Onyx Ranch State Vehicular Recreation Area - Hand Removal of Cattails at Butterbredt Springs
- SCH Number
- Lead Agency
- Parks and Recreation, Department of (California Department of Parks and Recreation)
- Document Title
- Onyx Ranch State Vehicular Recreation Area - Hand Removal of Cattails at Butterbredt Springs
- Document Type
- NOE - Notice of Exemption
- Document Description
- The purpose of this project is to control or eliminate the prolific broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia) in the springs of Onyx Ranch from 2018 - 2023. Broad-leaved cattail is native to CA but reproduce and spread like aggressive invasive plants. This species forms thick, solid stands that limit biodiversity and reduce or eliminate open water habitat. Over time, these stands can shift the vegetation in riparian springs from annual plants to perennial plants. State Park officials with recommendations from the "Butterbredt Spring Invasive Plant Species Management Plan" determined that hand removal of the cattail is necessary and appropriate to conserve and improve the habitat. All hand removal will be supervised by the Environmental Scientist at Onyx Ranch SVRA. The areas will be closed to public use for the appropriate periods during the removal process. Hand removal will be initiated in the summer or fall of 2018 when the cattails are dormant and will be repeated in the following springs as young shoots grow. All dead and living cattail stems will be removed from the site to minimize new sprouts. There is no required excavation for this project and damage to the native plant community will be minimized by precise hand pulling of only the target species.
- Contact Information
California Department of Parks and Recreation
1725 23rd St, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95816-7100
Phone : (916) 997-8407
- Other Location Info
- Weldon Onyx Ranch State Vehicular Recreation Area
Notice of Exemption
- Exempt Status
- Categorical Exemption
- Type, Section or Code
- Reasons for Exemption
- The project is exempt b/c it falls within the CE class listed above. Project activities described above do not have the potential for causing a significant adverse effect on the environment.
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