On August 23, 2018, the California Fish and Game Commission (“Commission”) listed the Humboldt marten (Marten caurina humboldtensis) as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act (“CESA”). The Commission also ratified its decision to list the Lassics lupine flower (Lupinus constancei) as an endangered plant under CESA.
Members of the weasel family, Humboldt martens were previously designated as a California Species of Special Concern and are currently under review for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. Over the last quarter century, Humboldt martens have been detected only in northern Humboldt County and extreme western Siskiyou County. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California population of Humboldt martens is estimated to number fewer than 200 individuals.
Lassics lupine is an herbaceous perennial plant of the legume family, found near the summits of the Lassics mountains in Humboldt and Trinity counties within the Six Rivers National Forest.
The Commission’s proceeding documents and a video of the proceedings are available here.