Donation of Fitzsimmons Property - Addition to Hood Mt. Regional P&OSP

Summary

SCH Number
2021030371
Public Agency
Sonoma County Regional Parks (SCRP)
Document Title
Donation of Fitzsimmons Property - Addition to Hood Mt. Regional P&OSP
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
3/17/2021

Document Description
The project consists of the transfer of fee title to the Fitzsimmons property from the Sonoma Land Trust to expand the County’s Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. The property consists of approximately 205.4 acres of natural habitat in the Mayacamas Mountains. The Fitzsimmons property straddles the ridge between Hood Mountain and Bald Mountain and is visible from the Highway 12 scenic corridor and numerous regional vantage points. The property encompasses part of the headwaters of Sonoma Creek through the Bear Creek and Golden Creek tributaries, which flow to the south. The property has historically been used for private recreation purposes including grazing cattle, horses, camping, hunting, and hiking. Acquiring this property helps expand a vast block of remaining wildlands in the highly subdivided southern Mayacamas, connecting Hood Mountain with Bald Mountain. The purpose of the acquisition is to preserve the open space values of the property, provide additional trails, protect natural resources and the wilderness experience provided at the Park, and offer a near-wilderness recreational experience close to population centers. The Grant Deed will restrict the Fitzsimmons Property to general park use. The County may replace or reconstruct existing fences and gates, provide minor fuel management and debris removal, conduct limited habitat restoration, maintain the existing access, and provide for interim public use to the property.

Contact Information
Steve Ehret
Planning Manager, Sonoma County Regional Parks
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project
2300 County Center Drive, Suite A120
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone : (707) 565-2041
steve.ehret@sonoma-county.org

Location

Cities
unincorporated
Counties
Sonoma
Regions
Countywide San Francisco Bay Area
Parcel #
APN 051-010-083, 051-010-084, and 051-010-085
Waterways
Bear Creek and Golden Creek, tributary to Sonoma Creek
Other Location Info
Unincorporated Sonoma County,

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
§21080.28(a)
Reasons for Exemption
The purpose of accepting the donation is to preserve the land for park purposes as specified in subsection (a)(1 )(F).
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
§15301
Reasons for Exemption
Repair and replacement of existing fences and similar property maintenance are exempt per §15301: Existing Facilities.
County Clerk
Sonoma

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
NOE Hood Fitzsimmons Posted Rem   PDF 138 K

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