Reweaving the Fabric: Threading Indigenous Stories into Coastal Exploration


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Reweaving the Fabric: Threading Indigenous Stories into Coastal Exploration
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
Parks and Open Space
Document Description
Tolowa Dunes Stewards (TDS) will provide a variety of fun and educational field trips that highlight the Tolowa Coast for both local tribal groups and youth from across the state. In partnership with north coast tribes and tribal affiliated groups, TDS will design and facilitate eight culturally focused activities for local tribal youth and families who face a variety of socioeconomic barriers to accessing their aboriginal territory. Groups participate in enjoyable activities that reconnect participants with their coastal heritage, such as native plant identification, hiking to Big Dune Mountain, and kayaking California’s largest coastal lagoon. The other part of the project involves partnering with Sierra Service Project, a Sacramento based non-profit providing service to low-income communities, to host 700-800 participants from across the state for two summer seasons, most of whom lack economic or physical access to coastal environments. Groups learn about the area’s biodiversity and indigenous culture and history, then participate in a restoration focused coastal field trip.

Contact Information

Peter Jarausch
Agency Name
State Coastal Conservancy
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
State Coastal Conservancy
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Del Norte
Northern California
Other Location Info
Tolowa Dunes State Park, Lake Earl Wildlife Area

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
14 CCR section 15301, 14 CCR Section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project is categorically exempt under Title 14 California Code of Regulations (CCR) Section 15301 (Existing Facilities) because it involves regular operation of coastal locations that will be visited with no expansion of use. The coastal restoration field trips will involve removing invasive species and planting natives. These activities are also categorically exempt under Title 14 CCR Section 15304 (Minor Alterations to Land) because they are landscaping activities that do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees.
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