Kizh Nation Cultural and Environmental Stewardship Camp


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Kizh Nation Cultural and Environmental Stewardship Camp
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Notice of exemption for Coastal Conservancy approval of grant funding. The Kizh Nation Cultural and Environmental Stewardship Camp will provide approximately 45 Kizh Nation tribal youth and adult members with day trips to several culturally significant locations along the coast including the Dana Point Ecological Reserve, Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, Los Cerritos Wetlands, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Ballona Wetlands, and others. The camp will also include a weeklong overnight camping trip to Catalina Island. The Tribal participants will be taught ancient stories from Tribal Elders who will highlight the Tribe’s ancestral lineage to the coastal location and the location’s cultural significance within the Tribe’s ancestral territory. In tandem, the participants will be able to explore the native flora and fauna of the location, be taught by the Tribal Biologist about the location’s ecological significance to the Tribe, and discuss ways the Tribe can fulfill its hereditary obligation of stewardship for coastal locations. A main goal of the program is to strengthen the knowledge base within the current and the next generation of the Tribe with the Tribe’s oral history and traditional ecological knowledge so the information can be used to support the protection and preservation of the land and the Tribe’s rich culture in the future generations.

Contact Information

Joel Gerwein
Agency Name
California State Coastal Conservancy
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles
Other Location Info
The project is a youth program that involves trips to different locations. Coordinates represent tribal office.
Other Information
Location of tribal office administering the camp

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The project involves regular operation of coastal locations that will be visited by camp participants with no expansion of use.
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