Varner Harbor Tamarisk Removal


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Varner Harbor Tamarisk Removal
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
California State Parks staff will remove approximately 100 invasive tamarisk (Tamarix ramosissima) from four acres surrounding Varner Harbor. Mature tamarisk will be cut stump and treated with herbicide, while saplings will be hand pulled. Biomass will be stored in the park maintenance yard and burned once dry. The area will be revegetated with native plants and a drip irrigation system will be installed. Wooden benches may be installed. Work will occur outside of the nesting bird season and avoid all waterways and the harbor. Measures to be implemented to avoid impact may be obtained by submitting a request to the project Environmental Coordinator listed below.

Contact Information

Sara Lockett
Agency Name
California State Parks, Ocotillo Wells District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
Salton Sea State Recreation Area, Varner Harbor

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4, Section 15304 & Class 33, Section 15333
Reasons for Exemption
No potential for significant impact to the environment is anticipated in compliance with CEQA §15300.4. If the project is implemented as indicated within the CDPR Project Evaluation Form, then it is exempt under CEQA §15304 - Minor Alterations to Land and §15333 – Small Habitat Restoration Projects. Comparable activities are covered under the Departmental List of Exempt Activities according to CEQA §15300.4.


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