Marks Ranch Nature Parks Department


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Monterey County
Document Title
Marks Ranch Nature Parks Department
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration

Document Description
The rehabilitation of an existing, approximately 1,545 square foot single family dwelling at the center of the 816-acre historic Marks Ranch property in Monterey County in order to convert said structure into a public Marks Ranch Nature Education Center (MRNEC) with parking. The place-based MRNEC facility will contain interactive exhibits open to the public to interpret (1) oak woodlands; (2) the Ohlone Indian lifeways; (3) the wildlife corridor which runs though the property; (4) the riparian systems; and (5) the sustainability of home construction. In addition, the MRNEC facility will accommodate a park office for a park ranger and naturalist to provide security and maintenance for the structure, to assure controlled public access, and to personally expand upon the exhibit's descriptions of the natural and cultural feature found at Marks Ranch for the public. The rehabilitation of the subject ranch dwelling will also comply with Secretary of Interior Standards for historic rehabilitation, for the structure has been subject to a Phase 1 historical Assessment and designed a local historic resource identified as the Andrew Marks House ("Marks House").

Contact Information
David E. Lutes
County of Monterey Parks Department
P.O. Box 5249
Salinas, CA 93915-5249

Phone : (831) 755-4911


Cross Streets
Portola interchange on Monterey-Salinas Higway (State Highway 68)
Parcel #
State Highways
Hwy 68
Salinas Municipal
Toro ES
Salinas River

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Educational (1,545 sq ft Nature Interpretive Exhibit Center) Recreational (816 acre Marks Ranch adjacent to Toro Park)
Local Action
Site Plan
Project Issues
Archaeologic-Historic Public Services Recreation/Parks Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
Cal Fire California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 5 California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Water Resources Office of Historic Preservation Resources Agency

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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