Excavation of Possible Gomphothere Bones (ABDSP 205)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Excavation of Possible Gomphothere Bones (ABDSP 205)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project encompasses the excavation and recovery of vertebrate fossils (Site ABDSP Field Number PSM104). The site is located in the Hueso Formation in the Vallecito Badlands near the road into ArroyoTapiado. The site is spread over a SE facing dip-slope bordered by a low ridge on its eastern edge. The fossil remains are presently exposed in at least two places within an approximately 60x100 ft area. Proper exploration and fossil recovery may necessitate the removal of a few cubic meters of sediment. Several square meters of surface may be disturbed - based on what has been observed. Likely depth of the excavation will be about 0.3m. The sediments that will be displaced during excavation (coarse to fine, poorly sorted sand and gravel, as well as flat sandstone cobbles) will remain at the site. With minimal re-contouring, the site after excavation will look essentially the same as it did before. Very few plants, and no medium to large plants (creosote bush, ocotillo, cacti) will be impacted by excavation. Project consitions to avoid and/or minimize environmental impact impact shall be incorporated into this project.

Contact Information

Terry Gerson
Agency Name
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Other Information
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S: 15306
Reasons for Exemption
No potential for significant impact to the environment is anticipated in compliance with CEQA S: 15300.2. If the project is implemented as indicated within the project description including comments provided CDPR specialists, then it is exempt.

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