Chumash Painted Cave Erosion Control, Phase 2


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Parks and Recreation, Department of (California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Document Title
Chumash Painted Cave Erosion Control, Phase 2
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
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.

Contact Information
Barbara Fosbrink / Carly Gocal
California Department of Parks and Recreation
911 San Pedro Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Phone : (805) 585-1848 / 585-1853 /


Santa Barbara

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
This is a second phase of an overall stabilization project that is designed to reduce unwanted disturbance and to protect pictographs within the cave.
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