Kinsey Special Permit (SP-05-106) for the Placement of a Seasonal Bridge within a Streamside Management Area

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Humboldt County
Document Title
Kinsey Special Permit (SP-05-106) for the Placement of a Seasonal Bridge within a Streamside Management Area
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
PLU: The parcels together form a +/-7,000 acre ranch which has been in the cattle business since the early 1900s. The bridge placement is accessory to this use. GP and Z: Agriculture Exclusive (AE) and Timber Producation Zone (TPZ). AE

Document Description
The Kinsey Ranch is seeking approval to install a seasonal bridge (May 15- November 15 annually) on the East Branch of the South Fork of the Eel River (East Branch) to provide vehicle and supply access to the Kinsey Ranch during the summer months. The Kinsey Ranch has been owned by the Kinsey family and operated as a livestock ranch since 1914. The Kinsey Ranch is approximately 7,000 acres. During the wet weather season, the applicants and/or their lessee transport supplies to the ranch via footbridge that is located approximately 100 feet upstream from the proposed seasonal crossing. Due to the limited amount of supplies that can be transported by way of the footbridge, ranch operations are curtailed and limited to what can be hand-carried. Since the 1950s, the applicants have used the summer bridge to not only get necessary supplies to the ranch, but also to get vehicles and equipment required for ranching operations to the site, which is not possible during the winter. The bridge was originally a log bridge, and then in the 1970s, a rail car was used. Traditionally, the seasonal bridge has been installed in May and removed in late-October through early November of each year. Use of the summer bridge is not limited to the applicants; other ranchers and public utility companies use the bridge to access areas that are inaccessible the remainder of the year.

Contact Information
Alyson Hunter
Humboldt County Community Development Services
3015 H Street
Eureka, CA 95501-4484

Phone : (707) 268-3731


Cross Streets
Project site is +/-2 miles outside of Humboldt County
Parcel #
223-075-001, -02
State Highways
US HWY 101
East Branch of the South Fork of the Eel River
Other Location Info
Benbow area

Notice of Completion

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Development Type
Agriculture (Ag Accessory)
Local Action
Other Action Other Action: Special Permit
Project Issues
Air Quality Economics/Jobs Flood Plain/Flooding Noise Vegetation Water Quality Wetland/Riparian
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol Caltrans, District 1 Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 1 Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 1 Resources Agency State Lands Commission State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance
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