Pope Ranch Conservation Bank Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Central Valley Flood Protection Board
Document Title
Pope Ranch Conservation Bank Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The site is flat land, subject to periodic winter-spring flooding. It is currently in agricultural use for irrigated pasture grazing and occasional hay production. The project includes minor on-site excavation and grading to replicate natural conditions by creating a mosaic pattern of shallow permanent ponds interspersed with seasonally inundated swales and uplands. This will create approximately equal proportions of aquatic (open-water), emergent marsh, and grassland habitats throughout the area, suitable for a diversity of wetlands-dependent wildlife species, including the State and Federally listed giant garter snake (Thamnopsis gigas).

Contact Information

Duane Cornett
Agency Name
Reclamation Board
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
class 4, 25
Reasons for Exemption
This project is exempt because it would result in only a minor alteration to the existing condition and would restore part of the property to a more natural condition. Grading of land at a slope less than ten percent to create ponds and swales would occur on part of the property to promote the development of wetlands habitat.

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