Invasive Plant Removal Carrizo Creek Watershed - Phase II

Summary

SCH Number
2011118074
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Invasive Plant Removal Carrizo Creek Watershed - Phase II
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
11/8/2011

Document Description
Work will include eradication of invasive nonnative tamarisk in order to restore riparian habitat within the Carrizo Creek Watershed located within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The project is to eradicate invasive tamarisk in the portions of the watershed that have not previously been treated (Phase I), with the exception of Carrizo Marsh (Phase III). Any Phase III work in Carrizo Marsh would require future evaluation under CEQA. Restoration of the Carrizo Creek Watershed is critical to desert wildlife and federally endangered species such as Peninsular bighorn sheep and least Bell's vireo. The eradication of tamarisk will entail the use of chainsaws and herbicide application to ensure maximum mortality and the prevention of regeneration. Heavy equipment may be used in limited areas near existing roads. A helicopter may be used to ferry materials, supplies, and personnel into and out of remote locations, Post-treatment pile burning of dead tamarisk may also occur in some areas to eliminate the biomass. Piles will be moved a safe distance away from native vegetation to avoid impacts from fire. Crews will burn piles in place under safe burning conditions.

Contact Information
James C. Dice
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Lead/Public Agency
Colorado Desert District 200 Palm Canyon Drive
Boreego Springs, CA 92004-5005

Phone : (760) 767-4037

Location

Counties
San Diego

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
C:4; S:15304
Reasons for Exemption
No potential for significant impacts to the environment is anticipated in compliance with Section 15300.2. Project consists of minor public alterations in the condition of vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees and is listed as "Resource management projects" and "Prescribed burns to restore native vegetation, reduce fuel loads, and control invasive exotic or alien species" in the Department's list of exempt activities in accordance with CCR Section 15300.4.

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 state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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