Feedlot Road Re-Grading and Johnson Flat Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020110201
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife, Region 4 - Central, Fresno (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4)
Document Title
Feedlot Road Re-Grading and Johnson Flat Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
11/12/2020
Project Applicant
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 4, 1234 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno

Document Description
: This Project consists of re-grading an existing four-wheel drive road, on its existing alignment, and reconfiguring a wildlife water system on Bureau of Land Management Land. Re-grading the road would allow abandoning another route to Johnson Flat which causes significant erosion, crosses a stream, and requires frequent maintenance. The road re-grading will allow vehicle access from existing roads near State Highway 166 to an area known as Johnson Flat, where CDFW maintains a well and trough primarily for wildlife use (primarily for tule elk). Vehicle access would allow the proposed reconfiguration and then maintenance of the water system at Johnson Flat, as well as continued vehicle access during special drive-on hunts. The proposed work at Johnson Flat consists of removing old water tanks, wire fence, and a wildlife drinker; and installing one or more plastic water tanks on an above-ground, gravel pad. The new tank or tanks would be plumbed into the existing well and trough with above-ground connections. A wire fence would be constructed around the tank and well to protect them from elk.

Contact Information
Dave Hacker
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
1234 E. Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710

Phone : (805) 594-6152
Dave.Hacker@wildlife.ca.gov

Location

Counties
San Luis Obispo
Other Location Info
The Project is located in the Cuyama Valley, 0.6 to 1.0 mile east of Carrizo Canyon, and 0.5 to 2.0 miles north of State Route 166, in San Luis Obispo County. The road re-grading would occur on the South Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, and the Johnson Flat water system reconfiguration would occur on Bureau of Land Management land

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1; California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15301
Reasons for Exemption
This project involve no expansion of use of the existing facilities. The well and trough configuration work is to allow more efficient operation for delivering water for wildlife, and the road re-grading is to allow continued use of an existing road and abandonment of another road. The road to be re-graded has some erosion that has reduced vehicle use. Subsequently, some portions have become overgrown, preventing safe vehicle passage, during the fire season, in particular. The re-grading will allow continued safe four-wheel drive vehicle access to Johnson Flat, to reconfigure and maintain the existing Johnson Flat well and trough facility, and for special drive-on hunts. These are all existing uses of existing facilities.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1; California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15301
Reasons for Exemption
This project involve no expansion of use of the existing facilities. The well and trough configuration work is to allow more efficient operation for delivering water for wildlife, and the road re-grading is to allow continued use of an existing road and abandonment of another road. The road to be re-graded has some erosion that has reduced vehicle use. Subsequently, some portions have become overgrown, preventing safe vehicle passage, during the fire season, in particular. The re-grading will allow continued safe four-wheel drive vehicle access to Johnson Flat, to reconfigure and maintain the existing Johnson Flat well and trough facility, and for special drive-on hunts. These are all existing uses of existing facilities
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