Colby Mountain Recreation Area Planning (SNC1279-RT)


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Colby Mountain Recreation Area Planning (SNC1279-RT)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project will complete the trail planning and layout of the connected communities trail from Jonesville to Chester; complete surveys on the Colby Mountain trail network located in Jonesville; develop an advisory board and volunteer corps representing the communities around Jonesville; and conduct outreach to and engagement of Jonesville residents and stakeholders as part of the Connected Communities network, including gathering public input about recreational needs and a vision for trails in the community. The planning project will collect all information needed and complete all analysis required for NEPA and CEQA decisions. In the wake of the Camp Fire and the massive displacement of Paradise Ridge residents to surrounding communities, the need for this project became critical, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased traffic on degraded local trail systems as the closures of gyms and other social spaces have motivated many urban residents to look for new places to exercise and recreate safely with friends, family, and pets. Improved access to open space and outdoor activities in the wake of the Camp Fire, as is proposed with this project, is an important factor in retaining existing or displaced area residents by increasing regional quality of life and stabilizing property values.

Contact Information

Shannon Ciotti
Agency Name
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Butte, Plumas, Tehama
Northern California
Other Location Info
Jonesville to Chester, CA and Colby Mountain

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15262: Feasibility and Planning Studies
Reasons for Exemption
The project is Statutorily Exempt under Section 15262 Feasibility and Planning Studies. This project involves only the planning studies for possible future actions which the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board has not approved, adopted, or funded. This planning project does not require the preparation of a Negative Declaration or Environmental Improvement Report but does require consideration of environmental factors. The project is also Categorically exempt under CEQA Section 15306 Information Collection (Class 6) because it consists of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. The proposed activities are for information gathering purposes, or as part of a study leading to an action which a public agency has not yet approved, adopted, or funded.


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