Parks and Recreation, Department of
(California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Los Osos Knoll
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The purpose of this project is to identify desirable routes from existing trails within an 11 acre area. The trails that are identified as unsustainable and/or obsolete for recreational purposes will be closed (approx. 6,000 feet) and rehabilitated. Approximately 5,000 feet of trail will remain to allow recreation. These trails are identified as conceptual at this point since the Carnegie Advisory Team will be providing input on desired trail locations working within the parameters needed to protect the environment. This area will be managed as "trails only" riding zone. In order to accomplish the trail rehabilitation work, native soil will be brought in from the park's sediment basin stockpile. Permanent fence (approximately 3,770 feet) will be used to enclose the area allowing for controlled entrance to the project areas. Sediment and erosion control Best Management Practices (BMPs) will be used to stabilize exposed soils and no work will occur during storm events. Rare plant surveys will be conducted throughout the growing season and will be avoided if found. Existing vegetation will be preserved and animal burrows will be inspected and avoided if active. The work crews will be given species training to help identify sensitive species and instructions to stop work if a sensitive species is observed.