Sierra Buttes/Lakes Basin Appraisal and Acquistion Program - Packer Saddle Property (SNC 080231)

Summary

SCH Number
2010018081
Lead Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Sierra Buttes/Lakes Basin Appraisal and Acquistion Program - Packer Saddle Property (SNC 080231)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The Sierra County Land Trust is seeking $423,200 in Sierra Nevada Conservancy Proposition 84 funding to acquire the 204-acre Smailes Property which includes Packer Saddle, the ridge that forms the Lakes Basin. The property is important to the Lakes Basin region because it is one of the most heavily used recreational properties in the area at the top of the watershed with the Pacific Crest Trail, Sunrise Bike Trail and internationally known Downieville Downhill mountain bike Trail all located on the property. The property is also part of the Sierra Buttes/ Lakes Basin Special Treatment Area which indicated that it is a key recreational and economic resource for the County. The purpose of the acquisition is to protect the water quality, recreation, scenic and economic assets of the site as an important piece of the Sierra Buttes/Lakes Basin.

Contact Information
Bob Kingman
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205
Auburn, CA 95603

(530) 823-4678

Location

Counties
Sierra
Other Location Info
City: Sierra City-unincorporated

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15313
Reasons for Exemption
This project qualifies as categorically exempt under Section 15313 in that it consists of the acquisition of lands for fish and wildlife conservation purposes. The purpose of the acquisition is for the purpose of protecting this property from future development and thereby preserving the native landscape that serves as wildlife habitat. By placing this property into public ownership it will be managed properly to balance recreational uses with conservation practices. None of the Exceptions listed under Section 15300.2 apply to this project.
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