Parks and Recreation, Department of
(California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Nicholas Flat Trail Accessible Extension
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Construct a new trail extension to the Nicholas Flat Trail along the east side of the campground. This area has many visitor-created trails which have caused erosional problems due to their alignment with the terrain. Construction will include approximately 0.7 miles of 60" wide trailbed and culverts or (preferably) drain dips at minor drainages. The trail will begin at the northern end of the campground near the service road to the park water tank, climb to an elevation of approximately 75 feet then, mostly following contour, extend south to the campground entrance. With the intent of constructing a trail that meets the guidelines set forth by the Federal Access Board for accessible trails, the route will be constructed to an average grade of 5%. To help prevent the continuation or future creation of undesignated trails by park visitors approximately 1,000 feet of pole fencing will be constructed with the project. The vegetation communities affected by the trail construction will include sage and laurel sumac. Construction will include the use of both mechanical equipment and hand labor and will include the disturbance of approximately 540 cy of soil which will be used as fill where required. Construction period for this project will be 4-6 weeks depending on weather. A DPR-qualified archaeologist will be present during construction to ensure avoidance of significant impacts to cultural resources in the case of an inadvertent discovery.
Project consists of the repair and minor alteration of existing public facilities and topographical features, involving negligible expansion of use beyond current levels; minor alterations in the condition of land, water, and vegetation which will not involve the removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees; and construction of limited numbers of new, small facilities; included as "trail or road repairs," "trail removal, construction, or realignment," and "fencing" in the Department of Parks and Recreation's list of exempt activities in accordance with CCR § 15300.4.