kind

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CDFW respectfully requests that data and comments be submitted before December 1, 2022 to allow time to evaluate this information during the status review period. Please send data and comments to CDFW by emailing [email protected] and putting “Inyo rock daisy” in the subject line. Comments may also be sent by mail to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Native Plant Program, Attn: Kristi Lazar, PO Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090.

CDFW will produce a peer-reviewed report based on the best available scientific information that includes a recommendation as to whether the requested action is warranted (Fish and Game Code Section 2074.6). The report will be made publicly available on the CDFW website for at least 30 days before the Commission considers acting on the petition. Please note that the Commission – which is a separate legal entity from the CDFW – is charged with making the final decision on whether a species is listed as Vulnerable or Threatened under CESA (Fish and Game Code, Section 2075.5). CDFW has a scientific advisory role to the Commission during this process. Visit the California Fish and Game Commission website for details on submitting comments to the commission and receiving email notifications of upcoming commission meetings.

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The listing petition, the CDFW Petition Assessment Report and updates on the listing process are available on the Commission’s website.

CDFW photo: Inyo Rock Daisy, by Kristi Lazar


Media contacts:
Kristi Lazar, CDFW Habitat Conservation Planning Branch/Native Plant Program, (916) 594-5425
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 804-1714

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