Cascade Creek Property Acquisition


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Cascade Creek Property Acquisition
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Acquire approximately 583 acres of forest land, APNs 057-051-05 and 057-051-06, to be included into Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The property is dominated by coastal redwood and Douglas fir forest. A portion of the property at higher elevation contains outcropping Santa Cruz Mudstone and supports a drier environment suitable for pine and manzanita. The hillsides of the property burned heavily during the 2020 CZU Lightening Complex Fires while the creek side areas had lower fire intensity allowing most redwood trees to survive. Improvements to the property include access via Chalks Road which could allow for potential future access to the park and a creek side trail. The property could allow visitors to Big Basin Redwoods State Park sweeping views down the property to Año Nuevo State Park and further to the Pacific Ocean. Acquisition of the property will support publicly owned land that safeguard coastal redwoods, wildlife habitat, creeks and waterfalls, cultural and natural resources, and provide recreational opportunities for the park.

Contact Information

Linda Hitchcock
Agency Name
Department of Parks and Recreation
Job Title
Senior Park and Recreation Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


unincorporated area
Santa Cruz
Parcel #
057-051-06, 057-051-06

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of the acquisition, sale, or ther transfer of land in order to establish a park.


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