Great Gray Owl Safe Harbor Agreement for the Collins Almanor Forest (Request No. 2089-2015- 004-00)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW)
Document Title
Great Gray Owl Safe Harbor Agreement for the Collins Almanor Forest (Request No. 2089-2015- 004-00)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project is an agreement that will provide a net conservation benefit to great gray owl in Tehama and Plumas counties. The project establishes a baseline condition and management actions. Agreed to management actions include: the retention of nest and ladder trees, the management of the forest to maintain characteristics that benefit the great gray owl, conifer reduction around meadows and meadow restoration projects to benefit great gray owl prey species, increasing suitable great gray owl nesting habitat, and regular monitoring surveys.

Contact Information

Robert Hawkins, Environmental Program Manager
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Collins Almanor Forest, which has ownership by CCH Lands LLC, General Board of Global Ministries, Collins Pine Company, Rock Creek Lands LLC, Ostrander Construction Company, CCT Lands LLC and CTP LLC.
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Plumas, Tehama
Northern California
Other Location Info
Collins Almanor Forest

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Type - Class 7; California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15307
Reasons for Exemption
CDFW finds the Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) to be exempt pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15307, the "Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of Natural Resources Exemption" (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15307). CDFW has determined that implementation of this SHA is reasonably expected to provide a “net conservation benefit” to great gray owl due to habitat enhancement, which will result in increased availability to nesting and foraging habitat. This will be achieved through forest management, timber operations, and meadow restoration. These areas will be treated to maintain appropriate nesting and foraging habitat elements for great gray owl.


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