Mill Bend Acquisition and Integrated Resource Management Plan

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Mill Bend Acquisition and Integrated Resource Management Plan
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
vacant land
Document Description
Acquisition of 113 acres in Mendocino/Sonoma counties to protect wetlands, uplands and public access opportunities. Development of an integrated resource management plan for the property.

Contact Information

Lisa Ames
Agency Name
California State Coastal Conservancy
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Redwood Coast Land Conservancy
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Mendocino, Sonoma
Northern California
Cross Streets
State Highway 1 and Gualala River
Total Acres
Parcel #
Sonoma Co Assessor Parcel # 122-020-004 , Mendocino Co. Assessor Parcel #s 145, 261-0
State Highways
Highway 1
Gualala River
Other Location Info
Property includes the estuary at the mouth of the Gualala river west of Highway 1 and uplands east of Highway 1

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15316, 15313,15325
Reasons for Exemption
First, to the extent the property will be used for public access and recreation, it is exempt pursuant to section 15316 as an acquisition of land in order to establish a park where the land is in a natural condition or contains historical or archaeological resources and the management plan for the park has not been prepared; the majority of the property being acquired is in a natural condition, and a portion of the land contains historical resources. There is no existing management plan. The project is also exempt under section 15313 as an acquisition of land for preservation of fish and wildlife, and section 15325 as a transfer of an interest in land to preserve open space and habitat. The acquisition will protect the natural resources of the property for open space and habitat conservation. The two existing structures that are used for research will continue to be used for environmental education and research related to conservation of the property’s natural resources.

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The planning portion of the project is statutorily exempt under CEQA Guidelines section 15262, because preparation of the management plan will involve only feasibility or planning studies for possible future actions, which the Conservancy has not yet approved, adopted, or agreed to fund. As required by CEQA Guidelines section 15262, planning for this project will include consideration of environmental factors.
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