Slinkard Creek Headwaters Protection


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW)
Document Title
Slinkard Creek Headwaters Protection
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will install a series small beaver dam analog (BDA) structures in upper Slinkard Creek to restore habitat and mitigate the impacts of the 2020 Slink Fire wildfire to sensitive aquatic and riparian habitats located downstream. A series of up to twelve BDA structures will be installed in a 0.62-mile-long reach of Slinkard Creek on the Wildlife Area. The BDA structures will consist of vertical wooden posts inserted across the channel to provide a framework for willow and other woody material to be woven horizontally between posts. The structures will be constructed primarily using hand labor using native vegetation available on the property. These structures will capture suspended sediment mobilized by runoff to avoid downstream water quality impacts to aquatic habitats, and to restore riparian and wetland habitats that have been historically impaired by erosion and entrenchment. This project will temporarily impact up to 0.10 acres of stream and riparian habitat and will not result in permanent impacts to the streambank or channel of Slinkard Creek.

Contact Information

Alisa Ellsworth
Agency Name
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Southern California
Slinkard Creek
Other Location Info
This project is located on Slinkard Creek on the Slinkard/ Little Antelope Wildlife Area, approximately 3 miles west of the community of Coleville, Mono County

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 and Class 33 (California Code of Regulations, Title 14, §15304 and §15333)
Reasons for Exemption
Class 4, §15304, Minor Alterations to Land - the project will result in minimal impacts to the condition of the land, water, and vegetation on an existing officially designated wildlife management area which will result in the improvement of habitat for fish and wildlife resources and will not result in removal of mature, healthy, scenic trees. Class 33, §15333, Small Habitat Restoration Projects –the project will reduce or eliminate erosion and sedimentation through streambank stabilization with native vegetation, the project area will not exceed five acres, and will assure the restoration, enhancement, and protection of habitat for fish, plants, and wildlife with no significant adverse impact on listed species.


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