Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area - Truckhaven Habitat Monitoring System Plots and Pitfall Array Installation


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Lead Agency
Parks and Recreation, Department of (California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Document Title
Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area - Truckhaven Habitat Monitoring System Plots and Pitfall Array Installation
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Ocotillo Wells District

Document Description
This project will expand the Habitat Monitoring System (HMS) plots into the Truckhaven area of Ocotillo Wells SVRA by adding three plots. At each plot, surveys for birds, reptiles, small mammals, and vegetation are planned to occur twice a year. Plots are 1000m x 1000m, all surveys will be centered around the center pitfall bucket. Pitfall arrays will be established for reptile surveys. Arrays will consist of seven fivegallon buckets. Around a center bucket, there will be three arms containing two buckets each. As the tops of the buckets will need to be flush with the ground, seven holes will need to be excavated using hand tools. Holes will be approximately 1.5 feet in diameter and 2 feet deep. During reptile surveys, drift fencing (approximately 1 feet tall fine mesh) will be temporarily installed between the buckets. All equipment will be hand carried to the location. Al the conclusion of the surveys, drift fencing will be removed and lids will be tightly placed on the pitfall buckets. At the discretion of the District Archaeologist, archaeological monitors will be present during bucket installation and may be present during maintenance of pitfall surveys.

Contact Information
Jon M. O'Brien
California Department of Parks and Recreation
1725 23rd Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95816-7100

Phone : (916) 324-1574


Other Location Info
Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA)

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The project is exempt because ii 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.


Notice of Exemption
2020050118_Truckhaven Habitat Monitoring   PDF 129 K

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