Fish & Wildlife, Eastern Sierra-Inland Deserts Region
(California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Eastern Sierra-Inland Deserts Region)
Green Creek Meadow Protection Fence
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife ("CDFW") proposes to install 350 feet of wooden log and block fence along the western boundary of the Wildlife Area to protect sensitive wet mountain meadow and riparian habitats from unauthorized vehicular access. The wet meadow is part of the Green Creek flood plain and vehicle use from the nearest Forest Service road has been observed regularly, resulting in potential degradation of meadow habitat and water quality, soil compaction, and crushing of native plants and animal burrows. The fence will extend along the property boundary in a north-south direction from the forest edge to the vicinity of Green Creek Road to prevent vehicular traffic while permitting continued pedestrian public access. The log and block fence panels will be constructed from lodgepole pine logs set on rock or cinderblock footings, stacked vertically on lodgepole cross blocks, and secured with vertical rebar. Lodgepole pine will be cut on-site from dead and overcrowded stands nearby. Healthy, mature trees will not be taken. The work on the Wildlife Area will be completed using hand tools, chainsaws, and chippers, and completed by CDFW staff with assistance from California Conservation Corps (CCC) corpsmembers.
The project is Class 4, §15304 (Minor Alterations to Land) Exempt; the Project is a minor alteration to the condition of land, water and vegetation on an existing officially designated wildlife management area (Wildlife Area) which will result in the improvement of habitat for fish and wildlife resources.
The project is Class 33, §15333 (Small Habitat Restoration Projects) Exempt" the Project is less than five acres in size and designed to restore, enhance and protect habitat for fish, plants, and wildlife.