Youth Exploring the Sonoma Coast - YES-Coast


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Youth Exploring the Sonoma Coast - YES-Coast
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
Coastal Open Space
Document Description
The YES-Coast project will connect approximately 128 underserved youth from inland Sonoma County to their coastline by providing a series of outings interweaving themes of local history and ecology. The year-long series will include approximately six one-day trips, including hiking the Coastal Trail, visiting the Bodega Marine Lab, kayaking in Jenner, and a living history experience at Fort Ross. The project also includes a 3-day, 2-night camping trip for a subset of participants as well as hands-on coastal habitat stewardship activities. Post-trip connections are fostered through a gallery exhibit of student photographs from these coastal trips and a chance to help plan the experiences for the next year. The program focuses on youth ages 13-18 from under-resourced neighborhoods, predominantly in Santa Rosa.

Contact Information

Lisa Ames
Agency Name
State Coastal Conservancy
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Santa Rosa
Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area
Cross Streets
Bodega Head State Beach, Doran Regional Park, Shell Beach State Park, Spud Point Marina, Salmon
Pacific Ocean, Russian River

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
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.

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Invasive species removal and trail maintenance activities to be completed under the project are also categorically exempt under 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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