Planning and Monitoring for the Strategic Conservation of Key Remaining Vernal Pool Habitat Blocks in California's Great Valley and Modoc Plateau Regions


SCH Number
Lead Agency
East Merced Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Planning and Monitoring for the Strategic Conservation of Key Remaining Vernal Pool Habitat Blocks in California's Great Valley and Modoc Plateau Regions
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Jean Okuye

Document Description
Our project will identify, characterize, and develop a conservation strategy framework for 2 to 4 large remaining vernal pool habitat blocks within the Great Valley and the Modoc Plateau in California. Habitat blocks will be selected that offer the best opportunities for achieving landscape-scale conservation and preserving each ecoregion’s unique biodiversity elements. Habitat restoration opportunities within each block will also be identified and characterized. This project will help identify and prioritize key remaining vernal pool habitat landscapes within each ecoregion that contain special-status species endemic to that area. Beneficiaries of this project include resource trustee agencies tasked with habitat and wildlife conservation. It is intended that the blocks will become focal points for ongoing conservation and restoration efforts by various public and private entities involved in land conservation. For example, our project supports the current interest by resource agencies and conservation groups in voluntary, grassroots conservation approaches, as represented by CDFW’s new Regional Conservation Investment Strategies (RCIS) program.

Contact Information
Jean Okuye
East Merced Conservation District
2926 G Street, Suite 102
Merced, CA 95340

Phone : (209) 756-2421


Alameda Amador Butte Calaveras Colusa Contra Costa El Dorado Fresno Humboldt Kern Kings Lassen Madera Mariposa Merced Modoc Nevada Placer Plumas Sacramento San Joaquin Santa Clara Shasta Siskiyou Solano Stanislaus Sutter Tehama Tulare Tuolumne Yolo Yuba
Other Location Info
Great Valley and Modoc Plateau

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
This project is a planning study to identify properties that have high conservation value due to presence of vernal pool habitat and special status species. Funding agencies (Environmental Protection Agency, Wildlife Conservation Board) have not pre-approved any actions as result of this planning study. In addition, the outcome of this plan will not have a legally binding effect on later activities - i.e., there will be no legally binding actions for the properties identified as having high conservation value.


Notice of Exemption
2020040102_Notice of Exemption (EPA 307-4) Signature   PDF 362 K

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