Valentine Reserve Weather Station Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
University of California, Santa Barbara
Document Title
Valentine Reserve Weather Station Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The UC Santa Barbara Valentine Reserve is proposing to install a research grade, fully automated meteorological station capable of collecting aerial, terrestrial and aquatic environmental data within the Valentine Reserve from a key research location within the Reserve. All sensor equipment will be installed upon a free-standing aluminum tripod, which stands at a maximum height of 30 feet. The meteorological station consists of various sensors to measure: wind speed and direction, air and sea water temperature, rainfall, barometric pressure, sea-level height and other environmental parameters. The weather station is anchored to the ground on a concrete pad (3 'x 3 'x4 ' ). The site is located immediately behind the Education Center and can be accessed from the main road currently used by researchers and classes to access the Valentine facilities. There will be no lights on the weather station and the station will be solar powered. The project site area is located in a forest gap, and vegetation and soil disturbance will be limited to the area of the concrete pad. Data from this and other UCNRS weather stations are used in operational climate monitoring activities.

Contact Information

Shari Hammond
Agency Name
University of California Santa Barbara
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Mammoth Lakes
Other Location Info
Valentine Reserve, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301 , Class 1, Existing Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
There would be minimal ground disturbance for the proposed project and the project would have a beneficial outcome in facilitating the research and education mission of the Valentine Reserve.


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