Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area - Event Center Creosote Bush Fence


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area - Event Center Creosote Bush Fence
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project consists of installing split rail fencing and interpretive signs around a single creosote bush adjacent to the Main Street event center. Although there are regulations that make it illegal for visitors to damage vegetation, additional protective measures are sometimes needed. This particular creosote bush shows signs of infringement and "donut circles" caused by OHV activity on and around the base of the plant. This continued activity can cause plant mortality to this specific creosote. Creosote shrubs are helpful in trapping dust and creating dunes, they are also habitat for animals as both food and shelter. By implementing a physical barrier, similar to the split rail fencing found throughout the park, and including an interpretive message with graphics, we will be able to sustain these plants and provide an education message that applies to the rest of the park. The fencing will be approximately 8 ft. by 8 ft., encompassing a 64 square foot area to allow this creosote to recover and flourish. Four fence posts and 8 rail will be used to make this fence. The fence posts will require individual 1 ft. by 2 ft. holes to be dug by hand tools. An archeologist may be needed to monitor the digging. The interpretive message will be displayed on a single pedestal display, about 20 in. by 20 in., and follow the 2015 California State Park Accessibility Guideline. A hole no deeper and wider than 3 ft. by 3 ft. will be dug by hand tools and may have a concrete base.

Contact Information

Brian Robertson
Agency Name
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Ocotillo Wells District
Contact Types
Project Applicant


near Borrego Springs

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15311, Placement of minor accessory
Reasons for Exemption
The project is exempt because it falls within the CE class listed above. Proposed activities described above do not have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. A CEQA Project Evaluation Form for the project is on file at the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division office listed above.


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