Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area – Barrel Springs Fence Expansion

Summary

SCH Number
2020110007
Lead Agency
Parks and Recreation, Department of (California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Document Title
Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area – Barrel Springs Fence Expansion
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
11/2/2020
Project Applicant
Department of Parks and Recreation

Document Description
This project will remove and expand the southwest side of the fence protecting the Barrel Springs Cultural and Dune Rehabilitation Preserve. The new fence will consist of woven wire, T-posts, and peeler core posts, and will add an area of approximately 2 acres to the already enclosed 33.5 acres. T-posts will be placed approximately every 10 feet. One peeler core post will be placed every 150 feet to help bolster the woven wire. A 6 or 8-inch diameter gas-powered auger will be used to excavate each peeler core posthole to a depth of 24 inches. One gate, reflectors, and two signs will be added to the new fence, along with the relocation of the interpretation panel. The panel will be attached to the front of two peeler core posts. Excavation of the peeler posts will be done with hand tools and should encompass approximately 1.5 feet diameter by 2 feet deep. The new fence line will enclose a well-used volunteer trail that leads around the perimeter of the fence on the west side. If advised, the corner of the trail that is just outside of the new fence will be restored by raking or another comparable technique approved by resource staff. Two nearby creosote shrubs will be protected with boulders, as well as temporary straw bales will be placed within the new fence line for seed collection. At the discretion of the district Archaeologist, a cultural resource monitor may be present to ensure no subsurface artifacts are uncovered, and no surface artifacts are damaged.

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

Phone : (916) 204-0871
Jon.OBrien@parks.ca.gov

Location

Cities
Borrego Springs
Counties
San Diego
Other Location Info
Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15311
Reasons for Exemption
The project is exempt because it falls within the CE class listed above. Proposed activities described 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.
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