Onyx Ranch State Vehicular Recreation Area - Hand Removal of Cattails at Butterbredt Springs


SCH Number
Public Agency
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

Dan Canfield
Agency Name
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


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.

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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