Parks and Recreation, Department of
(California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Chumash Painted Cave Erosion Control, Phase 2
NOE - Notice of Exemption
This project is to be performed at Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park to control erosion occurring at the site in an effort to protect the historic and cultural resources of the Chumash Painted Cave. This restoration project has grown out of a multi-disciplined evaluation of site conditions that included participation by rock art specialists, archaeologists, geomorphologist, and cave experts. The cave was created by wind blowing through the canyon. Wind blowing into the cave is continuing to erode the rock and the art. Volunterr trails have led to the degradation of native plants which once served as wind barriers and would divert water from running into the cave. The problem of wind and water erosion will be lessened by the installation of planter boxes to create areas of wind suppression, decommissioning of volunteer trails, and by use of debris boxes. Meetings will be held to discuss the project with members of the Chumash Native American Society and the Chumash Painted Cave community. An archaeological monitor will be present during any ground disturbing activity to ensure avoidance of potentially significant impacts to buried cultural resources.