Mariposa Creek Traditional Ecological Restoration Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Mariposa County
Document Title
Mariposa Creek Traditional Ecological Restoration Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
Public recreation/vacant

Document Description
The project proposes sitework, including culturally appropriate prescribed fire and adaptive management strategies for invasive species removal, and revegetation with native plant species at a location with strategic value for active transportation and recreation. This includes the portions of APNs 012-143-0040; 012-143-0010; 013-130-0770; 013-130-0780; 013-130-0060 that are adjacent to Mariposa Creek. The parcels are located in the General Plan land use classification of the Mariposa Town Planning Study Area, and feature a range of zoning designations, including General Commercial, Mountain Home Zone, and Scenic Resources Zone. All parcels are property of Mariposa County. This project entails landscape maintenance and native species revegetation. It is structured to ensure minimal risk of wildland fire conflagration. Preliminary site work will include cutting lines around existing infrastructure and canopy trees to limit the likelihood of unintended ignitions. Burning operations will be timed to occur in the winter, when high-moisture conditions are conducive to low-intensity prescribed fire, and specific weather patterns (including wind speed/direction, temperature, and humidity) will be closely monitored before determining a specific day to conduct burning activities. Professional fire personnel, including the Mariposa County and Tuolumne Rancheria Fire Departments, as well as CALFIRE, will be on-site to coordinate both site preparation and prescribed burning activities, and to respond rapidly to potentially hazardous fire conditions. A smoke management permit from the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District has been prepared and submitted for this project. The project applies an adaptive management approach to invasive species removal, meaning that chemical treatments may be considered in addition to prescribed fire. If chemical treatments are recommended, herbicides will be administered by and under the direction of individuals holding a qualified applicator's license from the California Department of Pesticide Regulations, and will be applied using targeted methods, such as "cut stump" or "cut and swab." Any chemical herbicides will be applied in accordance with the applicable instructions and best practices for the herbicide in question. Revegetation activities will emphasize native, drought- and fire-resistant species adapted for the site's specific riparian conditions and requiring minimal supplemental water and no artificial fertilizers. Revegetation areas will be monitored and adequately maintained to ensure establishment.

Contact Information
Mikey Goralnik
Mariposa County Planning Department
Lead/Public Agency
5100 Bullion Street
Mariposa, CA 95338

Phone : (209) 742-1222

Mariposa County Planning Department
Project Applicant


Cross Streets
6th St. and Stroming Rd.
Total Acres
Parcel #
Portions of APNs 012-143-0040; 012-143-0010; 013-130-0770; 013-130-0780; 013-130-0060
Other Location Info
The project is located adjacent to Mariposa Creek, between 6th Street and Joe Howard Street on Mariposa County-owned right of way.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1; Section 15301 (h)
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of maintenance of existing landscaping and native growth, and involves no expansion.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1; Section 15301 (i)
Reasons for Exemption
The project involves maintenance of wildlife habitat areas and streamflows to protect fish and wildlife resources.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1; 15304 (b)
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of new landscaping to include more water efficient and fire resistant landscaping.


Notice of Exemption
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